Feb 16, 2019  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Studies

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Assistant Professors: Mona Becker (Department Chair), Jason Scullion.  Affiliated Professors: Claycombe, Leahy, Marx, and Morrison; Affiliated Associate Professors: Jacobs, Jakoby and Semu; Affiliated Visiting Assistant Professor: Martinson.

Areas of particular teaching interest: Professor Becker: environmental science/geology, geochemistry, and climatology; Professor Scullion: sustainablity, forest ecosystem management, and conservation biology;  Professor Claycombe: environmental economics;  Professor Leahy: comparative politics of Western Europe, developing and communist nations, methodology of comparative politics; Professor Marx: physics education research, energy;  Professor Morrison: coral reefs, herpetology, ecology of the Bahamas; Professor Jakoby; environmental philosophy; Professor Semu: globalization and international development, urban studies; Professor Jacobs: marine science and invertebrate biology; Professor Martinson: ecology and botany.

Specializations in the ENV Major

All ENV students are required to complete six core courses, which are listed under “Courses for Environmental Studies.”   Students majoring in ENV then choose their area of specialization from three program tracks including: (1) Environmental Policy and Management, (2) Earth System Science, or (3) Environmental Science – Biology.


McDaniel College’s location in the greater Washington-Baltimore region allows us to offer a number of valuable internship opportunities through government and consulting agencies. We also encourage students to take part in the institution’s Washington Partnership Internship Program. Additionally, there are many opportunities for students to take part in internationally based courses and internships, for example, the School for Field Studies, Operation Wallecea, and the Political Science Semester in Washington, D.C. (either through the American University or through George Washington University).  The ENV department is generously supported by a grant from the Cargill Foundation which enables the department to fund multiple student projects.

Honors in Environmental Studies

Honors in ENV will be awarded to graduating seniors who have earned at least a 3.70 grade point average in all courses taken in the major. Students also must have demonstrated leadership in ENV, such as serving as an officer of Green Life, completing independent research, or completing two or more semesters of an environmentally-based internship, and are recommended by the department.


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