The Classroom Experience

The environmental studies major provides students with an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of environmental issues and includes courses from the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.

Restoration Ecology Classes
See how undergrads are digging in, designing experiments, answering questions, monitoring progress, and taking the lead in reversing ecosystem degradation
Haley Rivers ’19 (left) and Leila Kouakou ’18 are spending their summer doing research for the Audubon Society’s Peterson Estuary Center in Old Lyme, Connecticut.
Thanks to an alumna and College funding, two MHC students are spending the summer identifying aquatic plants to help assess the Connecticut River’s health.
Palace of Versailles, France.
This concentration focuses on the study of the political, economic, historical, and cultural forces that shape environmental policies.
Kew Gardens, London.
This concentration focuses on the science and policy behind conserving biodiversity and ecosystem function.
This is a photograph of Catherine Corson with interns Julia Worcester ’17, Isabel Flores-Ganley ’17, and Sabine Rogers ’18 and the entire multi-institutional research team at the 2016 World Conservation Congress in September.
Political ecologist Catherine Corson took her three student interns to the World Conservation Congress in Hawaii to study global environmental politics.
Photo of restoration ecology boardwalk
Mount Holyoke College’s restoration ecology program has opened a boardwalk, inviting the community to learn about the science and enjoy the sights.
Kate Ballantine’s research on environmental revival and ecosystems at a former cranberry bog in Plymouth investigates the effects of climate change.
Birch at Mount Holyoke College
This is a field and lab-based interdisciplinary science concentration that examines the structure and function of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
Kate Ballantine , with a group of students examining a soil sample on the Project Stream site.
More than 100 high school students spent the day at Mount Holyoke’s restoration ecology site, learning about the environment from the ground up.
Sarah Hastings' Rhiz Home
Sarah Hastings '15: my house has grown from a non-linear network of human interaction, books, coursework, resource flows, and online inspiration.
A photograph of Catherine Corson hiking
Catherine Corson, associate professor of environmental studies, has been named director of the Miller Worley Center for the Environment.
Professor Corson studies how governments at various levels make environmental decisions.
 Shaughnessy Naughton and Robert K. Musil will be speaking at Mount Holyoke as part of a speaker series on Science, the Environment and Advocacy.
Science and public advocacy experts Shaughnessy Naughton and Robert K. Musil are slated to speak at Mount Holyoke College.
National Endowment funds pilot program to explore global and local inequalities through humanities lens
National Endowment funds pilot program to explore global and local inequalities through humanities lens.
This is a three-part photograph, featuring Ellen Chilemba, the winning team of the International Business Ethics Case Competition, and Rick Feldman.
With the help of programs like the new entrepreneurship minor, Mount Holyoke students bring home prizes and wins from entrepreneurial competitions.
Prehistoric Potholes, Greenfield, MA
Nearly all environmental issues occur near or at the Earths surface, this concentration explores the geology behind today's environmental issues.
dinosaur skeleton, saber tooth
This concentration study the living worlds that have and are evolving and their connection to the physical processes that shape the geologic record.
This is a photograph of the Project River boardwalk, with bright fall foliage in the background.
Assistant Professor Kate Ballantine was recognized as an “Environmental Ground-Breaker” for her ecological restoration work.
Photo of Veronika Kivenson FP’13 aboard a research vessel
Alum Veronika Kivenson’s NSF grant allows her to use a supercomputer to examine how microbes metabolize pollutants found in marine sediment.
Aayushi Mishra ’17
“Within the first 30 minutes, my professors had convinced me to pursue environmental studies as a major, and as a career.”
Dana Rubin
Dana Rubin '12: Working for an affordable housing director, I heard stories, many from first generation immigrants about public transportation issues.
Emma Singer
Emma Singer '14: I work with students who have vastly different outdoor experiences from my own and my ES major helped me to better understand their needs.
This is a photo of Farah Rawas '17 standing in front of the Community Center construction site.
Through its engineering and sustainability programs, Mount Holyoke has given Farah Rawas ’17 the resources she needs to help her community in Beirut.
Greenfield, Ma
The concentration explore factors that shape human-environment relations across both the industrialized world and the global South.
Raymond Bradley
Acclaimed climate expert Raymond Bradley will kick off MHC’s speaker series on climate change one year after the historic 2015 Paris Agreement.
Greenfield, MA
Explore the changing relationships between human beings and the natural world through time using the perspectives and tools of the humanities.
The Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden
The Botanic Garden is a living, curated collection of plants that can be used, much like the Art Museum or library, for classes of all disciplines.