Environmental Studies  {SF State Bulletin 2013 - 2014}

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Environmental Studies

College of Health and Social Sciences

Dean: Don Taylor

 

School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement

Director: Gerald Eisman

Environmental Studies Program

HSS 210
Phone: 415-338-1149
Website: envs.sfsu.edu

 

Faculty

Professor: Davidson
Assistant Professor: Fieldman
Lecturers: Plater, Vassey
Associated Faculty: Barbosa, Boyer, Chattopadhyay, Chitewere, Davis, DeWitt, Gen, Grove, Gurdak, Hafernik, Henderson, Hennessy, Holzman, Kassiola, King, Komada, LeBuhn, Manning, McAfee, Nanus, Nelson, Oliphant, Palmer, Parker, Paton, Pinderhughes, Reist, Roberts, Silverman, Sklar, Wilkinson

 

Programs

B.A. in Environmental Studies

B.S. in Environmental Studies

Concentration in:

 


 

Program Scope

The Environmental Studies Program offers a Bachelor of Arts degree, and a Bachelor of Science degree with the choice of a concentration in Earth System Science, or Natural Resource Management and Conservation. The Bachelor of Arts program has three emphases from which to choose: Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice, Humanities and the Environment, and The Urban Environment.

 

The objective of the program is to produce exceptional graduates who are grounded in the study of contemporary environmental problems and solutions. The program provides students with the knowledge and skills required for understanding relationships between humans and the physical world. It examines how the environment is being used, abused, and perceived, and what individuals and organizations are doing and can do to protect it for themselves, future generations, and other living beings and ecosystems. Students participate in an internship and take a senior seminar. Both requirements emphasize community engagement and preparation for future environmental careers.

 

Career Outlook

Environmental Studies is a diverse field and includes opportunities for employment at many different venues. Private industry opportunities include solid waste management, resource recovery and recycling, hazardous waste management, water treatment and delivery, and air pollution control. Major local corporations have employment opportunities in environmental health and safety and environmental management. Environmental consultants who specialize in creating or reviewing environmental impact reports and statements and environmental regulations are needed at the federal and state agency level as well as in the private sector. Other employment opportunities include government agency level resource scientists, natural resource managers, and planners. In addition, local nonprofit activist groups provide a small number of full-time positions in the environmental field.

 

Major Requirements

  • Environmental Studies majors who successfully complete ENVS 450 GW in fall 2009 or thereafter will have satisfied the University Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).
  • Environmental Studies majors must complete ENVS 300 and ENVS 450 GW with a grade of C or better to continue in the major

 

The Environmental Studies Program is impacted. Current students who wish to change their major to Environmental Studies should visit the department office for admission requirements and procedures. See the Environmental Studies website for more information: http://envs.sfsu.edu/prospective.

 

Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies

On-line course descriptions are available.

 

Core Curriculum

Course Title Units
ENVS 300 Introduction to Environmental Studies 3
CHEM 115 General Chemistry I: Essential Concepts of Chemistry 5
CHEM 380/
ENVS 380 
Chemistry Behind Environmental Pollution 3
ENVS 450 GW Environmental Law and Policy - GWAR 3
ENVS 680 Internship 1 - 3
ENVS 690 Senior Seminar in Environmental Studies 3

 

Select one course from each category: 16 - 18 units

Physical Environment

Course Title
GEOG 101 Our Physical Environment
GEOL 270 Environmental Geology

 

Sustainability and Social Justice

Course Title
ENVS 306/
ECON 306
Economics and the Environment
ENVS 570 Campus Sustainability
PHIL 470 Environmental Ethics
USP 514 Sustainable Development in Cities (4)
USP 515/
GEOG 677
Environmental Justice: Race, Poverty, and the Environment (4)

 

Global/International

Course Title
ENVS 470 Climate Politics and Policy
I R 331/
ENVS 331
Global Environmental Crisis (4)
I R 428 International Political Economy of Food and Hunger (4)

 

Ecology

Course Title
BIOL 313 Principles of Ecology

 

Research Methods

Course Title
ENVS 224 Research Methods for Environmental Studies (4)

 

Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice Emphasis

The environmental sustainability and social justice emphasis provides students with a theoretical and applied understanding of the issues of sustainability and the connections between social justice and environmental problems and solutions. Students study the roles that values and social, political, and economic structures play in contributing to the environmental crisis. With the help of an advisor, students obtain depth by selecting elective courses from political science, American Indian studies, sociology, philosophy and religion, economics, urban studies and planning, geography, women and gender studies, and other related fields.

