students do field work for their MAP at CERA

Environmental Studies

A concentration for a career that matters.

Through multi-disciplinary programs committed to evidence gathering and critical thinking, you’ll explore the many issues posed by the relationship between humans and our natural environment. You’ll put classroom knowledge to work through international study programs and at the Conrad Environmental Research Area, a 365-acre facility with prairie grassland, forest, a lake, half-mile of river, and a permanent field laboratory. The insights gained will prepare you for graduate school or a career with environmental, political, and research organizations and private-sector companies.

  • Yellow wildflowers blooming in a new prairie planting on North Campus

    Environmental Studies 120: Challenges and Responses

    Renewable Energy, Native Pollinators, Stormwater Reclamation

    Without an obvious landmark such as a 280-foot-tall wind turbine, how do you know if a college is committed to environmental sustainability? 

    During spring 2021, students in Environmental Studies 120 learned about the sustainability features Grinnell has, but that are not obvious to the naked eye, like the big geothermal well field beneath Mac Field. They decided which features should be identified with signs and how the signs should be designed.

Department Information

1115 8th Ave
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

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