2023 Earth Day Resource Fair
2023 Earth Day Resource Fair

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. San José State University is on the unceded land of the Muwekma Ohlone People, and the department respectfully acknowledges that they have stewarded these lands for generations.


About Us

The Department of Environment Studies is multi-disciplinary comprising policy, law, human ecology, economics, environmental planning, chemistry, physics, biology, and environmental resources management and impact analysis. 

ENVS Undergraduate Program

Undergraduate Program

The BA and BS degrees are designed to prepare students for advanced degree programs and environmental-related career opportunities including BA in Preparation for Teaching degrees. 


Graduate Program

The Environmental Studies Master of Science program is designed to prepare students for careers as environmental professionals or to pursue further academic training in Ph.D. and other advanced degree programs.

ENVS Career

Career Opportunities

Embark journey to contribute to environmental sustainability and provide solutions to environmental changes. 


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.


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.

envs career trends

ENVS Undergraduate and Graduate Career Trends

Many SJSU ENVS graduates continue pursuing successful environmentally-focused careers in public administration, teaching, and the private sector. 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 Studies Professor testifies before Congress on critical minerals

Professor Dustin Mulvaney testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Minerals Subcommittee in September and the Science, Science and Space Committee again in November on the impacts of mining on land and communities, and benefits recycling and a circular economy in critical minerals. He was interviewed about the experience by the SJSU Newsroom. Read more about it in the article above.

Spring 2024 Class Schedule

The Spring 2024 class schedule is now available on the website. This semester is set to commence on January 22, 2023, with the first day of classes scheduled for January 24, 2023. Should you have any questions regarding your classes or the schedule, please feel free to reach out to our department via email at environmental-studies@sjsu.edu.

ENVS Student Featured in One Day One Action Climate Change Project

SJSU Environmental Studies Major, Roger Bumgarner, was featured in July on the City of San Jose's One Day One Action Climate Change community education campaign. One Day One Action is a socially engaged public art project that reframes how we can all contribute to climate action, one day at a time, now and into the future. 

ENVS Alum Megan Fluke Receives Recognition of Service Award

ENVS alum, Megan Fluke, accepts an award from the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority for her 10 years of service as Executive Director of Green Foothills. Congratulations, Megan!

ENVS Alum Richard Tejeda receives the Bay Nature Community Hero Award

Richard Tejeda is honored to share his Bay Nature Community Hero Award with you. Give a shoutout and support our organization, which has impacted 1,847 community members with guided hikes, virtual nature experiences for 3,563 individuals facing challenges, hikes for 326 seniors, and inspired 754 at-promise-youth through Summer Science Project and Alive Outside Adventure Series since 2019.

ENVS students & faculty at SJSU Celebration of Research

San Jose State University’s Celebration of Research was an event recognizing and highlighting student work, start-up innovation showcases, research competitions, and more. Especially, we're proud of our students and faculty at EnvS who had a chance to represent the department and introduce their scientific research to everyone on campus. 


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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