Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies Cactus ImageEnvironmental Studies is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with an integrated and critical knowledge of the natural environment and the relationships and interactions humans have with it. The program provides students with the understanding that environmental challenges face every aspect of society, and it provides them with the skills needed to help solve these complex problems through cooperation and negotiation with the different and often competing stakeholders. The program combines classroom, laboratory and field study instruction giving students a well-rounded preparation in the field of environmental studies.

The curriculum in the Environmental Studies Associate Degree program is designed to provide the student the opportunity to achieve an Associate Degree. While a baccalaureate or a higher degree is recommended for those considering professional careers related to this field, earning the Associate Degree would demonstrate commitment to the major and may support attempts to gain entry-level employment.

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Employment Opportunities:

U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Conservation Biology
Environmental Engineering
Environmental Chemistry
Environmental Geologist
Risk Assessment Scientist
County Parks Ranger
State Parks Ranger
Federal Parks Ranger
Ecological Restoration Technician

With further education and experience these types of employment opportunities may be available to you:

Native Garden    Wildlife Biologist
   Environmental Educator
   Environmental Psychologist
   Environmental Planning
   Environmental Law

For more information, please contact our staff below.

Morgan Barrows View profile information for Morgan Barrows Preview personal webpage for Morgan Barrows
Department Chair
Environmental Studies Professor
(949) 582-4624

Brittany Poloni View profile information for Brittany Poloni
Environmental Studies Sr. Lab Technician
(949) 348-6169
John Richards View profile information for John Richards
Environmental Studies Professor
(949) 582-4579

Environmental Studies Courses
Course ID Title Units
ENV 1 Introduction to Environmental Studies 3.0
ENV 18 Introduction to Ecology 4.0
ENV 6 Scarcity and Environment 3.0
ENV 16 Environmental Disasters 3.0
ENV 23 Environmental Geology 4.0
ENV 24 Natural History of California 4.0
ENV 25 Environmental Hazards to Health 3.0
ENV 30 Alternative Energy Technologies 3.0
ENV 37 Environmental Ethics 3.0
ENV 40 Environmental Law and Policy 3.0
ENV 105 Environmental Studies Internship 2.0
ENV 106 Natural Resource Conservation 3.0
ENV 123 Water and Soil Conservation 3.0
ENV 140 Water Quality and Monitoring 3.0
ENV 141 Water Resources and Management 4.0
ENV 203 Certified Interpretive Guide Training 2.0
ENV 200 Volunteer Naturalist Training 2.0
ENV 202 Green Living 2.0
CWE 180 Cooperative Work Experience 1.0-2.0

For additional information about the Environmental Studies degree and programs,  please contact our staff and refer to the course catalog here.

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