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Major in Environmental Science

Requirements

  • Download the Environmental Science Studies Major Requirements Checklist

This program requires completion of a minimum of 56 units, as follows:

Environmental Science Required Courses (20 units):
  • ENVS - 110 Introduction to Environmental Science w/Lab or
  • ENVS 195 - Water, Water, Everywhere?
  • ENVS - 210 Ecology and Human Impacts w/Lab
  • ENVS - 212 Air and Water w/Lab
  • ENVS - 250 Environmental Data Analysis
  • ENVS - 410 Methods of Environmental Monitoring w/Lab
Required Support Courses (20 units)

Biology (8 units):

  • BIOL - 105 General Biology I
  • BIOL - 106 General Biology II

Chemistry (Minimum of 8 units):

  • CHEM - 111 General Chemistry I 
  • CHEM - 113 General Chemistry II

Physics (4 units):

  • PHYS - 100 Introductory Physics I

Additional Science (16 units, of which at least 12 units must be chosen from ENVS 300-level courses.)

  • ENVS - 311 Environmental Chemistry
  • ENVS - 312 Water Resources Analysis w/Lab
  • ENVS - 320 Restoration Ecology w/Lab
  • ENVS - 321 Wetlands Ecology w/Lab
  • ENVS - 330 Environmental and Ecosystem Health
  • ENVS - 335 Marine Environments: Problems and Progress
  • ENVS - 350 Energy and Environment
  • ENVS - 360 Climate Change: Science and Politics
  • ENVS - 370 Introduction to Landscape Ecology & GIS w/Lab
  • ENVS - 380 Environmental Engineering 
  • ENVS - 390 Undergraduate Special Topics
  • ENVS - 498 Advanced Undergraduate Research
  • ENVA - 232 Environmental Economics
  • ENVA - 360 International Environmental Politics
  • ENVA - 363 Environmental Law
  • ENVA - 366 Introduction to Environmental policy
  • ENVA - 367 Environmental Justice
  • ENVA - 404 Environmental Ethics

Students may select from Undergraduate Research (ENVS 498) or from courses in the Master of Science in Environmental Management program, or the Biology, Chemistry, or Computer Science programs.

Learning Goals/Outcomes for the B.S. in Environmental Science

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science program will have a broad range of technical, analytical and communication skills combined with a solid foundation in environmental science. A degree in environmental Science will prepare students for graduate education, work in governmental agencies and environmental consulting, and many other environmentally related fields. Students who complete the degree requirement will:

    • Demonstrate knowledge and integration of the natural sciences as applied to the complexities of environmental protection and sustainability.
    • Critically analyze impacts, both actual and potential, of human activity on the environment with a view to their prevention and/or mitigation.
    • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the scientific method to identify, evaluate and recommend solutions to environmental problems.
    • Communicate scientific findings and analyses in a professional manner through written reports and oral presentations.
    • Display an increased awareness of environmental conditions locally, regionally, nationally and globally so as to promote active participation and social justice considerations in future environmental decisions through science outreach and community engagement.