Biology - Environmental Studies

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If you seek a program where science and social responsibility converge into a single field of study concerned with such issues as finding effective strategies to reduce pollution, preserving biodiversity, and ensuring effective energy consumption, this may be the major for you.

No area of study is more relevant to the environment than biology.  From biodiversity and habitat loss to genetic modification and the physiological  impacts of pollution, biology is at the core of major environmental issues.  This major combines a study of the natural sciences and environmental issues into a single program that empowers you to deal effectively with contemporary and upcoming ecological crises as well as analyze the adaptation and evolution of different life forms.

Biology-environmental studies at Whitman is a scientifically rigorous  program, with a strong science emphasis including requirements in chemistry, calculus, and a full range of biology requirements, including genetics, cell biology, and physiology, as well as ecology and evolution courses.   

Whitman’s location offers ready access to a rich wealth of natural resources and biodiversity. Wildlife refuges, wetlands, reserves, and more serve as living laboratories offering you an choice of hands-on, interdisciplinary, research and fieldwork opportunities under the supervision of highly engaged, deeply committed faculty.

Through the college’s liberal arts focus, in addition to a depth of knowledge in the field, you also will acquire a broad and powerful understanding of the larger connections between the human species and the natural world.

Here, you will be part of an environmentally principled college community that takes pride in connecting to the natural world in powerful ways—through such acclaimed  programs as the Semester in the West and the Outdoor Program as well as through its commitment to campus recycling, composting and the use of ecological friendly material.