2015 GraduationENVS 119ENVS 173Kristen WonderENVS 154ENVS 166 - Nature and Conservation PhotographyENVS 144 - California Coastal Wetlands 1ENVS 117Congrats to Dr. Trulio and Davis for recieving a service awardENVS 166 - Point LobosENVSENVS 144 - California Coastal Wetlands 2

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Welcome to the Department of Environmental Studies

Welcome to the Department of Environmental Studies at San José State University!  We were established in 1970 as one of the first environmental programs in the U.S.  Our mission is to provide a rigorous education that produces environmental thinkers to help solve the sustainability issues of our day.  We pride ourselves on offering excellent advising to our majors, and we provide a learning environment that emphasizes community, creative problem-solving, and diversity.  Find out more about our department on this website.

Today, the societal need for environmental experts is great, as shown by the rapid growth in sustainability jobs.  We are committed to helping our students make the transition from university student to environmental professional by connecting them with internships and jobs.  Many department activities help graduates find jobs in the green economy.

We look forward to seeing you in our general education classes and we hope to welcome you as a major to our vibrant and growing department.

Working together to sustain our planet,


                                                     Dr. Rachel O'Malley 
                                               Professor and Acting Chair