Study environmental issues and develop the skills to help create a more sustainable society.

The interdisciplinary five-college Environmental Analysis (EA) major applies approaches in the social sciences, arts, humanities and natural sciences to understanding and solving environmental problems.

With tracks in environmental science and the environment and society, you can explore topics ranging from economics, ethics and social justice to the hard sciences. You’ll create a real-world solution for a client in your senior seminar, and conduct in-depth research for your thesis and other research projects.

The major is designed to prepare students for careers in many environmental problem-solving fields, including law, policy, medicine, the sciences, conservation, global climate change, urban planning, community action and resource management. 

  • In class with Professor Char Miller
    In class with Professor Char Miller
  • At the Organic Farm with Professor Emeritus Rick Hazlett
    At the Organic Farm with Professor Emeritus Rick Hazlett

What You'll Study

  • Environmental issues and challenges
  • Environmental politics and justice
  • Interdisciplinary literature
  • Field, community and archival research methods
  • Real-world dimensions of environmental problem-solving
100
Percentage of EA students engaged in team-based, client-driven sustainability projects

Researching at Pomona

  • Madison Vorva '17
    GIS and Community Mapping

    Madison Vorva '17 created a GIS lesson for high school environmental science students, using the Jane Goodall Institute's geodesign and community mapping initiatives outside of Gombe National Park as a case study.

  • Ki'Amber Thompson '18
    Mapping Movement: Using GIS to Understand Livestock and Development Patterns in Mongolia

    Ki'Amber Thompson '18 used GIS to show trends in livestock population over time and space to gain a better understanding of how livestock populations are moving with human populations.

  • Davey Holmes Project
    Redefining Christchurch

    Davey Holmes ’16  presents a visual display examining the changing cultural landscape and sense of place within Christchurch, New Zealand, as communities rebuild and recover from devastating earthquakes.

  • Anna Kramer
    The Question of Roads, Access and Impact in Yosemite National Park

    For a seminar research paper, Anna Kramer ’16 examined the debate over roads, accessibility and preservation in Yosemite National Park in the postwar era.

Davey Holmes
Davey Holmes ‘16

EA is a perfect representation of the liberal arts approach. Offering courses in a diverse array of departments, EA arms students with the ability to approach problems from various angles and appreciate the interconnectivity amongst Earth’s systems, preparing us to address today’s problems using holistic and creative approaches.

Faculty & Teaching

The EA faculty is a dynamic and diverse group of more than 60 core and affiliated faculty actively engaged in teaching and research. They come from the humanities, social sciences and sciences and bring interdisciplinary energy to analyzing the world in hopes of developing a more sustainable future.

Professor Char Miller

The EA major is as trans-disciplinary as it is transformative. Our students absorb the analytical tools of such critical fields as history, geology, politics, economics, ethics and ecology. They learn to interpret the implications of policy, literature, geography and law. Most of all, they come face-to-face with the local consequences and global ramifications of a world in stress, recognizing the opportunity to help create a more green, habitable, and just community.