Environmental Studies

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Dean: Joel Kassiola

Environmental Studies Program
HSS 336
415-338-1149
Director: Carlos Davidson

Professors—Barbosa, Davis, Grove, Hafernik, Holzman, Kassiola, Palmer, Parker, Pinderhughes, Reist, Silverman, Wilkinson

Associate Professors—Chattopadhyay, Davidson, DeWitt, King, Manning

Assistant Professors—Boyer, Chitewere, Fieldman, Gen, Henderson, Hennessy, Hines, Komada, Kooser, LeBuhn, McAfee, Nelson, Oliphant, Paton, Roberts, Sklar

Lecturers—Plater, Vasey

Programs

B.A. in Environmental Studies: Concentration in Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice
B.A. in Environmental Studies: Concentration in The Urban Environment
B.A. in Environmental Studies: Concentration in Humanities and the Environment
B.S. in Environmental Studies: Concentration in Earth System Science
B.S. in Environmental Studies: Concentration in Natural Resource Management and Conservation


Program Scope

The Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies are interdisciplinary degrees for students interested in studying and working within the environmental field. The objective of the program is to produce exceptional graduates who are grounded in the study of contemporary environmental problems and solutions that transcend the existing academic disciplines and programs at San Francisco State University. 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.

The major offers two degrees: a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies. The major consists of a group of courses that will be required for all students declaring this major (36-46 units) and five areas of concentration from which the student will choose one. Two of these concentrations will lead to the Bachelor of Science (82-95 units in the major) and three will lead to the Bachelor of Arts (57-66 units in the major).

Career Outlook

The environmental studies field is diverse 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.

Environmental Studies Core Curriculum
Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science

Environmental Studies majors who successfully complete ENVS 450 GW in fall 2009 or thereafter will have satisfied the University Graduation Writing Assessment Requirment (GWAR). Students who wish to change their major to Environmental Studies must first complete ENVS 300 with a grade of C or better.

Please note: Effective fall 2009, Environmental Studies students must complete ENVS 300, and ENVS 450 GW, with a grade of C or better to continue in the major.

The core curriculum for both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science is the same.

On-line course descriptions are available. All courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated.

Core Curriculum Units
ENVS 300 Introduction to Environmental Studies 3
CHEM 115 General Chemistry I: Essential Concepts of Chemistry 5
ENVS 380/
CHEM 380 
Chemistry Behind Environmental Pollution 3
ENVS 450 GW Environmental Law and Policy - GWAR 3
ENVS/
GEOG 600
Environmental Problems and Solutions 3
ENVS 680 Internship 1
ENVS 690 Senior Seminar in Environmental Studies 3
Select one class from each category:
Physical Environment 3
GEOG 101 Our Physical Environment  
GEOL 270 Environmental Geology
Human Environment 3
GEOG 102 The Human Environment  
ANTH 120 Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
ENVS/ECON 306 Economics and the Environment
Environmental Justice/Urban Issues 3-4
ANTH 321 Endangered Cultures  
RAZA 450 Indigenisimo: Indigenous Cultures and Personality
USP 514 Sustainable Development in Cities (4)
USP 515 Race, Poverty, and the Urban Environment (4)
Ecology 3-10
BIOL 230 and
BIOL 240
   or
BIOL 313
Introductory Biology I (5)
Introductory Biology II (5)*

Principles of Ecology
 
Human Values and Environmental Ethics 3-4
BECA 502 Environmental Communication on the Electronic Media  
ENG 535 Literature and Ecology
ENVS 392 Nature, Culture, and Technology
PHIL 470 Environmental Ethics
PLSI 354 Politics, the Environment, and Social Change (4)
Total for core 36-45

* This choice is appropriate for those pursuing the Natural Resources, Management and Conservation B.S. degree. BIOL 230 and BIOL 240 are sequential courses and both must be completed to fulfill the requirements for this major.

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies: Concentration in Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice

This concentration 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 adviser, students obtain depth by selecting elective courses from Political Science, American Indian Studies, Sociology, Philosophy and Religion, Economics, Urban Studies and Planning, Geography, Women’s Studies, and related fields.

