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» Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science & Policy

The interdisciplinary bachelor of science in environmental science & policy creates scientists who can communicate with policy makers and future policy makers who understand science.

+ - Areas of Study

Environmental science & policy students complete core course work in both the natural and social sciences, and then choose to specialize in one of the following:

  • Ecology
  • Earth systems
  • Environmental policy

+ - Research Opportunities

Opportunities for student/faculty research as well as internships with community partners add even more flexibility to this degree program and allow students to customize their Chapman experience. 

Resources

Undergraduate Research Opportunities with Faculty

Dr. Hesham El-Askary is interested in understanding the interactive mechanisms among the various subsystems of earth and seeing how these subsystems shape the environment that we live in. 


Dr. Jennifer Funk
 discusses her research into how plants respond to climate change and how we can restore plant communities that have been invaded. 


Dr. Jason Keller
is an ecologist broadly interested in the flow of carbon and nutrients through ecosystems. Much of his work explores how ecosystems will respond to ongoing global change. His current research focuses on the controls of anaerobic decomposition and greenhouse gas dynamics in a variety of wetlands, ranging from northern peatlands to tidal marshes.


Dr. William Wright
's current research examines questions about the chemical, and behavioral defenses of sea hares, ecology of spiny lobsters, territorial ecology of intertidal limpets, and non-lethal effects of global warming. 

+ - Capstone Experience

The environmental science & policy degree culminates in a senior capstone project where students complete a campus environmental audit with the goal of providing Chapman with a report that not only summarizes available data, but also provides actionable solutions to a variety of sustainability issues.

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+ - Where can this degree take you?

Alumni from this program have gone on to graduate programs in conservation biology, environmental chemistry and environmental law. Others have accepted positions with consulting firms, environmental non-profits and research-based agencies.

+ - Faculty

Our faculty are top researchers in their fields and explore issues ranging from pollution over megacities, the effects of invasive plant species on ecosystem processes, the characterization of heavy metals in mine waste, and the impact of presidential transitions on environmental law.

This work is supported by research grants from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Fulbright Program.  Environmental science & policy students routinely engage in these cutting-edge research questions.

Environmental Science and Policy Faculty

Georgiana Bostean, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, Health and Policy

Warren deBruyn, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry

Hesham El-Askary, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Remote Sensing and Earth System Science
Director of Graduate Programs in Computational and Data Sciences

Jennifer Funk, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
Director of Biological Sciences Program

Jason Keller, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
Head of Life and Environmental Sciences Faculty

Christopher Kim, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Associate Dean for Academic Programs

Crystal Murphy, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Political Science

Walter Piper, Ph.D.
Professor of Biological Sciences

David Shafie, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science

Ramesh Singh, Ph.D.
Professor, Earth System Science and Remote Sensing 

Virginia Warren, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy

Research Spotlight


Dr. Jennifer Funk discusses her research into how plants respond to climate change and how we can restore plant communities that have been invaded.

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Research Spotlight

Dr. Hesham El-Askary is interested in understanding the interactive mechanisms among the various subsystems of earth and seeing how these subsystems shape the environment that we live in. 

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Contact Us

Cheryl Stack
Administrative Assistant
Hashinger Science Center 106
(714) 628-2862
cstack@chapman.edu