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
Laura Franklin, a current Environmental Science (ENSCI) master's student, recently began working with the Point Lobos Foundation as a Wildlife Monitoring Intern to conduct a census of the larger land mammals that reside in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. This experience serves as her Professional Science Master's (PSM) project, where she has the opportunity to apply the technical skills gained in the classroom towards a rigorous, professional experience. We recently touched base with Laura to learn more about her project. To read more, check out her interview below.
A new coalition has honed in on the epicenter of a Monterey County coronavirus population hotspot: farmworkers. Thousands of seasonal workers have arrived to the Salinas Valley for the summer harvest, and that—along with misinformation, a fear of deportation and cramped living and transportation quarters—has created a recipe for widespread infections. Some saw this coming even before the numbers confirmed those fears. Hester Parker, PhD, an Environmental Studies lecturer in California State University Monterey Bay’s Applied Environmental Science Department, was attuned to it when she read a March 28 guest opinion letter in the Monterey Herald.
Jake Cline, an alumnus of the Applied Marine and Watershed Science graduate program (now known as ENSCI), wrapped up 2019 by embarking on the adventure of a lifetime - sailing across the Atlantic Ocean.
We recently touched base with Cara Clark, an alumna of the Coastal Watershed Science & Policy master's program (CWSP; now known as the Environmental Science master's program) to gain insight into her professional experience following graduation. Since completing her master's degree, Cara has gone onto pursue a career as a Wetland Scientist along the Central Coast.