B.A. in Environmental Studies

Degree Roadmaps

B.A. IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES - TRACK A

Requirements (78-79 units)

Total units required for graduation: 180

Lower-division requirements (28 units)

  1. BIOL 100. Topics in Biology (5)
  2. CHEM 205. Fundamentals of Chemistry I: General Chemistry (5)
  3. GEOG 201. Map Interpretation (4)
  4. A minimum of fourteen units chosen from:
    1. ANTH 100. Introduction to Anthropology: Human Evolution (4)
    2. CHEM 206. Fundamentals of Chemistry II: Organic Chemistry (5)
    3. GEOG 103. Physical Geography (5)
    4. GEOL 101. Introductory Geology (5)
    5. HSCI 120. Health and Society: An Ecological Approach (5)
  5. May choose only one of the following two courses:
    1. PHYS 100. Physics in the Modern World (5)
    2. PHYS 121. Basic Concepts of Physics I (5)

Upper-division requirements (30 units)

  1. A minimum of four units chosen from:
    1. BIOL 349. Biology of Ecosystems (5)
    2. GEOG 370. Landscape Analysis (4)
  2. Four units chosen from:
    1. ECON 360. Economics of the Environment (4)
    2. HSCI 478. Environmental Health Management (4)
  3. Four units chosen from:
    1. GEOG 304. Field Methods in Geography (4)
    2. GEOG 306. Remote Sensing of Environment (4)
    3. GEOG 406 Digital Image Processing (4)
  4. GEOG 350. Conservation and Natural Resources
  5. Four units chosen from:
    1. GEOG 360. Weather and Climate (4)
    2. GEOG 365. Climate Change (4)
  6. Four units chosen from:
    1. GEOG 480. Geomorphology (4)
    2. GEOL 312. Geology of California (4)
  7. Four units chosen from:
    1. GEOG 305. Geographic Statistics and Research Methods (4)
    2. MATH 305. Statistics: Hypothesis Testing and Estimation (4)
  8. GEOG 500. Senior Seminar (2)

Electives (20 units)

  1. A minimum of 20 units chosen from Groups 1 and 2 below:
  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.)
    1. Group 1
      • ANTH 475. Cultural Ecology (4)
      • ECON 360. Economics of the Environment (4)
      • GEOG 370. Landscape Analysis (4)
      • GEOG 380. Population Geography (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)
    2. Group 2
      • GEOG 202. Introduction to Geographic Information
      • Systems and Mapping (5)
      • GEOG 304. Field Methods in Geography (4)
      • GEOG 308. Advanced Geographic Information Systems (5)
      • GEOG 402. Geographic Information Systems Applications (5)
      • GEOL 301. Introduction to Geologic Mapping (4)
      • HSCI 324. Radiological Health and Safety (2)
      • HSCI 478. Environmental Health Management (4)

Optional courses not a part of the major. Students are encouraged to continue their studies of the environment through the use of independent study courses and approved internships.

B.A. IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES - TRACK B

Requirements (79 units)

Total units required for graduation: 180

Lower-division requirements (32 units)

  1. BIOL 200. Biology of the Cell (5)
  2. BIOL 201. Biology of Organisms (5)
  3. BIOL 202. Biology of Populations (5)
  4. CHEM 215. General Chemistry I: Atomic Structure and Chemical Bonding (6)
  5. CHEM 216. General Chemistry II: Principles of Chemical Reactions (6)
  6. Five units chosen from:
  7. PHYS 100. Physics in the Modern World (5)
  8. PHYS 121. Basic Concepts of Physics I (5)

Upper-division requirements (31 units)

  1. CHEM 345. Modern Quantitative Analysis (5)
  2. Four units chosen from:
    1. ECON 360. Economics of the Environment (4)
    2. HSCI 478. Environmental Health Management (4)
  3. Four units chosen from:
    1. GEOG 304. Field Methods in Geography (4)
    2. GEOG 306. Remote Sensing of Environment (4)
    3. GEOG 406. Digital Image Processing (4)
    4. GEOG 350. Conservation and Natural Resources (4)
  4. Four units chosen from:
    1. GEOG 360. Weather and Climate (4)
    2. GEOG 365. Climate Change (4)
  5. Four units chosen from:
    1. GEOG 480. Geomorphology (4)
    2. GEOL 312. Geology of California (4)
    3. GEOG 500. Senior Seminar (2)
  6. Four units chosen from:
    1. GEOG 305. Geographic Statistics and Research Methods (4)
    2. MATH 305. Statistics: Hypothesis Testing and Estimation (4)

