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


Roger D. K. Thomas honored as a Fellow of the American Assoc. for the Advancement of Science

Congratulation to Roger Thomas, the John Williamson Nevin Professor of Geosciences, Emeritus. Roger will be honored by the AAAS at their meeting in Austin, TX in February 2018. 

Read more in Peter Durantine's article.




"Unravelling Teddy Roosevelt's Legacy: America's National Monuments Under Threat"

Elizabeth De Santo, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, spoke at F&M's Common Hour "Now Hour" November 30th. Prof. De Santo was nominated to present the topic by students in her ENE216 Environmental Policy class.  Read Gregory L. Wright's article.





ENE Winter 2018-2019 Newsletter

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ENE Summer Newsletter 2018

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ENE Winter Newsletter 2017-2018

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ENE Summer Newsletter 2017 

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The Pulse

Story 4/12/2019

2019 Spring Research Fair: Ethical Implications of Public...

Once an old German university town, the medieval city of Freiburg on the western edge of the Black Forest was a Franklin & Marshall College senior’s inspiration for her research on the ethical...

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Student Examines German Energy Policy in German

Germany wants to switch its energy supply to renewables, and F&M senior Teresa Norman is researching this transition, what the Germans call “Energiewende,” as an independent study that requires her...

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Plastics in Oceans Won’t Simply Wash Away, Speaker Says

No, the plastics in the ocean have not accumulated into a “floating island of trash more than twice the size of Texas.” But that doesn’t make the figurative landmass of plastic invading marine...

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Plastic Oceans: The Science Behind an Environmental Crisis

Kara Lavender Law Ph.D. Research Professor of Oceanography Sea Education Association Dr. Law's research interests include large-scale and mesoscale ocean circulation; intermediate and deep...

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Green Cinema Series Delves into Humanity’s Deep Impacts on...

Earth’s oceans are vast—and so is its list of aquatic woes. And, according to scientists, it has humanity to thank for the vast majority of those crises. 

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