Environmental Sciences

Program Description:

Generally Prepares Individuals for: Ecology; Ecosystems; Environmental Health

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Programs in the Environmental Sciences are interdisciplinary in nature and are designed for students who have environmental or energy problem solving as a professional goal. They create an awareness of the kind and scope of environmental problems and prepare people to analyze, do research in and solve these problems. Programs emphasize broad and comprehensive training in the elementary fundamentals of math, physics, chemistry and biology, and in those areas of social science directly related to environmental questions. On some campuses, the Environmental Sciences programs are included with courses in environmental planning, landscape architecture, landscape management, or park and recreation administration, while at others they are separate entities.

Degrees are offered at the two-year associate, four-year bachelor’s, and graduate level.

Ecosystems are dynamic interactions between plants, animals, and microorganisms and their environment working together as a functional unit. Ecosystems will fail if they do not remain in balance. No community can carry more organisms than its food, water, and shelter can accommodate. Food and territory are often balanced by natural phenomena such as fire, disease, and the number of predators and each organism has its own niche, or role to play.

Programs in Environmental Health focus on the application of environmental sciences, public health, the biomedical sciences, and environmental toxicology to the study of environmental factors affecting human health and related ecological issues, and prepares individuals to function as professional environmental health specialists. Instruction includes in epidemiology, biostatistics, toxicology, public policy analysis, public management, risk assessment, communications, environmental law and applications such as air quality, food protection, radiation protection, solid and hazardous waste management, water quality, noise abatement, housing quality, and environmental control of recreational areas.

Programs in Environmental Toxicology focus on the scientific study of the health effects associated with exposure to toxic chemicals and systems occurring in the natural, work, and living environments; the management of environmental toxins and toxicity; and the development of protection for humans, animals, and plants. Instruction includes: applied ecology; microbiology; toxin transport, fate, and degradation; dermal toxicology; reproductive and genetic toxicology; atmospheric and environmental chemistry; metals toxicology; environmental mutagens and biotransformation; nutrient interaction; chemical sensitivity, disorders, and disease; risk assessment; animal waste management; environmental health; and hazardous materials management.

TYPICAL COURSE WORK

Although the courses included are typical for this program, the curriculum offered can vary greatly from school to school. We recommend that you visit school web sites for specific course descriptions or check the school catalogs.

Usually includes some or all of the following: 

  • Atmospheric Science
  • Eco-development-Appropriate
  • Ecology
  • Energy and the Environment
  • Environmental Interpretation
  • Land Use Problems
  • Natural History
  • Planning and Public Policy
  • Science of Polluted Air

Check college catalogs for further description of curricula.

RELATED MAJORS OR PROGRAMS OF STUDY

  • Architecture and Environmental Design
  • Biology and Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Forestry and Natural Resources
  • Horticulture and Landscaping
  • Public Health
  • Sociology
  • Waste and Pollution Technology

RELATED OCCUPATIONS

  • Environmental Analysts
  • Environmental Engineers
  • Hazardous Waste Managers
  • Health and Safety Inspectors
  • Meteorologists
  • Seismologists
  • University and College Teachers
  • Urban and Regional Planners
  • Water and Wastewater Plant Operators

Schools Offering This Major/Training Program:

California State University:

CPU San Luis Obispo

  • Environmental Studies Minor
  • Sustainable Environments Minor

CSU Bakersfield 

  • Environmental Resources Management BS (Concentration: Land Use Planning and Policy)

CSU Channel Islands 

  • Environmental Science and Resource Management (Emphases: Resource Management; Environmental Science) BS/Minor

CSU Chico

  • Environmental Science BS (Options: Atmospheric Science; Applied Ecology)
  • Environmental Science MS
  • Environmental Science MS (Professional Science Master)
  • Environmental Studies Minor

CSU Dominguez Hills 

  • Environmental Sciences MS

CSU East Bay 

  • Environment Science BS
  • Environmental Science BS (Options: Environmental Systems and Resource Management; Life Science; Physical Science)
  • Environmental Studies BA/Minor (Options: Ecology/Life Sciences; Environmental Health; Human Environment: Land Use Planning and Management; Physical Environment)

CSU Fresno 

  • Environmental Sciences BS

CSU Fullerton

  • Environmental Studies MS

CSU Humboldt State University

  • Environmental and Community MA
  • Environmental Resource Engineering BS/MS
  • Environmental Science BS (Options: Ecological Restoration; Energy and Climate; Environmental Policy)
  • Natural Resources MS
  • Natural Resources Planning and Interpretation BS/Minor (Options: GIS/Remote Sensing; Individual Design; Interpretation; Planning; Recreation)

CSU Long Beach

  • Environmental Science and Policy BA/BS

CSU Los Angeles

  • Environmental Sciences MS

CSU Monterey Bay 

  • Environmental Science, Technology and Policy BS

CSU Sacramento 

  • Environmental Studies BA

CSU San Bernardino 

  • Environmental Management Minor
  • Environmental Sciences MS
  • Environmental Studies Tracks AB/BA/Minor

