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



Greenland Research: Was Climate a Factor in the Disappearance of the Norse?

Professor of Geosciences Andy de Wet  and Jared Brush '18 spent time in Greenland during summer 2017, investigating why the Norse disappeared in the 1400s. Read Peter Durantine's article here.





ENE '17 graduate attends United Nations conference on Biodiversity

Lea Senft '17 joined Elizabeth De Santo, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, at the fifth plenary session of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) in Bonn, Germany.  Read about her experience here.



ENE Researchers trace source of The Bubble in Boiling Springs, PA

Jake Longenecker '17, along with Professor Bob Walter and Adjunct Assistant Professor Tim Bechtel,  has been investigating the mysterious source of The Bubble for several years. Their surprising findings are available at AGU Publications:

 "Geophysical Research Letters"

Read more about their project in the F&M "Diplomat".



ENE Summer Newsletter 2017 

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




ENE Winter Newsletter 2016-2017

Available online anytime by clicking the image on the left.




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 11/10/2017

F&M Designated ‘Bicycle Friendly’ by National Bicyclist...

For longtime efforts to make the campus safe and accessible for peddling pedestrians, Franklin & Marshall College was awarded on Nov. 8 the Bicycle Friendly University bronze designation by the...

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Story 10/12/2017

Astonishing Energy Futures and the Future of Global Change

Amory Lovins,  2017 Mueller Fellow, physicist, environmental scientist, energy advisor, author, and co-founder and chief scientist of Rocky Mountain Institute Physicist Amory Lovins is cofounder...

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Story 10/4/2017

Campus farmer's market

The Center for the Sustainable Environment is starting a small farmer's market on campus to allow students, faculty and staff to purchase organic, local produce and pantry items each week. The first...

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Story 9/28/2017

Clothing donation bin available on campus

F&M has partnered with CommunityAid to allow donations of gently used clothing and other items for local thrift stores. A large donation bin has been placed on campus at the corner of the driveway...

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Story 9/28/2017

Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer

​Peter Marra, Ph.D. Center Head of the Migratory Bird Center, Smithsonian Institution Peter Marra, Ph.D., head of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, discusses the effects of free-ranging cats...

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