Environmental Community

Learn how to live a more sustainable lifestyle while becoming a leader for sustainability on Furman’s campus and in your community. Study global and environmental topics while learning how to confront important issues such as population, climate change, and landscape transformation. Visit local sustainability landmarks such as Happy Cow Creamery or Earthaven Eco Village, and get your hands “dirty” participating in activities such as a campus waste audit or helping with harvests in the Furman Organic Garden.

Fall Course

EES 112: Introduction to Earth and Environmental Science

EES 112 explores the scientific consequences of human impact on the natural Earth system, including natural hazards, resource depletion, and waste disposal and pollution. The class also fulfills both the “Empirical Study of the Natural World with lab” GER and the “Humans and the Natural Environment” GER.

Spring Course

FYW 1278: Sustainability and Society

FYW 1278 explores sustainability from diverse perspectives to study and understand the sustainability of social and ecological systems. Throughout the course, students will explore a wide range of global environmental topics and their interaction with human cultures and societies. The seminar also fulfills the first-year writing seminar graduation requirement.

Faculty Mentors

Brannon Anderson

Dr. Andersen teaches the EES 112 class. His research focuses on the biogeochemical processes that control the chemical composition of rivers; biogeochemical cycles of carbon, nitrogen, and silicon; sediment transport and trace metal geochemistry.


Karen Allen

Dr. Allen teaches the FYW 1278 seminar. Her training is in cultural anthropology, and she has integrative training across disciplines relevant to conservation and sustainability science, in particular, ecological economics and landscape ecology. Dr. Allen focuses her research on the sustainability of social-ecological systems, and in her teaching and mentoring she seeks to provide experiences for students to critically analyze the feasibility of environmental policy within the complexity of human-environment interactions.