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 4/23/2015

Federal Agency Honors Sustainability Efforts of Consortium,...

Separately, Franklin & Marshall College, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Pennsylvania Environmental Resources Consortium (PERC) have done much to promote sustainability and...

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Story 4/2/2015

A Geoscience Course Takes Students to Volcanic Hawaii

During the mid-March spring break, a group of geoscience students and their professor trekked through tubes of rock where hot lava flowed 50 years ago, examined ancient petroglyph images carved in...

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Story 3/20/2015

Panel Explores Consequences of 'Fracking' on People, the...

Building a natural gas pipeline through Lancaster County might produce economic benefits for the region, but the cost of the project to the environment and social fabric ultimately would be too high,...

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Story 3/12/2015

Green City, Clean Waters

  Howard Neukrug Commissioner of the Philadelphia Water Department 

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Story 3/11/2015

Searching For a Lost River in a Seemingly Endless System of...

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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