Student Groups at Rausser

Part of the Rausser small-college experience is getting to know fellow students with common academic interests. A number of student groups have sprung up to provide social and academic support addressing a variety of topics, disciplines, and issues.

BEEPS (Berkeley Environmental Economics and Policy Students) seeks to bring students of the EEP major together through conceptualizing, collaborating, networking, learning, and socializing. BEEPS Mission is to connect current and prospective Environmental Economics and Policy students with their peers, professors, alumni, and relevant industry professionals. In cultivating a strong community, BEEPS aims to support current EEP students to resources and bolster the community. BEEPS aims to further create a space for EEP discourse outside of the classroom.
Fall 2020 Meeting Times: Tuesday evenings from 7-8pm on Zoom! Visit their Facebook page for more information

CRSSO students

CRSSO students

The Conservation and Resource Studies Student Organization (CRSSO) exists to facilitate a community among CRS majors and supplement educational activities. Some of CRSSO’s major activities include sponsoring a mentor system for ESPM 90 and holding monthly potlucks.

Entomology Club - The Entomology Club of Berkeley provides a space for undergraduates to connect with field biology and invertebrate zoology studies by creating a learning environment in both our weekly educational and hands-on meetings and our several field trips (both day and overnight) throughout the semester where students can get acquainted with collecting methods, the process of research, vital outdoor skills, museum work, and get to meet many experts in the field including UC Berkeley faculty, Cal Academy staff, etc. This aligns with the College academic program and mission by supplementing in-class learning with practical skills that help us understand and care for the environment around us. 

The Environmental Sciences Student Association (ESSA) provides an open forum for the students of the Environmental Sciences major. Some of ESSA’s activities include hosting speakers on topics related to the major, visiting environmentally relevant workplaces, helping with Career Center job and internship events, and organizing social events.

Forestry Club students participate in logging sports competition

Forestry Club students participate in a logging sports competition

The Forestry Club and Logging Sports is a social and academic community open to anyone at Berkeley with an interest in forestry. The club has many activities during the year, including participating in Society of American Forester events, holding an annual Christmas tree cut and sale, sponsoring “Bean Feed” dinners, competing in logging sports, and working in community outreach.

The Global Environment Theme House (GETH) is a housing option near the Berkeley campus that provides students with opportunities to learn about environmental issues through shared experiences, such as dinners with faculty and other speakers, seminars, study groups, and field trips.

GroTech @ Berkeley is an organization dedicated to providing students with hands-on learning opportunities at the intersection of botany and technology. They identify the world's most pressing agricultural challenges and assemble interdisciplinary project teams to tackle them. Most recently, they designed and built a microgravity plant growth chamber for food production in space and their submission was chosen as a winner of NASA's Growing Beyond Earth Maker Contest.


The Microbial Sciences Association is an undergraduate group dedicated to serving the Microbiology students in the Plant and Microbial department. Their goal is to provide academic and professional support to those in the major and/or those interested in the major as well as be a way for students in the department to form connections within the community. Email them at

Planty Social is the undergraduate Plant Biology club on campus. The club aims to bring together plant enthusiasts from all backgrounds and majors to learn more about plant biology by doing hands-on activities and going on excursions. Planty Social seeks to enrich the plant biology community on campus by being a group where students can connect with each other and with all things plants! For more information, contact Benjamin Blackman, Genetics & Plant Biology Faculty Advisor.

Students of Color Environmental Collective (SCEC) - This group is intended to be a healing space for students of color to seek refuge from white-dominated environmental and social justice spaces, to learn more about the intersections between environmental and social justice, and to raise conversation about environmental racism and justice on and off-campus. If you self-identify as a person of color, this is a space for you to share thoughts, experiences, ideas, and educational resources. It is also a space for venting, dialogue, and healing, as well as planning future events and outreach.

Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC) provides students opportunities to become involved in joining, managing, or creating environmental & sustainability student organizations. There are more than 40 registered student organizations currently advised by SERC. Visit the linked page for more information.

The Student Nutrition Advocacy Club (SNAC) provides support to undergraduate students and the greater Berkeley campus, as well as helping students network with faculty. SNAC promotes and supports National Nutrition Month, attends dietetic events, and participates in volunteer programs.

Below is a video of some of our prominent student organizations in the college from a presentation given at the start of Fall 2020.