The Environmental Studies Program is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary course of study that presents a broad overview of ecological issues from a variety of perspectives. The coursework examines the interplay between natural and social systems and the ideological foundations of humankind’s attitudes and behaviors with respect to their ever-changing environments. This program is designed to prepare students to research, analyze, and propose solutions to the myriad environmental challenges facing the world today.

Degrees and Certificates

Associate of Arts Degree Icon Associate in Arts More information on the Associate in Arts Degree

Get a foundation in general education, then gain the skills needed to excel in your desired field.

Completion of an Associate degree usually will not satisfy transfer major requirements. Meet with a counselor to develop an academic program best suited for you.

Estimated Timeline:
2+ years, 60 units

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Gain the skills needed to excel in your desired field without completing general education requirements.

Estimated Timeline:
1+ years, 24+ units

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Associate in Arts Degree - Environmental StudiesAssociate in Arts Degree icon

24 units + General Education Requirements

Certificate of Achievement - Environmental Studies Certificate of Achievement Icon

24 units

The Environmental Studies Program is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary course of study that presents a broad overview of ecological issues from a variety of perspectives. The coursework examines the interplay between natural and social systems and the ideological foundations of humankind's attitudes and behaviors with respect to their ever-changing environments. This program is designed to prepare students to research, analyze, and propose solutions to the myriad environmental challenges facing the world today.

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Potential Career Options

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Job Title Typical Education Median Wage
Chief Sustainability Officers Bachelor's Degree $180,422
Biofuels Production Managers Bachelor's Degree $108,103
Hydroelectric Managers Bachelor's Degree $108,103
Wind Energy Managers Bachelor's Degree $74,787
Environmental Compliance Inspectors Bachelor's Degree $82,240
Sustainability Specialists Bachelor's Degree $70,041
Park Naturalists Bachelor's Degree $69,797
Forest and Conservation Technicians Associate Degree $40,863
Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists Bachelor's Degree $44,720
Solar Energy Installation Managers Certificate $63,717


Primary Academic Department: Earth Sciences, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences