Environmental Studies

The environmental studies major serves as a bridge between the natural sciences, social sciences, the humanities and biblical and religious studies. It continually seeks to create a conversation between disciplines related to natural history, human history and religious values.

Unique Features

Students studying in this major experience a broad range of disciplinary methods, all focused upon the character and nature of human existence within natural and human environments.

Our Graduates

Because of its highly-interdisciplinary structure, the Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies can benefit almost any career field. Specific opportunities can be found in public affairs, environmental consulting, conservation and preservation and graduate study in any of the related sciences.


General Education Prerequisites (15 Units)

  • BIOL-101L Principles of Biology (4)
  • ECON-105 Principles of Economics (4)
  • PHYS-150 Earth Science (3)
  • PS-120 American Politics and Society (4)

Required Courses (35-39 Units)

  • BIOL-310L Ecology (4)
  • ENV-150 Introduction to Environmental Studies (4)
  • PHIL-430 American Wilderness Literature and Philosophy (3)
  • PS-373 Nature, Law and Policy (3)
  • THEO-425 Theological Ethics and the Environment (4)

Select a minimum of 2 units from the following:

  • ENV-460 Environmental Analysis (1-3)
  • ENV-482 Environmental Studies Practicum (1-3)

Select a minimum of 15 units from the following:

  • BIOL-120L General Biology: Diversity and Ecology (4)
  • BIOL-320L Vertebrate Zoology (4)
  • BIOL-410L Field Biology (4)
  • CHEM-340L Environmental Chemistry (4)
  • GEOG-120 World Geography (3)
  • GEOG-320 Cultural Geography (3)
  • INTB-370 International Business (3)
  • PS-400 World Politics and Society (4)
  • PS-425 Global Economics and Sustainable Development (3)
  • PS-430 America in a Global Community (4)
  • SOC-300 Cultural Anthropology (3)
  • SOC-430 Conflict Management and Resolution (3)

Approved courses from other institutions, such as AuSable Institute or California State University, Fresno, should be chosen in consultation with the program director.

Program Director