Take 11-12 units. Two courses must be from the short list. Courses used to meet other requirements of the major cannot also be used to meet the environmental sustainability and social justice emphasis requirements.

Short List

Course Title
ENVS 470 Climate Politics & Policy
ENVS 570 Campus Sustainability
GEOG 421 Future Environments
PLSI 354 Politics, the Environment, and Social Change (4)
USP 514 Sustainable Development in Cities (4)
(if not taken in core)
USP 515/
GEOG 667
Environmental Justice: Race, Poverty, and the Environment (4)

Long List

Course Title
AIS 310 American Indian Religion and Philosophy
BECA 502 Environmental Communication on the Electronic Media
BIOL 349 Bioethics
BUS 450 The Greening of Business
CINE 344 Ecology and Film
CST 300/
PLSI 386
Introduction to Critical Social Thought
ECON 306/
ENVS 306
Economics and the Environment
ECON 425/
GEOG 425
Economic Geography (4)
ECON 550 Environmental Economics
ECON 620 Economic Development
ENGR 220 Energy: Resources, Alternatives, and Conservation
ENVS 306/
ECON 306
Economics and the Environment
ENVS 331/
I R 331
Global Environmental Crisis: Challenges and Responses (4)
GEOG 422 Environmental Perception
GEOG 427 Agriculture and Food Supply (4)
ENVS 600/
GEOG 600
Environmental Problems & Solutions
GEOG 647 Geography of Water Resources (4)
GEOG 652/
USP 652
Environmental Impact Analysis
GEOG 666 Geography of Garbage: Recycling and Waste Reduction
GEOL 305 Energy and Its Environmental Issues
GPS 315/
I R 315/
PHIL 315
Introduction to Global Peace Studies
H ED 655 Environmental Health
HIST 476 American Environmental History
I R 334 International Organizations: New World Order (4)
I R 520 Modernization and Third World Countries (4)
LS 460 Childhood, Nature, and Society*
LS 681 Community Service Learning in the Schools*
PHIL 365 Science and Civilization
PHIL 470 Environmental Ethics
SOC 410/
RRS 410
Grassroots Organizing for Change in Communities of Color
SOC 477 Environmental Sociology (4)
SOC 483 Global Sociology (4)
TPW 490 Grant Writing
USP 456/
H ED 456/
S W 456
Urban Community Organizing and Citizen Action

* Note: students may take one of either LS 460 (formerly S S 460) or LS 681(formerly S S 681) but not both

 

The Urban Environment Emphasis

The urban environment emphasis provides students with a strong interdisciplinary theoretical and empirical understanding for dealing with environmental issues in urban settings. With the help of an advisor, students obtain depth by selecting elective courses focusing on sustainable urban development, environmental justice, land-use planning, environmental policy, and the urban environment in a global perspective.

Take 11-12 units. Two courses must be from the short list. Courses used to meet other requirements of the major cannot also be used to meet the the urban environment emphasis requirements.

Short List

Course Title
GEOG 433/
USP 433
Urban Transportation (4)
GEOG 652/
USP 652
Environmental Impact Analysis (4)
GEOG 658/
USP 658
Land-Use Planning
USP 514 Sustainable Development in Cities (4)
USP 515/
GEOG 667
Environmental Justice: Race, Poverty, and the Environment (4)

