STARS Information:

  • Credit Rationale: This credit recognizes institutions that have formal, undergraduate-level degree programs focused on sustainability.
  • Environmental Benefits: Developing such programs signals an institution’s commitment to

sustainability. Such programs also provide a path for students to study sustainability topics in depth, which better prepares them to address sustainability challenges. Formal academic programs also provide a home for sustainability scholars within the institution.

  • Scoring: Institution may earn 4 points for having at least one program that meets the criteria outlined above.

Going Green

CSU Channel Islands Summary:

Undergraduate Program in Sustainability:

CSU Channel Islands currently does meet the criteria for having an undergraduate program in sustainability.

Environmental Science and Resource Management Program:

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Resource Management (ESRM) provides solid training in basic physical, biological, and social sciences, and application of management science to reduce adverse impacts of human activity on the environment and to maximize the benefits that accrue from environmental resources. The B.S. program has two emphases: Environmental Science and Resource Management.

ESRM studentsThe Environmental Science and Resource Management curriculum prepares students for professional careers in either Environmental Science or Resource Management and for subsequent graduate study.  Graduates completing the B.S. program can expect to work on environmental problems in industry, government, and non-profit organizations.  Potential employers include the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, federal or state Environmental Protection Agencies, state and local Water Conservation Districts, county Land Use Planning Departments, Environmental Divisions of various local and national corporations, and a variety of environmental consulting firms, and environmental education/outreach programs.

For a more detailed overview of the ESRM program, visit

For a list of ESRM Learning Outcomes, visit

Information Received From:

Donald Rodriguez: Associate Professor and Chair, Environmental Science and Resource Management

Learn More:

Environmental Science and Resource Management Program (link to

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