The Environmental Studies Program

Welcome to the Environmental Studies Undergraduate Program website!

Environmental Studies is a field of study that views the earth and our place in it, as a set of complex, interacting socio-ecological systems. At UC Santa Cruz, we use an interdisciplinary approach to study the social, cultural, and scientific relationships with the environment. Courses in environmental studies provide training not only in the physical and social sciences, but also in writing, critical thinking, quantitative analysis, project and team management, and more. Environmental Studies alumni are making a difference in conservation organizations, habitat restoration, sustainable agriculture, environmental mediation, biodiversity research, and many other areas.

The Environmental Studies program offers five undergraduate majors:

  1. Environmental Studies B.A.
  2. Agroecology B.A.
  3. Environmental Studies combined Biology B.A.
  4. Environmental Studies combined Economics B.A.
  5. Environmental Studies combined Earth Sciences B.A.

    Students majoring in Environmental Studies B.A. have the option of three concentrations: 
    Concentration in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
    Concentration in Global Environmental Justice (GEJ)
    Concentration in Conservation Science and Policy (CSP)


The Environmental Studies department houses several facilities that students can use to engage in experiential and hands-on learning. Below are the facilities we offer:
ENVS Internship Office: Outside of our course opportunities, the Environmental Studies program offers over 120 internships from a variety of local, state, national, and international organizations in education, agriculture, and politics. 
Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS): is a research, education, and public service program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. CASFS is dedicated to increasing ecological sustainability and social justice in the food and agriculture system.
Kenneth S. Norris Center for Natural History: supports natural history educational and research opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and the greater Santa Cruz community.

Interested in learning more about the Undergraduate Environmental Studies Program?
Email or visit the Environmental Studies Advising office! We are happy to help answer any questions you might have about the major. 

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