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
Special Collections
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. 

Upcoming Environmental Studies Events

Sample Courses

  • ECON 331 - Natural Resource Economics 4 credits
  • ENVS 225 - Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change 4 credits
  • ENVS 322 - Energy and Society 4 credits
  • ENVS 342 - Political Ecology 4 credits

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