Academics

Classes in many departments take advantage of Maine's unique natural resources.Colby was a pioneer in the introduction of environmental programs in the early 1970s and continues its environmental leadership, offering rigorous and distinctive academic programs. Campus Sustainability and Resource Conservation are stated core values at Colby.The number of majors in the Environmental Studies Program grew from five in 1995 to approximately 75 in 2010-11. Projects undertaken by students in the ES program have provided much of the momentum for sustainability initiatives that make Colby a green leader. State-of-the-art facilities, including a new building for interdisciplinary studies and social sciences, support the academic program.

The mission of the Program in Environmental Studies is to provide our students with an interdisciplinary, liberal arts education. We strive to present students with a positive learning environment that encourages creative, responsible, interdisciplinary independent thinking. We do this through lecture, seminar, laboratory, and fieldwork as well as through opportunities for collaborative research, off-campus internships, and study abroad. The environmental studies curriculum provides our students with both breadth and depth of training in the discipline and emphasizes the relationship between humans and the environment. Faculty and staff associated with the program are committed to excellence in teaching, student advising, scholarship, service to the college, and to community outreach.
A partnership with Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences and a gift to start a marine conservation track in environmental studies in 2011-12 will allow Colby to expand significantly its study of the oceans. The Colby-Bigelow partnership will increase teaching and research collaboration between Colby (students and faculty) and Bigelow’s senior research scientists.
Colby offers major programs in environmental science with an emphasis in chemistry and environmental studies. Both programs prepare students for a role as educated citizens in a world increasingly confronted with environmental problems as well as for entry-level positions in firms or government agencies dealing with these problems or for graduate work in related areas.

The Environmental Studies Program is centered in the Diamond Building, which includes a state-of-the-art GIS lab staffed by a GIS and quantitative analysis specialist, a multimedia-equipped ES seminar room, research offices for ES students working on honors theses, and offices for ES faculty and the ES programs coordinator. The Keyes Building and Olin Science Center include teaching and research labs, greenhouses, and data-analysis facilities. Environmental programs are supported by the Olin Science Library. Students maintain an on-campus organic garden. The 128-acre Perkins Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary is part of the campus and the Colby-Marston Preserve is a College-owned research bog in Belgrade Lakes. Many courses used these natural areas and other of Maine's unique natural resources. In 2010 Colby announced a strategic partnership with the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science to expand marine study opportunities.

Colby's campus is within an hour of the Appalachian Trail and an hour from the Atlantic Ocean. Civic engagement and service learning programs ensure opportunities for students to engage environmental initiatives community and the state. Colby’s 714-acre campus is an ideal living laboratory for studying the environment and practicing sustainability—in the 128-acre arboretum and wildlife sanctuary on campus, on additional properties in the Belgrade Lakes including a kettle bog for research, and throughout the state. A partnership with Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences offers opportunities to study marine sciences.
 
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