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You have a head for science and a heart for the environment. You want to help solve the planet’s most pressing problems and forge a more sustainable path for our future. In California State University Channel Islands’ (CI) Environmental Science & Resource Management (ESRM) Program, you will gain a solid understanding of the environment from both scientific and human perspectives, learn from talented, dedicated faculty, and start making a difference through intensive academic, field-based research and volunteer opportunities.

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Majors

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Your program

As an ESRM student, you will work in the lab and the field to master the fundamentals of ecology, physics, and chemistry, as you examine the intersection between humans and biophysical environments they inhabit. You will gain a variety of skills necessary for the Environmental Science professional of the 21st century: Geographic Information Systems, quantitative data analyses and presentation, technical writing, and a wide variety of field and lab methodologies.

You'll be able to apply your skills in meaningful research, service-learning and civic engagement projects across Ventura County, the United States and the globe. Our students have helped restore coastal ecological systems in Costa Rica, Mexico, and Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina. We routinely partner with the National Park Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Fish and Wildlife Service, California Coastal Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, and many other private and public organizations to monitor and manage coastal resources.

Your future

You’ll be prepared for a wide range of professional careers in industry, government and nonprofit settings, as well as graduate study.

Top careers include:

  • Sustainability officer
  • Ranger or game warden
  • Restoration ecologist
  • Conservation biologist
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental attorney/law
  • Environmental educator or science teacher
  • Environmental engineering technician
  • Geographic information systems (GIS) specialist
  • Hydrologist/water quality specialist

Your future income

Visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics to learn more about the outlook for your future career.