Requirements for the Environmental Sciences Major (B.S.)

Required Lower-Division Courses

  • CHEM 1A, CHEM 1C/N: General Chemistry
  • MATH 11A and MATH 11B, or MATH 19A and MATH 19B: Intro Calculus
  • PHYS 6A/L, and PHYS 6B/M: Intro Physics
  • EART 20/L: Environmental Geology
  • ENVS 25: Environmental Policy and Economics
  • ESCI 30: Biological Principles of Environmental Sciences

Required Upper-Division Courses

  • ESCI 100A: Introduction to Environmental Sciences
  • ESCI 100B: Introduction to Environmental Processes
  • ESCI 160: Data Analysis in the Environmental Sciences (also satisfies the Statistical Reasoning general education requirement)
  • At least five elective courses (5+ credits each) from upper-division Earth sciences or Ocean sciences offerings must be completed. Courses from other departments may also be considered for upper-division elective credit by permission of a faculty adviser. Please consult with an adviser for more details.
  • Senior comprehensive: Capstone seminar (ESCI 191) or senior thesis (ESCI 195). These also satisfy the Disciplinary Communication (DC) general education requirement.

Students are encouraged to take more than the minimum number of elective courses and may craft an elective distribution from many areas of specific research and career interests.

Environmental Sciences B.S. Major Planner

Students planning a professional career in environmental sciences should take more than the minimum number of courses required for the major if possible. Four-year students have ample flexibility to take additional electives if they begin with the required courses in their second year. Junior transfers also have flexibility if they have taken most of their lower-division preparatory courses before entry. Further advice can be obtained from the undergraduate adviser and from faculty members.

Note: Chemistry 1A, 1B/M and 1C/N and Mathematics 11A-B are offered every quarter. Physics 6A/L is offered every quarter but Physics 6B/M is not offered in fall.

Year

Fall Quarter

Winter Quarter

Spring Quarter

1st (frosh)

CHEM 1A

 

MATH 11A

CHEM 1C/N

EART 20/L

MATH 11B

2nd (soph)

ESCI 20A

PHYS 6A/L

ESCI 100A

PHYS 6B/M

ESCI 100B

ESCI elective

3rd (jr)

ESCI 160

ESCI elective(s)

ENVS 25

ESCI elective(s)

ESCI elective(s)

4th (sr)

ESCI elective(s)

ESCI elective(s)

ESCI 191 or 195†

ESCI elective(s)