Long List

Course Title
BUS 450 The Greening of Business
ECON 550 Environmental Economics
ENGR 220 Energy: Resources, Alternatives, and Conservation
ENVS 224 Research Methods for Environmental Studies (4)
ECON 535/
USP 535
Urban Economics
ENVS 306/
ECON 306
Economics and the Environment
ENVS 570 Campus Sustainability
ENVS 699 Independent Study
GEOG 425/
ECON 425
Economic Geography (4)
GEOG 432/
USP 432
Urban Geography (4)
GEOG 433/
USP 433
Urban Transportation (4)
GEOG 600/
ENVS 600
Environmental Problems and Solutions
GEOG 651/
USP 651
San Francisco Bay Area Environmental Issues (4)
GEOG 652/
USP 652
Environmental Impact Analysis (4)
GEOG 666 The Geography of Garbage
H ED 655 Environmental Health
I R 331/
ENVS 331
Global Environmental Crises: Challenges and Responses (4)
RPT 440 Urban Recreation and Leisure Services
SOC 480/
USP 470
City in a Global Society (4)
USP 530 Alternative Urban Futures

 

Humanities and the Environment Emphasis

The humanities and the environment emphasis explores the varied and complex ways that different cultures—past and present—view and communicate about the environment. With an advisor, students choose coursework in disciplines dealing with verbal or visual communication, such as communication studies, creative writing, technical and professional writing, ethnic studies, journalism, photography, design, electronic media, and cinema.

Take 11-12 units. Two courses must be from the short list. Courses used to meet other requirements of the major cannot also be used to meet the humanities and the environment emphasis requirements.

Short List

Course Title
BECA 502 Environmental Communication on the Electronic Media (if not taken in the core)
C W 505 Environmental Writing
ENG 535 Literature and Ecology (if not taken in the core)
PHIL 470 Environmental Ethics (if not taken in the core)
PHIL 470 Environmental Ethics
PLSI 354 Politics, the Environment, and Social Change
WGS 593 Gender, Health, and the Environment

Long List

Course Title
AMST 410/
HUM 450
California Culture
ANTH 321 Endangered Cultures
CINE 344 Ecology and Film
CINE 527/
H ED 527
Documentary of Social Justice and Health
CST 300/
PLSI 386
Introduction to Critical Social Thought
COMM 448 GW The Rhetoric of Ecology - GWAR
HIST 476 American Environmental History
HUM 380 Nature and Human Values
I R 334 International Organizations: New World Order (4)
I R 520 Globalization and Development (4)
LTNS 450 Indigenismo: Indigenous Cultures of the Americas
LS 460 Childhood, Nature, and Society*
LS 681/
HIST 681
Community Service Learning in the Schools*
PHIL 150/
PLSI 150
Contemporary Moral and Political Issues
PHIL 351 Philosophy of Risk
PHIL 365 Science and Civilization
PHIL 383 Ethics in Medicine
SOC 477 Environmental Sociology (4)

* Note: students may take one of either LS 460 (formerly S S 460) or LS 681(formerly S S 681) but not both

 

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies

Core Requirements

Course Title Units
ENVS 300 Introduction to Environmental Studies 3
CHEM 115 General Chemistry I: Essential Concepts of Chemistry 5
CHEM 380/
ENVS 380
Chemistry Behind Environmental Pollution 3
ENVS 450 GW Environmental Law and Policy - GWAR 3
GEOG 600/
ENVS 600
Environmental Problems and Solutions 3
ENVS 680 Internship 1 - 3
ENVS 690 Senior Seminar in Environmental Studies 3

Select one course from each category: 16-18 units

Physical Environment

Course Title
GEOG 101 Our Physical Environment
GEOL 270 Environmental Geology

Human Environment

Course Title
GEOG 102 The Human Environment
ANTH 120 Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
ENVS 306/
ECON 306
Economics and the Environment

Environmental Justice/Urban Issues

Course Title
ANTH 321 Endangered Cultures
LTNS 450 Indigenismo: Indigenous Cultures of the Americas
USP 514 Sustainable Development in Cities (4)
USP 515/
GEOG 667
Environmental Justice: Race, Poverty, and the Environment (4)

Ecology

(Natural Resource Management and Conservation majors take BIOL 230 and BIOL 240. Earth System Science majors take BIOL 313.)

