Program Details

Intertidal Zone The complexity and interdisciplinary nature of environmental problems requires that students be provided with a solid foundation in the natural sciences as well as the social sciences. Environmental Studies students therefore take courses in departments and disciplines including Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Economics, and Sociology. Partnerships with local environmental organizations and agencies provide students with opportunities to gain experience investigating and developing solutions to environmental problems of regional significance.

Typical Courses

This is a partial listing of courses for the Environmental Studies program at MCLA. Download the current catalog for the complete list.

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Foundations of Biology

Weather & Climate



Introduction to Chemistry

Introduction to Environmental Systems

Environmental Economics

Politics and Environmental Policy


Environmental Law


Methods in Environmental Research 


environmental studies

Why take GIS?

Geographic Information Systems/Science is rapidly becoming the optimum approach for displaying and analyzing both spatial and temporal data in virtually every field. Decision making then moves from a subjective "blackbox" situation to a reproducible, criteria driven process.  To successfully employ geospatial models in their chosen field, students must understand the theory, software applications, data,  project management concepts, and terminology related to GIS.



Green Living Seminar Series

Every semester the Green Living Seminars center around a different topic, relevant to current sustainability issues. This seminar series is sponsored by the Berkshire Environmental Resource Center (BERC) and the Environmental Studies Program.




St. JohnStudents Snorkel for Research in the Caribbean