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With more than 40 years of experience granting Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, and Bachelor of Arts in Preparation for Teaching degrees in sustainability studies, our department has achieved a level of professionalism envied by environmental programs at other universities and colleges.

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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 Recylcing (CDR) is Santa Clara County's recycling information clearinghouse.

ENVS Winter 2022 Class Schedule

ENVS Winter 2022 Class Schedule

The Department of Environmental Studies will offer one section of ENVS 1 (Introduction to Environmental Issues), this class is satisfied in area D and one section of ENVS 150 (Introduction to Environmental Thought), this class is satisfied in area S. Both classes will be offered online from Jan 03 - Jan 21.

For more information, please visit the Winter Session website.

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Study Abroad and Away!

Join Professor Cushing on Oct. 29 (Friday) at 11AM in meeting three SJSU faculty members who are offering study abroad opportunities! All GLST 188 courses fulfill Area V requirements for SJSU Studies. Additionally, completion of GLST 188 or GLST 189 is a major requirement for our BA degree.

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ENVS Undergraduate and Graduate Career Trends

Many SJSU EnvS grads go on to successful environmentally-focused careers in public administrations, teaching, and the private sector. EnvS graduates earn good money! Two years after graduation, our salaries are about $60k/year, at 5 and 10 years out, they are approximately $75k and $90k, respectively. Based on a 2021 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.

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Environmental Studies Professor Dustin Mulvaney quoted in the LATimes

There’s no comparison between those problems and the destruction wrought by fossil fuels, said Dustin Mulvaney, an environmental studies professor at San Jose State. Much of his research deals with the challenges posed by clean energy development, including solar panel supply chains and land-use conflicts. But the Huntington Beach oil spill, Mulvaney noted, is the type of “catastrophic accident” that you’d never see at a solar or wind farm.

New initiative hopes to reduce plastic waste and consumption with Bruce Olszewski, Lecturer and Director of CDR, SJSU

The initiative would allow the state to limit plastic packaging and ensure that packaging that is allowed, is able to be recycled, composted, or reused.  For more, KCBS Radio news anchor Melissa Culross spoke with Bruce Olszewski, Lecturer and Director of the Center for the Development of Recycling at San Jose State University.

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