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


Welcome to the Hive
  • hawaii lava tube 2015

Welcome to the Hive!

A locally crafted bee hive has been installed in the Wohlsen Center for the Sustainable Environment. Environmental Science students monitor the hive and study the bees to learn more about the world-wide decline of honey bees and solutions for increasing their population. The bees have easy access to the newly-created pollinator garden.

Click the video at left to learn more about it!




Hawai'i -- Spring Break 2016

The Petrology class (GEO322) will travel to Hawaii again for Spring Break 2016, March 12-19. Professor Stan Mertzman and Lab Technician Emily Wilson '11 will take 7 students to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. They also plan to spend time at Kilauea volcano, hike the Kilauea I'ki trail, hike to Mauna Ulu shield volcano and pit crater, and explore the Nahuku lava tube.


Why study our Earth & Environment?

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

The Pulse

Story 5/18/2016

Off-Campus Study: Coleman Kline '17

Environmental Studies major studies on the SEA Semester: Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures & Ecosystems program in Woods Hole, Massachusetts; Pago Pago, American Samoa; Apia, Samoa;...

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Story 5/17/2016

College Awarded Tree Campus USA Status

"This took a lot of work to achieve – a true testament to the Campus Tree Advisory Committee," said Mike Wetzel, associate vice president for facilities management and campus planning, and chair of...

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Story 5/16/2016

Morgan joins the Lab!

My name is Morgan Torstenson and I’m a rising junior, geoscience major at F&M. This summer, as a Hackman Scholar and Keck Geology student, I will be examining ecological changes in the Gulf of Mexico...

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Story 5/3/2016

Dealing with the PETM

Spongebob and Patrick confront changing environmental conditions during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum in this animated short created by GEO221 students this past semester.

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Story 5/3/2016

A visit from Tiktaalik

Tiktaalik, and Ted Daeschler (Geosciences '81), come for a visit!

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