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Environmental Studies Department

Fall 2014 Highlights

Introduction to the Environment

There is still time to register for this 8-week Fall 2014 course - download the ENVS-108 flyer for details (PDF). Register using WebAdvisor.

  • ENVS-108-03 Introduction to the Environment
  • October 10 - December 12, 2014
  • Online via Blackboard
  • 3 units

Contact Narinder Bansal at nbansal@ohlone.edu with questions.

Carl Sagan once asked, “Who will speak for Earth?”

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Environmental Studies Degrees and Certificate

Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree

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Environmental Studies A.A. Degree (PDF) - Designed to prepare students for studying Environmental Studies at most universities. The core courses in the Associate in Arts degree in Environmental Studies will fulfill the lower division requirements for most campuses of the UC and CSU systems. This program will enable students to develop a strong foundation in the life and physical sciences, as well as a foundation in the functioning of living systems including population growth, ecology, toxicology, geologic processes, energy resources, pollution, and human attitudes toward nature. Through these courses students will gain a better understanding of how humans are intimately connected with the environment and how human activities impact and are impacted by the environment. Careers in natural resources, land use planning, business, energy, waste management, pollution control, law, and environmental administration all require knowledge of environmental issues and the functioning of ecosystems.

Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree

Environmental Science A.S. Degree (PDF) - Designed to prepare students for studying Environmental Science at most universities. The core courses in the Associate in Science degree in Environmental Science will fulfill the lower division requirements for most campuses of the UC and CSU systems. This program will enable students to develop a strong foundation in the life and physical sciences, as well as a foundation in the functioning of living systems including population growth, ecology, toxicology, geologic processes, energy resources, pollution, and human attitudes toward nature. Through these courses students will gain a better understanding of how humans are intimately connected with the environment and how human activities impact and are impacted by the environment. Careers in biological consultant, ecosystem and habitat restoration, environmental field or lab technician, environmental health scientist, and environmental manager all require knowledge of environmental issues and the functioning of ecosystems.

Certificates of Accomplishment

  • Environmental Stewardship Certificate of Accomplishment (PDF) - Signifies that students have completed coursework in biological, human, socioeconomic, and political principles as they relate to and are influenced by the environment. The courses include an emphasis on a scientific understanding of the environment, social and economic concepts, and an awareness of the behaviors that protect or damage the earth and its resources. On completion of this certificate students will have the ability to better understand their relationship with the planet and obtain an understanding of how their behavior (including energy and natural resource use) affects the environment they inhabit. This certificate provides an excellent background for the various careers in the fields of environmental studies, environmental sciences, public policy, and energy management.
  • Natural Resource Conservation and Management (PDF) - Natural resource management and conservation is congruent with the concept of sustainable development, a scientific principle that forms a basis for sustainable global land management and environmental governance to conserve and preserve natural resources. The Certificate of Accomplishment in Natural Resource Conservation and Management is designed to educate students in the art and science of applied ecological knowledge to aid in managing natural resources, energy, and agriculture. Courses in the program dedicate portions of the class to field trips, lab exercises, and demonstrations of field techniques.
  • Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development Certificate of Accomplishment (PDF) - Students completing this program will examine strategies to efficiently and cleanly utilize our planet's natural resources to produce energy, food, and urban habitats. This program focuses on living and growing sustainably without degrading the environment so that future generations of all species may thrive. This Certificate of Accomplishment signifies that students have completed coursework in biological, human, socioeconomic, and political principles as they relate to and are influenced by energy. The student will acquire knowledge and skills in the design and operation of energy systems, energy policy, with an emphasis on non-renewable and renewable energy systems. These skills may assist or enhance their work in areas such as energy management, the design of small to medium size energy systems, sustainable development and renewable energy research. The courses include an emphasis on a scientific understanding of the environment, social and economic concepts, and an awareness of the behaviors that protect or damage the earth and its resources. On completion of this certificate, students will have the ability to better understand their relationship with the planet and obtain an understanding of how their behavior (including energy and natural resource use) affects the environment they inhabit. This certificate also provides an excellent background for the various careers in the fields of environmental studies, environmental sciences, public policy, and energy management.

