Faculty Profile

Brian Pedersen

Associate Professor of Environmental Science (1998)

Contact Information


Kaufman Building Room 131


His teaching and research interests concern ecology and environmental science.


  • B.S., Harvey Mudd College, 1981
  • M.S., University of California at Davis, 1988
  • Ph.D., Oregon State University. 1992

2017-2018 Academic Year

Fall 2017

ENST 361 Role of Natural Sci in Env St
What can natural science contribute to our understanding of the interactions between humans and our environment? What makes it possible for natural science to provide this understanding? What are the limits on natural science’s capacity to contribute to environmental studies? Answers to these questions come from the humanities, social science, and natural science. From these perspectives, this course will examine natural science as a way of knowing, and explore the application of natural science to environmental challenges. Laboratory activities will provide opportunities for students to work with ideas and processes that are fundamental to natural science, and experience how natural science is applied in environmental studies. Three hours classroom and four hours laboratory a week. Prerequisite: 252 or any three natural science courses or junior class standing.