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Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

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The Environmental Sciences major is designed to impart students with the practical skills and knowledge required to critically evaluate environmental problems and issues, and provide applied solutions.

The major is decidedly interdisciplinary in nature, focusing on the underlying natural processes relating to the environment and understanding and employing the scientific method.

The need for broadly trained scientists in the area of environmental science is critical and the understanding of the importance of this field is provides many employment opportunities for qualified graduates.

A BS in Environmental Science can lead to numerous employment opportunities with many different agencies and areas.

Typical employment could involve working for consulting firms performing environmental restoration, producing environmental impact studies for both governmental agencies and private firms, and additional vital biological services.

Other types of employment can be found with regulatory agencies seeking to ensure compliance with environmental regulations and laws, with environmental law firms, or public health agencies.

Required Courses

Core courses:

  • GEOS 043 Environmental Science for Informed Citizens
  • GEOS 103 Global Change
  • GEOS 102 Spatial Analysis and GIS
  • GEOS 106 Earth Materials and the Environment
  • GEOS 142 Geochemistry
  • GEOS 144 Geomorphology
  • GEOS 148 Hydrogeology
  • GEOS 163 Environmental Field Methods
  • MATH 037 Introduction to Statistics & Probability
  • CHEM 027 General Chemistry
  • CHEM 141 Analytical Chemistry
  • BIOL 051 Principles of Biology I
  • BIOL 061 Principles of Biology II

One of the following organismal biology courses:

  • BIOL 072 Vertebrate Biology
  • BIOL 074 Biology of Insects
  • BIOL 076 Marine Biology
  • BIOL 077 Marine Birds & Mammals
  • BIOL 079 California Flora
  • BIOL 130 Plant Kingdom

One of the following ecology courses:

  • BIOL 175 Ecology
  • BIOL 176 Ecology & Conservation Biology

One of the following policy/resource management courses:

  • GEOS 045 Soil, Water & War
  • CIVL 171 Water and Environmental Policy
  • ECON 071 Global Economic Issues
  • ECON 157 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
  • ITNL 174 Global Environmental Policy

One of the following humanities courses:

  • PHIL 035 Environmental Ethics
  • HIST 052 John Muir’s World: Origins of the Conservation Movement
  • HIST 136 American Environmental History

One of the following experiential learning courses:

  • GEOS 187 Internship in Geosciences
  • GEOS 197 Undergraduate Research
  • BIOL 197 Undergraduate Research
  • CHEM 197 Undergraduate Research

Capstone Course

  • GEOS 185 Capstone Seminar in Environmental Sciences