The broad spectrum of environmental studies at CSU is uniquely dispersed in 100 majors and concentrations housed in departments throughout CSU. As a land-grant institution, a key component of CSU’s mission is to provide education in environmental management, science, and policy. It is difficult to find a degree or department that does not directly address environmental issues at local, national, and international scales. Campus-wide participation in environmental science and management is a result of fundamental linkages between basic science and management of critical environmental issues. Consequently, a unique strength of CSU is a tradition of interdisciplinary research, teaching, and service, which is essential in understanding the environmental issues of today’s world.
Programs engaged in environmental studies at CSU have goals that include:
- Understanding that scientific knowledge, policy considerations, and ethical issues are necessarily joined;
- Comprehending the interrelationships among the environment, natural resources, and human society.
- Perceiving the need to integrate diverse social, political, legal, institutional, and scientific considerations inherent in attaining environmental goals;
- Educating students to be articulate, sensitive, and knowledgeable about the complexity of environmental issues facing society;
- Providing a balanced understanding of the natural and social processes as they relate to the environment.
Some examples of the many areas in environmental studies at CSU are: agricultural business; air pollution assessment and management; air quality; biological control and pest management; global climate change; biodiversity and conservation biology; biomedical engineering; ecology and ecosystem management; ecotourism; ecotoxicology; environmental communication; environmental engineering; environmental ethics; environmental history and policy analysis; environmental horticulture; environmental soil science; environmental geology, land ethics, and stewardship; environmental sociology; natural resource economics; natural resources and environmental management; natural resource tourism; occupational health and workplace management/control; park and protected areas management; pesticide management; pollution control; reproductive and environmental risk factors; risk assessment and management; solid and hazardous waste management; sustainable building design and construction; and water chemistry, quality, and management.
The programs at CSU that engage in environmental studies are incorporated within existing majors in the following colleges (departments): College of Agricultural Sciences (Agricultural and Resource Economics; Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management) (graduate only); Horticulture and Landscape Architecture; Soil and Crop Sciences; College of Health and Human Sciences (Construction Management); College of Engineering (Atmospheric Science) (graduate only); Chemical and Biological Engineering; Civil and Environmental Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; College of Liberal Arts (Anthropology; English; History; Philosophy; Political Science; Sociology); Warner College of Natural Resources (Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology; Ecosystem Science and Sustainability; Forest and Rangeland Stewardship; Geosciences; Human Dimension of Natural Resources; Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory); College of Natural Sciences (Biology; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Chemistry; Physics; Psychology); College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (Biomedical Sciences; Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences; Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology). In addition, CSU offers an Environmental Affairs Interdisciplinary Studies Program and an Undeclared Environmental/Natural Resource Interest for students who first wish to explore options with environmental studies campus-wide before selecting a major (contact the Warner College of Natural Resources for more information on the undeclared option). For further information about specific environmental studies-focused majors, please contact the respective college/department and see their program descriptions within this catalog.
School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES)
Office in Johnson Hall, Room 108
The School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES) seeks to prepare students to meet today’s pressing environmental challenges. Using an interdisciplinary approach within a framework of sustainability, students will be led in innovative research leading to the knowledge and understanding needed to approach and solve problems of the human-environment interaction. SoGES’ vision encompasses laying the foundation and defining the principles and practices that will ensure long-term environmental sustainability, while continuing to meet the needs of people around the earth.