New Certificates of Accomplishment for 2014-2015

  • Geography: Cultural Certificate of Accomplishment (PDF) - The Cultural Geography Certificate signifies that students have received basic training in regional variations of the world, as well as human modification of the physical environment. Upon completion of this certificate students will have a better understanding of the role between human actions and the environmental impact of those actions. Students will be educated in current theories of how different cultures and society use, abuse, or otherwise change the earth. This certificate provides an excellent background for students interested in public policy, environmental studies, and other social/political fields of study.\
  • Geography: Physical Certificate of Accomplishment (PDF) - The Physical Geography Certificate is awarded for studies in earth sciences such as geography, geology, environmental studies, and related courses; emphasis is placed on human modification of the physical environment and ecology. Students explore weather and climate, landforms, soil, water quality, and various environmental topics including natural resources, energy, economics, ethics, etc. This certificate is a good foundation for students interested in earth science fields and environmental studies/science fields.

Additional Information

Review a sample listing of Courses in this area of study. Review academic requirements in the Catalog and in the Curriculum Guides. All students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to review academic program requirements and/or have questions answered.

Apply for a Degree or Certificates

Are you finishing your associate degree or certificate? Please review How to Apply for a Degree or Certificate.

Ohlone College Environmental Studies in the News

  • Grant: LEAF, Kaiser, Ohlone College (Environmental Studies Department, Avanzando, Puente Program), November 2013. Basic goal - Inspire residents of Fremont, including ethnic minorities, to eat healthy by providing space to grow produce locally and helping them learn the fine points of successfully growing various plants, facilitate cross-cultural learning about healthy eating in other cultures, and build cross-cultural community. The Department of Environmental Studies, Avanzando, Puente Program has spent this semester prepping, planting, and cultivating various plants - corn, zucchini, beans, garlic, lettuce, giving students learning opportunities, as well as encouraging team builder and collaborative learning.
  • Ohlone College completes HERO Grant, June 2013 - Ohlone College has completed a three-year Home Energy Retrofit Occupations (HERO) grant funded by the Community Based Job Training Act as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration. The HERO population served dislocated and unemployed workiers, incumbent workers and returning veterans. The HERO program aimed to fulfill the need for training workforce in the home performance industry, improve both local and regional economic development and sustain and grow current and future program activities. Ohlone College offered nine courses serving 148 participants.
  • Career Voices: An Ohlone Professor Explains Explains The Abundance Of Green Career Options, February 18, 2011, BrainTrack - Interview with Narinder Bansal, Professor of Geography/GIS/Environmental Studies of Ohlone College.
  • Foundation for a Green Education, January 21, 2011, NewarkPatch - On Monday, students at Ohlone College's Newark campus will learn more ways to become green beyond fashionable tote bags or fancy metal water bottles. Ohlone College is offering a new class that explores texts, publications and events that have affected the environment’s identity. The class, Urbanization: Green Community, reviews various sustainable communities and how to construct them.
  • Green Encore Solar Suitcases for Haiti Relief, January 19, 2010, Encore Careers - There was a nice footnote to the Green Encore Solar Training, when several of the participants spent the day on Saturday building mobile solar-electric systems that will be taken by doctors traveling to Haiti to provide emergency health care. The earthquake in Haiti came right in the middle of the weeklong Green Encore Solar training at Ohlone College.
  • Training the Encore Solar Trainers, January 12, 2010, Encore Careers - The carpenters, electricians, factory workers and others who are getting a crash course in solar energy at Ohlone College in Newark, Calif., this week are testament to the promising encore opportunity to create jobs for all ages in the emerging green economy.

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