About the Department


“My goal is to protect the quality of water on the central coast, more specifically, the waters flowing in to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary... This is where I live, surf, garden, hike, etc. It is where I choose to concert my effort, to make a difference.”

— Mike Powers, Graduate Student

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Contact the Environmental Studies Office

Washington Square Hall Room 118
(South 4th Street & Paseo De San Antonio Walk Intersection)
San José State University
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0115

Office: (408) 924-5450
Fax: (408) 924-5477
Email:  environmental-studies@sjsu.edu


Office Managers

Lyka Bonifacio
Student Assistant
(408) 924-2772

The Department

Founded in 1970, the focus of the Environmental Studies Department is on a rigorous, systematic, and integrated approach to the study, management, and solution of environmental challenges. Upon completion of the degree, students have a solid preparation for making substantial contributions to this expanding and vital field.

With more than 40 years experience granting BS and BA degrees in sustainability studies, this department has achieved a level of professionalism envied by newer environmental programs at other colleges and universities. Almost 20 years ago, the department added a Masters of Science degree to its curricula so that it now offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate degrees. Currently, there are approximately 250 undergraduate majors, 60 minors, and about 50 graduate students in our department programs. Our Department Brochure (PDF) provides detail on many aspects of our department.

The employment record for recent graduates is excellent. Representative occupations held by former students include specialists in environmental impact assessment, energy resource management, environmental restoration, park management, environmental health and safety, environmental regulation and policy, integrated waste management, recycling, hazardous materials, environmental education, and many others. More information about the successful job placement of our many graduates is available from the department. See the Learning Outcomes Brochure (PDF) for our program learning objectives and some career directions of recent graduates.

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Degree Programs

The BSBA, and MS degrees have three common components:

  1. preparation for the major courses (science, math, etc.);
  2. core classes within the department; and
  3. the advisor-approved minor/concentration and elective courses linked to a subfield and specific career pathway.

More specific information is found on the department's website in the University catalog, and in the various brochures available from the Department. Contact the Environmental Studies department for further information that describes degree requirements, course offerings, and job opportunities.


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