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

Environmental 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


Geoscience Founders Society calendar with locations

Each year we compile images into a calendar as a thank-you gift to donors to the Geoscience Founders Society. Click through this slide show to see the images with their locations identified. 

2021 GFS Calendar with locations identified.

Latest ENE Newsletter

Read through the latest updates from team Earth and Environment! Hear about faculty and student research, alumni at work and play, news from the department and Geoscience Founders Society.  

Catch up with Earth and Environment

Darwin Day 2021

In celebration of the life and ideas of Charles Darwin, faculty member Ryan Flower presented, "Ancient Seeds of Evolutionary Theories" to a virtual audience on February 17, 2021. Click through to watch the video.  

Darwin Day at F&M 2021

Why study the Earth and Environment at F&M?

Undergraduate students participate in scientific research at Franklin & Marshall... 
F&M Research: Paleo in the Gulf
F&M offers diverse opportunities in studying the physical sciences... 
Physical Sciences at F&M
Why a career in the Earth sciences? Hear what the American Geological Institute has to say...
Why Earth Science?

The Pulse

Story 11/19/2021

F&M Launches Chesapeake Watershed Initiative

The Richard King Mellon Foundation is supporting the newly established Chesapeake Watershed Initiative at Franklin & Marshall College with $1.25-million grant.

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Story 10/29/2021

Corporate Injustice: Fighting for the Amazon’s Indigenous

Commoln Hour speaker Paul Paz y Miño of Amazon Watch discussed tbe envornmental degradations caused by an American oil company in Ecuador and the struggle for justice.

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Story 7/1/2021

Geosciences Professor Earns Outstanding Educator Award

F&M was a pioneering institution in establishing dual teaching posts for faculty couples. Two professors led the vanguard, one helped turn work-life balance into campus policy.

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