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Prospective Students

Why should you consider majoring in Environmental Management & Protection or Environmental Science?

You can gain expertise in a variety of topics that you can put to use after graduation – from conducting environmental impact assessments, restoring wetlands and forests, developing conservation plans and policies, managing public lands like state parks and wilderness areas, developing and conducting environmental education programs for kids, and conducting energy efficiency audits for businesses, just to name a few.

student at Headwaters forest field study

You can have a fulfilling career while also doing something that benefits the natural environment and the people who depend on it (which is all of us). Examples of jobs include: environmental planner, park ranger, environmental consultant, geospatial analyst, environmental educator, community planner, outdoor recreation manager, environmental impact analyst, wilderness ranger, restoration ecologist, environmental policy analyst and more.

You can take classes from professors who know your name. Most of our upper division courses have 24 or fewer students, so you get more one-on-one time with your professors. This way you can get to know your professor and other students in a smaller format and gain a more in-depth understanding of the material.

How To Apply:

Find out the steps, dates and deadlines necessary to apply to HSU here.

Current Students

You can take classes from professors who know your name. Most of our upper division courses have 24 or fewer students, so you get more one-on-one time with your professors. This way you can get to know your professor and other students in a smaller format and gain a more in-depth understanding of the material.

study at the Arcata marsh

They also go on day-long or multi-day field trips to places like the Trinity River, Crater Lake National Park, Klamath River, Trinity Alps Wilderness, and the Mattole River watershed.

In addition to field-based learning, we also emphasize theory, principles and practices of the disciplines in our department, as well as application, critical thinking skills, communication and understanding other perspectives, and synthesis—putting it all together.

Alumni

Where have our students gotten jobs, or gone to graduate school?

Leisyka Parrott: Interpretive Specialist, BLM. Leisyka won the BLM’s national “Excellence in Interpretation” award in 2012.
Robin Ray: Graduate School in Environmental Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science
Emily Curley: Park Ranger, National Park Service, Redwood NP
Aydee Camunas-Zielke: Environmental Analyst, Ocean Associates, Inc. in Honolulu, working for NOAA-Marine Fisheries Branch
Jennifer Jones: River Manager, Bureau of Land Management, Moab, Utah.
Jennifer was named National River Manager of the Year in 2012 by the River Management Society
Elexis Mayer: Environmental Planner and Compliance Program Manager, Yosemite National Park
Leah Healy: AmeriCorps Watershed Stewards Program
James Taylor Cook: Associate Research Analyst at HydroGeoLogic, Inc.
Teri Tucker: Wilderness Planner, Olympic National Park
Sarah Schneider: Graduate School in Environmental Policy, CSU San Luis Obispo
Beth Oates: Law School, Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland
Matt Keeling: Database Analyst at ESRI, Redlands, CA
Nick Janssen: GIS Specialist, AECOM, San Deigo, CA.
Brian Davenhall: Spatial Solutions Consultant at Critigen, Portland, OR.
Rachel Rodriguez: GIS Technician at Yurok Tribe, Weitchpec, CA.
Aaron Smith: Research Assistant at Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA.
Chad Miller: Research Assistant at Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA.
Carrie Carter Griffin: Recreation Manager for the Little Missouri National Grasslands, North Dakota.
Steve Lazar: Planner, Humboldt County Community Development Services Department
Andrew Minks: Graduate program, UC Santa Barbara Bren School of Environmental Science and Management
Ryan Wells: Projects Manager, NorthCoast Regional Land Trust
Megan Tolbert: Transportation Planner for California State University, Monterey Bay.
Daniel Farber: Graduate School in Botany and Plant Pathology, Oregon State University
Joseph Tona: Research Forester for Sierra Pacific Industries
Phil McNeal: U.S Forest Service, Wilderness Manager, Marble Mountains Wilderness
Jeff Marsolais: U.S. Forest Service, Deputy Forest Supervisor, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit

Testimonials

“As the Environmental Planning and Compliance Program Manager for Yosemite National Park, I, along with numerous other alumni of this program, have found incredible opportunities in public land management and environmental consulting careers.” ∼Elexis Mayer

“The degree served me well. It definitely made me well rounded and brought me up to date on all the current issues. I was able to transition right from school into a job where I’m working alongside professionals with 20 years of experience.” ∼James Taylor Cook

“I’d absolutely recommend the program to other students. The instructors are great and just about every course includes some kind of fieldwork-based learning. Yeah, it’s challenging, but it’s also a lot of fun—and it prepares you for life after college. I definitely feel ready to enter the workforce. This program gives you the background and skills to succeed.” ∼Ryan Bahten

“What I enjoyed most about the EMP program was the experiential learning — the chance to have hands-on labs outside and the many field trips all over the county. The interdisciplinary nature of the program helped me understand both the science and the regulatory framework surrounding how we manage our natural resources.” ∼Leah Healy