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


ENE Light Lunch 10/21/16


"War is in the Air: A Brief History of Aerobiology, Airborne Biological Weapons, and the Beginning of the End of the World, 1930-1965"

by Gerard Fitzgerald of George Mason University

12:00 noon - Hackman 119 - lunch provided



ENE Summer Newsletter 2016 is available on-line! 

Printed copies have been mailed, but it's available online anytime by clicking the image on the left! 




Welcome to the Hive!

A locally crafted bee hive has been installed in the F&M Center for the Sustainable Environment. Environmental Science students monitor the hive and study the bees to learn more about the world-wide decline of honey bees and solutions for increasing their population. The bees have easy access to the newly-created pollinator garden.

Click the video at left to learn more about it!


Why study our Earth & Environment?

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

The Pulse

Story 11/10/2016

Speaker Discusses Native American Health and Environmental...

Darren Ranco, professor of anthropology and chair of Native American studies at the University of Maine as well as a member of the Penobscot Indian Tribe, talked about tribal health and enviromental...

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Story 11/3/2016

F&M Honored by U.S. EPA for Composting Food Waste

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency honored Franklin and Marshall College recently for our outstanding efforts in composting.  

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Story 10/20/2016

How a Scientist Had His Book Burned by the Nazis and the U.S...

James Strick, Franklin & Marshall College Professor of Science, Technology and Society and recipient of the 2016 Bradley R. Dewey Award for Outstanding Scholarship, began his Oct. 20 talk in Mayser...

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Story 10/15/2016

Volleyball Team Goes Green, Competes in Recycled Uniforms

As the women of Franklin & Marshall College’s volleyball team hit the courts for away games this year, they are not just representing Diplomat athletics. 

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Story 10/14/2016

Climate Change Documentary to Screen at F&M Oct. 19

“Before the Flood,” the soon-to-be-released documentary on climate change from actor Leonardo DiCaprio and director Fisher Stevens, will have a special advanced screening at Franklin & Marshall...

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