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

Common Hour - Is Clean Fusion Energy Finally Within Reach?
Story 3/3/2021

Is Clean Fusion Energy Finally Within Reach?

Colin Windsor Senior Consultant, Tokamak Energy Ltd. Prof. Windsor will review the history of fusion energy and the barriers to its widespread commercial use, and then explain the...

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Common Hour - Fear and Loathing in Our Discourse: Dangerous Speech and What to Do About It
Story 11/4/2020

Fear and Loathing in Our Discourse: Dangerous Speech and...

Cathy Buerger Director of Research, Dangerous Speech Project (DSP) No one is born hating or fearing other people. That has to be taught – and those harmful lessons seem to be similar, though...

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Story 10/26/2020

Seeking Solutions to Make Lancaster County Greener

For a project committed to making Lancaster Country carbon neutral, Michele Jacobs, F&M environmental studies major, worked to prioritize top solutions toward that goal.  

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