Environmental Studies, Department of

BA - Environmental Studies, Preparation for Teaching

This major is designed for students interested in teaching in elementary school or middle school. Students who wish to pursue a high school teaching career should complete a BA or BS in Environmental Studies in consultation with the department's undergraduate advisor for teaching. The following course work satisfies San José State University's requirements for a BA in Environmental Studies. The Commission on Teacher Credentialing in the state of California (CCTC) no longer recognizes Teacher Prep degrees as verification of subject matter competence. In order to verify subject matter competence for Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (K-8) individuals must pass all portions of the appropriate Commission-approved subject matter examination(CSET for Multiple Subjects).

Maintaining a minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.87 and completion of the program will not guarantee admission to the credential program. Like all other applicants, students must meet credential program standards and undergo screening for admission. See "Teaching: How to Become a Teacher in California" (see Teaching) for information on application and admission to credential programs.

Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements14
Core Lower Division General Education9
Of the 39 units required by the university, 30 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 Education3
Of the 9 units required by the university, 6 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions0
Coursework shown below for the 6 units required by the university are double counted within GE. Consult with major advisor for details.
See courses in Requirements of Major, or consult Major Advisor for department recommended coursework to meet GE requirement.
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement0
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
Requirements of the Major96-105
Core Courses12
ENVS 001. Introduction to Environmental IssuesD33
ENVS 117. Human Ecology3
ENVS 158. Environmental Education3
SOCS 177. Sociology of Education3
Specialized Courses12
Complete one area of specialized coursework
Energy Resources12
ENVS 119. Energy and the EnvironmentR3
ENVS 132. Solar Home Design3
ENVS 133. Sustainable Energy Strategies3
ENVS 100W. Environmental Research and WritingZ3
or elective
Natural Resources12
ENVS 128. Water Resource Management3
ENVS 148. Recycling and Resource Management3
ENVS 165. National Parks3
ENVS 100W. Environmental Research and WritingZ3
or elective
Policy and Procedures12
ENVS 124. Introduction to Environmental Law3
ENVS 187. Environmental Restoration4
ENVS 189. Coastal Field Studies3
ENVS 100W. Environmental Research and WritingZ3
or elective
Basic Curriculum Requirements72-81
Reading, Language and Literature18
ENGL 001A. Composition IA23
ENGL 001B. Composition 2C33
ENGL 010. Great Works of LiteratureC23
ENGL 103. Modern English3
ENGL 112A. Children's Literature3
Complete one sequence from:
COMM 045. Communication Criticism3
LING 108. Introduction to Second Language Development, Teaching, and Assessment3
EDEL 108E. Teaching Reading in Linguistically and Culturally diverse classrooms3
or take
CHAD 150. Development of Communicative Competence3
CHAD 151. Developing Literacy in a Diverse Society3
History and Social Science15
GEOG 137. California in Historical and Social Scientific Perspectives3
GEOG 138. United States in Historical and Social Science PerspectivesS3
GEOG 139. The World in Historical and Social Science PerspectivesV3
Complete one sequence from:
Asian American History Sequence
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in the United States Historical and Political ProcessM63
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in the United States Historical and Political ProcessM73
must complete both AAS 33A/B to meet requirement.
US History Sequence
HIST 015A. U.S. History and GovernmentM63
HIST 015B. U.S. History and GovernmentM73
must complete both HIST 15A/B to meet requirement.
MATH 012. Number SystemsB43
MATH 105. Concepts in Mathematics, Probability and Statistics3
MATH 106. Intuitive Geometry3
BIOL 021. Human BiologyB2+B33
CHEM 030A. Introductory ChemistryB1B33
GEOL 103. Earth Systems and the EnvironmentR3
SCI 110. Global Themes of Science3
Visual and Performing Arts9
CA 177. Interdisciplinary Arts for Teaching3
Complete two courses from:
ART 039. Multicultural Arts for Children3
ART 138. Studio Art Experiences for Young People3
DANC 148. Children's Dance3
MUSC 010B. Introduction to MusicC13
MUSC 185A. Music for Children3
TA 131. Storytelling3
Physical Education and Health3-6
Complete one sequence from:
KIN 177. Movement Experiences for Children3
EDTE 190. Health Education for the Classroom Teacher3
or take
CHAD 149. Child Health and Physical Activity3
Human Development3-6
Complete one sequence from:
CHAD 060. Child DevelopmentE3
or take
CHAD 070. Lifespan Development in the 21st CenturyE3
PSYC 082. Child and Adolescent PsychologyD13
ENVS 194. Environmental Internship1-9
University Electives1-10

Total Units:120