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Research and Education

Bowdoin's unique location on the Maine coast offers a living laboratory for environmental exploration, and our centers for learning and research provide a connection among coastal, arctic, and environmental studies that is singular among undergraduate institutions.

The College's cluster of faculty expertise in climate-change research spans boreal, atmospheric, Arctic and Antarctic environments - and offers Bowdoin students opportunities to participate in important research in the laboratory and around the globe.

Sustainability issues weave through Bowdoin's interdisciplinary curriculum, from disciplines as far-reaching as architecture, geology, economics, visual art, biology, mathematics, history and English. Many of these courses include a community or statewide partner, giving students the opportunity to apply classroom concepts to real-world challenges at home.

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A Sustainable Education


Bowdoin's highly multidisciplinary curriculum challenges students to approach sustainability as scientists, artists, and scholars – and to make a positive impact with their own research and projects. Learn more »


Bowdoin is a leader among liberal arts colleges in the breadth of its faculty expertise in climate change, which spans boreal, atmospheric, marine, Arctic, and Antarctic environments. Learn more »


Bowdoin faculty and students are on the frontlines of sustainability research in fields spanning earth system science, coastal studies, environmental justice and public policy. Learn more »

Research Centers

Bowdoin's two coastal research stations -- the Bowdoin Scientific Station and the Coastal Studies Center -- have been at the center of important scientific and environmental studies for decades. The College's Arctic Studies Program is the nation's only undergraduate program where students can explore museum-based archival studies and do real-life Arctic fieldwork. Learn more »


Please contact the following individuals with questions regarding Bowdoin's sustainable research and education.

Eileen Sylvan Johnson, Environmental Studies Program Manager
Phil Camill, Rusack Associate Professor of Earth and Oceanographic Sciences and Environmental Studies, Director for Environmental Studies Program