Welcome to Environmental Studies (ES) and Environmental Science (ESCI).

Many people wonder...what do these courses cover? The lines can be blurry but in general, the subjects are defined below:

Environment (the): (1) Refers to influences on organisms and ecosystems, including both non-living (abiotic) and biological factors; (2) An indeterminate word for issues associated with the causes and consequences of environmental damage, or with the larger environmental crisis.

Environmental science: An interdisciplinary branch of science that investigates questions related to the human population, resources, and damages caused by pollution and disturbance.

Environmental studies: An extremely interdisciplinary approach that examines the scientific, social, and cultural aspects of environmental issues (Freedman, 2022).


Whether you are a student preparing for transfer, returning student, or looking to enhance your understanding we have classes for you.

Find us in the class schedule.

Not sure where to start? We have many course offerings. Registering for ES 1 or ESCI 1 is a good place to start. If you are a transfer student both courses articulate to UC and CSU transfer for general education.

Maybe you want a certificate or associate's degree? We have those too!

Energy and Facility Management Program

Environmental Resource Management and Pollution Prevention

Kirsch Center Building Front

Kirsch Center Building Back Kirsch Center Classroom

Contact Us

Dr. Alicia DeToro
Department Chair


Cheeseman Environmental Studies Area (ESA)

Stewardship Resource Center (SRC)

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