Welcome to the Environmental Studies Dept !

Our Mission

The mission of DeAnza’s Environmental Studies Department is two-fold:

With over 3500 students taking the nearly 200 class sections we offer each year, we are the largest environmental studies/science department in the California Community College system.

Our Offerings:

Come Visit Us

We are housed in the beautiful Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies, a building designed to be an active living teaching/demonstration space for students to learn about environmental stewardship, pollution prevention, and energy and natural resource management. It is a LEED Platinum-certified green building, the first of its kind in the California Community College system.

Adjacent to the Kirsch Center is the Cheeseman Environmental Studies Area (the ESA), a unique 1.5 acre lush natural garden containing some 400 species of plants and trees representing the 12 major natural plant communities found in California (see the ESA Pictorial Story Map). Originally built by faculty and students, the ESA is now visited by several thousand school children, college students, conservation group members, and the general community annually.

Join us at the Kirsch Center to learn how we can forge an environmentally sustainable future for current and future generations!

Kirsch Center Building Front

Kirsch Center Building Back Kirsch Center Classroom

Contact Us

Melissa Ingalls
Administrative Assistant II

 BHES Division



KC 228

Cheeseman Environmental Studies Area (ESA)

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Spring Hours

  • Monday - Thursday:
    9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday:
    9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

More on the ESA

Stewardship Resource Center (SRC)

Stewardship Resource Center

Spring Hours

  • Monday- Thursday:
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday:
    9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


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