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Educating the Next Generation of Sustainable Leaders

CSU program offerings align with the CSU’s educational and leadership goals with numerous undergraduate majors and graduate degree programs related to sustainability and environmental studies. These programs serve as crucial platforms where knowledge is imparted, intellectually stimulating discussions are encouraged and healthy debates are had, to prepare environmentally conscious leaders of tomorrow.

Examples of environmental undergraduate majors offered at CSU include: environmental biology; organismal and conservation biology; ecology; earth sciences; bioresource and agricultural engineering; environmental engineering; environmental resources engineering; environmental engineering technology; environmental policy; environmental resource management; environmental science; natural resources planning and interpretation; and watershed management. Examples of sustainability related graduate degree programs offered at the CSU include some of the programs listed above and others such as: ecology and sustainability-ecological conservation; ecology and sustainability-ecological economics; energy, environment and society; environmental systems; and waste water utilization.

One program of note is the Moss Landing Consortium in Monterey Bay. Administered by San José State at the Moss Landing Marine Laboratory, the consortium consists of seven campuses that offer an MS in Marine Sciences. The laboratory operates three research vessels and delivers courses to undergraduate students.

Another notable program is Cal Poly Pomona’s Regenerative Studies master’s degree, which prepares students to find successful solutions to environmental problems. A key feature is its focus on integrating knowledge from a variety of university programs into a multidisciplinary approach to research and practice in the interest of advancing sustainability.

In addition, nearly 70 courses are offered at Northridge related to sustainability, ranging from “Human Impact on the Environment,” “Conservation Biology” and “Environmental Impact Studies” to “Social Policy and Environmental Justice” and “The Built and Natural Environment.” The courses cover a broad array of disciplines, from geography to urban studies to recreation and tourism management. A degree with an emphasis in sustainability could be realized by the end of the 2011-12 academic year.

The broad array of environmentally-related program offerings at the CSU demonstrates the university’s commitment to engaging students, faculty members, and staff in an industry that is vital for the viability of California’s economy. More detailed examples of the CSU’s commitment to growing a green workforce can be found in the Workforce chapter of this report.