Dickinson's environmental studies & environmental science department is one of the oldest and best established in the country. Our department is remarkable for its history, energy, and collaborative spirit. Our faculty are active in the fields of environmental policy, aquatic ecology, conflict resolution and peace building, environmental health, environmental literature, air quality, conservation, climate change and social justice. We work closely with our students in the classroom and support them in their scholarship—whether they are assisting communities on environmental-justice issues or conducting field research in our Cumberland Valley forests and streams or on the ice sheets of Greenland.
Students may choose to pursue either a B.S. in environmental science or a B.A. in environmental studies. In addition to fulfilling a set of core requirements, each student selects advanced courses that best fits his or her interests. Our students have access to a geographic information systems (GIS) laboratory, state-of-the-art instruments for chemical analysis, the Reineman Sanctuary, the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM), the Center for Sustainable Living (Treehouse), the Dickinson College Farm and the Center for Sustainability Education. We recognize that solutions to our environmental problems require an interdisciplinary effort. Our programs offer a sound academic background and opportunities for students to apply their education through research and community engagement.