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Bachelors Degree in Environmental Studies and Sustainability

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  • Course description
    The Environmental Studies & Sustainability Program (ESSP) brings together a rich grouping of courses, ongoing projects, campus programs, and speaker series that allows students to develop their own ways of combining the sciences, social sciences, and humanities to study and work on environmental and sustainability topics.

    Research and study take place everywhere from the classroom and laboratory to forests and wetlands. Through ESSP, Hampshire students develop a truly interdisciplinary, project-based course of studies that allows them to tackle, with the help of faculty and other students, complex, real-world issues.

    Sample First-Year Course
    Sustainable Living
    In this course our conversation will take the form of critical inquiry into current popular notions of sustainable fuel, fiber, food, and shelter. Can biomass fuel replace fossil fuel and with what consequences? Will local farms supplant mega-foodmarts? Can we find ways to locally integrate our life support systems, balancing human needs and the services provided by the ecosystems we occupy? Through lectures, readings, class discussions, debates, and projects we will critically examine innovative “green” technologies, using our own locale as a classroom, and gaining observational and analytical skills in the process.

    Sample Courses at Hampshire

    Agriculture, Ecology & Society
    Agriculture, Food & Human Health
    Beyond Sprawl & Crawl: Developing
    Policies to Tame Car Dependence
    Biomass Energy
    Culture, Religion & Environmentalism
    Earth Resources
    Ecology
    Ecology of New England Old-Growth Forests
    Elements of Sustainability
    Environmental Chemistry
    Environmental Ethics
    Environmental Policy in a Time of Globalization
    Pollution & Our Environment
    Stream Ecology
    Sustainable Agriculture Seminar
       
    Sustainable Living
    Sustainable Technology
    Sustainable Water Resources
    This Land is Your Land: Land & Property in America
    The Unknown Microbial Majority

    Through the Consortium
    Environmental Science (MHC)
    Field Methods in Ecology (UMass)
    Fundamentals of the Environment (UMass)
    Intro to Environmental Biology (UMass)
    Soil Chemistry (UMass)

    Facilities and Resources
    Resources available for Hampshire Environmental Studies and Sustainability Program students include our state-of-the-art labs and electronic classrooms, and extend beyond the boundaries of the college. Hampshire owns 800 acres of land that includes woodland, pastures, fields, and streams. This serves as a living laboratory where students can study and experiment.

    Through the Five College Coastal and Marine Sciences program, students can use the Hampshire bioshelter for research in aquaculture and marine ecology. In addition, the program sponsors student seminars and internships at or with the support of the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole. Recently, the program has also sponsored training trips on oceanographic vessels, and field courses in the Caribbean and Central America.

    Hampshire College Associate Professor of Ecology and Entomology Brian Schultz constructed a canopy walkway in the woods surrounding campus. Students can climb to tree-top level to better observe and study the plants and wildlife native to the region.

    Students interested in agriculture work on, and study, many aspects of organic farming at the several-hundred-acre Hampshire College Farm Center and through the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project based at the Farm Center.

    The School of Natural Science maintains a complete GIS (Geographic Information Systems) computer lab with the latest software from ESRI installed on high performance computers. Using state-of-the-art GPS units and an extensive library of recent and historical aerial photos and maps, students are building a growing digital database of Hampshire’s natural resources, including maps of trails, soils, wetlands, and wildlife sightings.

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