Course Title
BIOL 230
   and
BIOL 240
    or
BIOL 313
Introductory Biology I (5)
 
Introductory Biology II (5)*
 
Principles of Ecology

Human Values and Environmental Ethics

Course Title
BECA 502 Environmental Communication on the Electronic Media
ENG 535 Literature and Ecology
PHIL 470 Environmental Ethics
PLSI 354 Politics, the Environment, and Social Change (4)

 

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies: Concentration in Earth System Science

The Earth System Science concentration is for students interested in studying the environment through the physical sciences of chemistry, geology, hydrology, meteorology, and oceanography. This program provides students with a rigorous background in both quantitative and qualitative problem-solving techniques and aims to produce graduates who can understand our planet as an integrated system. Required courses provide basic knowledge in chemistry, physics, mathematics, statistics, and environmental regulation. Students choose an emphasis in chemical analysis, climate systems, coastal systems, hydrologic systems, or surficial processes (e.g., soils and watersheds), in consultation with an advisor.

 

On-line course descriptions are available.

 

Core Requirements: 36 - 40 units (See above)

Concentration Requirements: 22 - 23 units

Electives: 17 - 25 units

Note: 15 units from the core curriculum must be completed prior to beginning this concentration.

 

Course Title Units
CHEM 215 General Chemistry II: Quantitative Applications of Chemistry Concepts
or other chemistry course (see advisor).
3
GEOG 652/
USP 652

    or
GEOL 110
Environmental Impact Analysis
 
 
 Physical Geology
4
MATH 226 Calculus I 4
MATH 124
    or
MATH 227
    or
BIOL 458
Elementary Statistics
 
Calculus II (4)
 
Biometry (4)
3 - 4
PHYS 111/
PHYS 112
General Physics I/
Laboratory
4
PHYS 121/
PHYS 122
General Physics II/
Laboratory
4

 

Elective Courses (17 - 25 units)

Choose courses from one emphasis from the elective list for the concentration in earth system science and meet with a faculty advisor to plan the course sequence. Other courses, including independent study classes (e.g., BIOL, CHEM, or GEOL 699) may be substituted upon advisement.

 

Chemical Analysis (17 units)

Course Title
CHEM 216 General Chemistry II Lab (2)
CHEM 233/
CHEM 234
Organic Chemistry I/Laboratory (3/2)
(formerly CHEM 333/CHEM 334)
CHEM 321 Quantitative Chemical Analysis (4)
CHEM 420
    or
ENGR 434
    or
GEOL 476
Environmental Analysis
 
Principles of Environmental Engineering
 
Groundwater Contamination
CHEM 422 Instrumental Analysis (4)

 

Climate System (23 - 25 units)

Course Title
ENVS 470 Climate Politics and Policy
GEOG 610
    or
METR 415
    or
METR 470/
OCN 470/
GEOG 607
Remote Sensing of the Environment I (4)
 
Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Ocean
 
 
Meteorological and Oceanic Observing Techniques and Systems (2)
OCN 405/
GEOL 405/
METR 405

    or
GEOG 313

Planetary Climate Change (4)
 
 
Earth's Climate System (4)
GEOG 312
    or
GEOL 450
Geography of Landforms (4)
 
Geomorphology (4)
METR 201 Physical Processes in the Atmosphere
OCN 200 Physical Processes in the Ocean

 

Coastal System (16-18 units)

Course Title
BIOL 534
    or
BIOL 585
Wetlands Ecology (4)
 
Marine Ecology
GEOG 313
     or
GEOL 405/
METR 405/
OCN 405
Earth's Climate System (4)
 
 
Planetary Climate Change (4)
GEOG 610
    or
METR 415
Remote Sensing of Environment I (4)
 
Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Ocean
GEOL 452
    or
OCN 420
Coastal Processes
 
Physical Oceanography
OCN 200 Physical Processes in the Ocean

 

Hydrologic System (18 units)

Course Title
CHEM 216 General Chemistry II Laboratory (2)
GEOG 313
    or
OCN 405/
GEOL 405/
METR 405
Earth's Climate System (4)
 
 
Planetary Climate Change (4)
GEOG 642/
GEOL 642
    or
GEOL 450
    or
GEOG 312
Watershed Assessment and Restoration (4)
 
 
Geomorphology (4)
 
Geography of Landforms (4)
GEOG 647 Geography of Water Resources (4)
GEOL 475 Hydrogeology (4)

 

Surficial Processes (18-19 units)

Course Title
GEOG 312
    or
GEOL 450
Geography of Landforms (4)
 
