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 program 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. Learn More
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 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, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies
Full-Time & Half-Time Faculty
Emily Billo, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies: Political ecology, environment and development, feminist epistemology and methodology, Latin America
Peggy Eppig, Lecturer in Environmental Studies: Environmental History and Sustainable Agriculture
Anna Jozwick, Assistant Professor of Biology: Microbiology and symbiosis
Cynthia Kicklighter, Professor of Biology: Ecology and marine biology
Germán Mora, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies: Biogeochemistry, climate change, water/soil quality
Akana Noto, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
Gina Shamshak, Associate Professor of Economics: Applied microeconomics, environmental and natural resource economics
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:
GOUCHER SEMESTER-ABROAD PROGRAM AT THE MONTEVERDE INSTITUTE IN COSTA RICA
BIO 243. FIELD METHODS IN TROPICAL ECOLOGY (4)
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).
BIO 244. ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY (4) (GEN. ED. #11)
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.
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Alumni SpotlightNick Boucher ’14
Nick Boucher ’14
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“ The Intensive Course Abroad (ICA) also gave me an experience that not a lot of people had. I felt very comfortable scuba diving for scientific purposes, not just pleasure. And because of that, I was able to get an internship at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. ”
- July 19, 2021
The eyes of fish could help us see the light again. Jenny Lenkowski, associate professor of biological sciences, explains why, in this Academic Minute.
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Rylee McDonnell '21, a Goucher College biochemistry and molecular biology major and member of the women's soccer team, was elected this spring to ΧΩΛ.