Coe College - Department of Environmental Studies
1220 First Avenue NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
The environmental studies major at Coe is a collateral, interdisciplinary program which requires students to study environmental issues using techniques and perspectives derived from a variety of academic disciplines. At its core, environmental studies critically evaluates humanity’s interaction with the natural environment. For students looking to develop knowledge and expertise in this growing field, Coe has created a dynamic, cutting-edge program. Featuring faculty from at least six separate departments, this major is truly a liberal arts experience. Coe’s program combines courses from science (with a particular emphasis on ecology and chemistry); policy (economics, law and politics); and the humanities (philosophy/ethics, rhetoric and history).
In addition to a robust and diverse selection of on-campus courses, many students will also benefit from the many off-campus learning opportunities Coe offers, including the Wilderness Field Station, May term classes, and internships/research programs. Coe’s program will appeal to any student who is interested in environmental issues and policies. Graduates completing the major will be well prepared for further graduate studies in related fields including master’s degree work in environmental policy or public policy, or securing a job in environmental policy.
Environmental Science Major:
Coe's environmental science program is designed to prepare students for successful careers in the field by giving students significant depth in both chemistry and biology. The challenges of developing bioremediation techniques for hazardous waste sites, of understanding the biogeochemistry of nutrient-enriched streams, or of forecasting the effects of land-use changes on natural systems demand a deep knowledge of the sciences. Students who undertake the environmental science program will have opportunities to apply the knowledge they acquire in the classroom and laboratory to the type of complex challenges they will face after they leave Coe.
Opportunities for internships with local non-profits and governmental agencies are numerous due to the faculty members' long-term relationships with these groups. Student-faculty research at Coe includes the opportunity to use state-of-the-art equipment in investigations of issues such as the role of microbes in uranium remediation, the utility of wetland mitigation, effects of land use on water quality, and ecological succession using global positioning systems (GPS) and geographic information systems (GIS).