Environmental Studies (ENVS) B.S.: Concentration in Natural Resources 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)
Your major advisor answered a few questions to assist you with your first semester courses — see below.
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|What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major?||The B.S. in Environmental Studies (ENVS) has a concentration in Natural Resource Management and Conservation. Like the ENVS B.A., the ENVS B.S. is an interdisciplinary major that includes courses in the social sciences and humanitties, but the B.S. degree requires more science courses, especially in Biology.|
|Does the department have a major planning sheet for me to use as a guide?||Yes, we have an internal major planning sheet.|
|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 your department have a major planning sheet for me to use as a guide?||Yes, we have a major planning sheet.|
|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 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 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.|
|Is there anything else I need to know about starting in this major?||
Students should complete the required BIO 230 and 240 sequence as soon as possible, since these courses are prerequisites to the upper-division BIO courses required in this major.
|What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major?||
ENVS transfer students should have taken GEOG 101 or ERTH 230 (formerly GEOL 270), CHEM 115 or CHEM 180, and BIOL 230 and BIOL 240 or equivalents at a community college. IF they have not been completed at the community college, students should enroll into them in their first semester.
Students who have completed GEOG 101 or ERTH 230 (formerly GEOL 270), CHEM 115 or CHEM 180 and BIOL 230 and BIOL 240 or equivalents at a community college they should enroll into:
(1) ENVS 130 (formerly ENVS 300), Introduction to Environmental Studies, and
(2) ENVS 224, Research Methods for Environmental Studies, and
(3) BIOL 458 Biometry
(4) GE Areas UD-B, UD-C, and/or UD-D.
|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 prerequisites for the upper-division courses required for the degree.
ENVS 224 Prerequisite: Must be declared Environmental Studies major.
BIOL 458 Prerequisites: One college level Biology course.
UD-B, UD-C and UD-D Prerequisites: Completion of GE Areas A1, A2, A3, and B4 with "C-" or better and/or upper division standing.
|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?||Yes, Biology AS-T.|
|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.
AP Biology with exam scores of 4 or 5 will give students credit for BIOL 230.
IB Biology HL with exam scores of 5, 6, or 7 with give students credit for BIO 230.
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