Career Planning

Majors and Concentrations

The following programs of study are offered through Albion College's Center for Sustainability and the Environment.

Environmental Science Major

The 10-unit environmental science major provides broad exposure to environmental sciences at the introductory level, focused work in science at the upper level, and a set of cognates designed to show the social and humanistic context in which scientists work.

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Environmental Studies Major

Students completing the environmental studies major will gain a deep understanding of the complex relationships among natural and social systems, as well as a proficiency in the analytical, rhetorical and creative skills necessary to perceive the wonders of the natural and human worlds and to solve the environmental challenges we face in the twenty-first century.

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Sustainability Studies Major

Note: This major is currently under revision. Please contact Timothy Lincoln, CSE director, for further information.

This major offers an opportunity for Albion students to participate in an international, interdisciplinary program that is grounded in the social sciences and designed for students who are engaged in today’s and tomorrow’s sustainability challenges.

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Environmental Science Concentration

Some environmental careers are practiced primarily in one field of science. Students interested in pursuing such careers should consider the option of a science major with an environmental science concentration. It is strongly advised that students talk with science faculty in choosing their option.

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Environmental Studies Concentration

The environmental studies concentration is designed for students who have an interest in environmental issues and plan careers in related fields. The choice of courses for this concentration is more open than in the environmental science concentration, due to the varying interests and backgrounds of the students who choose this option. Participating students may pursue a major in any field. Students who complete this concentration might, for example, enter science journalism or work for environmental advocacy groups.

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Matthew Kay

An innovative and versatile performer, composer, and teacher, Matthew Kay has played around the world with some of the world's finest musicians. With a desire to engage audiences with a unique experience, Matthew's performances span a diverse range of genres such as traditional british brass band music, classical music, electronica, jazz, gospel, and Roma gypsy music.

Matthew has played with the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, and the Southern Tier Orchestra. In 1998, he became the British Cornet Champion, shortly after joining the world-renowned Yorkshire Building Society Band. During his seven years with the band, they became widely regarded as the best brass band in the world winning the European Brass Band Championships a record six times, touring Europe and Australia, and recorded several internationally acclaimed CDs.

Matthew his currently completing his doctorate in trumpet performance at Michigan State University. He is the founder of Slavistar, a Roma gypsy style band, which blends traditional Eastern European folk tunes with jazz, funk and soul.


Briton Path Mentors

  • Kalli Allen

    Kalli Allen

    Hometown: Cleveland, OH
    Major: Ethnic Studies

    Words to live by:
    "How you gon' win if you ain't right within?"
    -Lauryn Hill, Doo Wop (That Thing)

  • Julie Armitage

    Julie Armitage

    Hometown: Canton, MI
    Major: Biology

    Words to live by:
    Inch by inch life's a sinch, yard by yard life is hard.

  • Becca Barry

    Becca Barry

    Hometown: Manistee, MI
    Major: Business & Communication

    Words to live by:
    Life will take you everywhere you need to go.

  • Cam Clements

    Cam Clements

    Hometown: Birmingham, MI
    Major: Biology / Management

    Words to live by:
    The problem isn't the problem, the problem is your attitude about the problem.

  • Lauren Cook

    Lauren Cook

    Hometown: Milan, MI
    Major: Athletic Training / Psychology

    Words to live by:
    No matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine!

  • Alexis Garza

    Alexis Garza

    Hometown: Saginaw, MI
    Major: Ethnic Studies & History / Religious Studies

    Words to live by:
    Durning your life, never stop dreaming. No one can take away your dreams.
    -Tupac Shakur

  • Kendra Gembala

    Kendra Gembala

    Hometown: Cedar Lake, TN
    Major: Finance & Public Policy

    Words to live by:
    Nothing worth achieving is ever easy.

  • Lauren Kelsey

    Lauren Kelsey

    Hometown: Sanford, MI
    Major: Biochemistry / Molecular Biology

    Words to live by:
    Passion will move you beyond all your shortcomings and failures.

  • Julia Malecke

    Julia Malecke

    Hometown: South Lyon, MI
    Major: Business & Communications

    Words to live by:
    Never give up. Keep perservering no matter what.

  • Jake Neracher

    Jake Neracher

    Hometown: Wixom, MI
    Major: Communication / Management

    Words to live by:
    Keep yourself in the moment. Smile.

  • Kelly Wright

    Kelly Wright

    Hometown: Northville, MI
    Major: Athletic Trainer / Spanish

    Words to live by:
    Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day.

  • Jared Yaroch

    Jared Yaroch

    Hometown: Clarkston, MI
    Major: Commnication / Exercise Science

    Words to live by:
    Stay focused.

  • Jamal Yearwood

    Jamal Yearwood

    Hometown: Saginaw, MI
    Major: Spanish / Management

    Words to live by:
    Above all be genuine to yourself.

Ian F. MacInnes

Ian F. MacInnes, Professor, ChairProfessor, Chair

Phone: 517/629-0259

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