See who we are and what we do

See who we are and what we do

Training for Tomorrow

Students in our bachelor’s and master’s degree programs learn to view environment and sustainability challenges with fresh eyes, harnessing an interdisciplinary perspective to develop novel, world-changing solutions to big problems.

“The classes I took in the Environmental Studies Program were some of my most inspiring at USC. They really solidified my passion and equipped me for working in this area.”

Forrest Lee ’19, USC environmental studies alumn and development manager, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator
Forrest Lee, an environmental studies alumn who graduated in 2019, wears a gray polo shirt and stands in a warehouse-style space at his employer, the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator

World-Class Original Research

Our affiliated faculty are leading the way in illuminating the state of our planet, developing workable solutions to big challenges, and transforming the way society thinks and acts on the environment.

“We need more data to help us understand where [pollinators] are and how they are responding to human-made pressures. We need to figure out which species are resilient, what makes them resilient, and where our protection is most helpful.”

Laura Melissa Guzman, biology professor and Wrigley Institute Faculty Innovation Award winner
Melissa Guzman

Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island

Our one-of-a-kind satellite campus on Catalina Island offers researchers and students the unique opportunity to investigate a pristine natural environment just 22 miles off the coast of the nation’s second-largest city.