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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.

The International Path to SCU

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

Scholarships available for ENVS Baja class

ENVS's popular Natural History of Baja California class will be offered in Winter quarter 2017, and now there will be scholarship assistance for students with documented financial need.

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

ESS welcomes new assistant professor C.J. Gabbe

Dr. Gabbe brings his expertise in sustainable urban planning to the department

ESS Senior Claire Parchem wins $10,000 Clare Boothe Luce research fellowship

Claire studied the impact of drought conditions in urban streams with ESS faculty member Iris Stewart

Riparian forests covered with woody vines in a Sacramento River slough. Photo by Virginia Matzek.

Matzek wins grants totaling $110K

Funding will support development of metrics for habitat quality and carbon quantification