2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog

Environmental Studies (minor)

The Environmental Studies minor offers students an overview of environmental perspectives in:

  • biology
  • geology
  • religion
  • literature
  • geography

Students choose from a variety of courses that span environmental writers and the ethics of environmental decisions to ecology and the availability of water resources. Courses are geared to benefit both science and liberal studies majors.

Many students who minor in Environmental Studies are planning careers in environmental law or education.


Minor in Environmental Studies

Five courses, 17-20 credits of which two courses (minimum 6 credits) must be upper division. Note: BIOL 352 may be substituted for BIOL 118 /GEOL 118 provided prerequisites are met. Either BIOL 305 or BIOL 452 , but not both, may be applied to the minor.

Lower Division:
GEOL 152/152LIntroduction to Environmental Science
   and Introduction to Environmental Science Lab
BIOL 118/118LThe Oceans
   and The Oceans Lab
or GEOL 118/118L The Oceans
CHEM 111/111LChemistry and the Environment
   and Chemistry and the Environment Lab
ENGL 216Environmental Literature4
Upper Division:
BIOL 305Flora of Southern California3
BIOL 325/325LEnvironmental Ecology
   and Enviromental Ecology Lab
BIOL 345/345LMarine Biology
   and Marine Biology Lab
BIOL 452/452LCalifornia Plant Communities
   and California Plant Communities Lab
GEOL 395/395LWater Resources
   and Laboratory and Field Studies in Water Resources
REL 352Environmental Ethics4


ENVS 482. Selected Topics. (1-4).

ENVS 485. Environmental Science Capstone. (2).

This course introduces students to the professional skills and practices required in the environmental field. Includes introduction to GIS (Geographic Information Systems), literature searches, written and oral presentation of work. Prerequisite: senior standing.

ENVS 490. Independent Study. (1-4).

ENVS 492. Internship. (1-4).