Environmental Studies: Concentration in Natural Resource Management and Conservation

Major Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)

Roadmap (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap)

ENVS Handout (pdf)

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?  
When should I first meet with my major department? ENVS requires students to meet with an advisor their first or second semesters; 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? https://envs.sfsu.edu/advising
Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes? No.
What should I do if my major core and/or prequisite courses are full? Incoming [transfer] students have enough classes to choose from that this should not be aproblem.  If a student can’t get into, for example, ENVS 224, it’s all right to register for ENVS 300.

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 GEOG 101 or GEOL 270 (or an equivalent at a community college) and CHEM 115 (equivalent offered at CCs) OR CHEM 180 (not available at CCs) they should take those courses first semester, along with ENVS 300 (Intro) and ENVS 224 (Research Methods).


B.S. students transferring into ENVS should take BIO 230 their first semester, since it is a prerequisite for BIO 240; that two-course sequence is a prerequisite for the upper-division biology courses required for this degree. If B.S. students have completed the equivalent of the BIO 230/240 sequence at a community college, they can enroll in ENVS 300 and ENVS 224 their first semester, complete their Sustainability and Social justice requirement (choice of upper-division courses) and/or their Global/International requirement (choice of upper-division courses) in the ENVS core, or begin their concentration core requirements. For further information, please visit https://envs.sfsu.edu/sites/default/files/info%20on%20taking%20BIO%20230...

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

B.S. transfer students may complete equivalents for the BIO 230/240 sequence at a community college [see link above]. If they have completed the sequence they can begin taking ENVS core requirements.

CHEM 115 Prerequisites: CHEM 100 with a grade of C or better (letter grade only).

CHEM 180 is a lower-division Core course.

Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap? No.

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 (any degree or emphasis), GEOG 101 or ERTH 230/GEOL 270 could be taken in the first semester, as could either CHEM 115 or CHEM 180 to satisfy the lower-division chemistry requirement.
Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?


Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major? [AP Chemistry with scores of 4 or 5 will give you credit for CHEM 115 (5-units), satisfy GE Areas B1 and GE B3 and 6 units total earned.]

College of Health & Social Sciences Student Resource Center (SRC)

Services provided for: undergraduate students with College of Health and Social Sciences majors, pre-majors and minors.

Services offered: Academic planning (GE, DARs, DPR and major), freshman transitioning support, impacted major consultation, academic probation advising, general life/support counseling, petition consultation, career prep and planning, major career exploration, graduation check (GE and graduation requirements), resume and cover letter help

Phone: (415) 405-3740
Website: chss.sfsu.edu/src
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Location: HSS 254