California State University - Sacramento - Department of Environmental Studies
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819
The mission of the Department of Environmental Studies at California State University, Sacramento, is to prepare students to understand and address environmental problems in their political, economic, social, ethical, and scientific contexts. We promote the use of an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research, and we encourage the development of strong writing, research, and quantitative skills that give students the ability to identify the causes and consequences of human influence on the environment and to work toward sustainable solutions to complex environmental problems.
The Environmental Studies program provides an interdisciplinary understanding of such increasingly serious issues as environmental pollution, wildlife and habitat preservation and conservation, sustainable land use, threats to biodiversity, resource depletion, energy conservation, and global climate change as they are influenced by the interactions of humans and the natural environment.
The program offers Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees (majors) as well as a minor in environmental studies. The major is designed to provide students with an understanding of environmental issues in their political, social, economic, ethical, and scientific contexts. The strength of the curriculum is in its breadth and integrative nature, which ensures that students understand and address environmental problems from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Environmental Studies students find employment in research, analysis, and enforcement activities in local, state, and federal governments as well as in the private for-profit and non-profit sectors. Some of our graduates have created their own careers in areas such as organic farming, managing cooperatives, and social action. Environmental Studies students also go on to professional and graduate schools in law, ecology, engineering, journalism, economics, public health, political science, public administration, special education, and environmental policy.