3 Majors:       Environmental Studies  Environmental Science 

Environmental Studies

Humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences combine to examine how humans interact with, and impact, the environment around them. Students focus on issues like global warming, alternative energy sources, wilderness protection, and natural resources. 

Study the environment from diverse perspectives

Environmental Science

Environment Science uses an interdisciplinary approach to investigate environmental issues. Cutting-edge field, laboratory and computing equipment are used to evaluate and solve environmental problems within a societal context. Contacts with local, state, and national professionals enhance the program.

Make the Earth your classroom


​Geosciences emphasizes the dynamic processes that shape our planet, looking at the minerals and rocks that comprise it and the interdisciplinary study of the Earth’s surface and interior. This major has a proven track record, consistently ranking among the best undergraduate programs in the country.  .

Field-based learning around the world

What's New


  • Hawaii trip ENE

Hawai'i -- Spring Break 2015

The Petrology class (GEO322) travelled to Hawai'i during Spring Break, March 14-22. Professor Stan Mertzman took 10 students to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. In addition to spending a day with noted volcanologist Don Swanson examining evidence for intense bursts of pyroclastic activity at Kilauea volcano, the group hiked the Kilauea I'ki trail, hiked to Mauna Ulu shield volcano and pit crater, and explored the Nahuku lava tube. Read more:  http://www.fandm.edu/news/latest-news/2015/04/02/a-geoscience-course-takes-students-to-volcanic-hawaii

  • Wm White



Join us for ENE Light Lunch this Friday, April 10th!

Elizabeth & William B. White, Penn State University (emeriti)

Ground Water in Karstic Terrain: A Half Century of Progress"


The Whites have published separately in about 20 different fields spanning crystal physics; infrared, luminescence and raman spectroscopy; igneous and aqueous geochemistry; stormwater management; geologic hazards; mine reclamation; and nuclear waste management... to name a few! The topics on which they collaborate are karst geomorphology and hydrogeology.

12:00noon, Hackman 119 - lunch will be provided


Why study our Earth & Environment?

Why a career in the Earth sciences? Hear what the American Geological Institute has to say...

The Pulse

Story 6/24/2015

Still Life With A Bird Field Guide

Inspired after a chance encounter in the basement of a Lancaster County museum, a Franklin & Marshall professor, with help from his Hackman Scholar, is pursuing a book about birds. 

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Story 6/15/2015

Searching For a Lost River

The longest cave system in the world harbors a secret, one that a Franklin & Marshall College professor and his students have been working to uncover for the better part of four years. 

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Story 6/3/2015

Seeking to Unearth a Revolutionary War Stockade

Using remote sensing technology to detect underground features, a Franklin & Marshall College geoscience professor and his student may have helped find the whereabouts of a Revolutionary War prison...

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Story 5/26/2015

Morgan joins the lab!

Morgan Torstenson (intended Geoscience major '18) joined the paleo lab last week as part of the Hackman Summer Scholars program. Morgan will be studying the evolution of shell shape in Caribbean...

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Story 5/26/2015

F&M Scientist Co-Leads Group Identifying Marine Life at Risk...

A new examination of marine fossils dating back 23 million years is providing scientists with clues about which oceanic animals and ecosystems in the world's coastal regions might be at natural risk...

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