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Environmental Science and Management

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

  • Bachelor of Science

Do you want to contribute solutions to environmental challenges such as climate change, biodiversity conservation, pollution, water use and land use? Environmental scientists advance our understanding of how people are affecting the world around us, and they connect that understanding to management and policy. Students in the environmental science and management major complete a capstone course that integrates the science, policy, management and biology aspects of the major. All students have opportunities to gain practical experiences through field courses and a required internship.

Major Requirements

Courses in biology, chemistry, physics, economics and calculus form the lower-division foundation of the ESM major curriculum. The upper-division core consists of courses in physical, biological and social sciences, as well as applied courses in environmental monitoring, GIS, impact reporting and statistical analysis. In their junior year, students must choose a specialized track from the six options. A capstone course is required for all seniors and serves to integrate the science, policy, management and biology aspects of the ESM major. All students gain practical experience through field courses and a required internship. Selected students may also pursue an honors thesis during their senior year. The ESM major is hosted by both the Environmental Science and Policy department and the Land, Air and Water Resources department.

Contact Information

Degree Outcomes


  • Atmospheric Scientist
  • Conservation Biologist
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental Attorney
  • Environmental Educator
  • Environmental Impact Specialist
  • Geographic Information Systems Analyst
  • Natural Resource Manager
  • Soil Scientist
  • Watershed Manager

Graduate Study

  • Environmental science
  • Natural resource management
  • Ecology and evolutionary biology
  • Geographic information systems
  • Environmental policy

Alumni Employers

  • Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E)
  • Caltrans
  • Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
  • State Coastal Conservancy
  • California Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
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