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; 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? 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 ENVS 300, given they have upper division standing or consent of instructor.  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 300, Environmental Studies, and

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

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

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

(5) Or begin their concentration core requirements.

For further information, please see Advising Grid

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

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

ENVS 570 Prerequisite: ENVS 300        

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; ENG 214.

ENVS 470 Prerequisite: ENVS 300 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.

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

(2) 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: B4+Support class with a grade of C or betterOR students who have not completed B4+Support class with a grade of C or better must have completed MATH 197+198 with a grade of C or betterOR have satisfied the B4 requirement AND CHEM 100 with a grade of C or better (letter grade only); OR satisfactory completion on chemistry ALEKS diagnostic.

CHEM 180 Prerequisites: B4+Support class with a grade of C or betterOR students who have not completed B4+Support class with a grade of C or better must have completed MATH 197+198 with a grade of C or betterOR have satisfied the B4 requirementAND 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. 

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

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