Major in Environmental Science and Studies - Environmental Science Concentration

Students majoring in Environmental Science and Studies have a choice of two concentrations: Environmental Studies or Environmental Science. There is considerable overlap in the courses between the two concentrations. As students progress through the program, they begin to specialize in their area of greatest interest. During the senior year, students in both concentrations are involved in course work that emphasizes application of concepts to real-world problems. For information on the Environmental Studies Concentration, see the College of Liberal Arts.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE CONCENTRATION

The Environmental Science Concentration requires 43–45 units. Students then choose a track that provides advanced study in one of three different fields: biology, chemistry or geology, or for students who choose not to specialize, a more general Environmental Science Track is also available. Each track has its own required courses and electives. The Environmental Science Concentration requires a total of 72–85 units (depending upon the track selected).

Common Requirements (43–45 units)

Natural Sciences (16 Units)
BIOL 202INTRODUCTION TO ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION4
CHEM 131GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LECTURE3
CHEM 131LGENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY1
CHEM 132GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LECTURE3
CHEM 132LGENERAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY1
GEOL 121PHYSICAL GEOLOGY4
Mathematics and Stastistics (6-8 Units)
MATH 119PRE-CALCULUS3-4
or MATH 211 CALCULUS FOR APPLICATIONS
Select one of the following:3-4
BASIC STATISTICS
ELEMENTARY BIOSTATISTICS
QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN GEOGRAPHY
STATISTICS FOR BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS I
Social Sciences/Humanities (18 Units)
ENGL 318TECHNICAL AND SCIENTIFIC WRITING3
PHIL 255ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS3
or HLTH 451 INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Select two of the following sequences, which include an upper-level and a lower-level course in the same discipline:12
Sequence 1
PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY
and ENVIRONMENTAL GEOGRAPHY
Sequence 2
MICROECONOMIC PRINCIPLES
ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS
NATURAL RESOURCE ECONOMICS
Sequence 3
AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT
STATE GOVERNMENT
POLITICS AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
Applications (3 Units)
Select one of the following:3
ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH
ENVIRONMENTAL INTERNSHIP
SENIOR SEMINAR
Track (29-40 Units)
Select one of the tracks listed below29-40
Total Units72-85

Environmental Biology Track (29–38 units)

Required Courses (17-22 Units)
BIOL 201INTRODUCTION TO CELL BIOLOGY AND GENETICS4
BIOL 205GENERAL BOTANY4
or BIOL 207 GENERAL ZOOLOGY
Select one of the following:4
GENERAL ECOLOGY
Conservation Biology
PLANT ECOLOGY
Select one of the following:
CHEM 330ESSENTIALS OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY5-10
or CHEM 331
CHEM 332
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
Electives (12-16 Units)
Select three of the following:10-12
GENETICS
Conservation Biology 1
MICROBIOLOGY
ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY
MARINE BIOLOGY
INVERT ZOOLOGY
GENERAL ECOLOGY 1
LIMNOLOGY
VASCULAR PLANT TAXONOMY
PLANT ECOLOGY 1
PLANT PHYSIOLOGY
TROPICAL FIELD ECOLOGY
WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT
WETLAND ECOLOGY
FISH BIOLOGY
ORNITHOLOGY
MAMMALOGY
ENTOMOLOGY
HERPETOLOGY
CHEMICAL TOXICOLOGY
Select one additional course from among any of the Environmental Science and Studies tracks.2-4
Total Units29-38
1

One of the two ecology courses, not taken as "required,'' can be used as an elective

Environmental Chemistry Track (35-41 units)

