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Our Difference

Since 1969, WWU’s Huxley 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 Studies (B.A., B.A.E., M.A., M.Ed.) and the Department of Environmental Sciences (B.S., M.S.). 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. The Huxley College Solidarity Statement can be found here.

Huxley in the news

According to new research by Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Environmental Science Alia Khan,  red and green algae growing on snow in the Antarctic Peninsula causes...
Western Washington University invites the community to join the virtual celebration of summer and fall graduates Saturday, Dec.
As Western’s brand-new Marine and Coastal Science (MACS) program nears its first-ever major-application deadline on Dec.
Portrait of Ken Johnson smiling at the camera wearing a grey suit
Huxley College has always been ahead of its time, and I'm confident it will continue to be so.
Ken Johnsen 1975

The Planet is a publication class offered through the Environmental Studies department. It combines the environmental focus of Huxley 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.

Up Next

Upcoming Events

January 28, 2021
11:00 - 12:00pm
Adam Huggins & Mendel Skulski
January 28, 2021
Speaker Series
4:30 - 4:30pm
Mike Sato
February 4, 2021
Speaker Series
4:30 - 4:30pm

Huxley College acknowledges with respect...

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


Huxley 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.