About SoE

The School of the Environment is made up of three academic departments:
as well as the Institute for Natural Resources-Portland (INR) and the USGS Oregon Water Science Center.

In addition to the undergraduate and Master's programs offered by the three departments, The School of the Environment offers the EES (Earth, Environment, & Society) PhD degree. These programs are a cooperative effort of all of the units within the school in collaboration with affiliated faculty from other units in the university.

School of the Environment Field Sites

The map below documents field sites used by faculty and students within the school. Use the + and - buttons to zoom in to local or zoom out to more global sites. Click on the pins for more information about each location and for a link to pictures and research descriptions.

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School of the Environment Updates

Vision Statement
We will build a school that is regionally focused and nationally recognized. This will be accomplished, by providing a social and physical institution where faculty, staff and students can reach their highest intellectual potential and productivity. Our school will attract students and faculty and welcome visiting scholars from around the world. We will strive to be leaders in the framing and definition of issues providing linkages between society and the environment. We will carry out sophisticated and cutting edge research to improve environmental understanding and implementing adaptive management. Through these contributions, the School will play a central role in transforming PSU to be a globally respected and recognized 21st century university.

Mission & Purpose
The goal of the School is to reinforce links and bring together faculty across the university who have research and teaching interests related to environmental issues to teach courses, advise students at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and participate in collaborative research. 

The objectives are to:
  1. Develop a critical mass of research, teaching, and community outreach related to environmental issues to create a regional and national reputation for expertise on the environment.
  2. Encourage and support interdisciplinary collaboration within the university, and with community partners, to solve environmental problems.

In addition to supporting the broader values of Portland State University and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, we also hold the following to be valuable:
  • Teaching and serving students
  • Research that has a regional focus and gains national recognition
  • Service to urban, scholarly and environmental communities
  • Governance following from scholarship
  • Quality physical facilities
Click here to view the School of the Environment's By-Laws