CSU San Diego State University 

  • Ecology Ph.D.
  • Environment and Society Minor
  • Environmental Sciences BS (Emphasis: Watershed Science)

CSU San Francisco State University 

  • Environmental Studies BA (Concentrations: Environmental Sustainability/Social Justice; Humanities and the Environment; Urban Environment; Natural Resource Management and Conservation; Earth System Science)

CSU San Jose State University 

  • Energy and Environmental Minor
  • Environmental Studies BA/Minor/MS
  • Environmental Studies BS (Concentrations: Energy; Environmental Impact Assessment)
  • Environmental Studies, Preparation for Teaching BA

CSU Sonoma State University 

  • Environmental Studies and Planning Minor
  • Environmental Studies BA

CSU Stanislaus 

  • Ecology and Sustainability MS (Concentrations: Ecological Conservation; Ecological Economics; Interdisciplinary Studies)
  • Environmental and Resource Studies Minor

University of California:

UC Berkeley 

  • Conservation and Resources Studies BS/Minor Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Transfer applicants are screened for completion of major prerequisites and content of personal statement. For more information, contact 510-642-6730.
  • Environmental Economics and Policy (Natural Resources) BS/Minor Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Transfer applicants are screened for completion of major prerequisites and content of personal statement. For more information, contact 510-642-3347.
  • Environmental Science, Policy and Management MS/Ph.D.
  • Environmental Sciences (Letters and Sciences) BA Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Applicants are screened for completion of major prerequisites, general education requirements and content of personal statement. Transfer applicants are screened for completion of lower division general education requirements which must be completed by the end of the preceding spring term for fall. For more information, contact 510-642-3175
  • Environmental Sciences (Natural Resources) BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Transfer applicants are screened for completion of major prerequisites and content of personal statement. For more information, contact 510-643-9479.
  • Range Management MS (Interdisciplinary)
  • Society and Environment (Natural Resources) BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Transfer applicants are screened for completion of major prerequisites and content of personal statement. For more information, contact 510-642-4249.

UC Davis

  • Agricultural and Environmental Education (The major serves those interested in teaching agricultural and environmental sciences in schools or in non-formal settings, such as native preserves, environmental camps, or other venues. This major meets State and federal requirements for entry into teacher preparation in agriculture and science, as well as requirement in Career Technical Education (CTE).
  • Ecological Management and Restoration BS
  • Ecology MS/Ph.D.
  • Ecology Ph.D (Joint degree with SDSU)
  • Environmental Science and Management BS

UC Irvine 

  • Earth and Environmental Science BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Applicants must complete a year of general chemistry with lab or a year of calculus-based physics with lab with a minimum GPA of 3.0. For more information, contact 949-824-6507.
  • Earth and Environmental Studies BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Applicants must complete a year of general chemistry with lab, or a year of biology with lab with a minimum GPA of 3.0; a year of economics or sociology is recommended. For more information, contact 949-824-6507.
  • Earth System Science MS/Ph.D.

UC Los Angeles 

  • Earth and Environmental Sciences BA/Minor Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Transfer applicants are screened for completion of lower division major and general education requirements. For more information, contact 310-825-3101.
  • Ecology, Behavior and Evolution BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Transfer applicants are screened for completion of lower division major and general education requirements. For more information, contact 310-825-3101.
  • Environmental Science BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Transfer applicants are screened for completion of lower division major and general education requirements. For more information, contact 310-825-3101.
  • Environmental Sciences and Engineering (Public Health) D Env. (Interdepartmental)
  • Environmental Systems and Society Minor
  • Environmental Systems and Society Minor

UC Merced 

  • Environmental Systems MS/Ph.D

UC Riverside 

  • Environmental Sciences BA/BS (Options: Environmental Toxicology; Natural Science; Social Science)
  • Environmental Sciences MS/Ph.D. (Interdepartmental graduate program)

UC San Diego 

  • Environmental Studies Minor
  • Environmental Systems (Earth Sciences) BS (Interdisciplinary)
  • Environmental Systems (Ecology, Behavior and Evolution) BS (Interdisciplinary)
  • Environmental Systems (Environmental Chemistry) BS (Interdisciplinary)
  • Environmental Systems (Environmental Policy) BA (Interdisciplinary)
  • Environmental Systems Minor

UC Santa Barbara 

  • Ecology and Evolution BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Students are admitted in pre-major standing and will be approved for admission to the full major only after certain courses are completed with a specified GPA. Contact the appropriate department for more information.
  • Environmental Science and Management MESM/Ph.D
  • Environmental Studies BA/BS

UC Santa Cruz 

  • Ecology and Evolution BS
  • Environmental Studies BA Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Transfer applicants are screened for completion of all prerequisite courses (refer to catalog) and are accepted in fall quarter only. For more information, contact 831-459-2634.
  • Environmental Studies MS/Ph.D.

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