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Environmental Studies, Department of

BS - Environmental Studies

The BS degree is designed to prepare students for career opportunities in water resources management, biological resource protection, aquatic environments, conventional and sustainable agriculture, energy resources, environmental health and safety, environmental impact assessment, environmental restoration, and wilderness open space resource management.

Course Requirements

General Education Requirements30
Of the 51 units required by the university, 21 units may be satisfied by specified major and support requirements. Consult major advisor for details.
American Institutions(6)
Of the 6 units required by the university, all may be satisfied within general education requirements as specified in the schedule of classes.
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement(3)
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
Preparation for the Major24
ECON 001B. Principles of Economics: MicroeconomicsD14
ENVS 010. Life on a Changing PlanetB23
STAT 095. Elementary StatisticsB43
UNVS 015C or UNVS 016C may be used in lieu of the statistics course required by this major through the Summer 2014.
BIOL 001A. Foundations of BiodiversityB2+B35
CHEM 001A. General ChemistryB1+B35
PHYS 002A. Fundamentals of PhysicsB1+B34
Requirement of the Major64
Core Courses26
ENVS 001. Introduction to Environmental IssuesD33
ENVS 100W. Environmental Research and WritingZ3
ENVS 107. Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy3
ENVS 110. Resource Analysis4
ENVS 117. Human Ecology3
ENVS 124. Introduction to Environmental Law3
ENVS 185. Environmental Impact Analysis4
ENVS 198. Senior Seminar3
Requried Environmental Studies Area R course3
Six to Eight units of field courses are required from:
ENVS 144. California Wetland Controversies4
ENVS 154. Sustainable Agriculture4
ENVS 165. National Parks3
ENVS 166. Nature and Conservation Photography4
ENVS 187. Environmental Restoration4
ENVS 189. Coastal Field Studies3
ENVS 190. Advanced Environmental Impact Assessment4
ENVS 191. Advanced Environmental Restoration4
ENVS 270. Field Studies in Water Resource Management4
Recommended that students take Three to Nine Units of:
ENVS 194. Environmental Internship1-9
Advisor approved electives in environmental studies.
Additional Electives18
Advisor approved minor and/or electives

Total Units:120