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Schmid College of Science and Technology

B.S. in Environmental Science & Policy

» Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science & Policy

Our Environmental Science & Policy program provides a tailored and interdisciplinary educational experience for those who are passionate about the environment and want to make an impact in the world. 

From Paris to Sacramento, the Gulf of Mexico to the wilds of Montana, the on-campus dining commons to the White House lawn, you’ll put environmental science into practice and turn that practice into impact.

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Where This Degree Will Take You

After finishing the program, you’ll have extensive research experience and a strong foundation in science and advocacy. These assets make graduates well prepared for graduate programs in:

  • Conservation biology
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Environmental law

Graduates who directly enter the workforce have accepted positions with:

  • Consulting firms
  • Environmental nonprofits
  • Research-based agencies
Our career advisor will help you explore these options. For more information on career options and outcomes, visit our Environmental Science & Policy career page.
Chelsea Takahashi ’12
Chelsea was a Truman Scholar who went on to earn a master’s in agribusiness and now works to help alleviate food insecurity in her native Hawaii.
Fernando Silvia ‘19
Environmental Science & Policy and Art Double Major
“I see art as a tool to get the message out. Visual imagery can help to effectively present what we learn from our data.”
Clayton Heard ‘16
As a volunteer for Citizens’ Climate Lobby, he advocates for congressional action to address the risks of global warming. He even attended the UN climate talks in Paris.

Research Opportunities

Research is a fundamental part of the Environmental Science & Policy program. Every student spends their first two years conducting research as part of a Grand Challenges Initiative project team

In addition, the program culminates in a senior capstone project where you will help put together Chapman’s annual environmental audit. 

You’ll also have opportunities to get first-hand research through faculty projects, an internship with an industry partner and/or a global education experience.

Funding is available to assist students with costs associated with their research.

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Program Faculty

Our faculty are top researchers in their fields and explore issues such as:

  • Pollution over megacities
  • The effects of invasive plant species on ecosystem processes
  • The characterization of heavy metals in mine waste
  • The impact of presidential transitions on environmental law.

This work is supported by research grants from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Fulbright Program.  Environmental Science & Policy students routinely participate in these cutting-edge research questions.

Below is a list of our faculty. Feel free to reach out to any of them with questions or to learn more about student research opportunities.

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Industry Internship Opportunities

Internships are a great way to earn credit and money while gaining research experience in a professional environment. You will have several industries to choose from, as Chapman is close to several environmental and conservation organizations .

Some organizations our students have interned with include:

Global Education Opportunities

Studying and researching abroad can be a valuable part of your undergraduate experience. Studying abroad will likely not delay graduation and you may be eligible for a tuition waiver and/or funding awards.

Summer International Internships are a popular option for Environmental Science & Policy majors. You will spend eight weeks abroad in an internship where you’ll gain additional research experience and earn academic credit.

There are several other available options listed below. If you are interested in studying abroad, we are happy to work with you to find the best option:

Jenny Gritton ‘19
While a student, Jenny collaborated with her professor on a research project and interned in New Zealand. Learn more about her experience in her blog post.

Student Clubs and Organizations

Joining a student club or organization is a great way to build your community and develop your skillset. Chapman has more than 230 options. You can view Schmid’s College clubs here.

Below are options we think are especially relevant for Environmental Science & Policy majors:

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Admission & Tour Information

You can learn more about the application process on the University’s Admission website. Specific transfer recommendations are available below. While you consider Chapman, we hope you will also have time to visit for a:

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Related Programs

Chapman encourages you to explore your interests wherever they take you. Many students interested in Environmental Science & Policy are also curious about:

You can explore all of Chapman’s undergraduate majors and minors with our program finder.

Contact Us

Program Questions
Cheryl Stack
(714) 628-2862

Admission Questions
(714) 997-6711

Grand Challenges Imitative

Chapman University students partaking in the Grand Challenges Initiative

GCI is a unique two-year research project that is part of the curriculum for all incoming first-year students in Schmid College.

Keck Center for Science & Engineering

Keck Center at Chapman University

The Keck Center is the home of Schmid College and where you will take classes, research and collaborate using cutting-edge instrumentation and facilities.