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 broad themes within the field of Environmental Studies.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of chemical and biological processes related to environmental problems.
  3. Demonstrate ability to integrate natural science and social, political, ethical values in analyzing environmental issues.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of the relationships between social justice and environmental issues.
  5. Demonstrate ability to persuasively argue orally and in writing multiple sides of an environmental issue.
  6. Demonstrate basic computer competence with word processing, spreadsheets, and online research.
  7. Demonstrate ability to critically evaluate descriptive statistics commonly used in environmental literature.
  8. Demonstrate research skills relevant to their area of emphasis in Environmental Studies.


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.

The Enviromental Studies Program provides sample syallbi 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 flyer regarding ENVS faculty office hours for Spring 2019.

View a flyer regarding ENVS Spring 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