Major in Environmental Studies and Environmental Science - Environmental Studies Concentration

The Environmental Studies Concentration is for students who are interested in environmental planning, regulation and policy, environmental health and educating others about environmental issues. Students interested in environmental sustainability are also typically Environmental Studies students.

Along with completing the common required courses, students in the Environmental Studies Concentration complete additional units as they complete one of five tracks. The tracks are:

  • Environmental Geographical Analysis
  • Environmental Policy/Management
  • Environmental Health
  • Directed Environmental Studies
  • Informal Environmental Education

All students in the program will complete the required courses establishing the scientific principles and mathematical skills needed as a foundation for more specialized study. They also will complete additional courses in the social sciences, an upper-level internship or research course and additional course work appropriate to the selected track.

Required Courses (37-39 units)

Natural Sciences
BIOL 2014
BIOL 202INTRODUCTION TO ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION4
CHEM 104INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY4
GEOL 121PHYSICAL GEOLOGY4
Mathematics and Statistics
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
Additional Writing Course
ENGL 318TECHNICAL AND SCIENTIFIC WRITING3
or GEOG 383 NATURAL RESOURCES AND SOCIETY: A GEOGRAPHIC PERSPECTIVE
Environmental Geography, Ethics and Health
GEOG 101PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY3
GEOG 410ENVIRONMENTAL GEOGRAPHY3
HLTH 451INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH3
PHIL 255ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS3
Total Units37-39

Environmental Geographical Analysis Track (34–35 units)

Required Courses
ECON 201MICROECONOMIC PRINCIPLES3
ECON 375ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS3
or ECON 376 NATURAL RESOURCE ECONOMICS
POSC 103AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT3
or POSC 207 STATE GOVERNMENT
POSC 421POLITICS AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY3
GEOG 221INTRODUCTION TO GEOSPATIAL TECHNOLOGY3
GEOG 232INTRO TO GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE4
GEOG 416PRINCIPLES OF REMOTE SENSING AND DIGITAL IMAGE PROCESSING3
GEOG 481ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ANALYSIS3
Select one of the following:3
ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH
ENVIRONMENTAL INTERNSHIP
SENIOR SEMINAR
Electives
Select two additional courses, one from any Environmental Studies track AND one from any Environmental Science and Studies track6-7
Total Units34-35

Environmental Policy / Management Track (33–34 units)

Required Courses
ECON 201MICROECONOMIC PRINCIPLES3
ECON 375ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS3
or ECON 376 NATURAL RESOURCE ECONOMICS
POSC 103AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT3
or POSC 207 STATE GOVERNMENT
POSC 421POLITICS AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY3
Select one of the following:3
ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH
ENVIRONMENTAL INTERNSHIP
SENIOR SEMINAR
Electives
Select five of the following (additional prerequisites may be required):15-16
HUMAN ECOLOGY AND SUSTAINABILITY
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
PUBLIC FINANCE
URBAN ECONOMICS
ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS (if not taken as part of required courses)
NATURAL RESOURCE ECONOMICS (if not taken as part of required courses)
ADVANCED TOPICS IN ECONOMICS (with approval of program director)
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & VALUES
POLITICS OF METROPOLITAN GROWTH AND CHANGE
URBAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
SPECIAL TOPICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE (with approval of program director)
SEMINAR IN AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC POLICY (requires approval of the director)
SEMINAR IN COMPARATIVE POLITICS (requires approval of the director)
WOMEN, ENVIRONMENT, AND HEALTH
Select one additional elective from any of the Environmental Science and Studies track3-4
Total Units33-35

Environmental Health Track (33–34 units)

Required Courses
ECON 201MICROECONOMIC PRINCIPLES3
ECON 375ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS3
or ECON 376 NATURAL RESOURCE ECONOMICS
POSC 103AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT3
or POSC 207 STATE GOVERNMENT
POSC 421POLITICS AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY3
Select one of the following:3
ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH
ENVIRONMENTAL INTERNSHIP
SENIOR SEMINAR
Electives
Select five of the following:15-16
INTRO TO GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE
MEDICAL GEOGRAPHY
POPULATION GEOGRAPHY
DEMOGRAPHY
STUDIES IN NATURAL HAZARDS
SEMINAR: SELECTED TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY
INTRODUCTION TO EPIDEMIOLOGY
SEMINAR IN AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC POLICY (requires approval of the director)
WOMEN, ENVIRONMENT, AND HEALTH
Select one additional course from any Environmental Science and Studies track3-4
Total Units33-35

Directed Environmental Studies Track (33–34 units)

All students selecting this track should, in consultation with their adviser, develop a coherent course of study that includes six electives.

