Study Plans and Degree Options
In consultation with an advisor, students must complete one of the six 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 track in environmental education is designed as a Subject Matter Preparation Program, approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, to prepare students in subject matter competency as defined by the K-8 Academic Standards of California. This track is excellent preparation for passing of the California Subject Examination for Teachers as well as for careers in outdoor leadership and education.
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.
This study plan combines relevant coursework in business, environmental studies, kinesiology, and organizational leadership. Outdoor leaders are in demand from growing outdoor recreation, adventure tourism and multisport industries. Outdoor leadership skills are directly applicable to the workplace in a wide range of leadership, management and coordination positions.
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.
This program prepares students for employment in environmental enforcement agencies, large private corporations, engineering firms which serve the public and private sectors, and a public agency that provides water or treats wastewater. Some of these agencies and firms are very small and rural, others are large and urban. The course work provides a comprehensive foundation in the science of environmental quality. Our program welcomes students who are new to this field and also provides upper-division course work for students who have had previous training in community college water technology programs, and gives additional training to workers already employed in water-related occupations.