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Environmental Science and Studies
A World Apart
We acknowledge that institutional racism, bigotry, sexism, heterosexism, classism, transphobia, and ableism exists within our society, including within higher education. Long-standing biases within higher education have, in the past and currently, allowed for these injustices to occur. Inequality can be seen in higher education and within the fields of environmental science and studies through limited representation of black, brown, indigenous and LGBTQIA people, women and individuals with disabilities. These biases are also clearly apparent when examining environmental justice issues throughout the United States and the world. Acknowledging injustices is not sufficient. We vow as a Department to take action as being complacent is complicit in perpetrating injustice. Throughout your time at Washington College, we as the Department of Environmental Science & Studies will:
- Strive to provide safe and inclusive classroom spaces that maintain the dignity of all individuals.
- Be willing to have uncomfortable and difficult conversations about structural injustices within and outside of our classrooms.
- Acknowledge and integrate the accomplishments of underrepresented individuals who have played significant roles in the development and continued success of our discipline.
- Further incorporate environmental justice issues in our curriculum.
- Broaden our conversations and departmental actions related to diversity and inclusivity by providing extracurricular learning and discussion opportunities.
- Acknowledge that creating equity and inclusivity is a process. Studies have indicated that no one is entirely free of bias, therefore it is important to recognize our biases and actively work to reduce them. If you have suggestions to help us with this process, please let any Environmental Science & Studies faculty member
As a Department, we will not stand for hate speech or violence of any kind in our classrooms and learning environments. When we hear or become aware of such incidents, we will support those who are targets of such behavior and work with the College’s Bias Incident Response Team to review and address these incidents, which may also violate the College’s Honor Code.
If you have concerns related to racism, bigotry, sexism, heterosexism, classism, transphobia and ableism that you have observed in our classrooms or around the college, we encourage you to reach out to an Environmental Science & Studies faculty member for support or contact Carese Bates (email@example.com), the Director of Intercultural Affairs. You can also make a report of incidents through the College’s CARE system here:
Washington College, located between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic beaches, is in a unique location for the study of the environment.
Washington College students use the Chesapeake Bay Region—its farms and waterways, its history and culture, its people and their environmental concerns—as a learning laboratory.
Two majors are available to students! Students can pursue an environmental science or an environmental studies major. Both majors are grounded in an interdisciplinary course of study which prepares students to critically analyze and investigate solutions to regional and global environmental issues, whether it is the revival of a depleted fishery, the fate of toxins, land use management in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, world population concerns, loss of biodiversity, or climate change. Washington College students use the Chesapeake Bay Region—its farms and waterways, its history and culture, its people and their environmental concerns—as a learning laboratory. The Chester River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay, is at Washington College's doorstep. The river is accessable to students from the Washington College waterfront campus. The new Semans-Griswold Environmental Hall with it's flowthrough system brings the river into the educational laboratory for experiential learning.
A new dual-degree program with Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment enables qualified students in either major to earn their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years.
We also have two summer field courses, one at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, in collaboration with the Department of Biology, and the other in Ecuador, including the Galapagos Islands.
Experiential learning and student and faculty research activities regularly occur at Washington College's River and Field Campus, home to the Chester River Field Research Station. The River and Field Campus at Washington College is the largest conservation easement in the state of Maryland – and there’s no place like it in the world. The 4,700-acre living lab incorporates 2.5 miles of Chester River waterfront, meadows, untouched hardwood forests, ponds, grasslands, marshes and riverine habitat. Just a 10-minute drive from the Washington College main campus, the River and Field Campus offers students an unparalleled living classroom in subjects ranging from environmental science and biology to environmental art and anthropology.
Environmental Scientists at Work
A summer research project brings together a trio of scientists to consider the human impact on native oyster populations in the upper reaches of the Chesapeake Bay.