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Environmental Science

Environmental science is a multidisciplinary branch of science that focuses on understanding environmental systems, identifying and addressing human impacts on the environment, and connecting sound science to policy decisions. The Environmental Science major at COS challenges students to strengthen their understandings of the natural and physical sciences and takes advantage of the rich environmental science laboratory we live in by engaging students in local environmental research or work experience.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Display knowledge of past, current, and projected environmental issues and be able to relate these issues to underlying scientific principles.
  • Use empiricism and the scientific method (make careful observations, design experiments, and collect, analyze, and interpret data).
  • Communicate environmental science knowledge orally and in writing.
  • Function as an environmentally literate citizen who can explore environmental issues using solid scientific principles and reach informed decisions about the complex environmental issues facing society.

Career Options

There are many exciting careers available to people with an environmental science background including the following: environmental scientist, geoscientist, hydrologist, environmental consultant, energy consultant, conservation scientist, environmental educator, environmental technician, forester, teacher, and energy technician. Many of these careers require a bachelor's degree or higher.


Alison Varty

Alison Varty
Phone: (530) 938-5248


For information or questions regarding this or other programs at College of the Siskiyous contact the Office of Academic Affairs.

Email: Office of Academic Affairs
Phone: (530) 938-5201