Environmental Science

From Muir Woods to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the Presidio of San Francisco to the Suisun Marsh, are you ready to get your hands dirty?

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Undergraduate Programs

USF’s Department of Environmental Science provides students with a strong scientific and technological background for understanding and addressing environmental issues such as preservation, sustainability, and pollution prevention.

Our students are in the field, gaining exceptional experience from the unique and diverse ecology that surrounds the San Francisco Bay Area. Courses focus on understanding the current science related to environmental issues facing human society through a combination of classroom, laboratory, and field experiences.

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Why Study Environmental Science?

An important responsibility that we have for today and for the future is to balance human needs with the preservation of a functional biosphere. To minimize human impacts and move toward more sustainable practices, we must understand the causes of environmental change and the complex interactions within ecosystems, and design effective strategies for restoration and mitigation of impacts. This requires expertise in environmental monitoring and assessment, determination of appropriate regulations, and policy implementation, and application of basic science in restoration activities.

Geospatial Analysis Laboratory (GsAL)

Our state-of-the-art GsAL lab provides training and resources across an array of integrated technologies, including geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, global positioning systems (GPS), and ecosystem modeling.

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Department of Environmental Science

Mon-Fri, 8:30a.m. - 5p.m.

Harney Science Center 516, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117-1082 (415) 422-6553 (415) 422-6387