Environmental Studies

Students on a boat, wearing life-vests.The major program in Environmental Studies at Randolph-Macon College prepares students to meet and solve challenging environmental problems of the 21st Century. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, students explore, analyze, and solve real environmental problems - for real clients - that involve the complex interactions of humans with the biosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere. It’s no wonder the U.S. News and World Report recently named Environmental Studies one of the top “college majors with a future.” See the Environmental Studies program curriculum and class projects for more details.

Students of environmental studies must become:

  • adept at identifying the issues that comprise a complex problem

  • skillful in gathering the information necessary to understand it

  • creative in developing holistic solutions, and productive in interdisciplinary teams.

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Check out this article published in the April 6, 2016 Richmond Times Dispatch detailing how students in an Environmental-problem solving class are making a difference.

Research in a creek


To give students practice in environmental problem-solving, the EVST curriculum has a core of three courses, each designed around a particular environmental issue. These issues come from the community, and students work with real stakeholders in developing the analysis. Environmental professionals must have a depth of expertise in some aspect of environmental studies so that they can contribute this expertise to interdisciplinary teams. These areas of interest include subjects such as environmental policy, conservation biology, environmental economics, geology, ecology, environmental sociology, chemistry, and others.

RMC Environmental Students kayaking

More Information

For more information, contact:

Dr. Charles Gowan
Director, Environmental Studies Program
Copley Science Center
Randolph-Macon College
Ashland, Virginia 23005-5505

Phone: 804.752.7293
Email: cgowan@rmc.edu

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