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"MCLA's Environmental Studies program gave me a comprehensive introduction to the evolution and goals of the regulatory framework that defines my everyday work. Courses like Environmental Policy and Environmental Law helped to illuminate some of the complexities of major environmental legislation and court decisions, while lab courses such as Methods in Research provided hands-on opportunities for learning proper field techniques."  Dan Harris, '08

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Environmental Studies at MCLA

Water StudiesEnvironmental studies is a multidisciplinary major offering a solid foundation in the natural and social sciences.  Apply theoretical lessons from class  to a variety of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, thereby enhancing your understanding of human activities and their effects on natural systems.

Read about environmental studies students and faculty researching and restoring rivers, and about a current student and recent alum.

Why MCLA is Different

Our major includes a variety of courses in disciplines including biology, chemistry, geology, economics, and sociology.  Through our partnerships with local environmental organizations and agencies, you can investigate and develop solutions to environmental problems of regional significance. Study abroad offers you the opportunity to experience the environment from a different geographical perspective.

Each spring we host a weekly Green Living Seminar series, centered around a specific  topic related to current sustainability issues. See the mini-documentary about TCE pollution in North Adams groundwater created by seminar students.

Environmental Studies Faculty and Students Complete Study on Bacterial Pollution to Hoosic River

SamplingMCLA, in collaboration with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, has completed a study on sources of bacterial pollution to the Hoosic River in northern Berkshire County. Read the final report and report addendum.



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Current Catalog

Berkshire Environmental Resource Center (BERC)

Student Learning Outcomes of Academic Programs

Elena Traister, Environmental Studies Department Chair