Interdisciplinary Majors

These interdisciplinary majors combine work from two or more departments or from two teaching areas within a department. Click the links below for more information.

  • Biology - Environmental Studies

    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.

  • Biology - Geology

    The Biology - Geology combined major closely at topics in both fields of study as well as their scientific intersection, such as evolution and the physical connection between organisms and their environment.

  • Chemistry - Environmental Studies

    The Chemistry - Environmental Studies combined major focuses on basic chemistry and enables you to understand U.S. environmental laws and address such issues as environmental pollution, water quality, water scarcity, water and wastewater treatment strategies and processes, as well as the impact of acid rain, global warming and stratospheric ozone depletion.

  • Chemistry - Geology

    The Chemistry - Geology combined major focuses on the chemical composition of our planet as well as of other planets to enable its students to gain a deep understanding of the different chemical processes and reactions at work in the formation of rocks, soil, etc., through a challenging, interdisciplinary curriculum.

  • Chemistry - Geology

    The Chemistry - Geology combined major focuses on the chemical composition of our planet as well as of other planets to enable its students to gain a deep understanding of the different chemical processes and reactions at work in the formation of rocks, soil, etc., through a challenging, interdisciplinary curriculum.

  • Economics - Environmental Studies

    The Economics - Environmental Studies combined major offers a selection of challenging courses that focus on the intersection between economics and environmental studies.

  • Economics - Mathematics

    The Economics - Mathematics combined major provides a rigorous curriculum that focuses as much on the fundamentals of both disciplines as it does in exploring how a combination of mathematical and economic theories and principles can provide a critical lens through which to reflect upon and impact social and economic challenges in the real world.

  • Environmental Humanities

    The environmental humanities major uses the traditions of nature writing, environmental philosophy, and the classics to give direction and focus to inquiry into the values and concepts that may govern our relation to nature.

  • Geology - Astronomy

    The Geology - Astronomy combined major offers course options and credit requirements in geology, astronomy, chemistry, physics, and math - to foster an understanding and appreciation of the complex geological forces that shape the earth and other objects in the solar system.

  • Geology - Environmental Studies

    Students in the Geology - Environmental Studies combined major program develop an in-depth understanding of the complex physical, chemical, and biological forces that continue to shape the material foundations of our planet.

  • Geology - Physics

    The Geology - Physics combined major is a challenging program that prepares students for graduate study in fields ranging from engineering to geophysics.

  • Mathematics - Physics

    The Mathematics - Physics combined major offers an innovative and interdisciplinary curriculum designed to help you build a strong foundation in both mathematics and physics as well as develop effective critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, and oral and written communication skills.

  • Geology - Environmental Studies

    Students in the Geology - Environmental Studies combined major program develop an in-depth understanding of the complex physical, chemical, and biological forces that continue to shape the material foundations of our planet.

  • Geology - Physics

    The Geology - Physics combined major is a challenging program that prepares students for graduate study in fields ranging from engineering to geophysics.

  • Mathematics - Physics

    The Mathematics - Physics combined major offers an innovative and interdisciplinary curriculum designed to help you build a strong foundation in both mathematics and physics as well as develop effective critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, and oral and written communication skills.

  • Physics - Astronomy

    Students majoring in Physics - Astronomy build a solid foundation in the fundamentals central to the physical sciences, pursue their interests in astronomy, and develop the critical thinking, analytical, and communication skills needed to succeed in graduate or professional school.

  • Physics - Environmental Studies

    Physics - Environmental Studies major offers a wide variety of course options and requirements encompassing the sciences, the social sciences, and the arts and humanities.

  • Politics - Environmental Studies

    The Politics - Environmental Studies major offers a wide array of high-quality courses designed to familiarize you with key concepts in the study of politics using environmental issues as illustrations - from the geopolitics of food-aid and trade, to the political ecology of obesity in the U.S., to the causes of famine in Africa.

  • Sociology - Environmental Studies

    Students majoring in Sociology - Environmental Studies engage in the study of some the greatest sociological thinkers, philosophers, and scientists of the 19th and 20th centuries and at the same time learn about local environmental issues in the Walla Walla region and how these are linked to national and global events.