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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

University Graduation Requirements32
Core Lower Division General Education18
Of the 39 units required by the university, 21 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 Education6
Of the 9 units required by the university, 3 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
Coursework shown below for the 6 units required by the university are double counted within GE. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in the United States Historical and Political ProcessM63
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in the United States Historical and Political ProcessM73
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015A. U.S. History and GovernmentM63
HIST 015B. U.S. History and GovernmentM73
Can be taken as POLS 015 A/B as well.
Mexican American Studies6
MAS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentM63
MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentM73
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 http://testing.sjsu.edu/wst. Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at http://info.sjsu.edu/gwar.html.
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 2016.
BIOL 001A. Foundations of BiodiversityB2+B35
CHEM 001A. General ChemistryB1+B35
PHYS 002A. Fundamentals of PhysicsB1+B34
Requirements 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
Electives20
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