In a small pond beside a building, one person digs and others tend to plants.
Students plant native species at the Lewis Center’s wetlands. Photo credit: Jennifer Manna

Environmental Studies

Program Type:
  • Major
  • Minor
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)

The Environmental Studies Program seeks to create a learning environment that fosters an understanding of the causes and consequences of our environmental predicaments, as well as help our students develop the creative problem-solving skills to design a more sustainable relationship between humans and the rest of the natural world.

Program Director

Md Rumi Shammin

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies
Department Affiliation

Rosalind Soltow ’08

Administrative Assistant 440-775-8747

Why Study Environmental Studies at Oberlin?

Study Away Programs
Associated Faculty
Research Opportunities
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Several Oberlin students volunteered to have their hair cut in the name of recycling. Hair was donated to Hair for Oil Spills, which uses the hair to make hair booms for oil cleanups Photo credit: Yingran Zhang '16


Each year in April, residence halls, co-ops, and city K-12 public schools battle it out during Ecolympics to see who can most reduce electricity and water use. This two-week competition and event series raises awareness and prompts action regarding sustainability efforts. 

Sample Courses

  • ENVS 230 - Environmental Justice and Local Knowledge 4 credits
  • ENVS 323 - Seminar: Global Environmental Politics 4 credits
  • ENVS 340 - Systems Modeling: Systems Thinking 4 credits
  • ENVS 390 - Sustainable Cities 4 credits

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Environmental Studies News

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Victor Lau ’17: Kitchen Administrator

November 29, 2018
Victor Lau ’17 is adapting to a new career path by applying his quantitative skills and experience with Oberlin’s dining co-ops to his job.
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STRONG Returns for Its Fourth Year

September 20, 2018
STRONG launched its fourth program this summer, bringing together students from underrepresented demographics in STEM and Oberlin professors through research.