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The Douglas and Maria Bayer Endowed Chair in Earth Science
2 East South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401-4999
1. We work across boundaries. We study history and food, geoarchaeology and social justice, chemistry and philosophy and climatology. Environmental studies is organically (literally and figuratively) interdisciplinary.
2. We get out in the field. Our own 700-acre Green Oaks Biological Field Station is 20 miles from campus. But we don't stop there. Our faculty and students conduct on-site research across the region and around the world.
3. We get out on campus. We're doing important research right here, right now—in our outdoor urban farm, in our greenhouse, our geology/hydrology laboratory, and our advanced Geographic Information Systems lab.
4. We work for tomorrow. Our seniors graduate with a long list of experience—internships, research, an intensive senior project. They're ready for what's next.
The environmental studies department has three full-time faculty: a specialist on climatology and environmental justice, an earth scientist with a specialization in geoarchaeology and GIS, and a social scientist focused on environmental policy. The program also draws on faculty expertise in the departments of anthropology, biology, chemistry, economics, mathematics, history, philosophy, psychology and sociology.
Students may complete either a major or a minor in environmental studies. The major requires introductory and advanced courses in environmental studies, as well as courses in statistics and a senior project in which the student pursues a specific environmental issue in depth.
The environmental studies program is housed in Umbeck Science-Mathematics Center, where there are several large teaching laboratories as well as dedicated student/faculty research laboratories. Other resources include: