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We are now the College of the Environment

The College of the Environment is entering its next 50 years with a new name, following a vote of the Board of Trustees on December 9, 2021 to remove “Huxley” from the College name. Read the legacy review statement from Board Chair John Meyer and President Sabah Randhawa.

Our mission remains the same: to address today's environmental issues and prepare tomorrow's interdisciplinary problem solvers. The support of our community of alumni and friends is at the heart of our success, as we also strive to increase the diversity of the faculty and students whose perspectives are so essential to solving today’s complex environmental problems. Stay tuned for information on upcoming visioning sessions in 2022 for internal and external stakeholders!

Our Difference

Since 1969, WWU’s College of the Environment has enjoyed a reputation as a premier institution for the education of future environmental experts and leaders. Our distinctive, interdisciplinary curriculum grants degrees from the Department of Environmental Sciences (B.S., M.S.)Department of Environmental Studies (B.A., B.A.E., M.A., M.Ed.) and the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning & Policy (B.A.). Each department offers multiple majors; from urban planning and environmental policy to estuarine science and terrestrial ecology. 

We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and will continue to support the worldwide movements for civil rights and social justice, to end structural racism and to empower People of Color, Women, Immigrants, Indigenous, Disabled, and LGBTQI people as fully equal and fully safe members of our society. Read Our College Solidarity Statement.

College News

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Meet the 2022 Presidential Scholars

The Presidential Scholar award is Western Washington University’s highest graduation honor for undergraduates. Students are selected by deans of their respective colleges for their exceptional…

students presenting their research in carver gym as part of scholars week.

Scholars Week returning to in-person format this year; registration opens April 25

Scholars Week, an annual celebration showcasing the best of Western Washington University students’ research and creative work, returns to Western’s campus May 16 – May 20, 2022, after two years…

A valley of trees with a mountainside in the distance

Three Western grad students win Anchor QEA scholarships to assist with their research

Three graduate students at from Western’s College of the Environment, Lamai Cox, Katey Queen and Virginia MacDonald, were recently announced as recipients of research scholarships from Anchor QEA…

Student Stories

Portrait of Sarah Hirnyck standing in front of a misty canyon with craggy rock peaks. Sarah is wearing a purple rain jacket and givng the camera two thumbs up.

I chose Western because Bellingham is a beautiful place and I heard amazing things about the school.

Sarah Hirnyck

The Planet Magazine

Grey Wolf wandering in the forest near a stream

The Planet is a publication class offered through the Environmental Studies department. It combines the environmental focus of the college with the writing and reporting skills taught in the journalism department. Students publish a quarterly environmental magazine in print version as well as online. The Planet class is advised by Warren Cornwall.

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The College acknowledges with respect...

We acknowledge with respect the Coast Salish peoples on whose traditional territory the college stands, and to the Lummi and Nooksack peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

DefaultVeg 

The College of the Environment’s mission is to address today's environmental issues and continue to support the worldwide movements for social justice. In order to align our food choices with these essential values, we adopt DefaultVeg as our food practice for all meetings and events hosted by the College, to shift our purchasing practices away from factory farming — a root cause of social injustice for humans, animals, and the environment.