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Green Faculty, Classes and Degrees at SMC

Learn about Environmental and Urban Studies academic programs:


These faculty have embedded principles of ecological literacy and sustainability into a variety of general education courses. Look for their name and / or the sustainability flag under their sections in the class schedule to develop your own ecological literacy!

Faculty Member Discipline 
Eric Minzenberg Anthro 19 
Gillian Grebler Anthropology 
Nate Donahue Art 
Ben Kay Biology 
Christina von der Ohe Biology 
Elizabeth Jordan Biology 
Marci Spiegler Biology 
Poliana Raymer Biology 
Sharani McLaughlin Biology 
Alexandra Tower Biology / Botany 
Garen Baghadsarian Biology / Marine Science 
Tom Paccioretti  Business 
Laura Manson Early Childhood Education 
Pete Morris Earth Science 
David Burak English 
Jason Beardsley  English 
Natalie Hansen  English 
Janet Harcelorode ESL 
Keith Graziadei ESL 
Lorrie Ivas  Fashion 
Shelia Laffey Film Studies 
Christyanne Melendez  Geology  
Christina Ghanbarpour History 
Daniele Bolelli History 
Leslie Kawaguchi  History 
Josephine Hao Interior Arch. Design 
Dawn Vaughn  Life Science 
Gabriel Gartner  Life Science 
Amber Katherine Philosophy 
Stuart Cooley Photovoltaic / Renewable Energy 
Wenise Wong  Physical Sci. / Chem 9 
Murial Walker Physical Science 
Tram Dang Physical Science 
Christina Gabler  Political Science 
Eric Oifer Political Science 
Richard Tahvildaran Political Science 
Alex Schwartz Psychology 
David Phillips Psychology 
Jon Huls Recycling and Resource Management 
Samuel Sasu Recycling and Resource Management 
Victoria Charles Recycling and Resource Management    
Guido Del Piccolo Sociology

Sustainability-Focused Courses

Sustainability-focused courses map to ILO #4 and are included in a degree in Environmental Studies or Environmental Science.

  • Environmental Politics (Pol Sc 22)

  • Environmental Ethics (Philo 20)

  • Environmental Psychology (Psych 40)

  • Global Environmental History (Hist 14)

  • Environmental Studies (Geog 7)

  • Environmental Biology (Bio 9)

  • Recycling and Resource Management (RRM 1)


Stop by the Center for Environmental and Urban Studies to find out more about environmental internships. You can intern at the CEUS or find more information on local businesses and organizations offering environmental internships. The Career Services Center facilitates internships, including the ones offered at the CEUS.

Associate Degrees and Certificate of Achievements