Bachelor of Science: Environmental Science Requirements

Environmental Science Categories and Courses 13 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 220 Physical Geography (4)
  • EVST 254 Climate Disruption (4)
  • EVST 290 Environmental Geology (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)
Chemistry- take 1 course
  • CHEM 131 General Chemistry (4)
Allied Science- take 2 courses

These courses support the concentration elec­tives in Chemistry, Physics, Biology.

Math- take 2 courses
Either statistics or calculus are required. Both are recommended.
  • Statistics- choose from EVST 399 Research Methods for Environmental Scientists (4), 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)
  • MATH 118 or higher, Calculus (4)
  • MATH 231 Mathematical Modeling (4)
Experiential Learning (Practicum) credits
Complete one of the following-
  • Environmental Study Abroad
  • Environmental internship
  • Environmental travel course
  • Approved environmental community service activity
Advanced Environmental Science- Take 1 course
  • EVST 305 Ecology for Environmental Scientists (4)
  • EVST 391 Environmental Hydrology (4)
  • EVST 392 Oceanography (4)
  • EVST 220 Physical Geography (4)
  • EVST 254 Climate Disruption (4)
  • EVST 290 Environmental Geology (4)
  • EVST 225 California Plants (4)
  • EVST 230 Biodiversity (4)
  • EVST 245 Marine Environmental Studies (4)
  • EVST 255 Ornithology (4)
Capstones 3–5 credits
  • Junior Capstone (1)
  • EVST 475 Senior Capstone (2–4)

Environmental Science 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.Ecology 3 courses
  • EVST 225 California Plants (4)
  • EVST 230 Biodiversity (4)
  • EVST 255 Ornithology (4)
  • EVST 355 The Ecology of Australia and New Zealand (3)
  • Various approved biology courses
2.Chemistry 3 courses
  • CHEM 132 General Chemistry I (4)
  • CHEM 260 Environmental Chemistry Field Experience (3)
  • CHEM 312 Advanced Environmental Chemistry (4)
  • CHEM 231 Organic Chemistry I (4)
  • CHEM 232 Organic Chemistry II (4)
  • CHEM 331 Physical Chemistry (4)
3.Physics 3 courses
  • PHYS 220 Fundamentals of Physics I (4)
  • PHYS 221 Fundamentals of Physics II (4)
  • PHYS 231 General Physics I (4)
  • PHYS 232 General Physics II (4)
  • PHYS 233 General Physics III (4)
  • EVST 391 Environmental Hydrology (4)
  • EVST 392 Oceanography (4)
4.Mathematics 3 courses
  • MATH 118 Integrated Calculus I (4)
  • MATH 121 Calculus I (4)
  • MATH 150 Techniques in Problem Solving (1)
  • MATH 231 Introduction to Modeling (4)
  • MATH 312 Mathematical Statistics (4)
  • MATH 335 Advanced Modeling (4)
5.Bio/Marine 3 courses
  • BIOL 111 Introduction to Marine Biology (4)
  • EVST 245 Marine Environmental Studies (4)
  • EVST 391 Environmental Hydrology (4)