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Our Mission

To help solve local and global environmental challenges through interdisciplinary teaching and research in support of environmental sustainability and justice. To do so, we strive to embrace an anti-racist, multicultural curriculum and to develop greater diversity among our faculty, students and staff than has been represented in the field historically.


About Us

We focus on a rigorous, systematic, and integrated approach to the study, management, and solution of environmental challenges. 

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Environmental Resource Center

The Environmental Resource Center (ERC) was established in 1967 and became the student activist wing of the Environmental Studies Department, with a prideful legacy.

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Center for the Development of Recycling

Founded in 1989, the Center for the Development of Recycling (CDR) is Santa Clara County's recycling information clearinghouse.

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ENVS Undergraduate and Graduate Career Trends

Many SJSU ENVS graduates continue pursuing successful environmentally-focused careers in public administration, teaching, and the private sector. ENVS graduates earn good money! Two years after graduation, their salaries are about $60k/year. At 5 and 10 years out, they earn approximately $75k and $90k, respectively. Based on a 2022 Department survey, 60-88% of grads obtain jobs in the environmental field, and 90-95% are in environmental or other skilled career paths such as tech, education, or healthcare.


Environmental Health Grand Rounds 2023

National Environmental Health Association is opening Environmental Health Grand Rounds with six virtual seminars specifically chosen for undergraduate and graduate students studying environmental sciences and environmental public health until 04/26/2023. 

Sustainable Energy Minor Info Session

The US clean energy sector added over 300,000 new jobs to the market between 2020-2022. We invite all students to join the Sustainable Energy Minor Info Session on Monday (04/03/2023), at 2:30 pm in DMH-164, to hear from faculty and alumni about our courses and career opportunities.

Dr. Cushing's interview with NBC Bay Area

Dr. Cushing explained why 'Wet Winter Makes Dent in California Drought'. According to Dr. Cushing, 'locally...there are three things we need to watch moving forward: precipitation, temperature, and time' and 'a brewing atmospheric river aimed at the Sierra might melt the snowpack faster than anticipated.' 

Dr. Cushing's interview with the Weather Channel

Our Dr. Cushing (Chair of the Environmental Studies Department) recently had an interview with the Weather Channel. Dr. Cushing commented on the flooding situation in the Bay Area after the severe storms and recommended dealing with reservoir management concerns.

SJSU Environmental Studies is officially nominated by Best Accredited Colleges in 2022

Great news! Best Accredited Colleges have nominated SJSU Environmental Studies as #7 in Best Bachelor's Degrees in Environmental Science. SJSU Global Studies is also #28 on the Best International Studies Bachelor's Degrees. 

The Grass is Greener on This Side of the Fence

A recent research article by ENVS MS Grad Alex Dahl and ENVS Department Chair, Dr. Cushing, has been recently published!This publication talks about the "garden-based pedagogy as a strategy for increasing student environmental literacy" (Dahl, 2022)


Let's join our ENVS communities

We have ENVS communities for both current and alumni Environmental Studies students at San José State University. We strongly encourage you all to join if you want to know/have more updates on job postings, internship opportunities, and news from ENVS at SJSU.

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