Apr 22, 2024  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Environmental Studies

Office: Washington Square Hall 118

Telephone: 408-924-5450 (Voice); 408-924-5477 (Fax)

Emails: envstudies-ms@sjsu.edu (for Master’s Program); globalstudies@sjsu.edu

Websites: Environmental StudiesGlobal Studies


Katherine Cushing, Global Studies Coordinator
Kathryn Davis (Global Studies)
Gary A. Klee (Environmental Studies)
Rachel O’Malley (Environmental Studies)
William Russell, Graduate Program Coordinator
Lynne A. Trulio, Chair

Associate Professors

Dustin Mulvaney (Environmental Studies) 

Assistant Professors

Metha Klock (Environmental Studies)
Carolina Prado (Environmental Studies)
Costanza Rampini (Environmental Studies)
Amanda Stasiewicz (Environmental Studies)


The mission of the Department of Environmental Studies is to provide students with rigorous interdisciplinary tools to study, manage and resolve environmental challenges. Among the first such programs in the country, the Department of Environmental Studies at SJSU has been granting degrees and training environmental professionals since 1970. Today, our students experience hands-on learning through field courses, the Center for Development of Recycling, the Environmental Resource Center and off-campus internships. Alumni fill positions in fields including environmental impact assessment, habitat restoration, renewable energy, water policy, environmental education, sustainable agriculture, park management, environmental policy, integrated waste management, and recycling. The program in Global Studies recently joined the Department, expanding offerings and opportunities to students. The BA in Global Studies is an interdisciplinary program that looks at the world holistically, examining the connections between international human migrations, the movement of goods, technology transfers, and environmental change. The Department offers a BS degree, BA degree, and a BA preparation for teaching in Environmental Studies in addition to the BA in Global Studies. We also offer a range of minors to students around campus. For students wishing to go further, the Department offers one of the few research-based Master of Science degrees in Environmental Studies in the country.

Structure of the Environmental Studies BS, BA and MS Degrees

The undergraduate Environmental Studies degrees are structured around four components: the preparation sequence, consisting of specific classes in economics, sciences, and math; the core classes in Environmental Studies, which provide a solid foundation in environmental issues integrating science, social science, and the humanities; advisor-approved minor focused on a specific career pathway; and electives. Electives may consist of classes both within and outside the department and must be approved in advance by an Environmental Studies faculty advisor. The Master of Science graduate degree is a thesis-based program that requires original research. Information on all aspects of these degrees is found on the advising sheets available in the department office in Washington Square Hall 118 and on the department website at http://www.sjsu.edu/envs/.


    Undergraduate Major(s)

    Undergraduate Minor(s)




      Environmental StudiesGlobal Studies