Geomorphology (4)
GEOG 317
    or
GEOL 454
Geography of Soils (4)
 
Quaternary Climate and Soils
GEOG 603 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
GEOG 621 Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Analysis (4)
GEOG 642/
GEOL 642
Watershed Assessment and Restoration (4)

 

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies: Concentration in Natural Resource Management and Conservation

The concentration in Natural Resource Management provides students with the theoretical and applied knowledge and skills in ecology, conservation biology, and natural resources they need to address natural resource management and conservation issues. Required courses provide knowledge in ecology, conservation biology, statistics, and natural resource management and provide students with a solid background in both quantitative and qualitative problem-solving techniques. Students choose additional coursework in ecology, biodiversity studies, applied methods, and management of specific resources.

 

Note: 15 units from the core curriculum must be completed prior to beginning courses in this concentration.

 

Core requirements (see above) 43 - 47 units

Concentration Requirements 14 - 15 units

Electives 20 - 24 units

On-line course descriptions are available.

 

Natural Resources Management and Conservation Concentration

Course Title Units
BIOL 458 Biometry 4
BIOL 530 Conservation Biology 3
GEOG 603
    or
GEOG 652/
USP 652
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
 
Environmental Impact Analysis (4)
3-4
GEOG 657/
ENVS 657
Natural Resource Management 4

 

Elective Courses (20 - 24)

Students must consult with a faculty advisor prior to selection of elective courses in order to determine which courses are most appropriate for the student’s particular program. Choose courses from the elective list for the concentration in Natural Resource Management and Conservation. At least one course from each of the themes must be included. Within each theme other courses may be selected on advisement.

 

Natural Resource Management and Conservation Choose at least one course from each of the themes. Within each theme other courses may be selected on advisement.

 

Ecology

Course Title
BIOL 482 Ecology (4)
BIOL 529 Plant Ecology (4)
BIOL 532 Restoration Ecology
BIOL 582 Biological Oceanography (4)
BIOL 585 Marine Ecology

 

Biodiversity

Course Title
BIOL 460 General Entomology (4)
BIOL 470 Natural History of Vertebrates (4)
BIOL 475 Herpetology
BIOL 478 Ornithology (4)
BIOL 504 Biology of the Fungi (4)
BIOL 514 Plant Taxonomy (5)
BIOL 570 Biology of Fishes (4)
GEOG 316 Biogeography (4)

 

Resources

Course Title
GEOG 317 Geography of Soils (4)
GEOG 427 Agriculture and Food Supply (4)
GEOG 646 Geography of Marine Resources (4)
GEOG 647 Geography of Water Resources (4)
GEOG 666 Geography of Garbage: Recycling and Waste Reduction
RPT 640/
ENVS 640
Managing Recreational Use of National Parks and Protected Resources

 

Applied Methodology/Techniques

Course Title
GEOG 602 Field Methods in Geography (4)
GEOG 610
    or
GEOG 611
Remote Sensing of the Environment I (4)
 
Remote Sensing of the Environment II (4)
GEOG 621/
BIOL 533
GIS for Environmental Analysis (4)
GEOG 642/
GEOL 642
Watershed Assessment and Restoration (4)
GEOG 652/
USP 652
Environmental Impact Analysis (4)
(if not taken in the concentration Requirements)
GEOG 658/
USP 658
Land Use Planning (4)
GEOL 475 Hydrogeology (4)

 

Additional Electives

Courses from any of the above categories may be selected, as well as any of the courses below.

Course Title
BECA 502 Environmental Communication on the Electronic Media
BUS 450 Greening of Business
ENVS 470 Climate Politics and Policy
ENVS 570 Campus Sustainability
ECON 306/
ENVS 306 
Economics and the Environment
ECON 425/
GEOG 425 
Economic Geography (4)
GEOG 422 Environmental Perception
GEOG 606 Cartography (4)
GEOL 450 Geomorphology (4)
GEOL 476 Groundwater Contamination
OCN 410 Coastal Processes
ENVS 331/
I R 331 
Global Environmental Crises: Challenges and Responses (4)
PLSI 354 Politics, the Environment, and Social Change (4)
ENVS 699/
GEOG 699/
BIOL 699 
Independent Study

 

 

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