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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.

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 Requirements11
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 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 Institutions
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.
See courses in Requirements of Major, or consult Major Advisor for department recommended coursework to meet GE requirement.
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.
Requirements of the Major97-107
Core Courses12
ENVS 001. Introduction to Environmental IssuesD13
ENVS 117. Human Ecology3
ENVS 158. Environmental Education3
SOCS 177. Sociology of Education3
Specialized Courses12-13
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. Sustainable Materials Management4
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 Studies4
ENVS 100W. Environmental Research and WritingZ3
or elective
Requirements for Multiple Subjects Preparation Core Curriculum73-82
Reading, Language and Literature22-25
ENGL 001A. First Year WritingA23
ENGL 002. Critical Thinking and WritingA33
ENGL 001B also accepted for Transfer Students.
ENGL 010. Great Works of LiteratureC23
ENGL 103. Modern English4
ENGL 112A. Children's Literature3
Complete one sequence from:
Sequence One
COMM 045. Media and CultureA33
LING 108. Introduction to Second Language Development, Teaching, and Assessment3
EDEL 108E. Teaching Reading in Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Classrooms3
Sequence Two
CHAD 150. Development of Communicative Competence3
CHAD 151. Developing Literacy in a Diverse Society3
History and Social Science15
SOCS 137. California History for Teachers3
SOCS 138. US History for TeachersS3
SOCS 139. World History for TeachersV3
Complete one sequence from:
Asian American History Sequence
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IID3+US1233
must complete both AAS 33A/B to meet requirement.
US History Sequence
HIST 015. Essentials of U.S. HistoryD2+US13
POLS 015. Essentials of U.S. & California GovernmentD3+US233
must complete both HIST 15 and POLS 15 to meet requirement.
MATH 012. Number SystemsB43
MATH 105. Concepts in Mathematics, Probability, Statistics3
MATH 106. Intuitive Geometry3
BIOL 021. Human BiologyB2+B33
CHEM 030A. Introductory ChemistryB1+B33
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. Elementary Art Methods3
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:
Sequence One
KIN 177. Movement Experiences for Children3
EDTE 190. Health Education for the Classroom Teacher3
Sequence Two
CHAD 149. Child Health and Physical Activity3
Human Development3-6
Complete one sequence from:
Development Sequence One
CHAD 060. Child DevelopmentE3
Development Sequence Two
CHAD 070. Lifespan Development in the 21st CenturyE3
PSYC 082. Foundations of Developmental Psychology3
ENVS 194. Environmental Internship1-9
University Electives0-10

Total Units:120