Academic Program

Professors Ewing (Environmental Studies) and Pieck (Environmental Studies, chair); Associate Professor Hall (History); Assistant Professors Essenberg (Biology), Harper (Environmental Studies), and Haverkamp (Environmental Studies) 


Environmental studies encompasses a broad range of issues that arise from the interaction of humans with the natural world and built environments. To understand these issues, students must think across and beyond existing disciplinary boundaries. The environmental studies major provides a framework for students to examine how humans experience, investigate, and interact with the world around them. The curriculum includes interdisciplinary course work that encourages students to explore the social, aesthetic, ethical, scientific, and technical aspects of environmental questions and to approach these questions with more focused knowledge and methodological tools through a major concentration. More information on the environmental studies program including details about requirements is available on the website (bates.edu/environment/).

Please note that the above entry from the College Catalog only leads to the general information page for Environmental Studies. A full outline of the Environmental Studies Program structure and the various core and concentration requirements can be found on the catalog’s Environmental Studies Major page.