Environmental Studies B.A.

Major Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)

Roadmap (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap)

GE Requirements (SF State Bulletin: General Education)

ENVS Handout (SRC pdf)

Major Department Website

Your major advisor answered a few questions to assist you with your first semester courses — see below.

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major?

For the Environmental Studies (ENVS) B.A., complementary studies units are additional to the units required for the major.  B.A. students can satisfy complementary studies by taking 12-units of non-ENVS courses in consultation with an advisor or by completing any minor.  

There are 3 emphasis areas for the ENVS B.A.: 

1.     Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice

2.     Humanities and the Environment

3.     The Urban Environment

When should I first meet with my major department? ENVS requires students to meet with an advisor their first or second semester; we place a registration hold on second semester students for that purpose.  But in general, as soon as possible.
How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them? This varies by semester.  Students should check the ENVS website
Where can I find information about major advising? Please see the ENVS website for major advising information. 
Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes?

No, however in the first semester that you declare Environmental Studies as a major, the department will place an advising hold on your record.  This means that you will not be able to register for the next semester until you receive mandatory advising from the department.  

Does this major have GE courses that are met in major?

These courses are deemed “met in the major” upon completion of the courses listed (even though the courses are not approved for GE). This is true whether or not the student completes the major.

Yes.

B1 (Physical Science): CHEM 115 AND CHEM 380

B2 (Life Science): BIOL 240 OR BIOL 313

B3 (Laboratory Science): BIOL 240 OR BIOL 313

What should I do if my major core and/or prerequisite courses are full? Incoming students have enough courses to choose from that this should not be a problem. If a student can’t get into, for example, ENVS 224, it’s all right to register for other courses required for the degree.

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major?

If ENVS transfer students have not taken (1) GEOG 101 or ERTH 230 (formerly GEOL 270), or an equivalent at a community college and: 

(2) CHEM 115, or equivalent offered at community college or CHEM 180, not available at community college they should take those courses first semester, along with

(3) ENVS 130 (formerly ENVS 300), Introducation to Environmental Studies, and

(4) ENVS 224, Research Methods for Environmental Studies.

Students can also take (5) BIO 313, Principles of Ecology to satisfy their Ecology requirement,

(6) And/or take a course to satisfy their Sustainability & Social Justice requirement (select 1 choice of upper-division courses listed on bulletin),

(7) And/or take a course to satisfy their Global/International requirement (select 1 choice of upper-division courses listed on bulletin) in the ENVS core.

Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major?

ENVS 450GW Environmental Law and Policy Prerequisites: GE Areas A2, D1, D3, and E with a grade of "C-" or better.  May be taken concurrently with ENVS 130, but prior completion of ENVS 130 is preferred.

Ecology requirement:

BIOL 313 Prerequisite: One course in college biology or an environmentally-oriented subject.

Sustainability and Social Justice requirement options (Note: Not all options listed, only classes that have prerequisites are listed below):

ENVS 570 Prerequisite: ENVS 130        

PHIL 470 Prerequisite: Successful completion of GE Areas A1, A2, A3, and B4 or consent of the instructor.

Global/International requirement options (Note: Not all options listed, only classes that have prerequisites are listed below):

ENVS 331 Prerequisites: Upper division standing.

ENVS 470 Prerequisite: ENVS 300 or consent of instructor.

Lower Division requirements: 

CHEM 115 Prerequisites: Category I or II placement for QR/Math.  Category III or IV for QR/Math placement must have completed MATH 197+MATH 198 with a grade of C or better, or have satisfied the B4+support requirement; and satisfactory score on the Chemistry readiness assessment.  CHEM 100 is recommended for students needing additional preparation for the assessment and CHEM 115.

CHEM 180 Prerequisites: Category I or II placement for QR/Math.  Category III or IV for QR/Math placement must have completed MATH 197+MATH 198 with a grade of C or better, or have satisfied the B4+support requirement; AND high school chemistry recommended.

Are there any registration blocks or holds in the system for this major, and if so, what do I do/who do I contact to clear them?

Yes, when you first arrive on campus, a registration hold will be put on your record for the following semester until you obtain mandatory advising.  

Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap?

Yes, the AS-T in Environmental Science.

Freshmen Student Info

Are there any courses I should take first as a Freshman to get started in this major and/or are there any lower division GE course requirements that I can take that will also count toward this major?

For all freshman ENVS students (for both BA and BS degrees and any emphasis area) take: (1) ENVS 130 (formerly ENVS 300), Introduction to Environmental Studies; and

(2) GEOG 101 (meets GE Area B1; ES) OR ERTH 230 (meets GE Areas B1, B3; ES) formerly GEOL 270; and 

(3) CHEM 115 (see Met in Major above) OR CHEM 180 (meets GE Areas B1, B3; ES).

Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?

CHEM 115 Prerequisites: Category I or II placement for QR/Math.  Category III or IV for QR/Math placement must have completed MATH 197+MATH 198 with a grade of C or better, or have satisfied the B4+support requirement; AND satisfactory score on the Chemistry readiness assessment.  CHEM 100 is recommended for students needing additional preparation for the assessment and CHEM 115.

CHEM 180 Prerequisites: Category I or II placement for QR/Math.  Category III or IV for QR/Math placement must have completed MATH 197+MATH 198 with a grade of C or better, or have satisfied the B4+support requirement; AND high school chemistry recommended.

Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major? AP Chemistry with exam scores of 4 or 5 will give students credit for CHEM 115.

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