• Environmental Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Science

Environmental Science

Environmental Science at Willamette challenges students to master a comprehensive study of the natural and social sciences necessary for understanding human impact on the natural world.

Our curriculum examines the fundamental physical and biological principles governing natural processes and the reciprocal relationships among the political, social, economic, and ethical principles and structures governing human processes. We practice a systems thinking approach to exploring the multidisciplinary nature and complexity of environmental issues and problem solving. Environmental science is a springboard to careers in research, government, education, business, community-based organizations, and law.

Our faculty have expertise in climate change, environmental geoscience, public and environmental health, natural resources management, geoarchaeology, spatial science, sustainability, and forest ecology. Environmental Science students and faculty engage in interdisciplinary coursework and research with chemistry, biology, anthropology, sociology, politics, classical studies, archeology, history and art history, leveraging expertise and broadening student educational grounding.

Why study Environmental Science at Willamette?

We are the longest standing Environmental Science program in the Pacific Northwest, with five full-time faculty dedicated to delivering our major. Our Environmental Science students are well situated to pursue their studies. For field study, a great diversity of environments and land-use practices can be found within a short distance – everything from the Pacific Ocean to the Cascades, from wilderness to cities. As a state, Oregon has pioneered many aspects of environmental management. The University's location, just across the street from the Capitol and many state government offices, and the department's strong ties to local and regional environmental and research organizations facilitates practical learning and involvement.

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Park ranger protects Oregon’s stunning places

Inspired by the community spirit of Willamette’s faculty and students, Nick Schoeppner ’11 built a career in public service.

Nick Schoeppner ’11
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Faculty-student collaborative research gains national visibility

Study of halogenated estrogens leads to publication, audio story on NPR.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry David Griffith and research student Logan Vine ’17
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Students find ‘all races, all research fields’ represented at science conference

Willamette students present summer research at the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science conference.

Assistant Professor of Biology Rosa León-Zayas, Karen Espinoza ’19, Moncerrad Barajas Gomez ’21, Arianna Cannady ’19, Kat Vazquez ’21, Dayton Towata ’19  and Jash Sekai ’19.