Environmental Sciences

Research & Fieldwork

Faculty in the Environmental Science department are engaged in a number of research activities that involve undergraduate students who are frequently hired through work studies opportunities, exception funding and internship programs. Faculty research is also an integral component of the various classroom and field experiential activities.


Environmental Science Laboratory

Clubs & Organizations


The Environmental Science Program offers students the opportunity to participate in a variety of clubs and organizations that promote academic and professional growth, and, more importantly, connect students to peers who want to have fun and build upon their passions.

Recognized student clubs and organizations affiliated with the program are listed below:

Raising Awareness for the Environment

Preview of Courses

The following are courses that have been offered or are usually offered by the Program in Environmental Science and Environmental Studies. For a comprehensive list of courses, please refer to the current Schedule of Classes or Course Catalog

Sample Core Courses

Study Abroad

Travel throughout multiple countries, cultural exchange, foreign language immersion, unique academic adventures - all of these are hallmarks of the international study experience.


The program offers majors in both Environmental Science and Environmental Studies, and minors in each. Major requirements include completion of the required core courses, and choosing and completing a major in either Environmental Studies or Environmental Science. Please see the Track Coordinators for additional information and guidance.

Core courses 

Environmental Science & Environmental Studies

Climate change and the environment have become ever-present concerns in our world. For those students wanting to contribute to a more sustainable earth, the environmental science/environmental studies program offers an interdisciplinary approach to examining environmental issues.

2013 Honors Convocation Recognizes Outstanding Poets

Dozens of Whittier College students were bestowed with various honors from departments and college heads for their dedication to academics and service at the 2013 Spring Honors Convocation. Of note, more than 60 students were recognized for securing academic fellowships and research internships.

Click here to see a full list of student honorees.

URSCA Highlights Whittier Undergraduate Research

More than 70 Whittier College students participated in the 3rd Annual Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Arts (URSCA) Presentation Day. This year presenters represented more than a dozen majors and session topics ranged from "The Use of Pre-Existing Classical Music in Contemporary Film" and "Gender Issues in Latin American Literature" to "The Politics of Memory, Money, and Identity" and "Approaches to Social Issues."