May 09, 2021
Greig Guthey, Ph.D.
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Program of Study
The Environmental Studies Program offers students an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts degree with broad training in the physical and life sciences, social sciences, policy and law, and the arts and humanities. The program includes introductory training in geographic information systems and research methods commonly used in environmental careers and opportunities for internships with a variety of environmental groups and agencies.
The core of the degree comprises four general areas:
- Life and Physical Sciences provides the scientific background for the major..
- Social Sciences and Policy exposes students to institutional and legal frameworks of environmental policy, and to processes by which policy is established.
- Research Methods prepares students with the tools – GIS, and research methods – necessary for applied work in the professional arena, and also for graduate studies.
- Environmental Arts and Humanities encourages students to think critically, ethically, and aesthetically about the environment.
Students who graduate with a B.A. in Environmental Studies will:
- Describe the major physical processes affecting environmental resources.
- Explain and analyze the impacts of human activity on the environment
- Critically analyze environmental problems and solutions from multiple perspectives including environmental justice.
- Describe the process of environmental policy development locally, nationally, and globally.
- Evaluate environmental issues from an ethical and aesthetic standpoint
- Collect, organize, interpret, write about and present research and information about historical and contemporary environmental issues.
Students will be prepared to pursue diverse careers in environmental policy, consulting, advocacy, communication, education, law, planning and analysis, and recreation and land management in the public, private and non-profit sectors.
Special Conditions for the Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies
A grade of C (2.0) or better must be received in each course taken for the B.A. degree in Environmental Studies or in Preparation for the Major. At least 18 units of the required upper-division courses for the degree must be taken at Cal State San Marcos.
Preparation for the Major (19 Units)
One of the Following Courses May Be Recommended for Students With Relevant Research Interests:
Language Proficiency (0-9 Units)
All Environmental Studies majors must meet a second-language proficiency requirement. This is satisfied with a 200-level class or demonstrating proficiency in a language other than English. For details on how to satisfy this requirement, please refer to Language Proficiency Requirement .
Breadth Requirement (3 Units)
Additional course in Upper-Division Social Sciences (DD designated) or Upper-Division Arts and Humanities (CC designated) outside the major. This requirement can also count as the DD requirement or CC requirement (as appropriate) in Upper-Division General Education, but it must be a course in a program other than Environmental Studies. Any course carrying the DD or CC designation outside of Environmental Studies can be used to fulfill this requirement. If students choose to satisfy their UDGE DD or CC with a course outside the major, the breadth requirement will become 3 free elective units.
Major Requirements (39 Units)
Upper-Division Requirements (21 Units)
Upper-Division Electives (18 Units)
18 units chosen from courses listed in Arts and Humanities, Social Science, and Natural Sciences with at least three (3) units completed in each area. Courses listed in multiple areas can only be counted as part of the six (6) units in one area.