Undergraduate Program

Requirements for the Major

For a description of degree requirements to be fulfilled in addition to those listed below for the major, please see "The Bachelor's Degree" section of the catalog.

Complete all courses in the major with a C- or better.

64-73 units required for the major (variation results from choice of core competency and other upper-division course options; see below). (All 9 units of UD GE and DCG-d completed with major requirements; 3 units of LD GE Area D and DCG-n may also be completed as a part of major requirements.)

  • Lower Division
    • ENST 120 (1) Introductory Seminar to Environmental Studies
      ENST 295 (4) Power/Privilege & Environment
      STAT 108 (4) Elementary Statistics
    • Select one of the following:
      ENVS 110 (3) Intro to Environmental Science
      GEOG 106 (3) Physical Geography
    • Select one of the following:
      EMP 377 (3) Intro to GIS Concepts
      ENVS 230 (3) Environmental Problem Solving
  • Upper Division
    • ECON 423 (3) Environmental & Natural Resources Economics
      ENST 395 (4) Environmental Studies Research & Analysis
      NAS 332 (3) Environmental Justice
      PHIL 302 (3) Environmental Ethics
      PSCI 306 (3) Environmental Politics
    • Society, Values, and Ecology
    • Select one of the following:
      GEOG 365/PSCI 365 (4) Political Ecology
      SOC 320 (4) Social Ecology

      Select one of the following:
      PSCI 373 (4) Politics of a Sustainable Society
      WS 340 (3-4) Ecofeminism

    • Globalization
    • Select one of the following:
      GEOG 301 (3) International Environmental Issues & Globalization
      SOC 302 (3) Forests and Culture
      SOC 370 (3) Environmental Inequality & Globalization
    • Ecological Science
    • Select one of the following:
      BIOL 308 (3) Environment & Culture
      FOR 302 (3) Forest Ecosystems & People
      GEOL 303 (3) Earth Resources & Global
    • Environmental Change
      OCN 306 (3) Global Environmental Issues
      RRS 306 (3) Wildland Resource Principles
      WLDF 300 (3) Wildlife Ecology & Mgmt.
    • Communication
    • Select one of the following:
      ENGL 311 (4) Environmental Writing
      GEOG 311 (3) Geographic Research & Writing

      Select one of the following:
      COMM 480 (4) when taught as Communication and Environment
      EMP 309B (3) Environmental Communication

    • Development
    • Select one of the following:
      ANTH 316 (4) Anthropology & Development
      ANTH 317/WS 317 (4) Women & Development
      ECON 309 (3) Economics of Sustainable Society
      PSCI 364 (4) Technology & Development

    • Capstone
      ENST 490 (4) Environmental Studies Capstone Experience
  • Core Competence
    (6-12 units or Language Proficiency - see below) Complete requirements in one of the following four areas:
    • Ecology and Conservation Science
      BOT 105 (4) General Botany, or
      WLDF 210 (3) Intro to Wildlife Conservation, or
      ZOOL 110 (4) Introductory Zoology
      BIOL 330 (4) Ecology [BIOL 105 & CHEM 107 or 109 required], or
      WLDF 301 (3) Principles of Wildlife Mgmt. [Math 115 or equivalent required]
      WLDF 460 (3) Conservation Biology
      • Geospatial Analysis
        NOTE: EMP 377, a major option, is required as prerequisite.
        EMP 277 (3) Intro to Remote Sensing, or
        GEOG 316G (4) Cartography
        EMP 470 (3) Intermediate GIS
        • Second Language Proficiency
          Demonstrate proficiency equivalent to a fifth semester or higher of college-level language. Meet this requirement by taking a fifth semester-level language course. This requirement can also be met by examination. Contact the Department of World Languages and Cultures for additional instructions.
        • Quantitative Analysis
          NOTE: Math code 50 or MATH 115 required as prerequisite
          STAT 333 (4) Linear Regression Models/ANOVA

          Select two of the following:
          PSYC 488 (4) Regression/Multivariate Topics
          STAT 404 (4) Multivariate Statistics
          STAT 406 (4) Sampling Design & Analysis
          STAT 409 (4) Experimental Design & Analysis
          STAT 410 (4) Modern Statistical Modeling