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.
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
Researching at Pomona
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.
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 ’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.
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.
Every environmental analysis class I have taken has had people of different foci: biology, politics and econ, architecture and sustainability, computer science and almost anything else you can think of. I really value this because I feel like I learn so much not only from professors, but from my classmates, something I think is pretty unique to such an interdisciplinary major at a liberal arts school.
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.
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.