The mission of the Department of Environmental Studies at California State University, Sacramento, is to prepare students to understand and address environmental problems in their political, economic, social, ethical, and scientific contexts. We promote the use of an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research, and we encourage the development of strong writing, research, and quantitative skills that give students the ability to identify the causes and consequences of human influence on the environment and to work toward sustainable solutions to complex environmental problems.
Environmental Studies Student Profile
My name is Cheyene Keniston and I have been offered a Research Experience for Undergraduate paid position to conduct a study on the increasing salinity within the Hudson River wetlands. REU programs are research studies that are funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), giving students an opportunity to receive hypothesis driven research experience before graduate school. I will be conducting this research for 12 weeks in Millbrook, New York at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, with senior scientist Dr. Stuart Findlay as my advisor. This is an opportunity that would have not been possible without the support, guidance, and experiences that I have received from my professors. Dr. Coleman in the biology department has helped me with applying to the REU, and with scientific training. Within the Environmental Studies department, I have been involved with the Aquaponics research project overseen by Dr. Murphy and Dr. Burton, and Ethnoecology and Wetland studies run by Dr. Stevens. These professors have had a profound impact on me, as well as the department, and have given me the experiential opportunities that really set me aside as an REU applicant. I recommend getting involved with these research resources that we have at Sacramento State and in the Environmental Studies Department.