Required Courses (26-31 Units)
CHEM 210ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY5
PHYS 211
PHYS 212
GENERAL PHYSICS I; NON CALCULUS-BASED
and GENERAL PHYSICS II; NON CALCULUS-BASED
8
Select one of the following:
CHEM 330ESSENTIALS OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY5-10
or CHEM 331
CHEM 332
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
Select one of the following:
BIOL 402GENERAL ECOLOGY4
or BIOL 406 LIMNOLOGY
Select one of the following:
GEOL 415HYDROGEOLOGY4
or GEOL 305 ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY
Electives (9-10 Units)
Select six units from the following:6
INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS
INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
PRINCIPLES PHYSICAL CHEM
BIOCHEMISTRY I
BIOCHEMISTRY LAB
CHEM & BACTERIOLOGICAL STUDIES ON WATER POLLUTION
Physical Chemistry Laboratory
ADVANCED LECTURE TOPICS
ADVANCED LABORATORY TECHNIQUES
CHEMICAL TOXICOLOGY
Select one additional course from among any of the Environmental Science and Studies tracks3-4
Total Units35-41

Environmental Geology Track (30–33 units)

Required Courses (25 Units)
CHEM 210ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY5
PHYS 211GENERAL PHYSICS I; NON CALCULUS-BASED4
GEOL 305ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY4
GEOL 331MINERALOGY4
GEOL 415HYDROGEOLOGY4
Select one of the following:
GEOL 321STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY4
or GEOL 443 SEDIMENTOLOGY AND STRATIGRAPHY
Electives (5-8 Units)
Select one of the following:3-4
GEOMORPHOLOGY
PETROLOGY OF IGNEOUS AND METAMORPHIC ROCKS
PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY
PETROLOGY OF SEDIMENTARY ROCKS
Select one additional course from among any of the Environmental Science and Studies tracks.2-4
Total Units30-33

Environmental Science Track (29–33 units)

Required Courses (17 Units)
BIOL 201INTRODUCTION TO CELL BIOLOGY AND GENETICS4
PHYS 211
PHYS 212
GENERAL PHYSICS I; NON CALCULUS-BASED
and GENERAL PHYSICS II; NON CALCULUS-BASED
8
Select one of the following:
CHEM 210ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY5
or CHEM 330 ESSENTIALS OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
Electives (13-16 Units)
Select one of the following:4
GENERAL ECOLOGY
Conservation Biology
LIMNOLOGY
HYDROGEOLOGY
ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY
Two additional environmental electives in the same discipline from biology, chemistry, geology or geography AND one additional course selected from among any of the Environmental Science and Studies tracks9-12
Total Units30-33

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
BIOL 202 (Core 7)4GEOL 1214
MATH 119 (Core 3)4CHEM 132
132L
4
CHEM 131
131L (Core 8)
4ECON/GEOG/POSC (Core 6)3
Core or Elective3Core or Elective3
 15 14
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
MATH 2313ECON/GEOG/POSC upper level3
ECON/GEOG/POSC lower level3Track Requirement 24
Track Requirement 14Track Requirement 34
Core or Elective3Core or Elective3
Core or Elective3 
 16 14
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
HLTH 451 or PHIL 2553ENGL 3183
ECON/GEOG/POSC upper level3Track Requirement 55
Track Requirement 44Track Requirement 64
Core or Elective3Core or Elective3
Core or Elective3 
 16 15
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
ENVS 482, 485, or 4913Track Requirement 9 (if needed)3
Track Requirement 74Track Requirement 10 (if needed)3
Track Requirement 83Track Requirement 11 (if needed)3
Core or Elective3Core or Elective3
Core or Elective3Core or Elective3
 16 15
Total Units 121

1. Apply their knowledge of the sciences and the scientific method to collect, analyze and interpret data that they have collected or to critique the methods used by others to collect, analyze and interpret data.
2. Identify the cultural, economic, geographic and/or political facets of environmental problems/situations and relate their understanding of these components to particular situations.
3. Relate the theoretical background materials presented in natural science, social science or humanities courses to specific current environmental problems/dilemmas.
4. Students will display competency in essential skills required of a college graduate by reading, interpreting, analyzing and evaluating written discourse.
5. Students will display competency in essential skills required of a college graduate by researching a topic, develop an argument and organize supporting details (ILTC)