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ENVS 224 : Research Methods for Environmental Studies

Prerequisites: ENVS major or consent of instructor.
Description: Introduction to quantitative and qualitative research methods in environmental studies. Scientific method, field methods in natural and social sciences, and data analysis including descriptive statistics, and hypothesis testing. Lecture, 3 units; Lab, 1 unit.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ENVS 300 : Environmental Studies

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instruction. Priority enrollment for ENVS majors.
Description: Introduction to environmental studies; an examination of the history of the environmental movement, exploration of strategies to effect constructive change, analysis of environmental fields, and the need for their integration.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ENVS 306 : Economics and the Environment

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: How economic systems impact the natural environment and how the natural environment underlies the economy. Includes neoclassical and ecological economics perspectives. This course is offered as ENVS 306 and ECON 306. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

ENVS 331 : Global Environmental Crisis

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent and upper division standing.
Description: Cross listed with I R 331. For course description, see I R 331. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Understanding Public Policy
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ENVS 380 : Chemistry Behind Environmental Pollution

Prerequisites: CHEM 115 with grade of C- or better.
Description: Cross listed with CHEM 380. For course description, see CHEM 380. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Physical and Biological Sciences Area (PBS) Category C Integrative Science
  • Segment III Cluster - Chemicals: Enticing, Dangerous, and Essential
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ENVS 450 GW : Environmental Law and Policy - GWAR

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent with a grade of C- or better. ENVS 300 or consent of instructor.
Description: Introduction and overview of environmental policies and the legal system at the national and international level through directed readings, class discussion, and research in the field of environmental law and policy. (ABC/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ENVS 470 : Climate Politics and Policy

Prerequisites: ENVS 300 or consent of instructor.
Description: Domestic and international politics surrounding both climate change and the requirements of climate policy in the context of a global society dedicated to economic growth and characterized by sharp divisions between rich and poor.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

ENVS 570 : Campus Sustainability

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of current sustainability issues and efforts at San Francisco State University and at universities and other institutions across the country.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ENVS 600 : Environmental Problems and Solutions

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Cross listed with GEOG 600. For course description, see GEOG 600. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Physical and Biological Sciences Area (PBS) Category C Integrative Science
  • Segment III Cluster - Science and Human Values
  • Segment III Cluster - Preservation of a Livable Environment
  • Segment III Cluster - Understanding Public Policy
  • Segment III Cluster - Our Violent Planet
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ENVS 640 : Recreational Use of National Parks and Protected Areas

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with RPT 640. For course description, see RPT 640. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.) [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ENVS 657 : Natural Resource Management: Biotic Resources

Prerequisites: GEOG 101, GEOG 103, or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with GEOG 657. For course description, see GEOG 657. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ENVS 680 : Environmental Studies Internship

Prerequisites: ENVS 300, upper division standing and consent of instructor.
Description: Fieldwork in approved public, private, non-profit, environmental organizations, government and non-government agency or local corporation under supervision of organization and faculty coordinator. May be repeated for credit on advisement. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 1-3

ENVS 690 : Senior Seminar in Environmental Studies

Prerequisites: Senior standing, ENVS major, completion of core.
Description: Integration and application of major concentration in ENVS. Trends in ENVS. Group projects working with the community to assist in problem solving or activism; job evaluation. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ENVS 699 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; consent of instructor, major adviser, and department chair.
Description: Supervised study of a particular issue selected by the student. May be repeated for a total of 6 units.
Units: 1-3
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