The complexity and interdisciplinary nature of environmental problems requires that students be provided with a solid foundation in the natural sciences as well as the social sciences. Environmental Studies students therefore take courses in departments and disciplines including Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Economics, and Sociology. Partnerships with local environmental organizations and agencies provide students with opportunities to gain experience investigating and developing solutions to environmental problems of regional significance.
This is a partial listing of courses for the Environmental Studies program at MCLA. Download the current catalog for the complete list.
Foundations of Biology
Weather & Climate
Introduction to Chemistry
Introduction to Environmental Systems
Politics and Environmental Policy
Methods in Environmental Research
Why take GIS?
Geographic Information Systems/Science is rapidly becoming the optimum approach for displaying and analyzing both spatial and temporal data in virtually every field. Decision making then moves from a subjective "blackbox" situation to a reproducible, criteria driven process. To successfully employ geospatial models in their chosen field, students must understand the theory, software applications, data, project management concepts, and terminology related to GIS.
Every semester the Green Living Seminars center around a different topic, relevant to current sustainability issues. This seminar series is sponsored by the Berkshire Environmental Resource Center (BERC) and the Environmental Studies Program.