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Program Overview

The Gulf Oil Spill. Global Climate Change. Drought and Water Supply. Each of these topics illustrates the continuing need for environmental professionals with training in the natural sciences, social sciences, economics, and public policy. The Environmental Science (B.A.) degree program prepares students interested in environmental problem solving by linking an understanding of natural science with socioeconomic factors and public policy. The curriculum combines a quantitative understanding of environmental science, chemistry, and biology with studies of social science, policy, and macro- and microeconomics to provide a foundation for careers in environmental policy, resource management, education, environmental law, and related fields.

The Environmental Science program provides students with a solid foundation to recognize the impacts of human activities on the environment, and in turn the impacts of environmental change on society. Students will understand the mechanisms by which key institutions, policies, and regulations impact ecosystems and the physical environment. Once the core course work is complete, students are encouraged to focus on a particular area within Environmental Science and to choose electives that build a coherent core of knowledge. Focus areas include, but are not limited to planning, policy and design, sociology, economics, climatology, water resources, water quality, air pollution, resource management, and atmospheric sciences

Program Highlights

  • Scientific, socioeconomic, and policy aspects of environmental problems

  • Graduates are prepared for careers in government, non-profit, and private industry that involve both science and policy

  • Classes in local and global environmental issues, sustainability, and climate change

  • Senior project in sustainability

Degree Requirements:

For the complete list of the B.A. in Environmental Science degree requirements, please see the Course Catalogue

Concentration in Geosciences Education with Secondary Teaching Certification:

This concentration allows students pursuing the B.A. in Environmental Science to earn a bachelor’s degree and complete the required course work and field experience for a California Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential at the same time. For additional information about teacher certification requirements and enrollment procedures, visit the Cal Teach website. Interested students are strongly encouraged to contact the Cal Teach Resource and Advising Center or the Physical Sciences Student Affairs Office.

Additional Information:

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