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


Introducing ENE's new lab manager -

Emily Wilson '11 


  • Emily Wilson
  • Hawaii trip ENE

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. 


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

Why study our Earth & Environment?

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

The Pulse

December 03
event 12/3/2015

Climate Change & National Security

Lisa Bonchek Adams 200 Auditorium

"Climate Change and National Security: People not Polar Bears"   Dr. David Titley is a...

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February 12
event 2/12/2016

Darwin Day 2016

Booth Ferris

Roger D. K. Thomas, John Williamson Nevins Professor of Geosciences, will be the speaker for Darwin...

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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 landsmines 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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Story 10/22/2015

Off-Campus Study: Katie Foreman '16

Environmental Studies major studies on the  SFS Wildlife Management program in Tanzania.

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Story 10/22/2015

Off-Campus Study: Phoebe Walsh '16

Environmental Studies major studies on the  SFS Wildlife Management program in Kenya. 

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