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 lava tube 2015
  • Emily Wilson


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.



Introducing ENE's new lab manager -

Emily Wilson '11 

We are delighted to announce that Emily Wilson '11 began working in the Department of Earth and Environment as the research laboratory manager and technician on October 5. She has a degree from F&M in geosciences, and a masters of science from the University of Idaho, where she studied the geochemistry of volcanic rocks on the equatorial Galápagos Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

Since then, Emily worked at I-Minerals, a clay mining company, and at Idaho Public Health as an Environmental Health Specialist. She also taught for the Natural Sciences and Mathematics Department at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. Emily and her partner, Corey Hale, moved cross country from Idaho to Pennsylvania with their two dogs, Roux and Alma. Emily and Corey look forward to spending time outdoors and playing ice hockey, two of their favorite activities. 

Why study our Earth & Environment?

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The Pulse

Story 2/10/2016

In Renewable Energy, He Finds a Career and a Cause

Mike McKechnie, owner and president of Mountain View Solar in rural West Virginia, tells Franklin & Marshall College students about his  mission to bring renewable energy to homes and businesses in...

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Story 12/4/2015

Evidence of Climate Change is Convincing, Speaker Says

“Do you believe in climate change?" Rear Admiral David Titley asked a Franklin & Marshall audience Dec. 3. "I don’t believe in it, but I’m convinced by the evidence.”

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Story 11/11/2015

F&M's Mission From NATO: Clear Landmines Cheaply, Precisely,...

NATO has enlisted an international scientific group — including two Franklin & Marshall College professors — to create an effective means of eliminating landmines in current and past warzones.

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Story 11/5/2015

Mario presents a poster at the Geological Society of America...

Mario Williams ('16) presented preliminary results from our Hackman Summer research at the Geological Society of America annual conference earlier this week in Baltimore. It was fantastic to talk...

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Story 10/30/2015

Bicyclists Have A Friend on Campus: A Bike Repair Station

A bike repair station has been installed near the Wohlsen Center at the south end of the Williamson parking lot.

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