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Environmental Studies & 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.

We Need to Expand the Definition of What’s Natural

In his Earth Island Journal article, Ted Grudin explores how an inadequate description of the world hinders the environmental movement

ESS Alumnus Nick Obradovich, Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard and Research Scientist at MIT

Nick’s work focuses on climate change, politics, and the societal impacts of climate change

Recent Grad Claire Parchem Co-Presents Her Research at Scientific Conference

In collaboration with ESS faculty member Iris Stewart-Frey, Claire ('16) investigated the impacts of the recent extreme drought on urban streams

Chris Bacon and colleagues receive € 500,000 from the Agropolis Foundation

The grant will support the assessment of diversification strategies in smallholder coffee systems of Mesoamerica

The International Path to SCU

What inspires international students to come to SCU? Environmental science and economics major Mingfei Xiong ’18 shares his experience.

Central Valley growers won’t choose to farm carbon, new study says

ESS faculty Virginia Matzek and colleague find that carbon is too cheap to make native forest restoration competitive