B.A. in Environmental Studies

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B.A. in Environmental Studies - Track A

Requirements (78-79 units)

Total units required for graduation: 180

Requirements for the B.A. in Environmental Studies - Track A

Lower-division requirements (28)
BIOL 100 Topics in Biology 5
CHEM 205 Fundamentals of Chemistry I: General Chemistry 5
GEOG 201 Map Interpretation 4
A minimum of fourteen units chosen from: 14
ANTH 100
Introduction to Anthropology: Human Evolution
CHEM 206
Fundamentals of Chemistry II: Organic Chemistry
GEOG 103
Physical Geography
GEOL 101
Introductory Geology
HSCI 120
Health and Society: An Ecological Approach
PHYS 100
Physics in the Modern World
or PHYS 121
Basic Concepts of Physics I
Upper-division requirements (31)
BIOL 349 Biology of Ecosystems 5
or GEOG 370 Landscape Analysis
ECON 360 Economics of the Environment 4
or HSCI 478 Environmental Health Management
Four units chosen from: 4
GEOG 304
Field Methods in Geography
GEOG 306
Remote Sensing of the Environment
GEOG 406
Digital Image Processing
GEOG 350 Conservation and Natural Resources 4
GEOG 360 Weather and Climate 4
or GEOG 365 Climate Change
GEOG 480 Geomorphology 4
or GEOL 312 Geology of California
GEOG 305 Geographic Statistics and Research Methods 4
or MATH 165 Introductory Statistics and Hypothesis Testing
Note: MATH 165 can only be taken with approval of Environmental Studies coordinator
GEOG 500 Senior Seminar 2
Electives (20)
A minimum of 20 units chosen from Groups 1 and 2: (Students must take at least two courses from each of the following groups provided that none have been used elsewhere to meet requirements of this major.) 20
Total Units 79

Group 1

ECON 360 Economics of the Environment 4
GEOG 370 Landscape Analysis 4
GEOG 415 Urban Planning and Land Development 4
GEOG 470 Hydrology and Water Resources 4
GEOG 480 Geomorphology 4
GEOL 312 Geology of California 4
HSCI 322 Air Pollution 2
HSCI 352 Principles of Environmental Health 4
HSCI 401 Advanced Environmental Health 5
PSCI 342 The Politics of Environment 4

Group 2

GEOG 202 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Cartography 5
GEOG 304 Field Methods in Geography 4
GEOG 308 Advanced Geographic Information Systems 5
GEOG 402 Geographic Information Systems Applications 5
GEOG 406 Digital Image Processing 4
GEOL 301 Introduction to Geologic Mapping 4
HSCI 324 Radiological Health and Safety 2
HSCI 478 Environmental Health Management 4

Students are encouraged to use approved independent study courses and approved internships for Group 1 and 2 electives.

B.A. in Environmental Studies - Track B

Requirements (79 units)

Total units required for graduation: 180

Requirements for the B.A. in Environmental Studies - Track B

Lower-division requirements (32)
BIOL 200 Biology of the Cell 5
BIOL 201 Biology of Organisms 5
BIOL 202 Biology of Populations 5
CHEM 215 General Chemistry I: Atomic Structure and Chemical Bonding 6
CHEM 216 General Chemistry II: Principles of Chemical Reactions 6
Five units chosen from: 5
PHYS 100
Physics in the Modern World
PHYS 121
Basic Concepts of Physics I
Upper-division requirements (31)
CHEM 345 Modern Quantitative Analysis 5
Four units chosen from: 4
ECON 360
Economics of the Environment
HSCI 478
Environmental Health Management
Four units chosen from: 4
GEOG 304
Field Methods in Geography
GEOG 306
Remote Sensing of the Environment
GEOG 406
Digital Image Processing
GEOG 350 Conservation and Natural Resources 4
Four units chosen from: 4
GEOG 360
Weather and Climate
GEOG 365
Climate Change
Four units chosen from: 4
GEOG 480
Geomorphology
GEOL 312
Geology of California
GEOG 500 Senior Seminar 2
Four units chosen from: 4
GEOG 305
Geographic Statistics and Research Methods
MATH 165
Introductory Statistics and Hypothesis Testing
Note: MATH 165 can only be taken with approval of Environmental Studies coordinator
Electives (16)
A minimum of 16 units chosen from one of the following Groups 1 or 2 below. 16
Total Units 79
Group 1 (16)
GEOG 370 Landscape Analysis 4
Five units chosen from: 5
BIOL 450
Ecology
BIOL 455
Marine Biology and Ecology
A minimum of seven units chosen from: 7
BIOL 319
Local Flora
CHEM 221A
Organic Chemistry I Lecture
CHEM 221B
Organic Chemistry I Lab
CHEM 222A
Organic Chemistry II Lecture
CHEM 222B
Organic Chemistry II Lab
GEOG 103
Physical Geography
or GEOL 101
Introductory Geology
HSCI 352
Principles of Environmental Health
HSCI 401
Advanced Environmental Health
Total Units 16
Group 2 (16)
CHEM 221A Organic Chemistry I Lecture 3
CHEM 221B Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 222A Organic Chemistry II Lecture 3
CHEM 222B Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
A minimum of eight units chosen from: 8
BIOL 319
Local Flora
GEOG 370
Landscape Analysis
BIOL 450
Ecology
or BIOL 455
Marine Biology and Ecology
GEOG 103
Physical Geography
or GEOL 101
Introductory Geology
GEOL 322
Introduction to Geochemistry
HSCI 352
Principles of Environmental Health
HSCI 401
Advanced Environmental Health
Total Units 16

Students are encouraged to use approved independent study courses and approved internships for Group 1 and 2 electives.

Minor in Environmental Studies

Requirements (34 units)

Requirements for a minor in Environmental Studies

Lower-division requirements (14)
Five units chosen from: 5
BIOL 100
Topics in Biology
BIOL 202
Biology of Populations
HSCI 120
Health and Society: An Ecological Approach
Five units chosen from: 5
GEOG 103
Physical Geography
GEOL 101
Introductory Geology
GEOG 201 Map Interpretation 4
Upper-division requirements (8)
GEOG 350 Conservation and Natural Resources 4
Four units chosen from: 4
ECON 360
Economics of the Environment
HSCI 478
Environmental Health Management
Electives (12)
A minimum of 12 units chosen from the following courses. In consultation with the environmental studies coordinator, a student can choose other courses, besides those listed below, to meet the elective requirement. 12
BIOL 349
Biology of Ecosystems
BIOL 450
Ecology
ECON 360
Economics of the Environment
GEOG 202
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Cartography
GEOG 305
Geographic Statistics and Research Methods
GEOG 360
Weather and Climate
GEOG 365
Climate Change
GEOG 370
Landscape Analysis
GEOG 470
Hydrology and Water Resources
GEOL 312
Geology of California
GEOL 375
Groundwater Hydrology
HSCI 352
Principles of Environmental Health
HSCI 401
Advanced Environmental Health
HSCI 478
Environmental Health Management
Total Units 34

HONORS IN THE MAJOR

Students majoring in environmental studies are eligible to receive honors in environmental studies at graduation if the following conditions are met:

  1. At least one-half of the course work required by the major is completed at this university;
  2. At least a 3.5 grade point average in the major, both at this university and overall;
  3. An overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 ("B") or better;
  4. Completion of a senior project approved in advance by the program coordinator. Students interested in receiving this recognition must initiate the process by making a formal application with the Geography Department administrative support coordinator.