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Environmental Studies, Department of

BA - Environmental Studies

The BA degree is designed to prepare students for career opportunities in coastal resource management, environmental communications, environmental regulation and policy, integrated and solid waste management, human ecology and environmental planning.

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums). Associate Transfer Degrees (ADT) pathway roadmaps can be found here.

Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements29
Core Lower Division General Education21
Of the 39 units required by the university, 18 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Upper Division General Education
Of the 9 units required by the university, 9 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies6
AFAM 002A. African Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IID3+US1233
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015. Essentials of U.S. HistoryD2+US13
POLS 015. Essentials of U.S. & California GovernmentD3+US233
Chicana and Chicano Studies6
CCS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
CCS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
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
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Preparation for the Major16
CHEM 030A. Introductory ChemistryB1+B33
ECON 001B. Principles of Economics: MicroeconomicsD14
ENVS 010. Life on a Changing PlanetB23
MATH 018A. College AlgebraB43
STAT 095. Elementary StatisticsB43
Requirements of the Major75
Core Courses26
ENVS 001. Introduction to Environmental IssuesD13
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
Major Electives31
7-8 Units of field courses required from:
ENVS 118. Sustainable Home Gardens4
ENVS 144. California Wetland Controversies4
ENVS 154. Sustainable Agriculture4
ENVS 161. California Wildlands4
ENVS 165. National Parks3
ENVS 166. Nature and Conservation Photography4
ENVS 173. Forest Ecology and Conservation4
ENVS 187. Environmental Restoration4
ENVS 189. Coastal Field Studies4
ENVS 190. Advanced Environmental Impact Assessment4
ENVS 191. Advanced Environmental Restoration4
ENVS 270. Field Studies in Water Resource Management4
Recommended that students take 1-9 Units of:
ENVS 194. Environmental Internship1-9
In consultation with your advisor, complete one sequence (6-9 units) from:
Sequence One
ENVS 168A. Global Climate Change I6
ENVS 168B. Global Climate Change IIR+S+V3
Sequence Two
ENVS 150. Introduction to Environmental ThoughtS3
ENVS 159. Nature and World CulturesV3
Complete one 'R' course from:
ENVS 111. Geology and the EnvironmentR3
ENVS 113. Atmospheric PollutionR3
ENVS 119. Energy and the EnvironmentR3
ENVS 152. Globalization and the EnvironmentR3
Advisor Approved Minor18
Advisor approved minor and/or electives
University Electives0-6

Total Units:120