Do you look at the world around you and wonder about the relationship between humans and our environment? Are you a problem solver in search of a well-rounded environmental science toolkit?

As an environmental science major, you’ll study how human activity affects the environment, and how environmental problems affect humans. The scientific process will become second nature as you use it to explore questions about the natural world. You'll learn from experts across a range of natural science disciplines, especially geosciences, biology, and chemistry. By the time you graduate, you'll have firsthand experience devising scientific solutions to the environmental challenges our world faces today and tomorrow.

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Student Perspective

“[My Lawrence summer research project*] ... uncovers an effective path toward climate change adaptation and resiliency for the world’s most vulnerable groups.” 

Gaston Kaisin ’22, 
Environmental Studies, Music (Trumpet)
Guilford, Connecticut 
* Findings from this research were included in a climate change assessment report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.


Lawrence Research Fellows

As a Lawrence University Research Fellow, you will have the opportunity to participate in student-faculty collaborative research, whether it’s with our professors here on campus or with one of our collaborating off-campus programs around the world.

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Research in SLUG

You can do specialized, climate-based research and gain graduate-level insights through hands-on work in the Sustainable Lawrence University Garden - all without leaving campus.

From climate science to chemistry, learn about our environment from a variety of perspectives.

View course descriptions and schedules.

Geoscientists, biologists, and more contribute their perspectives to environmental studies.

Students in Costa Rica

Get into the field

Study abroad opportunities in places like Costa Rica let you tackle global environmental issues with global experiences.

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Connect theory and practice through research

The Junior Seminar and Senior Capstone sequence of the environmental science program is designed to guide you through the process of developing a unique research question, structuring your data collection and analysis, and presenting your findings to a variety of audiences.

The Chandler Senior Experience

The capstone sequence, Junior Seminar and Senior Capstone, develops the environmental scientist by authentic engagement with an environmental challenge of your interest. We learn together how to go from question formation to devising a research strategy, data collection and analysis, and presentation of results to both professional and community audiences.

Recent Senior Experiences include:

  • PurpleAir Sensors: New Instrumentation to Enhance Community Participation in Particulate Matter Monitoring Near Industrial Activity and Improve Relationships between Scientists and the Public
  • Quantification of The Cayman Island's Coral Reef Ecosystem Services
  • Analyzing the Viability of High Elevation Dunes as Seed Refuges for *Cirsium pitcheri*
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Explore Environmental Science Outcomes

Critical environmental challenges are facing our world today, and your drive to be part of the solution is needed more than ever in career fields like environmental engineering, climate science, forestry, and more.

Interested in exploring environmental questions through the lens of policy, advocacy, or the arts and humanities?

Can you picture yourself at Lawrence? Apply for admission.

The best way to find out if Lawrence is the university for you is by visiting.

Your virtual tour starts at the Arch but be sure to check out Steitz Hall, to explore physical science learning spaces.