B.Sc. On Campus

Environmental Management and Protection

California Polytechnic State University

48 months
11880 USD/year
11880 USD/year
10194 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Majors in the Environmental Management and Protection program at California Polytechnic State University are concerned with protecting the environment and the sustainable management of natural resources while considering human impact, needs and goals.


About the Program

The Environmental Management and Protection program at California Polytechnic State University provides you with the science and management background to protect environmental values and the sustainable consumption of natural resources while achieving human goals.

You will gain knowledge of the legal and regulatory environment as well as the ecological and economic theories to use while solving conflicts over environmental uses and impacts. The major is endorsed and supported by the California Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP). You can choose between a watershed management and hydrology or wildlife biology concentration, or remain on a more general program. You will learn to effectively communicate, work in teams, develop leadership skills and exhibit an understanding of ethics and sustainability principles. All areas will culminate with a guided research project or internship focusing on a specific area of environmental science.

Learn By Doing

Environmental management and protection majors have access to diverse faculty and laboratories across campus as well as the diverse ecosystems of California's Central Coast, including the 3,200 acre Swanton Pacific Ranch. Your labs and field trips take you into the forest to study the impact of insects and diseases or into the hills to evaluate soil erosion and sediment control to prevent mudslides. You will learn how to use land and resource measurement technology and methods as well as how to estimate and assess the environmental impacts of human activity. Through the department and related clubs, you can participate in informational programs and projects, as well as network for jobs and internships.


Graduates are prepared for a broad range of professional careers in environmental assessment, impact analysis, project management, and impact mitigation monitoring.

Employers range from private business and industries that provide consulting services to government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Environmental Management
  • Dendrology
  • Land and Resource Measurements
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Natural Resource Ecology and Habitat Management
  • Environmental Life-Cycle Analysis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Coursework: We look at the college-prep coursework you have taken during high school, including the courses you have in progress or planned during 12th grade
  • GPA: For the purposes of your application, we'll consider your 9th-11th grade weighted GPA
  • Standardized Test Scores
  • Extracurricular Activities and Work Experience: Cal Poly takes activities such as work experience, internships, volunteer programs and extracurricular activities into consideration
  • Make sure you have a copy of your transcripts, current and planned class schedules, test scores, household annual income and social security number (if available)
  • There is a $70 application fee per campus at the time you apply, unless you qualify for an application fee waiver
  • English proficiency exam results

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    11880 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11880 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    11880 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11880 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    10194 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10194 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for San Luis Obispo

1100 - 1800 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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