Environmental Studies

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The Environmental Studies major equips students with the knowledge, tools, and opportunities needed to engage with environmental issues spawned from the dynamics of climate change, ecological degradation, globalization, economic activity, and societal values. Interdisciplinary programming covers science, policy, aesthetics, social, and economic aspects with options to emphasize any of those areas. Coursework, independent research, and internships prepare students with essential skills to solve complicated contemporary environmental problems. Student environmental projects can be funded through the Mazingira Fund.

Beyond the Classroom

Students have a wide array of opportunities for research, internships, conferences, and networking beyond the classroom that give them an advantage to prepare for life after W&J.

Research and Internships


  • Environmental consulting (reclamation, mitigation, compliance)
  • Environmental law/policy
  • Urban planning/sustainability
  • Environmental advocacy/education
  • Local/state/national/international agencies managing natural resources

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Environmental Studies Faculty

Robert East, Ph.D. portrait

Environmental Studies Department Chair

Robert M. East, Ph.D.

Robert M. East, Ph.D. is an associate professor and Director of the Environmental Studies Program at Washington & Jefferson College.

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Jason Kilgore, Ph.D. portrait

Jason S. Kilgore, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology; Environmental Science Major Coordinator

Biology, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Conflict and Resolution Studies

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Lauryn Mayer, Ph.D. portrait
Mark Swift
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Michael E. McCracken, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Department Chair of Physics; Coordinator of 3-2 Engineering Program

Physics, Engineering, Earth and Space Science, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

Patrick J. Caffrey, Ph.D. portrait
Stuart Miller
Thomas Contreras portrait

Thomas A. Contreras, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology, Chair of Biology Department

Biology, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

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