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With a 200-acre ecological site, rural farming communities and natural streams, rivers and wilderness locations in our surrounding area, Alma is uniquely situated for extraordinary research opportunities in environmental studies.
The Environmental Studies program at Alma College engages students in interdisciplinary work in environmental science, health, economics and policy. Real-world research is stressed, with opportunities for domestic or study-abroad internships.
Students in the Environmental Studies program have the opportunity to apply their knowledge to real-world problems through established connections with the community, such as the ongoing Pine River cleanup project in St. Louis.
Check out the ecology and bird banding research Abi Fergus ’18 is doing during the summer months in her blog Alma Ornithology: Bird Banding.
A training and source water specialist for the Michigan Rural Water Association, Kelly Hon helps local municipalities in the planning and proactive analysis of major water issues.
Summer research takes place both in and outside of the classroom. Here are two examples of faculty-directed studies that address real-world problems.
Alma students analyze drinking water for lead, test streams and rivers for unhealthy nutrients, and illustrate their data with GIS software. Gratiot County is their “lab” for real-world learning.