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The Environmental Studies Program offers students two interdisciplinary options: 1) a Baccalaurate degree with broad training in the physical and life sciences, social sciences, policy and law, and the arts and humanities; and 2) a Minor in Sustainability.  

The B.A. program introduces students to a wide range of research methods and techniques used in environmental careers from field techniques to geographic information systems.  There are extensive opportunities on and off-campus for internships and field experiences providing hands-on learning and real world training.  

If you are a student considering Environmental Studies, you will find  that our majors are able to: 

  • Describe the major physical processes affecting environmental resources. 
  • Explain and analyze the impacts of human activity on the environment
  • Critically analyze environmental problems and solutions from multiple perspectives including environmental justice. 
  • Describe the process of environmental policy development locally, nationally, and globally.
  • Evaluate environmental issues from an ethical and aesthetic standpoint  
  • Collect, organize, interpret, write about and present research and information about historical and contemporary environmental issues. 

ENVS FieldtripMany of our graduates find work in environmental education, parks and recreation, environmental planning, restoration, and management, and sustainability.  They can be found in the private, non-profit, and public sectors.  The degree is also a great way to prepare for graduate school in a wide range of fields.  Check out the Student Video about the ENVS Program and Welcome to the ENVS Family!

Kudos, Props, and Other Program News 

Professor Shannon SwansonThe Program welcomes Professor Shannon Switzer Swanson who starts in the Fall of 2022.  Professor Swanson is a social ecologist focusing on community-based ocean resource management.

Professor Valle's new book is now available.  Gardening at tGardening at the Margins book coverhe Margins was published by University of Arizona Press.   "Reframing the Sustainable Diet Narrative: Shifting Diets by Confronting Systemic Racism." In Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Diets edited by Kathleen Kevany and Paolo Prosperi. New York, NY: Routledge.

Here are some of Professor Valle's other work in case you are interested:

  1. "The Past in the Present: What our Ancestors Taught us about Surviving Pandemics." Food Ethics 6(7).
  2.  “Learning to Be Human Again: Being and Becoming in the Home Garden Commons.” Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space.

Juliana Goodlaw Morris has an article in press with The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, titled "No Sustainability without Justice: An Anthology on Racial Equity and Social Justice."

Professor Simokat was named the CSUSM President's Outstanding Lecturer!  AND, she received a Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Grant for her Pollinator research!!  And she just submitted another research grant with Geography Professor and Steering Committee Member Elizabeth Ridder. Congratulations Christina!!!

Professor Guthey published an article in The California Geographer focused on the Sustainable Food Project on campus and titled "Notes from a Field: Reflections on Space, Gardening, and Student Learning in Southern California"

Professors Valle and Guthey recently received a grant from the Center for California Studies for a research project on Redlining and Food Apartheid.

They also are continuing their work along with Professor Matthew Atherton and Professor Jill Weigt in the Social Sciences Program on their CSU Chancellor's Office-funded project to promote food literacy and support Student Basic Needs on campus! 

If you haven't done so already, check out Professor Valle's other book:

Gabriel Valle's Book

***Winner of Two Awards!***

2017 Best Edited Volume by the Society for the Study of Food and Society

2018 Essential Reading by the American Library Association

Congratulations Professor Valle!