2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog

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Environmental Science

Environmental science is the application of scientific information in order to solve conflicts resulting from humans’ use of our planet’s resources. This requires an understanding of the sustainability of natural systems and resources, the interrelationships between these systems, as well as the human impact on the environment.

Environmental science is thus an inherently interdisciplinary field, using and combining information from such varied disciplines as:

  • biology
  • chemistry
  • geology
  • economics
  • political science
  • law
  • ethics

California Lutheran University’s B.S. degree in environmental science is designed to provide the student with the tools to critically examine environmental issues from a variety of perspectives.

Beyond the required foundational science courses, the program provides a broad range of science and humanities courses to select from, allowing students to tailor the program to their interests. The curriculum emphasizes experiential learning, providing the student with opportunities to actively engage in research.

Many students who obtain the B.S. degree in environmental science are planning careers in environmental protection and management, risk assessment, environmental law or education. The program also prepares students to pursue graduate studies in various environmental fields.

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

45 credits minimum, 18 credits upper division.

GEOL 152/152LIntroduction to Environmental Science and Introduction to Environmental Science Lab4
or BIOL 325/325L Environmental Ecology
Select one of the following:4-5
Principles of Biology and Principles of Biology Lab
Introduction to Ecology and Populations and Introduction to Biological Experimentation I
Select one of the following:4-5
Chemistry and the Environment and Chemistry and the Environment Lab
General Chemistry and General Chemistry Lab
GEOL 111/111LPhysical Geology and Physical Geology Lab4
MATH 231Statistics for the Science4
ENVS 485Environmental Science Capstone2
Select three of the following:12
Environmental Ecology and Enviromental Ecology Lab (If not used earlier)
Marine Biology and Marine Biology Lab
Oceanography and Oceanography Lab
California Plant Communities and California Plant Communities Lab
Environmental Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry Lab
Invertebrate Paleontology and Invertebrate Paleontology Lab
Stratigraphy and Sedimentation and Stratigraphy and Sedimentation Lab
Water Resources and Laboratory and Field Studies in Water Resources
Geophysics and Geophysics Lab
Select two of the following:8
Environmental Ethics
Economics of the Environment
Environmental Literature
Environmental Law and Policy
Additional Science course 14
Total Hours46-48


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).




Director (Biology)


Associate professors


Ritterbush (Geology)

Assistant professor

Hanrahan (Chemistry)