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

Spring Break 2015

The Petrology class (GEO322) will travel to Hawai'i during Spring Break, March 14-22. Professor Stan Mertzman will take 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 will hike the Kilauea I'ki trail, hike to Pu'u Huluhulu kipuka, hike to Mauna Ulu shield volcano and pit crater, and explore the Nahuku lava tube. They will spend one day each hiking Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea volcanoes.

Why study our Earth & Environment?

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

The Pulse

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 3/11/2015

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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Story 3/5/2015

College to Host GreenCon, a Focus on Sustainable Buildings

Franklin & Marshall College is hosting Central Pennsylvania's GreenCon, a conference and expo on March 19 in the Alumni Sports and Fitness Center and the Life Science and Philosophy Building.  

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Story 2/18/2015

Sodexo Employee Honored for Composting Efforts

Sodexo employee Terry Palmer was honored for his outstanding efforts in promoting the food waste collection program in Franklin and Marshall's dining hall. 

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Story 2/18/2015

PERC Honors Campus Sustainability Champions

Two members of the Franklin and Marshall community were honored recently as Campus Sustainability Champions by the Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium at its fall conference. 

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