ChooseWhy Choose This Program?

Why Study Environmental Studies at Goucher?

Goucher’s Environmental Studies program is designed to encourage thinking across disciplinary boundaries in order to prepare students for meaningful engagement with central environmental questions and challenges facing current and future generations. The program offers students the opportunity to major or minor in a curriculum that bridges social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences. After completing a series of core courses in various disciplines, Environmental Studies majors must choose either the Environment and Society concentration or the Environmental Science concentration to complete remaining coursework.

LearnWhat Will You Learn?

What Will You Learn?

As a field environmental studies seeks to understand the interrelationships of natural phenomena and social structures, systems, and institutions that govern society. To do so, it must engage in the scholarship of particular disciplines, as well as in the scholarship of integration. Environmental Studies students take courses grounded in critical social theory, such as Political Ecology and Environmental Justice, just as they also engage with economic theories of the environment, and physical and biological sciences. Environmental Studies courses encourage students to think critically about pressing environmental problems, while also advocating for political and social change.

DoWhat Will You Do?

What Will You Do?

Goucher environmental studies majors address environmental problems at a local level, including in the city of Baltimore, as well as those on a global scale. To do so, many students conduct internships with organizations such as Food & Water Watch, Black Yield Institute, and the National Aquarium. Moreover, students often choose to study abroad with the semester-long program at the Monteverde Institute in Costa Rica, or with the three-week intensive course abroad, Spanish and Environmental Studies in Ecuador and the Galápagos.




Major & Minor Program Coordinator

Emily Billo, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

Full-Time & Half-Time Faculty

Emily Billo, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

Peggy Eppig, Lecturer in Environmental Studies: Environmental History and Sustainable Agriculture

Anna Jozwick, Assistant Professor of Biology: Microbiology and symbiosis

Cynthia Kicklighter, Associate Professor of Biology: Ecology and marine biology

Germán Mora, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies: Biogeochemistry, climate change, water/soil quality

Rob Neff, Lecturer in Environmental Studies: Human Dimensions of Climate Change, Sustainable Cities, Urban Geography, Social Justice

Marko Salvaggio, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies: Environmental sociology, urban and community sociology, cultural studies, mobilities, social research methods

Gina Shamshak, Associate Professor of Economics: Applied microeconomics, environmental and natural resource economics  


Study Abroad

By choosing three-week intensive courses led by Goucher faculty or semester programs suited to their academic plans, environmental studies students gain a global perspective that enhances their course of study. The environmental studies program study-abroad courses are:


Targeting natural/biological science majors, this course will explore topics of tropical ecology (biodiversity, cloud forest ecosystems, and others in greater depth, with emphasis placed on learning research methodologies that can be used in field based or laboratory research).

Students examine and analyze concepts of sustainability and their global and local interpretations and meaning as framed by global-local issues: Climate change, ecotourism and economic development, environmentalism, human health, conservation, and biodiversity. Emphasis is placed on contextualized examples of environmental, economic, social, political, and cultural tensions related to sustainability. Includes field trips, exercises and guest lectures by local scientists and activists.

Opportunities & Internships

Summer Research Program

Students have the opportunity to participate in the Goucher College Summer Science Research Program. Click here for more information.

Internship Program

Internships are a very important facet of the curriculum at Goucher College. As such, the environmental studies faculty members consider well-structured internships to be essential to a student's education. The variety of internships that have been completed under the supervision of this program is evidence of the flexible and creative applicability of degrees in environmental studies. Students find internship opportunities through the Career Development Office, through faculty and staff members, or on their own.

A detailed description of the off-campus experience is published by the Career Development Office each year and fully describes the guidelines and timetable for internships. Students interested in arranging an internship in environmental studies should contact their individual academic advisors.

Honors & Awards

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