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

Program Units
Core requirements (see above) 36-45
Concentration Requirements (all three concentration core course are required)
GEOG 421 Future Environments 3
PLSI 354 Politics, the Environment, and Social Change (if not taken in core) 0 or 4
USP 514 Sustainable Development in Cities (if not taken in core) 0 or 4
Elective Courses: With advisement choose 15 units of electives. 15
AIS 310 American Indian Religion and Philosophy  
BECA 390 The Age of Information
BECA 502 Environmental Communication on the Electronic Media
BIOL 349 Bioethics
BUS 450 The Greening of Business
CINE 325 Ecology and Film (1)
CST 300 Introduction to Critical Social Thought
ENVS 306/
ECON 306
Economics and the Environment
ECON 425/
GEOG 425
Economic Geography (4)
ECON 550 Environmental Economics
ECON 620 Economic Development
ENVS 224 Research Methods for Environmental Studies (4)
ENVS 331/
IR 331
Global Environmental Crisis: Challenges and Responses (4)
ENVS 392 Nature, Culture, and Technology
ENVS 470 Climate Politics and Policy
ENVS 570 Campus Sustainability
GEOG 422 Environmental Perception
GEOG 427 Agriculture and Food Supply (4)
GEOG 647 Geography of Water Resources (4)
GEOG 666 Geography of Garbage: Recycling and Waste Reduction
GEOL 305 Energy and Its Environmental Issues
GPS 315/
IR 315/
PHIL 315
Introduction to Global Peace Studies
H ED 655 Environmental Health
HIST 476 American Environmental History
IR 334 International Organizations: New World Order (4)
IR 520/
S S 520
Modernization and Third World Countries (4)
PHIL 150/
PLSI 150
Contemporary Moral/Political Issues
PHIL 365 Science and Civilization
PHIL 470 Environmental Ethics
SOC 410/
ETHS 410
Grassroots Organizing for Change in Communities of Color
SOC 471 Societal Change and Development (4)
SOC 477 Environmental Sociology (4)
SOC 483 Global Sociology (4)
S S 360 The Individual in Modern Society*
S S 681 Community Service Learning in the Schools*
TPW 490 Grant Writing
USP 456/
H ED 456/
S W 456
Urban Community Organizing and Citizen Action
WGS 541 Women Writers and Social Change
WGS 578 Women, Globalization and Ecology
WGS 621 Feminist Theory
Total for concentration 18-26
Total for major 54-71

* Note students may take one of either S S 360 or S S 681 but not both

Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies: Concentration in The Urban Environment

This concentration provides students with a strong interdisciplinary theoretical and empirical understanding for dealing with environmental issues in urban settings. With the help of an adviser, 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.

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

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated. On-line course descriptions are available.

Program Units
Core requirements (see above) 36-45
Concentration Requirements (all three concentration core course are required)
GEOG/USP 658 Land Use Planning 4
USP 514 Sustainable Development in Cities (if not taken in the core) 0 or 4
USP 515 Race, Poverty, and the Urban Environment (if not taken in the core) 0 or 4
Elective Courses: With advisement choose from the following. 9-12
BUS 450 The Greening of Business  
ENVS 306/
ECON 306
Economics and the Environment
ECON 425/
GEOG 425
Economic Geography (4)
ECON 550 Environmental Economics
ENVS 224 Research Methods for Environmental Studies (4)
ENVS 331/
IR 331
Global Environmental Crises: Challenges and Responses (4)
ENVS 570 Campus Sustainability
ENVS 699 Special Study
H ED 655 Environmental Health
GEOG 432/
USP 432
Urban Geography (4)
GEOG 433/
USP 433
Urban Transportation (4)
GEOG 652/
USP 652
Environmental Impact Analysis (4)
GEOG 651/
USP 651
San Francisco Bay Area Environmental Issues (4)
GEOG 666 The Geography of Garbage
RPT 440 Urban Recreation and Leisure Services
SOC 480/
USP 470
City in a Global Society (4)
S S 360 The Individual in Modern Society*
S S 681 Community Service Learning in Schools*
USP 530 Alternative Urban Futures
USP 535/
ECON 535
Urban Economics
USP 660/
S W 660
The Roles of Non-profit Organizations in Urban Life
USP 686 Fieldwork in Urban Studies
Total for concentration 13-24
Total for major 49-69

