Environmental Studies

The Environmental Studies department is dedicated to training the next generation of environmental scholars, activists, and educators for the world that they will inherit. Now and over the coming decades, human societies face daunting environmental challenges. We must find rational, holistic and ethically grounded ways to combat these issues.

In collaboration with Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges, students can pursue a major or minor in Environmental Studies. 

Environmental Studies students apply critical thinking and analytical skills within a holistic systems framework that includes social justice as an essential component.

Our interdisciplinary program provides opportunities for independent and collaborative research, including co-curricular learning, via local, national and international internships and opportunities to study abroad.

Learn more about Environmental Sciences opportunities and offerings on Inside Bryn Mawr

Ashley Boyette '20

Ashley spent a summer at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Edgewater, Maryland. Collecting samples in the field, running tests in the lab, and living and working at SERC has given Ashley great exposure to fieldwork. Learn more about her journey to Bryn Mawr and what inspired her to broaden her interest in science and embrace Environmental Studies as a major.

photo of Ashley Boyette

Degree Options

Bi-Co Environmental Studies major, A.B.

The major incorporates praxis community-based learning and core courses that examine the theoretical and empirical approaches that the natural sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities bring to local and global environmental questions. 

Tri-Co Environmental Studies minor

The Tri-Co minor allows students to explore interactions among earth systems, human societies, and local and global environments to complement their major program.