Emphasis in Environmental Analysis (EEA) at Harvey Mudd

Environmental analysis fits exceptionally well within the Harvey Mudd College mission to train students who combine technical rigor and engagement with pressing social issues. There has always been a significant demand for environmental courses, research experiences, and Clinics at the college. The new Emphasis in Environmental Analysis (EEA) provides a curricular program to help students move through their environmental studies in a coherent and cumulative fashion.

The Emphasis in Environmental Analysis is not a major. Rather, it is a coordinated program of study that allows students majoring in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics the opportunity to address environmental issues from a range of perspectives so that they may better understand the impact of their work.

Emphasis Structure

An Emphasis in Environmental Analysis consists of six courses beyond the core with significant environmental analysis content taken on- or off-campus, including at least three courses in recognized HSA disciplines and two courses in science, engineering, and mathematics. At least three of the courses must be at the upper-division level. Upon approval by the Hixon Center for Sustainable Environmental Design, one summer research, year-long research, or year-long Clinic experience with a substantial environmental analysis component may be counted towards the six-course total.

Environmental Analysis Courses Available in Spring 2014 (for reference)

Environmental Analysis Courses Offered Over Past 5 Years (for reference)


Students must declare their intention to pursue an Emphasis in Environmental Analysis in or before their fifth semester. This involves filing a form approved by an EEA advisor on the Harvey Mudd College Emphasis in EA Sakai site.


Students who successfully meet the requirements for the Emphasis in Environmental Analysis will receive a certificate from the Hixon Center for Sustainable Environmental Design and will have it noted on their transcript.

EEA Faculty Advisors
Department Advisor(s)
Biology Adolph, McFadden
Chemistry Daub, Hawkins, Van Ryswyk
Computer Science Erlinger
Engineering Cardenas, Spjut
Humanities, Social Sciences,
and the Arts
Evans, Steinberg
Mathematics de Pillis, Levy
Physics Haskell, Saeta


Other Academic Options

There are a wide variety of courses taught in environmental sciences on the five college campuses.

Multiple academic options are available for Harvey Mudd students interested in environmental analysis and sustainability. They may:

  • Complete their humanities, social sciences, and the arts concentration in Environmental Studies.
  • Pursue an informal emphasis in Environmental Analysis within a Harvey Mudd technical major.
  • Design a major in Environmental Studies as an Individual Program of Studies (IPS).
  • Double major in a Harvey Mudd technical discipline and Environmental Analysis 5-C-wide.
  • Complete an off-campus major in the 5-C Environmental Analysis.
  • Complete the requirements of a typical major in Environmental Studies without entering a formal program.
  • Enroll in the Semester in Environmental Science at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

Additional Information

For more information, contact one of the EEA Advisors above, or send an e-mail to hixoncenter@hmc.edu.

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