* Note students may take one of either S S 360 or S S 681 but not both

Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies: Concentration in Humanities and the Environment

This concentration explores the varied and complex ways that different cultures—past and present—view and communicate about the environment. With an adviser, students choose coursework in disciplines dealing with verbal or visual communication, such as Communication Studies, Technical and Creative Writing, Ethnic Studies, Journalism, photography, Design, Electronic Media, and Cinema.

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

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated. On-line course descriptions are available.

Program Units
Core requirements (see above) 36-45
Ways of Viewing the Environment: (chose one course from the following)
BECA 502 Environmental Communication on the Electronic Media (if not taken in the core) 0 or 3
ENG 535 Literature and Ecology (if not taken in the core)
PHIL 470 Environmental Ethics (if not taken in the core)
Elective Courses: With advisement select from the following. 6-9
AIS 450 American Indian Science  
AMST 410/
HUM 450
California Culture
ANTH 557/
USP 557
Ethnography of the Inner City (4)
BECA 502 Environmental Communication on the Electronic Media
CINE 325 Ecology and Film (1)
ENG 514 Age of the Romantics
ENG 526 Age of the American Renaissance: 1830-1860
ENVS 224 Research Methods for Environmental Studies (4)
ENVS 392 Nature, Culture, and Technology
GEOG 421 Future Environments
GEOG 422 Environmental Perception
GEOG 651/
USP 651
San Francisco Bay Area Environmental Issues (4)
H ED 655 Environmental Health
HH 382 Holistic Health and Human Nature
HH 383 Chinese Perspectives in Holistic Health
PHIL 150/
PLSI 150
Contemporary Moral and Political Issues
PHIL 383 Ethics in Medicine
PLSI 354 Politics, The Environment, and Social Change (4)
RPT 230 Growth Through Adventure
RPT 430 Ecology of Outdoor Recreation
SOC 477 Environmental Sociology (4)
SOC 483 Global Sociology (4)
S S 360 The Individual in Modern Society
S S 681 Community Service Learning in the Schools
USP 515/
GEOG 667
Race, Poverty, and the Urban Environment (4)
WGS 578 Women, Globalization and Ecology
Communicating About the Environment
Students take at least 12 units of upper division courses in an area of emphasis (on advisement) and a 3-unit culminating project.
15
Total for concentration 21-27
Total for major 57-72

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

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

This concentration is for students interested in studying the environment through the physical sciences of geology, meteorology, oceanography, hydrology, and chemistry. The concentration 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 adviser.

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

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated. On-line course descriptions are available.

Program Units
Core requirements (see above)

36-45
CHEM 215 General Chemistry II: Quantitative Applications of Chemistry Concepts 3
GEOG 652/
USP 652
   or
GEOL 110

Environmental Impact Analysis

Physical Geology
4
MATH 226 Calculus I 4
MATH 227
   or
MATH124
   or
BIOL 458
Calculus II (4)

Elementary Statistics

Biometry (4)
3-4
PHYS 111/112 General Physics I/Laboratory 4
PHYS 121/122 General Physics II/Laboratory 4
Elective Courses
Choose courses from one emphasis from the elective list for the concentration in Earth System Science and meet with a faculty adviser to plan the course sequence. Other courses, including special study classes (e.g., BIOL, CHEM, or GEOL 699) may be substituted upon advisement.
16-22
Chemical Analysis (18 units)
CHEM 216 General Chemistry II Lab (2)  
CHEM 233/234 Organic Chemistry I/Laboratory (3/2)
CHEM 320 Quantitative Chemical Analysis (4)
CHEM 422 Instrumental Analysis (4)
CHEM 420
   or
ENGR 434
   or
GEOL 476
Environmental Analysis

