Study Plans and Degree Options
In consultation with an advisor, students must complete one of the four study plans in the major to fulfill the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Environmental Studies and Planning. Details of each plan, including specific courses and options, are available from the links below or from the office of the Department of Environmental Studies and Planning.
There are two tracks in this study plan:
- Biological Emphasis,
- Social Science Emphasis.
This is an interdisciplinary science-based study plan for students who intend to pursue a career or graduate study in a variety of fields related to conservation, restoration, and management of habitats, ecosystems, and biological resources. Under the plan, students combine a broad-based environmental studies education with in-depth work in a particular area of interest, giving them a specific area of expertise within the broader field of environmental conservation. Electives in the plan are organized to facilitate a double major or minor in biology or geography, which is strongly encouraged.
This program is designed to prepare students for careers or for graduate studies in the fields of residential and commercial energy management, energy-efficient architecture and design, energy planning in industry and government, renewable energy applications, and other energy-related businesses.
Students in the CSU-approved planning concentration follow a general preprofessional curriculum in planning, and may choose to develop a specialization to suit their interests through a program of recommended electives or a minor. Focus is on sustainable community planning, including land use, growth management, environmental impact assessment, transportation, and natural resource planning. Graduates may work for a wide variety of governmental agencies or private firms, or may pursue graduate studies in planning or related fields. Note: Students interested in future careers in environmental law usually follow the planning concentration.
The Bachelor Arts degree with a double major in Economics and Environmental Studies and Planning is intended for those students whose particular academic and career interests lie in natural resources economics, economic planning, energy management and/or community development and redevelopment. The double major is designed especially for capable students who later intend to pursue graduate studies in natural resource management, environmental policy, urban planning, law, or related career fields. Students pursuing the double major must declare their majors in both departments. Academic advising takes place in both departments.