Environmental Studies, B.A. Program (120 units)
The Environmental Studies Undergraduate Major is characterized by its focus on equitable, just, and sustainable environmental solutions. Environmental professionals who emerge from the program are generalists who can identify and synthesize the ecological, social, ethical, economic, technical, and behavioral dimensions of critical environmental problems. Using qualitative and quantitative problem solving concepts, approaches, and tools, our students are prepared to synthesize and communicate appropriate environmental solutions.
Majors are typically involved in campus and community sustainability projects such as greenhouse gas assessment, water resource and sustainability assessment, climate action and sustainability planning, and urban restoration projects. The program engages actively in collaborations across the campus, locally, and internationally. The Major benefits by close association with the Geography Program, providing students access to training in the spatial analytical tools that can greatly leverage their expertise for careers as sustainability directors and environmental resource managers. The program also benefits from aggressive regional and state programs to promote environmental sustainability and social justice that make the San Francisco Bay Area a national hotspot for environmental careers.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Graduates with a degree in Environmental Studies should be able to:
- Articulate key threats to the global environment, the scientific basis of the understanding of those threats, their underlying causes and implications for society;
- Articulate and apply key concepts to critical environmental problems including ecological limits, threshold effects, tragedy of the commons, and the interconnectedness of natural and human systems;
- Identify and apply a range of prominent tools and strategies to maintain and restore environmental quality and achieve sustainability;
- Describe and evaluate social justice and equity issues in the context of sustainable development;
- Identify, describe and assess the environmental and associated equity and justice implications of human actions including one’s own;
- Apply quantitative and qualitative approaches to identify, analyze, and assess environmental problems.
These program roadmaps represent recommended pathways through the program. Please see an advisor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs.
Career opportunities are highly diverse and new opportunities are rapidly emerging. Our graduates work in all sectors: governmental, non-profit, private, and education. Our students pursue graduate degrees in many fields including: environmental policy and management, urban planning, environmental law, recreation management, landscape architecture, green business, public administration, and education.
Many become environment and resource managers working on issues of water, energy, climate, parks, transportation, and urban environments.
Job titles include, but are not limited to:
Sustainability Officer/Director • Environmental Advocate / Analyst / Educator / Program Manager / Planner • Energy Analyst / Manager • Water Resources Analysist / Manager / Planner • Environmental Justice Analyst, Compliance Specialist • Environmental Permitting, Planning, and Compliance • Environmental Business Entrepreneur
- Environmental Studies Bachelor of Arts
- Environmental Studies Minor
- Sustainability Certificate
- Sustainable Energy Systems Certificate
Degree Requirements Unit-Outline
- A baccalaureate of arts degree requires a total of 120 units:
- The major requirements consists of 53 units
- General Education & Graduation Requirements consists of 57 units ;
- Free Electives may consist of 10 units (actual number of free elective units may depend on GE/GR units).
Note: It may be possible to double-count units within the graduation requirements or that a course may satisfy both a graduation requirement and a major requirement. Students should contact their program and AACE advisors for information.
Environmental Studies Major Requirements (53 units)
Lower Division Coursework
Students must take all of the following courses for 18 units as outline below:
Upper Division Coursework
Students must take all of the following 32 units as outlined below:
All students must take the Environmental Studies capstone experience for 3 units to complete the major: