Environmental Studies: Concentration in Natural Resource Management and Conservation

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? The BS in Environmental Studies (ENVS) has a concentration in Natural Resource Management and Conservation.  
When should I first meet with my major department? ENVS requires students to meet with an advisor their first or second semesters; a registration hold is placed on second-semester students to ensure students meet with an advisor.  But in general, meet with an advisor 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 all students declared Environmental Studies as a major will have an advising hold on their student account.  This means that students will not be able to register for the next semester until mandatory advising is received from the department.
Does this major have GE courses that are met in major? No.
What should I do if my major core and/or prequisite 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 needed for the major. Students can also complete their Sustainability and Social Justice requirement and/or their Global/International requirement; or begin their concentration core requirements.

Transfer Student Info

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

If have not already taken, B.S. students transferring into ENVS should take BIO 230 their first semester, since it is a prerequisite for BIO 240; these two-course sequence is a prerequisite for the upper-division biology courses required for the degree.

If B.S. students have completed the equivalent of the BIO 230 and BIO 240 sequence at a community college, they can begin taking ENVS core requirements.  They can enroll in (1) ENVS 130 (formerly ENVS 300), Introduction to Environmental Studies, and

(2) ENVS 224, Research Methods for Environmental Studies their first semester, and

(3) Complete their Sustainability and Social Justice requirement (select 1 choice of upper-division courses listed on bulletin), and/or

(4) Complete Global/International requirement (select 1 choice of upper-division courses listed on bulletin) in the ENVS core, or

(5) Begin their concentration core requirements.

For further information, please see Advising Grid

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

BIO 230, BIO 240, ENVS 130 and ENVS 224 are all lower-division courses and prerequisite for the upper-division biology courses required for the degree.

ENVS 450GW Prerequisites: Completion of A2, D1, D3, and ES with a grade of "C-" or bettter.  ENVS 130 recommended, but not required; ENVS 450GW and ENVS 130 may be taken concurrently.

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 130 or consent of instructor.      

Concentration Core requirements:    

BIOL 458 Prerequisite: One college-level Biology course.

BIOL 530 Prerequisites: BIOL 230 and BIOL 240

GEOG 603 Prerequisite: GEOG 205 or ENVS 224

GEOG 652 Prerequisite: GEOG 205 or ENVS 224

GEOG 658 Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.

GEOG 657 Prerequisites: GEOG 101, GEOG 205 or ENVS 224.

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? There will be a hold placed on registration for new students in their second semester. Please see an advisor to remove the hold.
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 (for both BA and BS degrees and any emphasis area), (1) ENVS 130 (formerly ENVS 300); 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 (5 units), satisfy GE Areas B1 and GE B3 with a total of 6 units earned.

AP Biology with exam scores of 4 or 5 will give students credit for BIOL 230 (5 units), satisfy GE Areas B2, and GE B3 with a total of 6 units earned.

IB Biology HL with exam scores of 5, 6, or 7 with give students credit for BIO 230 (5 units), satisfy GE Area B2 with a total of 6 units earned. 

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