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Environmental Science & Environmental Studies

Climate change and the environment have become ever-present concerns in our world. For those students wanting to contribute to a more sustainable earth, the environmental science/environmental studies program offers an interdisciplinary approach to examining environmental issues. The program guides students in understanding the implications of global climate change, the development of sustainable energy strategies, the challenges of maintaining biodiversity, the handling and disposal of hazardous materials, and managing risks associated with large-scale natural phenomena such as earthquakes, floods, and fires.

The program offers two tracks—environmental science and environmental studies. Both tracks take an interdisciplinary approach, combining natural science with sociological, ethical, political, and historical approaches to environmental analysis. We offer our students a curriculum based on a balance between the in-depth knowledge needed to tackle difficult environmental problems and the breadth necessary to view those problems from multiple perspectives.


Cheryl Swift
The James Irvine Foundation Professor of
Biological Sciences    
Coordinator for Environmental Science             
Upper Village 113D

Michelle Switzer
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Coordinator for Environmental Studies
Wardman 109
562.907.4200 x4436
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