The following courses are required for students pursuing an Environmental Sciences Degree.

The Environmental Science and Studies program offers both a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. The Bachelor of Arts program involves less scientific rigor than them bachelor of science. Three minors are also offered in Environmental Science, Environmental Studies and Earth Sciences. The Studies program hosts an ongoing seminar series with three presentations per year, coordinated by the program director. This series includes broad areas of interest related to the environment, form poetry to science, and will include field trips to sites of interest on occasion. All majors in the program will be required to attend at least six of these special events in addition of to their course requirements. All environmental science and studies majors will also be required to do either a research internship or a senior research thesis (such as the ongoing summer research program in the School of Science) or a senior project.

Environmental Sciences Major (BS)

Required: 16 courses plus a senior project 

Lower Division

  • EES 40/41 Geology and the Earth or EES 100 Hydrology; 
  • Biology 1 Cell, molecular and genetics; 
  • Biology 2 Organisms - evolution; 
  • Chemistry 8/9 General Chemistry 1; 
  • Chemistry 9/10 General Chemistry 2; 
  • Math 27 Calculus 1;
  • Physics 10/20 General Physics for biologists.

Upper Division

  • Biology 119 or Math 113 Biostats or equivalent; 
  • Biology 125 General Ecology; 
  • Econ 150 Environment and Natural Resources Economics
  • Pol 135 or 136 Environmental Politics (or Pol 136 Env Law). 

Upper Division Electives

Select five of the following courses:
  • EES 100 Hydrology; 
  • EES 110 Geographic Information Systems; 
  • EES 140 Environmental Geology/ Natural Disasters; 
  • EES 175 Wetlands; 
  • Biology 113 Aquatics/Marine Biology; 
  • Biology 142 California Flora; 
  • Biology 144 Botany; 
  • Biology 152 Conservation Biololgy
  • Chemistry 119 Environmental Chemistry
  • Senior Project (.25)
    EES 197 Independent Study/Senior project 

Environmental Studies Major (BA)

Required: 14.25 courses plus a senior project 

Core Courses

  • Biology 50 General Biology
  • EES 100 Hydrology or EESS 40/41 Geology
  • Biology 125 General Ecology; 
  • Econ 150 Environment and Natural Resources Economics;
  • Pol 135 Environmental Politics (or Pol 136 Env Law)

Lower Division Electives (including all Labs)

Select Three of the following courses:
  • Math 4 Statistics and Probability
  • EES 60/61 Lab Urban Environmental Issues;
  • EES 92/93 Lab Environmental Science or Bilogy 34 Protecting Biodiversity;
  • Phy 40/Lab Physics.

Six Upper Division Electives

Six courses from the following:
  • History 155 Environmental history of Latin America; 
  • Pol 136 Environmental Law; or
  • Soc 134 Society and Environment; 
  • EES 110 Geographic Information Systems; 
  • EES 140 Environmental Geology/ Natural Disasters; 
  • EES 175 Wetlands; 
  • Bio 113 Aquatic/Marine Biology; 
  • Bio 142 California Flora; 
  • Bio 144 Botany; or 
  • Bio 152 Conservation Biology. 
  • Senior Project (.25)
    EES 197 Independent Study/Senior project 

Earth Science Major (BS)

Required: 16.25 courses plus a senior project 

Lower Division

Core Courses

  • EES 40/41  Lab Geology and the Earth;
  • ESS 50/51  Historical Geology
  • Bio 50/51  General Biology
  • Chem 8/9  General Chemistry
  • Chem 10/11 General Chemistry II
  • Math 27 Calculus I
  • Math 28 Calculus II
  • Phys 10/20  General Physics 

Upper Division

Core Courses

  • Bio 125 General Ecology
  • Econ 150 Envioronmenta and Natural resources
  • EES 160 Mineralogy
  • EES 180 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
  • EES 190 Structural and Regional Geology
  • EES 197 (.25) Independent Study/Senior Project
Select two of the following courses:
  • EES 100 Hydrology
  • EES 110 Introduction to GIS
  • EES 140 Environmental Geology/Nateral Diasters
  • EES 170 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
  • EES 175 Wetlands
  • Bio 119 BioStats



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