Department of Environmental Science

The undergraduate major in Environmental Science is an integrated interdisciplinary curriculum of basic science, designed to give students a broad perspective on the environment. Courses in the major concentrate on understanding the current environmental issues facing human society through a diversity of lecture, laboratory and field experiences. The curriculum also provides the basic course work necessary for admission to graduate school programs. Electives may be used to enhance preparation for specific graduate programs.


  • A common core of science course work is introduced during the freshman and sophomore years regardless of specific career goals. The common core of courses complement each other and enhance a student's understanding of environmental science.
  • The latest scientific concepts, techniques, and equipment are introduced in the courses.
  • A diversity of lecture, laboratory, and field courses reflect the breadth and depth of environmental science.
  • Research opportunities are provided to students as a program elective.
  • Students seeking specific career information are given appropriate counseling and referrals.
  • The application of science and technology to the environment has ethical components which are conveyed to students by faculty.
  • A sensitivity to our fragile environment is developed that fosters a commitment from students to be custodians for future generations.

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Department of Environmental Science

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

Harney Science Center 426 (415) 422-6553 (415) 422-6387