Academics

CSUDH educates students and prepares them for careers in various industries and fields related to the environment. Below is a list of the sustainability-related offerings.

Degrees

  • BS in Earth Science
  • BA in Geography
  • MS in Environmental Science
  • BS in Biology, Ecology, and Environmental Option
  • BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, Environmental Studies Concentration
  • BA in Liberal Studies, Natural Science Option

Courses

  • ANT 101 | Biological Anthropology
  • ANT 495 | Special Topics: Traditional Mesoamerican Agriculture and Sustainability
  • EAR 460 | Global Change
  • EAR 490 | Senior Seminar in Earth Sciences
  • EAR 496 | Internship in Earth Sciences
  • GEO 357 | Urban Environmental Geography
  • GEO 416 | Earth's Climates
  • GEO 495 | Special Topics: Sustainability & Geodiversity in the Balkans
  • HEA 466 | Environmental Health Problems

A full list of identified courses is available for download in PDF format here: 

Do you have a sustainability course or major/minor not listed here? Register it via this online survey.

Looking to add sustainability into your courses? 

The Office of Sustainability is here to help! We can provide campus data on energy, water, and waste for service-learning courses and student research projects. We also can conduct guest presentations on a variety of sustainability topics and/or tours of campus features such as the Central Plant Tunnels, Campus Urban Farm, and the Net Zero Innovation Center.

  • The CSUDH Net Zero Innovation Center is a demonstration site featuring net zero energy, water, and waste innovations in what was formerly the outdoor picnic table shelter at CSUDH’s Central Plant. The space is now equipped with solar panels, batteries, energy monitors, and an LED TV display capable of showing live energy consumption. It also has net zero water/waste and efficiency displays including a rain gutter/rain barrel system, living wall, vermicomposter, and recycling guidance display. It’s designed to function as a living laboratory, educational space, and inspiration to students to integrate sustainable living and practices in their daily lives. Contact the Office of Sustainability for a class tour of the space. Combine that with a Central Plant tour to maximize the educational experience!

  • Central Plant Tunnel Tours are held as part of an annual open house event during October Sustainability Month, and all campus community members and visitors are encouraged to attend. The Central Plant provides 80% of the heating, ventilation, and cooling to the campus, and uses a quarter mile of underground tunnels to run its extensive piping system. Learn more about energy efficiency and what it takes to keep the campus cool by either attending the annual Open House tour and/or by requesting a special tour for your class. 

  • The Campus Urban Farm has 15 raised planting beds, an outdoor classroom space, and on-site greenwaste composting system to serve as a living laboratory for faculty interested in integrating urban farm operations into their curriculum. Past classes have used the Farm to explore a wide range of topics including food justice, regenerative agriculture, environmental reflection, cultural implications of historic food crops, soil health, and more. Request a free planting bed to have your class watch their crops grow! Others have utilized the Farm's many volunteer opportunities to designate the Farm as their preferred service-learning site for the semester. The outdoor classroom space also makes an excellent place to hold class events and lectures before heading out into the raised beds for a tour. The opportunities are endless! Visit the Campus Urban Farm page for more information.

  • CSUDH is a member of AASHE, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education which means anyone with a @csudh.edu e-mail address can create a free log-in and access curriculum content and other resources to support sustainability integration on campus.

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