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
Dr. Victoria Derr, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, was recently featured in a three-part interview with the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) alongside Louise Chawla and Mara Mintzer. Together they co-authored Placemaking with Children and Youth: Participatory Practices to Plan Sustainable Communities, an illustrated guide to engaging children and youth in the process of urban design.
Liana Solis, a current Environmental Science graduate student, spent her summer break serving as a NASA DEVELOP Team Member. DEVELOP, part of NASA’s Applied Sciences Program, addresses environmental and public policy issues through interdisciplinary research projects that apply the lens of NASA Earth observations to community concerns around the globe.
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.