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Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences

The Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences offers interdisciplinary programs of study leading to a bachelor of science in environmental science or environmental studies. A minor in environmental studies is also available. These programs provide students with the intellectual foundation they will need in addressing crucial environmental challenges of the 21st century such as human population growth, urban sprawl, deforestation, global climate change, waste disposal, air and water pollution, loss of biodiversity, and the need for renewable energy.

About Our Program

The Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences (ESS) offers interdisciplinary programs of study leading to a bachelor of science in environmental science or environmental studies. A minor in environmental studies is also available. These programs provide students with the intellectual foundation they will need in addressing crucial environmental challenges of the 21st century such as human population growth, urban development, food and agricultural systems, deforestation, global climate change, waste disposal, air and water pollution, loss of biodiversity, and the need for renewable energy.

 

Faculty & Staff

Department Chair
  • Professor

    Virginia is a restoration ecologist whose work links ecological restoration to ecosystem services that benefit humans. She is also interested in how land managers and policymakers use science and public opinion to set priorities for restoration.

Department Manager

Beyond the Classroom

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Stories

View of lush green hills with irrigation pipes connecting to houses

Climate change shifts rain patterns critical to planting cycles

Stephanie Hughes holding award

Hughes was recognized for her commitment to student career development

Sebastian Acevedo and D’Angelo Castillo

DNA extraction from songbird feathers opens possibilities

Zsea Bowmani mentors students in environmental justice research and advocacy

SCU faculty study farmer resilience to multiple hazards

Unequal exposure across Santa Clara County

    Life After SCU

    Alumni Stories

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    Building on undergraduate research experience, Thomas analyzes health burdens from wildfires on vulnerable populations for the California Department of Public Health.

    Elia has a new position as State Coastal Conservancy Attorney

    Roman JohnDoza posing with the ducks and swans

    Roman JohnDoza finally gets his in at the Oakland Zoo

    Better batteries are key for clean energy