Electives (a minimum of 16 units)

  1. A minimum of 16 units chosen from one of the following Groups 1 or 2 below:
    1. Group 1
      • GEOG 370. Landscape Analysis (4)
      • Five units chosen from:
        1. BIOL 450. Ecology (5)
        2. BIOL 455. Marine Biology and Oceanography (5)
      • A minimum of seven units chosen from:
        1. BIOL 319. Local Flora (5)
        2. CHEM 221A. Organic Chemistry I: Lecture (3)
        3. CHEM 221B. Organic Chemistry I: Laboratory (1)
        4. CHEM 222A. Organic Chemistry II: Lecture (3)
        5. CHEM 222B. Organic Chemistry II: Laboratory (1)
      • May choose only one of the following two courses:
        1. GEOG 103. Physical Geography (5)
        2. GEOL 101. Introductory Geology (5)
      • HSCI 352. Principles of Environmental Health (4)
      • HSCI 401. Advanced Environmental Health (5)
    2. Group 2
      • CHEM 221A. Organic Chemistry I: Lecture (3)
      • CHEM 221B. Organic Chemistry I: Laboratory (1)
      • CHEM 222A. Organic Chemistry II: Lecture (3)
      • CHEM 222B. Organic Chemistry II: Laboratory (1)
      • A minimum of eight units chosen from:
        1. BIOL 319. Local Flora (5)
        2. GEOG 370. Landscape Analysis (4)
      • May choose only one of the following two courses:
        1. BIOL 450. Ecology (5)
        2. BIOL 455. Marine Biology and Oceanography (5)
      • May choose only one of the following two courses:
        1. GEOG 103. Physical Geography (5)
        2. GEOL 101. Introductory Geology (5)
      • GEOL 322. Introduction to Geochemistry (3)
      • HSCI 352. Principles of Environmental Health (4)
      • HSCI 401. Advanced Environmental Health (5)

Optional courses not a part of the major. Students are encouraged to continue their studies of the environment through the use of independent study courses and approved internships.

MINOR IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

Requirements (38 units)

Lower-division requirements (14 units)

  1. Five units chosen from:
    1. BIOL 100. Topics in Biology (5)
    2. BIOL 202. Biology of Populations (5)
    3. HSCI 120. Health and Society: An Ecological Approach (5)
  2. Five units chosen from:
    1. GEOG 103. Physical Geography (5)
    2. GEOL 101. Introductory Geology (5)
    3. GEOG 201. Map Interpretation (4)

Upper-division requirements (12 units)

  1. GEOG 350. Conservation and Natural Resources (4)
  2. Four units chosen from:
    1. ECON 360. Economics of the Environment (4)
    2. HSCI 478. Environmental Health Management (4)
  3. Four units chosen from:
    1. MGMT 322. Law and Ethics of Environmental Management (4)
    2. MGMT 324. International Environmental Management (4)

Electives (12 units)

  1. 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.
    1. BIOL 349. Biology of Ecosystems (5)
    2. BIOL 450. Ecology (5)
    3. ECON 360. Economics of the Environment (4)
    4. GEOG 202. Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Mapping (5)
    5. GEOG 304. Field Methods in Geography (4)
    6. GEOG 305. Geographic Statistics and Research Methods (4)
    7. GEOG 370. Landscape Analysis (4)
    8. GEOG 470. Hydrology and Water Resources (4)
    9. GEOL 301. Introduction to Geologic Mapping (4)
    10. GEOL 312. Geology of California (4)
    11. GEOL 375. Groundwater Hydrology (4)
    12. HSCI 352. Principles of Environmental Health (4)
    13. HSCI 401. Advanced Environmental Health (4)
    14. HSCI 478. Environmental Health Management (4)
    15. MGMT 326. Natural Resource Management (4)

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.