Humboldt State University

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Green Major Options

If environmental or sustainable studies are your main focus, you're in luck.

The University's Environmental Resources Engineering program prepares engineers to solve complex environmental resource problems. Humboldt State has one of the largest undergraduate environmental engineering programs in the country. Many graduates go on to work for local, regional and national engineering firms or government agencies.

If you want to major in Forestry and Wildland Resources, Humboldt State is, quite simply, the best choice. Nestled among the redwoods and surrounded by many different types of forestlands, students embark on numerous field trips and are able to study tree physiology, diverse managerial techniques and sustainable forestry with professors who are leading experts in the field.

Our Environmental Management & Protection (formerly Natural Resources Planning & Interpretation) degree is one of just a few of its kind. Students learn in the classroom and in the field how to explain histories, cultures and environments in a way that inspires visitors and promotes protection of natural resources through interpretive signage and literature.

There are several other majors at HSU with a focus on the environment:

(Get more information on all of these majors.)

  • Biology with emphases in Cellular/Molecular Biology, Ecology, Environmental Biology, General Biology, Marine Biology and Microbiology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry with options for Biochemistry or Environmental Toxicology
  • Economics, with a focus on Environmental and Natural Resource Planning and Policy
  • Environmental Resources Engineering
  • Environmental Science with focuses in Ecological Restoration, Energy and Climate or Environmental Policy
  • Fisheries Biology with options in Freshwater Fisheries or Marine Fisheries
  • Forestry and Wildland Resources includes options in Forest Hydrology, Forest Production Management, Forest Resource Conservation, Forest Soils and Wildland Fire Management
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Native American Studies includes a focus in Natural Resources and the Environment
  • Environmental Management & Protection (formerly Natural Resources Planning & Interpretation) with focuses in Natural Resource Planning, Interpretation, Recreation and Geographical Information Systems, and Remote Sensing
  • Oceanography
  • Political Science includes emphases in Advocacy and Institutions, Environment and Sustainability, and Globalization
  • Rangeland Resource Science with an option in Wildland Soil Science
  • Wildlife with options for Wildlife Management and Conservation or Conservation Biology/Applied Vertebrate Ecology
  • Womens' Studies includes a concentration in Women and the Environment
  • Zoology