Environmental Studies Department

The Ohlone College Environmental Studies Department is the lead institution for an exciting project focused on advancing good ‘green’ jobs in the Agriculture & Food, Natural & Working Lands, and Natural Resource Management sectors. The project is a collaboration between the Bay Area Community College Consortium Ag+Water+Environment Technologies (AWET) Employer Engagement Program and Sustainable Agriculture Education (SAGE).

Environmental Studies (ENVS)

The mission of the Ohlone College Department of Environmental Studies is to prepare students to be active participants in shaping a sustainable future. By fostering student understanding of how human society and the environment are interwoven, our program emphasizes the benefits of the triple-bottom line - promoting stewardship of the earth, fostering innovation for a strong economy, and respect, value and equity for the lives of all living things.

Ohlone College Bee & Bee Habitat

Structure filled with logs and sticks, along with an informative sign.At Ohlone College's Newark Campus, ambassador level Girl Scout Lauren Berling spent the summer designing and installing a bee habitat, the "Ohlone College Bee & Bee," for her Gold Award service project.  After working with Environmental Studies, Geography, and Global Studies Professor Narinder S. Bansal to gain approval for the project, Lauren - with help from her fellow Girl Scouts and students from one of Professor Bansal's summer classes- built a habitat that includes a structure filled with logs and sticks, along with an informative sign about the importance of bees and how they function. The structure is also surrounded by nectar rich flowers.

Habitat loss threatens the survival of native bees. Providing nesting sites and planting native wildflowers can help keep bee populations from declining.  Most people are familiar with the Bumble or Honey Bee, but California has over 1,600 species of native bees.  Unlike honey bees, most native bees are solitary and do not live in colonies.  They make their nests in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors and provide an important role in ecosystems.  As pollinators, California native bees are essential to the survival of our flowering plants and food crops.

The Ohlone College Bee & Bee will attract a diversity of native bees by providing a variety of materials and hole dimensions for nesting sites.  Cavity-nesting bees use old tunnels from wood-boring beetles.  The structure mimics the habitat by providing drilled holes 3 to 6 inches deep.  Once nesting bees have laid their eggs inside the hole, they will protect the eggs by plugging the end with leaves, mud, or other natural materials.Ohlone College Bee & Bee sign.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious award in Girl Scouting, comparable to the Boy Scouts of America's Eagle Scout.  Open only to girls in high school, it challenges girls to change the world, starting with their community.  The service project has vigorous prerequisites that must be completed before the service project portion of the award can be started, and the project must have a lasting impact on the community in the long term.  The Gold Award is awarded to fewer than 6% of Girls Scouts annually.

New Salvia and Native Plant Garden

At Ohlone College's Newark campus, ambassador level Girl Scout Kristen Berling has designed and installed a salvia garden for her Gold Award service project. The garden features approximately 30 different varieties of salvias from all over the world, including twelve from California. Learn more about the Salvia Garden at Ohlone's Newark campus.

Carl Sagan once asked, "Who will speak for Earth?"

Learn more About Ohlone College's Environmental Studies Department and its programs.

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Environmental Studies Degree and Certificates

Alviso Slough.Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree

Certificates of Accomplishment

  • Environmental Studies

Certificates of Completion (non-credit)

  • Green Business Entrepreneurs

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 discuss their long-range academic plan.

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.

Related Information at Ohlone

Academic Dishonesty

The Environmental Studies Department strongly believes in academic honesty and will exercise the department's rights when students are found cheating. Read Ohlone College's Academic Honesty Procedure.