Universities and Other Training Resources

4-Year University Undergraduate Environmental Science and Environmental Studies Programs in the Area

  • The Environmental Science major at UC Berkeley is housed in the Environmental Science, Policy, and Management department in the College of Natural Resources. Students have a strong background in biological and physical science. The major’s upper division program has coursework across several departments in environmental modeling, human/environment interaction, and statistics.
  • Stanford University’s Earth Science’s undergraduate interdisciplinary, interdepartmental major program combines core coreswork with courses from Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Geology, Physics, Math, and Statistics.
  • University of San Francisco has degree programs in Environmental Science and Environmental Studies, both with a strong single department focus for interdisciplinary coursework. The Environmental Science major has core requirements in biology, chemistry, ecology, and data analysis. The Environmental Studies major is more broad, combining courses in ecology, earth systems, data analysis, economics, policy, law, history, and design.
  • San Francisco State’s Environmental Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program across several departments. The department has BS concentrations in Earth System Science, Natural Resource Management and Conservation, and BA concentrations in Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice, Humanities and the Environment, The Urban Environment. Department coursework includes global environment, environmental law,  and natural resource management.
  • UC Irvine Environmental and Earth Science offers two interdisciplinary undergraduate degrees covering the science of the Earth as a system, the causes of current environmental problems, and pathways toward global sustainability. In addition to coursework, students may conduct undergraduate research, field work, and participate in the UC Irvine Education Abroad Program.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s Training Resources

  1. PG&E’s Pacific Energy Center in San Francisco has a wealth of no-cost training programs available to the public, most of them 1-day programs, in wide ranging subjects in renewable and energy efficiency for many skill levels. Green Jobs Professionals and new entrants to the field report much benefit from the programs. The classes are extremely popular and often fill up quickly. The PEC is focused mostly on commercial applications, but many classes relate to residential. As a member of PG&E’s PowerPathways Training Network, Skyline works closely with the PEC.
  2. PG&E’s Stockton Energy Center is a sister training center to the PEC, and focuses largely on residential training programs and Weatherization preparation. Skyline also works closely with the Stockton instructors and staff.
  3. PG&E also holds classes at the San Mateo County Energy Watch, a partnership between the county and the utility.

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