Environmental Studies

Program Overview

The School of Public Affairs Environmental Studies Program offers a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Natural Resource Management and Conservation. Students in the B.A. program have three emphases from which to choose: Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice, Humanities and the Environment, and The Urban Environment.

The objective of the program is to produce exceptional graduates who are grounded in the study of contemporary environmental problems and solutions. The program provides students with the knowledge and skills required for understanding relationships between humans and the physical world. It examines how the environment is being used, abused, and perceived, and what individuals and organizations are doing and can do to protect it for themselves, future generations, and other living beings and ecosystems. Students participate in an internship and take a senior seminar. Both requirements emphasize community engagement and preparation for future environmental careers.

Program Learning Objectives

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the relationships between social justice and environmental problems in local, national and global contexts.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of chemical, biological, and social processes related to environmental problems and the ability to intergrate with the understandings and critical evaluations of descriptive statistics commonly used in environmental literature.
  3. Communicate clearly and accurately both orally and in writing and be able to conduct research appropriate to area of emphasis.
  4. Demonstrate basic understanding of social and political systems and how they change, and demonstrate ability to engage in civic activities and processes, e.g., public comment opportunities offered by agencies.
  5. Demonstrate readiness to enter professional job market by preparing/training students in developing appropriate job market skills (e.g., resume and cover letter writing, interview preparation, writing well and engagingly, acquiring professional experience via internship).


Environmental Studies is currently open to all students admitted through the University admissions process.

Degree Requirements

Review the degree requirements for the major.  Contact pace@sfsu.edu with any questions.


Review the road maps for the major with emphasis.  Contact pace@sfsu.edu with any questions.


Advising for majors is provided by faculty members in the program. If you have questions about non-major requirements, please contact the Undergraduate Advising Center.

ENVS Student Advising Assignments:

  • Prof. Glenn Fieldman:  A-H, also change-of-major and study abroad approvals
  • Prof. Aritree Samanta:  I-P
  • Prof. Carlos Davidson: Q-Z
  • Prof. Autumn Thoyre is on leave for the Fall 2019 semester.
  • For students seeking advising specific to ESSJ, see Prof. Joel Kassiola.  Students seeking specific advice about TUE should see Prof. Raquel Pinderhughes; for HUM see Prof. Sami Reist.

The Enviromental Studies Program provides sample syllabi of it courses for students to gain a understand of the scope of a course.

View a flyer
 regarding the Environmental Studies program.

View a pdf of FAQ regarding the Environmental Studies program.

View a flyer regarding ENVS faculty office hours for Fall 2019.

View a flyer regarding ENVS Fall 2019 course offerings.

Undergraduate Advising Center 

For advising on undergraduate non-major courses - GE requirements, etc. - please visit the Advising Center. This is a university service staffed by professional counselors, interns, and peer advisors committed to providing guidance and information to help undergraduate students enjoy a successful college experience.
Location: Administration building 211


1600 Holloway Avenue - HSS Building, Room 261
San Francisco, CA 94132-4161

Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – noon and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Phone: (415) 405-4129
Fax: (415) 405-0771
Email: envs@sfsu.edu