Required Courses
ECON 201MICROECONOMIC PRINCIPLES3
ECON 375ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS3
or ECON 376 NATURAL RESOURCE ECONOMICS
POSC 103AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT3
or POSC 207 STATE GOVERNMENT
POSC 421POLITICS AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY3
Select one of the following:3
ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH
ENVIRONMENTAL INTERNSHIP
SENIOR SEMINAR
Electives
Select five of the following:15-16
HUMAN ECOLOGY AND SUSTAINABILITY 1
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
PUBLIC FINANCE
URBAN ECONOMICS
ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS (if not selected above)
NATURAL RESOURCE ECONOMICS (if not selected above)
ADVANCED TOPICS IN ECONOMICS (requires approval of the director)
SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND STUDIES
SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND STUDIES
SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND STUDIES
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND STUDIES
INTRODUCTION TO GEOSPATIAL TECHNOLOGY
INTRO TO GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE
ENERGY RESOURCES
SOILS AND VEGETATION
MEDICAL GEOGRAPHY
NATURAL RESOURCES AND SOCIETY: A GEOGRAPHIC PERSPECTIVE (if not taken as part of required courses)
POPULATION GEOGRAPHY
DEMOGRAPHY
TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING
COMPREHENSIVE PLANNING
STUDIES IN NATURAL HAZARDS
GIS APPLICATIONS
GEOGRAPHICAL ASPECTS OF POLLUTION
PRINCIPLES OF REMOTE SENSING AND DIGITAL IMAGE PROCESSING
SEMINAR: SELECTED TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ANALYSIS
LAND USE PLANNING
DIRECTED READNGS IN GEOGRAPHY (Requires approval of the director)
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN GEOGRAPHY (Requires approval of the director)
INTRODUCTION TO EPIDEMIOLOGY
HEALTH DIRECTED READINGS (Requires approval of the director)
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & VALUES
PHILOSOPHICAL TOPICS (Requires approval of the director)
POLITICS OF METROPOLITAN GROWTH AND CHANGE
URBAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
SPECIAL TOPICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE (requires approval of the director)
SEMINAR IN AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC POLICY (Requires approval of the director)
SEMINAR IN COMPARATIVE POLITICS (Requires approval of the director)
ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
WOMEN, ENVIRONMENT, AND HEALTH
Select one additional elective from any Environmental Science and Studies track3-4
Total Units33-35

Informal Environmental Education (37–39 units)

Required Courses
BIOL 205GENERAL BOTANY4
BIOL 207GENERAL ZOOLOGY4
BIOL 301FIELD AND NATURAL SCIENCE3
or BIOL 304 NATURAL HISTORY INTERPRETATION AND PUBLIC ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION
ENVS 485ENVIRONMENTAL INTERNSHIP3
SCIE 380TEACHING SCIENCE IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOLS3
Select one two-course sequence in one discipline consisting of one lower-level and one upper-level course:6
Sequence 1
MICROECONOMIC PRINCIPLES
and ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS
MICROECONOMIC PRINCIPLES
and NATURAL RESOURCE ECONOMICS
Sequence 2
AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT
and POLITICS AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
STATE GOVERNMENT
and POLITICS AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
Select one of the following:
GENERAL ECOLOGY
PLANT ECOLOGY
Electives
Select three of the following:10-12
HUMAN ECOLOGY AND SUSTAINABILITY
INVERT ZOOLOGY
VASCULAR PLANT TAXONOMY
FISH BIOLOGY
ORNITHOLOGY
MAMMALOGY
ENTOMOLOGY
HERPETOLOGY
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND SERVICE LEARNING IN THE TROPICS
SOILS AND VEGETATION
ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY
Total Units33-35

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences will probably vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate elective choices.

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
BIOL 200
200L (Core 8)
4BIOL 2024
CHEM 104 (Core 7)4GEOL 1214
MATH 119 or 211 (Core 3)4ECON/GEOG/POSC Lower-Level3
Core 1 (or Core 2)3Core 2 (or Core 1)3
 Core 133
 15 17
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
ECON/GEOG/POSC Lower-Level3ECON/GEOG/POSC Upper-Level 3
GEOG 1013PHIL 2553
Track Requirement3Track Requirement 3
Select one of the following:3-4Track Requirement 3
Core 53
 
 
 
Core 43 
 15-16 15
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
ECON/GEOG/POSC Upper-Level3ENGL 318 or GEOG 383 (Core 9)3
Track Requirement 3HLTH 4513
Track Requirement 3Track Requirement 3
Core 63Track Requirement 3
Core 103Core 113
 15 15
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
Select one of the following:3Track Requirement (if needed) / Elective3
Track Requirement (if needed) / Elective3
Track Requirement (if needed) / Elective3
Track Requirement (if needed) / Elective3
GEOG 4103Core 143
Track Requirement 4 
Track Requirement 3 
Core 123 
 16 15
Total Units 123-124
  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)