Principles of Environmental Engineering

Groundwater Contamination
Climate System (16-18 units)
OCN 200 Physical Processes in the Ocean  
GEOG 610
   or
METR 415
   or
METR 470/
OCN 470
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)
GEOL 450
or
GEOG 312
Geomorphology (4)

Geography of Landforms (4)
METR 201 Physical Processes in the Atmosphere
Coastal System (16-18 units)
BIOL 534
   or
BIOL 585
Wetlands Ecology (4)

Marine Ecology
 
GEOG 610
   or
METR 415
Remote Sensing of Environment I (4)

Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Ocean
OCN 200 Physical Processes in the Ocean
GEOL 452
   or
OCN 420
Coastal Processes

Physical Oceanography
GEOG 313
    or
GEOL 405/
METR 405/
OCN 405
Earth's Climate System (4)
 
 
Planetary Climate Change (4)
Hydrologic System (22 units)
CHEM 216 General Chemistry II Laboratory (2)  
GEOG 647 Geography of Water Resources (4)
GEOG 642/
GEOL 642
Watershed Assessment and Restoration (4)
GEOL 450
   or
GEOG 312
Geomorphology (4)

Geography of Landforms (4)
GEOL 475 Hydrogeology (4)
GEOG 313
   or
OCN 405/
GEOL 405
/METR 405
Earth's Climate System (4)


Planetary Climate Change (4)
Surficial Processes (18-19 units)
GEOL 450
   or
GEOG 312
Geomorphology (4)

Geography of Landforms (4)
 
GEOG 317
   or
GEOL 454
Geography of Soils (4)

Quaternary Climate and Soils
GEOG 603 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
GEOG 621/
BIOL 533
Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Analysis (4)
GEOG 642/
GEOL 642
Watershed Assessment and Restoration (4)
Total for concentration 38-43
Total for major 74-88

 

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

This concentration 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.

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated. On-line course descriptions are available.

Natural Resources Management and Conservation Concentration Units
Core requirements (see above) 36-45
BIOL 240 Introductory Biology II (if not taken in major core) 0-5
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
Students must consult with a faculty adviser 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.
20-24
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
BIOL 482 Ecology (4)
BIOL 529 Plant Ecology (4)
BIOL 532 Restoration Ecology
BIOL 585 Marine Ecology
BIOL 582 Biological Oceanography (4)
Biodiversity
BIOL 460 General Entomology (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
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 440 Urban Recreation and Leisure Services
RPT 640/
ENVS 640
Managing Recreational Use of National Parks and Protected Resources
Applied Methodology/Techniques
BIOL 531 Applied Conservation Biology
GEOG 642/
GEOL 642
Watershed Assessment and Restoration (4)
GEOG 658/
USP 658
Land Use Planning (4)
GEOG 610 Remote Sensing of the Environment I (4)
GEOG 611 Remote Sensing of the Environment II (4)
GEOG 621/
BIOL 533
GIS for Environmental Analysis (4)
GEOG 652/
USP 652
Environmental Impact Analysis (4)
(if not taken in the concentration Requirements)
GEOL 475 Hydrogeology (4)
GEOG 602 Field Methods in Geography (4)
Additional Electives: Courses from any of the above categories may be selected, as well as any of the courses below.
BECA 502 Environmental Communication on the Electronic Media
BUS 450 Greening of Business
ENVS 470 Climate Politics and Policy
ENVS 570 Campus Sustainability
ENVS 306/
ECON 306
Economics and the Environment
ECON 550 Environmental Economics
ECON 425/
GEOG 425
Economic Geography (4)
GEOG 422 Environmental Perception
GEOG 606 Cartography (4)
GEOL 305 Energy and Its Environmental Issues
GEOL 450 Geomorphology (4)
GEOL 476 Groundwater Contamination (GEOL 475 prereq)
GEOL 452 Coastal Processes
IR 312 Introduction to International Political Economy (4)
ENVS 331/
IR 331
Global Environmental Crises: Challenges and Responses (4)
PLSI 354 Politics, the Environment, and Social Change (4)
ENVS 699/
GEOG 699/
BIOL 699
Special Study
Total for concentration 34-49
Total for major 70-84


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