Environmental Studies

Program Information

The concentration in environmental studies is based upon the recognition that environmental and resource problems are not just biological, geological, economic, or political. Therefore, the concentration is structured as an interdisciplinary study by selecting appropriate courses from the natural and social sciences, as well as the humanities, in order to pool knowledge from across traditional disciplinary lines. This information is essential for an interdisciplinary assessment, analysis, and evaluation of environmental problems.

Students interested in environmental studies are urged to keep this interest in mind when selecting a site for study abroad. If approved ahead of time by the Director, up to one course from study abroad can count toward the completion of the concentration. Moreover, pursuing these interests abroad emphasizes the important international dimensions of many environmental issues while often permitting students to gain familiarity with some problems (and their possible solutions) in other countries. Courses from study abroad sites in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Kenya, and Thailand are particularly suitable.


Tom Askew, Professor of Physics. BA Gordon College MS, PhD University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Jennifer Einspahr, Associate Professor of Political Science. BA Whitman College PhD Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Ann Fraser, Professor of Biology. BSc Acadia University, Nova Scotia PhD Harvard University

Jennifer R. Furchak, Associate Professor of Chemistry. BA Albion College MS, PhD University of Michigan

Adriana Garriga-Lopez, Associate Professor of Anthropology. BA Rutgers University-New Brunswick MA, MPhil, PhD Columbia University

Binney Girdler, Professor of Biology. BA University of Virginia MES Yale University PhD Princeton University

Amelia Katanski, Professor of English. BA Kalamazoo College MA University of California-Los Angeles MA, PhD Tufts University

Christopher Latiolais, Associate Professor of Philosophy. BA University of California-Berkeley MA, PhD University of California-San Diego

Charlene Boyer Lewis, Professor of History. BA Kalamazoo College MA American University PhD University of Virginia

James Lewis, Professor of History. BA College of William and Mary MA The American University PhD University of Virginia

Sarah Lindley, Arcus Social Justice Leadership Professor of Art. BFA New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University MFA University of Washington


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