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Beyond the Classroom

Learning isn’t limited to the classroom at Mills. Take a look at the kinds of opportunities you can have while studying environmental science.


On-Campus Research Experiences

Environmental science faculty have guided students in conducting research on such topics as:

  • Interactions between invasive star thistle and its pollinators, pathogens, and herbivores
  • Photochemical reactions of agricultural pesticides in the atmosphere
  • Social networks, disease ecology, and stress responses of California ground squirrels
  • Phosphate in seafloor sediment

Access to Facilities & Equipment

Student–faculty research takes place in facilities ranging from the greenhouse in our botanical garden to state-of-the-art laboratories in the Betty Irene Moore Natural Sciences Building. Equipment available for environmental science research includes:

  • Scheffler Bio-Imaging Center
  • Atomic absorption spectrophotometer
  • Fourier transform infrared spectrometer
  • Ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometers
  • High-performance liquid chromatographs
  • Photosynthesis system
  • Marine culture system
  • Environmental chambers

Off-Campus Research Internships

Environmental science students have gained additional hands-on experience at such organizations as:

  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory
  • US Green Building Council, Northern California Chapter
What Can I Do with an Environmental Science Degree from Mills?

Environmental science graduates are equipped with highly marketable skills, including scientific measurement and statistics, as well as a multidisciplinary understanding of environmental systems. Recent graduates have used their Mills education to succeed in such positions as:


Laboratory Technician
Alameda County Water District

Staff Biologist
ECORP Consulting

UX Designer/Project Manager
Planetary Thinking

Environmental Analyst and GIS Specialist
TRA Environmental Sciences

Senior Environmental Inspector
City of San Jose

Staff Scientist
Ninyo & Moore Geotechnical and Environmental Sciences Consultants

Associate Water Resources Planner
RMC Water and Environment