Bachelor of Arts: Environmental Studies Requirements

Environmental Studies Categories and Courses- 10 courses

Introductory course
  • EVST 100 Introduction to Environmental Studies (4) or equivalent
Environmental Humanities or Environmen­tal Social Science
take 1 course
  • EVST 215 American Environmental Literature (4)
  • REL 122 Religion and Ecology: Environmental Ethics (4)
  • PHIL 211 Environmental Ethics (4)
  • POLI 207 Environmental Politics and Policy (4)
  • ECON 205 Ecological Economics (4)
Earth Systems- take 1 course
  • EVST 205 Natural Disasters (4)
  • EVST 210 Energy and the Environment
  • EVST 220 Physical Geography (4)
  • EVST 254 Climate Disruption (4)
  • EVST 290 Environmental Geology (4)
  • EVST 310 Environmental Law (4)
  • EVST 320 Environmental Policy and Management (4)
  • EVST 330 Environmental Policy Clinic (4)
  • EVST 391 Environmental Hydrology (4)
  • EVST 392 Oceanography (4)
  • EVST 375 Tropical Rainforests (3)
Living Systems- take 1 course
  • EVST 225 California Plants (4)
  • EVST 230 Biodiversity (4)
  • EVST 245 Marine Environmental Studies (4)
  • EVST 255 Ornithology (4)
  • EVST 305 Ecology for Environmental Scientists (4)
  • EVST 281 The Palau Expedition (3)
  • EVST 355 The Ecology of Australia and New Zealand (3)
Tools, Applications, and Methods- take 2 courses

The recommendation is a statistics course and SPA 110.

  • EVST 110 Introduction to Spatial Analysis (4) or SPA 110 Introduction to Spatial Analysis (4)
  • Statistics–choose from ECON 200 Introduction to Statistical Methods (4) , POLI 202 Statistical Analysis and Mapping of Social Science Data (4),  MATH 111 Elementary Statistics and Probability with Applications (4), or PSYC 250 Statistical Methods (4)
  • EVST 235 Environmental Impact Assessment (4)
  • EVST 250 Environmental Design Studio I (4), EVST 350 Environmental Design Studio II
  • Studios or clinics in business, policy, etc., without GIS focus
  • EVST 325 Public Lands Management (4)
  • EVST 399 Research Methods for Environmental Scientists (4)
  • MATH 231 Introduction to Modeling (4)
Experiential Learning (Practicum)- take 0 credits

Complete one of the following:

  • Environmental Study Abroad
  • Environmental internship
  • Environmental travel course
  • Approved environmental community service activity
Advanced Environmental Studies Elective- take 1 course
  • Choose from EVST courses numbered 200 and above
Capstones 3–5 credits
  • Junior Capstone (1)
  • Senior Capstone (2–4)

Environmental Studies Concentrations

Note that there are many opportunities to strengthen the concentration by choosing concentration-relevant courses inside the core. Please consult closely with your faculty advisor regarding other courses with the potential to count towards these concentrations.

1.Business Concentration- take 3 courses
  • EVST 340 Green Business (4) or BUS 308 Green Business (4)
  • EVST 242 Food and Nature (4)
  • EVST 276 Market-based Conservation Policy (4)
  • ECON 101 Principles of Economics (4)
  • ECON 205 Ecological Economics (4)
  • BUS 136 Principles of Global Marketing (4)
  • ACCT 210 Principles of Financial Accounting and Reporting (4)
  • BUS 310 Principles of Management and Organizational Behavior (4)
2.Spatial Studies Concentration- take 3 courses
  • SPA 110 Foundations of Spatial Thinking (4)
  • POLI 202 Statistical Analysis and Mapping of Social Science Data (4)
  • EVST 220 Physical Geography
  • EVST 230 Biodiversity
  • EVST 250, 350 Environmental Design Studio (4)
  • BIOL 111 Introduction to Marine Biology (4)
  • CHEM 102 Introduction to Chemistry of the Environment (4)
3.Policy and Management Concentration- take 3 courses
  • SPA 110 Foundations of Spatial Thinking (4)
  • EVST 235 Environmental Impact Assessment (4)
  • EVST 242 Food and Nature (4)
  • EVST 245 Marine Environmental Studies (4)
  • EVST 276 Market Conservation Policy (4)
  • EVST 325 Public Lands (4)
  • EVST 354 Climate Disruption: Science and Sustainability. Spring (4)
  • EVST 340 Green Business (4)
  • EVST 260 Topics: Frontiers of Sustainability (4)
  • POLI 202 Statistical Analysis of Mapping and Social Science (4)
  • POLI 207 Environmental Politics and Policy (4)
  • POLI 209 Introduction to Public Policy Analysis (4)
  • ECON 101 Principles of Economics (4)
  • ECON 205 Ecological Economics (4)