You understand that environmental problems are multi-causal phenomena that require multidimensional solutions. It’s why you’re looking for an interdisciplinary program — one that combines your interest in the physical sciences with your passion for the environment, one that prepares you to be a successful scientist as well as an effective environmental citizen and leader. Whitman’s physics-environmental studies major may be the program for you.

Take advantage of an innovative and challenging curriculum, an emphasis on interdepartmental coursework, and a wide variety of course options and requirements encompassing the sciences, the social sciences, and the arts and humanities.

Learn the fundamentals in the field of physics as well as how they relate to contemporary and forward-looking debates about the environment.

Build lifelong relationships with mentor professors who believe as much in the power of science to address complex environmental issues as you do.

Enjoy access to the combined resources, facilities, and opportunities offered by both the Physics Department and the Environmental Studies Department. These range from the outstanding laboratory facilities available on the Whitman campus to innumerable hands-on learning opportunities across the nation.

Be part of an environmentally principled college community that takes pride in connecting to the natural world in powerful ways — through its location in the eco-friendly Pacific Northwest; through such nationally recognized academic and extracurricular 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.