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We provide opportunities to learn about environmental issues and teach our students about their impact.

Seaver College

Sustainability Minor

In 2015, Pepperdine launched a Sustainability Minor, which exposes students to environmental issues, allowing them a critical understanding of theological, philosophical, scientific, political, communicative, literary, business, and economic dimensions of contemporary global sustainability challenges. This minor is ideal for students who may pursue careers in law, ministry, government, journalism, or business, and for students interested in graduate school. Requirements for the minor include courses like Christianity and Sustainability, Environmental Politics and Policy, and Environmental Literature. For more information on the minor, visit here.

Undergraduate Research

Several faculty members involve students and partner with governmental agencies to actively conduct research in the fields of conservation biology and restoration ecology. The areas of focus include stream habitat restoration, post-fire ecology restoration and conservation, as well as coastal habitat monitoring and restoration. These sustainability research opportunities have been available to students for over fifteen years.

For more information on undergraduate research opportunities, visit the Community Involvement page.

Plastic Revolution

A group of chemistry majors conduct research with Pepperdine professor Joe Fritsch to develop biodegradable, environmentally-friendly plastics. The research group received a $70,000 "Waves of Innovation" grant in 2014. Read the research highlights in the Pepperdine Magazine.

Summer Undergraduate Research in Biology

The Pepperdine Biology Department hosts a research program every summer for undergraduates interested in pursuing a career in biological research, science education, environmental science, or biotechnology. Over the course of the summer, students pursue individual research projects under the direction of faculty, and visiting scientists hold special research seminars in each research area, ranging from genetics to ecology to plant biology.

Graziadio Business School

SEER Program

The Certificate in Socially, Environmentally and Ethically Responsible (SEER) Business Practice Program allows full-time MBA students at Graziadio School who are interested in eco-entrepreneurship to enhance their graduate business school experience and career opportunities. An emphasis on responsible business practice and doing what is right for both business and society has always been core to the Graziadio School’s mission.

The program has four macro values:

  1. Corporate Social Responsibility ("People")
  2. Environmental Stewardship ("Planet")
  3. Financial Strength ("Profits")
  4. Product/Service

Sustainability-Related Courses at Pepperdine


At Seaver College, environmental stewardship, sustainability, and related topics are discussed in nearly every department, offering courses such as:

BIOL 328/POSC 428 Environmental Politics and Policy

BIOL 430 Population Biology and Conservation Genetics

COM 590 Environmental Communication and Sustainability OR Seminar in Communication: Risk and Crisis Communication

ENG 380 Topics in Literature: American Nature Writing (GE)

PHIL 315 Environmental Philosophy

REL 301 Christianity and Culture: Christianity and Sustainability (GE)

SUST 110 Colloquium for Sustainability Minors

BIOL 105 Introduction to Marine Biology

BIOL 107 Plants and the Environment

BIOL 311 Introduction to Biology

NASC 156 Earth Science: A Way of Knowing

SAAJ 324 Social Action and Justice Colloquium 

POSC 518 Contemporary American Ideologies

CHEM 400 Environmental Chemistry


OTMT 644 SEER Metrics: Defining and Communicating

OTMT 643 Acquiring Wealth, Power & Success, Morally and Ethically

STGY 640 Social Entrepreneurship

STGY 645 Responsible Business Practice Capstone 

LEGL 630 Environmental Law & Business