Bachelor of Science
Environmental science is the application of scientific information in order to solve conflicts resulting from humans’ use of our planet’s resources.
Through this interdisciplinary study, you will gain an understanding of the sustainability of natural systems and resources, the interrelationships between these systems, and the human impact on the environment.
An integrated approach
Our degree in environmental science is designed to provide you with the tools to critically examine environmental issues from a variety of perspectives.
Environmental science is an inherently interdisciplinary field, using and combining information from disciplines including biology, chemistry, geology, economics, political science, law, and ethics.
Customize your courses
Beyond the required foundational science courses, the program provides a broad range of science and humanities courses to select from, allowing you to tailor the program to your interests. The curriculum emphasizes experiential learning, which provides you with opportunities to actively engage in research.
Here are just a few of the courses you can choose to take that align with your own interests:
- Marine Biology
- Environmental Chemistry
- Invertebrate Paleontology
- Field Studies in Water Resources
- Environmental Ethics
- Economics of the Environment
- Environmental Law and Policy
Offered as a major (BS).
Want to add even more value to your degree? Consider one of these minors to gain a unique combination of skills and perspectives.
I chose environmental science because it is an interdisciplinary major where there are a plethora of skills you can learn. I wanted to study something highly applicable across many fields in STEM and humanities so I would get the best of both worlds. I love how I can decide if I want to study present issues like climate change or study past climates through research.
Anthony Delgadillo Salinas '25
Scientific curiosity deserves to be nurtured at all stages of the educational journey. It is a great privilege to work alongside students as their curiosity matures into research and discovery.Linda Ritterbush
Many students who obtain the B.S. degree in environmental science are planning careers in environmental protection and management, risk assessment, environmental law, or education. The program also prepares students to pursue graduate studies in various environmental fields.
Our alumni study at:
- Arizona State University
- California Lutheran University
- Evergreen State College
- Tufts University
- University of East Anglia
- Western Washington/Southern Oregon
Our alumni work for:
- Baxter International
- Chevron Environmental Management Company
- Klamath Bird Observatory
- Law Offices of Kempur & Kempur
- Pacific Disaster Center
- Sea World San Diego
- U.S. Forest Service
- Andersen Environmental
- Sierra Club
- Law Office Assistant
- Education Counselor
- U.S. Forest Service Assistant
- Environmental Field Technician
- Water Resource Educator
- Non-Profit Regional Organizer
- Manufacturing Technician
of Cal Lutheran graduates find a job or enroll in graduate school within nine months
Take a wide variety of classes. You might not know what you will actually use once you graduate and you might even be surprised as to what knowledge gives you the upper hand against others wanting the same job. Study abroad and take environmental classes! I can’t say how much it helped to see how another country deals with the same issues we have and how different the approaches are.
Chelsea Fletcher '13
Environmental Science Major
Environmental Scientist at California State Parks, Outreach Coordinator at University of Southern California