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Students in the Department of Applied Environmental Science (AES) can earn degrees in Environmental Science, Technology & Policy (BS), Environmental Studies (BA) and Environmental Science (MS).

Our students are prepared for rewarding careers after being directly immersed in environmental projects in our local communities. Throughout their studies, students gain marketable technical and soft skills in fields from environmental resource assessment and management to environmental outreach and sustainability. Our graduates have successfully pursued careers in their fields in Monterey County, across California and beyond. Our faculty provide research and community engagement opportunities for students in watershed science, applied ecology and wildlife biology, environmental education, sustainability, and advanced geospatial technologies.

Applied Environmental Science News

  • Shaping a Better Future: Associated Students president dedicated to sustainability

    Ana Gonzalez, CSUMB’s new Associated Students (AS) president, never thought college was a possibility growing up. She grew up in a town in Mexico, just south of San Diego, in a family where no one had earned a college degree before. Her mother, however, dreamed of her two daughters being educated and living in the United States. Gonzalez has made the most of the opportunity. She will graduate this spring with a degree in environmental studies and a minor in Chicanx studies.

  • Return of the Natives Restoration Efforts

    Return of the Natives (RON) is a community and school based environmental education program dedicated to involving K-college students and the community in native habitat restoration in Monterey County, California. Their mission is to bring nature closer to people, and people closer to nature through hands-on experiences in community based habitat restoration and environmental education.

  • Forever an Otter: Honoring the Life of Katie Lannon

    On the evening of January 14th 2020, CSUMB’s otter raft lost a valuable member, Katie Lannon. Katie was an alumna of the CSUMB science community, earning her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Technology, and Policy (ESTP) in 2009.

  • Full Circle Journey: U.S. Army officer who closed Fort Ord now a CSUMB professor

    Assistant Professor John Olson first arrived at the soon-to-be California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) campus in the summer of 1991 as a U.S. Army Captain, at a time when the “campus” had a much different purpose. Olson has had the unique privilege of leading both the young soldiers stationed at Fort Ord in the early 1990s and teaching CSUMB students in the Department of Applied Environmental Science in 2019.

Applied Environmental Science

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