Environmental Studies: Concentration in Natural Resource Management and Conservation

Major department advisors answered a few questions to assist you with your first-semester class selection. 

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major? For the 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.
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). They can also take BIO 313, Ecology, and/or satisfy their Social Justice and Sustainability and/or Global International requirement in the ENVS core.

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 requiredfor this degree.  If B.S. students have completed the equivalent of the BIO 230/240 sequence at a community college (see attached document) 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.

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 handout above].  If they have completed the sequence they can begin taking ENVS core requirements. 

[BIOL 313 Prerequisite: One course in college biology or an environmentally-oriented subject. Intended for non-majors.

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

CHEM 180 is a lower-division Core course.]

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? No.
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?

None.

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.]

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