Areas of Interest

Environmental Studies

 

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.

Transfer Preparation

Many colleges and universities offer baccalaureate degrees in this field. Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university need to know which courses completed at Santa Monica College will be accepted at the specific college/university. Please consult a Counselor. SMC has transfer articulation agreements with the many UC and CSU campuses, as well as many private and out-of-state institutions.

Degrees and Certificates

Associate in Arts Degree - Environmental Studies

24 units + General Education Requirements

Certificate of Achievement - Environmental Studies

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 Degree $180,422
Biofuels Production Managers Bachelor Degree $180,422
Hydroelectric Managers Bachelor Degree $180,422
Wind Energy Managers Bachelor Degree $74,787
Environmental Compliance Inspectors Bachelor Degree $82,240
Sustainability Specialists Bachelor Degree $70,041
Park Naturalists Bachelor Degree $69,797
Forest and Conservation Technicians Associate Degree $40,863
Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists Bachelor Degree $44,720
Solar Energy Installation Managers Certificate $63,717

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