The Center for Environmental Studies

Environmental issues call upon citizens, organizations, and governments to grasp complex scientific concepts, address conflicting human values, and make difficult economic, political and ethical choices. The three curricular options in Environmental Studies—the Major in Environmental Studies and the Concentration in Environmental Studies and the Concentration in Coastal and Ocean Studies—are designed to prepare students to effectively address these issues by integrating perspectives and methodologies from the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the arts and humanities.

The program is administered by the Center for Environmental Studies (CES), located in the Class of 1966 Environmental Center. Founded in 1967, CES was one of the first environmental studies programs at a liberal arts college.

To learn more about our work, please check out the 2023 edition of our annual newsletter, the CES Fieldnotes.

Department News

Log Lunch with Paul Speer ’78: Resilient Woods Hole: Climate Resiliency in a Coastal Cape Cod Community

An unexpectedly snowy Friday, April 5 brought the community together for Log Lunch, and spirits were high as the student cooks prepared a perfect meal for the day. Today’s menu consisted of carrot ginger soup with maple syrup from Hopkins...

Log Lunch with David Joyce ’00, Assistant US Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office: Prosecuting Environmental Crimes in Federal Court

On a cold and sunny Friday, March 1, the Log Lunch community gathered for the first Log Lunch of this month. Today, the student cooks provided an excellent Mediterranean-inspired meal consisting of falafel, pita, tzatziki, mushroom farro soup, roast veggie...

Log Lunch with Molly Pickel ’15: Parks & Rec…Knope, It’s Not Like on TV

Last Friday, students, faculty, and community members gathered in the Log for the final log lunch of the semester. Log Lunchers enjoyed vegetable spring rolls with a sweet chili sauce as well as sesame coconut rice with mango and a...
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