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 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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Story 5/14/2015

Mario & Jared join the lab!

Mario Williams (Environmental Science '16) and Jared Brush (intended Geoscience major '18) joined the paleo lab this week as part of the Hackman Summer Scholars program. Mario is...

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Story 5/13/2015

Scouring Ancient Landscapes for Clues to Cleaner Water

Having made their mark on the natural landscape the last few hundred years, humans are now undoing some development -- notably with regard to old milldams and sediment-filled ponds that have...

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Story 5/11/2015

New paper: Fossils help identify marine life that may be at...

Which marine animals and ecosystems face the greatest extinction risk? Fossils may help to answer that question. In a paper I co-authored earlier this month in Science with Seth Finnegan (UC Berkeley...

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