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GreenForce Initiative

GreenForce Degree (Geography)

DEGREE: A.S.—Environmental Studies and Sustainability

Code #1635

The Environmental Studies & Sustainability Program is an interdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary, course of study that presents a broad overview of ecological issues from a variety of perspectives in the natural, physical, and social sciences. The coursework examines the interplay between natural and social systems, and the ideological foundations of humankind's attitudes and behaviors with respect to their ever-changing environment. This program is designed to prepare students to research, analyze, and propose solutions to the myriad environmental challenges facing the world today.

The Environmental Studies & Sustainability Associate of Science degree is designed to correlate with the lower division courses required to transfer into an Environmental Studies Program at many four-year institutions as well as a broad education for transfer in related disciplines.

The disciplines of Environmental Studies and Geography are complementary fields, both focused on aspects of human-environment interaction. This complementarity is reflected in the many 4-year institutions that house combined Geography and Environmental Study programs. Students interested in double-majoring in these two closely-related disciplines, and/or simultaneously earning a Certificate in Geographic Information Systems, are encouraged to examine the required coursework and plan their program of study accordingly.

Students should use PROJECT ASSIST ( to research lower division major requirements at the transfer institution of their choice and should also work with the program adviser and a counselor to determine the appropriate transfer coursework.

Students interested in pursuing an Environmental Science major should consult with science faculty and counselors to tailor the specific coursework necessary to transfer to the 4-year institution of their choice.

Career Opportunities
Natural Resource Management; Forestry; Range Management; Wildlife Biology; Agriculture; Soil and Water Conservation; Land Use Planning; Waste Management; Environmental Education; Environmental Policy And Planning; Environmental Law; Environmental Consulting; Environmental Lobbying; Environmental Planning; Environmental Protection; Environmental Compliance; Environmental Engineering; Air Quality Control; Landscape Architecture; Urban and Regional Planning; Alternative Energy Development; Risk Analysis; Contaminated Lands Reclamation; Research; Consulting

Required Program Units
Core Courses:
GEOG 302 Environmental Studies & Sustainability 3
BIOL 350 Environmental Biology (3) 3
or BIOL 352 Conservation Biology (3)
ECON 306 Environmental Economics 3
Field/Applied Courses:
A minimum of three (3) units from the following: 3
BIOL 390 Natural History Field Study (0.5 - 4)
GEOG 390 Field Studies in Geography (0.5 - 4)
GEOL 390 Field Studies in Geology (0.5 - 4)
GEOG 331 Exploring Maps and Geographic Technologies (3)
GEOG 335 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Applications (3)
GEOG 353 Introduction to the Global Positioning System (GPS) (0.5)
Natural Science/Ecology Courses:
A minimum of three (3) units from the following: 3
BIOL 300 The Foundations of Biology (3)
BIOL 307 Biology of Organisms (4)
BIOL 310 General Biology (4)
BIOL 366 Introduction to Toxicology: The Biology and Chemistry of Poisons (3)
BIOL 400 Principles of Biology (5)
Chemistry Courses:
A minimum of four (4) units from the following: 4
CHEM 305 Introduction to Chemistry (5)
CHEM 321 Environmental Chemistry (3)
CHEM 322 Environmental Chemistry Laboratory (1)
CHEM 400 General Chemistry (5)
Earth Science Courses:
A minimum of three (3) units from the following: 3
GEOG 300 Physical Geography: Exploring Earth's Environmental Systems (3)
GEOG 301 Physical Geography Laboratory (1)
GEOL 300 Physical Geology (3)
GEOL 301 Physical Geology Laboratory (1)
Quantitative Courses:
A minimum of three (3) units from the following: 3
STAT 300 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (4)
PSYC 330 Introductory Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (3)
MATH 350 Calculus for the Life and Social Sciences I (3)
MATH 400 Calculus I (5)
Social Science Courses:
ECON 304 Principles of Microeconomics 3
GEOG 310 Human Geography: Exploring Earth's Cultural Landscapes 3
Total Units Required 31

Suggested Electives:
ANTH 310, ARCH 302, ARCH 303, ARCH 340, ARCH 341; BIOL 351; ECON 302; GEOG 305, GEOG 306; GEOL 330; HORT 302, HORT 323; POLS 301; PS 302

Associate Degree
The Environmental Studies & Sustainability Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See CRC graduation requirements.

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