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A.S. Environmental Studies and Sustainability

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
Chemistry Courses:
A minimum of four (4) units from the following:
Social Science Courses:
Total Units Required

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

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