The CEESS provides effective teaching of students, discovery and advancement of knowledge through scholarship and creative activity and assistance to society through public service and outreach.

The Center for Environmental, Earth and Space Studies serves two major functions: as a focus for applied environmental research by faculty and students, and as an interdisciplinary academic program offering the B.S. and M.S. degrees.

The Center staff is composed of two full-time environmental scientists, one full-time earth and space scientists and an environmental economist. About 25 associate faculties form other related departments, visiting scientists supported by research grants, graduate assistants and undergraduate research aides form the remainder of our staff.

The CEESS is equipped and staffed to do a variety of environmental and ecological research. CEESS staff pursue contract and grant research in fields of their expertise and coordinate research projects involving faculty from other departments (CEESS Associate Faculty).

History of the Center

The academic programs of the Center for Environmental, Earth and Space Studies (Center for Environmental Studies) were established in 1973 as interdisciplinary paths to the B.S. and M.S. degrees. The programs were founded in the basic sciences (biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics), and are complemented by required coursework in environmental science, economics, politics and social science, as well as elective areas.