Environmental Studies at UC Berkeley

Interdisciplinary look at issues pertaining to ecology and sustainability, without focusing on the scientific side.

Environmental Studies program for teens at UC Berkeley

Program Highlights

An in-depth look at environmental issues that affect society today
Examine environmental issues from a political, scientific, economic, global and social perspective
Understand the connection between the earth’s natural resources and the impact of human activities on them
Using case studies, investigate current environmental issues and possible solutions for resource conservation

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Session 2:
July 3, 2023 July 14, 2023 Session Full

Session 3 A&B:
July 16, 2023 July 28, 2023 Session Full


University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

Course Overview

Interested in a “Green Career”? Our program in Environmental Studies offers an interdisciplinary look at issues pertaining to ecology and sustainability, without focusing on the scientific side. Focusing on how humans impact the environment, this course gives students the tools to gain a broader understanding of the growing number of issues that affect our environment. Blessed with miles of coastline, students will also have the unique opportunity to study the Bay Area’s diverse ecosystems. Showing various career paths, from environmental science to ecological agriculture, this course gives students a better understanding of where a green career can lead.



Meet your instructor

Sal Helmbrecht

Environmental Studies

Sal Helmbrecht holds a Master of Environmental Management in Coastal Conservation from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Topics you'll explore

Hands-On Learning

Students will meet with habitat restoration experts from a local nonprofit working to protect and restore the San Francisco Bay. They will perform volunteer citizen monitoring of local waters through sample collection and practice identifying phytoplankton that are subject to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) target HAB organisms monitoring network. Students will also visit a local ecological institute for a hands-on experience to better understand the impacts of climate change.

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