Environmental Studies Major

The required core courses for the B.S. and B.A. degrees (48 units) are:

BISC 103Lx: General Biology for the Environment and Life (4)

CHEM 103Lx: General Chemistry for the Environment and Life (4)

ENST 100: Introduction to Environmental Studies (4)

ENST 320ab: Water and Soil Sustainability; Energy and Air Sustainability (4-4)

ENST 387: Economics for Natural Resources and the Environment (4)

ENST 495: Senior Seminar in Environmental Studies (4) 

GEOL 160L: Introduction to Geosystems (4)

IR 323: Politics of Global Environment (4)

MATH 118x*: Fundamental Principles of the Calculus (4), or

MATH 125*: Calculus I (4) 

POSC 270: Introduction to Environmental Law and Politics (4)

PSYC 274L*: Statistics I (4)

*MATH 118x is not available as an alternative to MATH 125 for the concentration in Climate, Earth and the Environment since this concentration requires MATH 125 and MATH 126. MATH 125 has a prerequisite of either the math placement exam or MATH 108. MATH-114 is a prerequisite for PSYC-274L.

All undergraduate Environmental Studies majors should complete at least 24 units of the core curriculum before attaining junior status.  This should include satisfactory completion of at least two of the natural science core courses, ENST 100: Introduction to Environmental Studies, and PSYC 274L: Statistics I. 

B.A. in Environmental Studies

Concentration in Sustainability, Energy and Society (56 units)

In addition to the 48-unit core, two of the following courses:

ENST 370: Marine and Coastal Environment (4)

ENST 410: Water and Energy Management in the Asia-Pacific Region (4)

ENST 442: Global Climate Change: Policy and Society (4)

ENST 466: Business and Environmental Sustainability (4)

ENST 485: Role of the Environment in the Collapse of Human Societies (4)

Concentration in Oceans, Life and People (56 units)

In addition to the 48-unit core, two of the following courses:

BISC 427: The Global Environment (4)

ENST 310: Sustainable Fisheries Management (4)

ENST 370: Marine and Coastal Environmental Policy (4)

ENST 410: Water and Energy Management in the Asia-Pacific Region (4)

ENST 480**: Integrated Ecosystem Management in Micronesia (4) 

Concentration in Climate, Earth and Environment (56 units)

In addition to the 48-unit core, two of the following courses:

ENST 442: Global Climate Change: Policy and Society

ENST 445: Earth Climate: Past, Present, and Future (4)

ENST 470L: Environmental Hydrogeology (4)

ENST 480**: Integrated Ecosystem Management in Micronesia (4)

Concentration in Environmental Public Policy (56 units) - Effective Fall 2013

In addition to the 48-unit core, the two following courses:

PPD 420: Environmental Impact Assessment (4)

PPD 461: Sustainable Communities, Policy and Planning (4)

B.S. in Environmental Studies

Concentration in Sustainability, Energy and Society (72 units)

In addition to the 48-unit core, two of the following courses:

ENST 370: Marine and Coastal Environmental Policy (4)

ENST 410***: Water and Energy Management in the Asia-Pacific Region (4)

ENST 442***: Global Climate Change: Policy and Society (4)

ENST 466: Business and Environmental Sustainability (4)

ENST 485***: Role of the Environment in the Collapse of Human Societies (4)

Four of the following upper division elective courses:

BISC 427: The Global Environment (4)

ENST 410***: Water and Energy Management in the Asia-Pacific Region (4)

ENST 442***: Global Climate Change: Policy and Society (4)

ENST 445: Earth Climate: Past, Present, and Future (4)

ENST 470L: Environmental Hydrogeology (4)

ENST 485***: Role of the Environment in the Collapse of Human Societies (4)

GEOG 255: American Environmentalism (4)

GEOG 360: Environmental Disasters (4)

GEOL 450L: Geosystems (4)

IR 422: Ecological Security and Global Politics (4)

POSC 436: Environmental Politics (4)

PPD 461: Sustainability Planning (4)

Concentration in Oceans, Life and People (72 units)

In addition to the 48-unit core, two of the following courses:

BISC 427: The Global Environment (4)

ENST 310***: Sustainable Fisheries Management (4)

ENST 370: Marine and Coastal Environmental Policy (4)

ENST 410***: Water and Energy Management in the Asia-Pacific Region (4)

ENST 480**: Integrated Ecosystem Management in Micronesia (4)

Four of the following upper division elective courses:

BISC 315L: Introduction to Ecology (4)

BISC 320L: Molecular Biology (4)

BISC 447L: Island Biogeography and Field Ecology (4)

BISC 456L: Conservation Genetics (4)

BISC 469L: Marine Biology (4)

ENST 310***: Sustainable Fisheries Management (4)

ENST 410***: Water and Energy Management in the Asia-Pacific Region (4)

ENST 470L: Environmental Hydrogeology (4)

ENST 480**: Integrated Ecosystem Management in Micronesia (4)

ENST 485: Role of the Environment in the Collapse of Human Societies (4)

GEOL 320L: Surficial Processes and Stratigraphic Systems (4)

GEOL 412: Oceans, Climate, and the Environment (4)

GEOL 450L: Geosystems (4)

Concentration in Climate, Earth and Environment (72 units)

In addition to the 48-unit core, two of the following courses:

ENST 442***: Global Climate Change: Policy and Society (4)

ENST 445: Earth Climate: Past, Present and Future (4)

GEOL 470L: Environmental Hydrogeology (4)

ENST 480**: Integrated Ecosystem Management in Micronesia (4)

The two following courses:

MATH 126: Calculus II (4)

PHYS 151L: Fundamentals of Physics I: Mechanics and Thermodynamics (4)

Two of the following courses:

BISC 427: The Global Environment (4)

ENST 442***: Global Climate Change: Policy and Society (4)

ENST 480**: Integrated Ecosystem Management in Micronesia (4)

ENST 485: Role of the Environment in the Collapse of Human Societies (4)

GEOL 315L: Minerals and Earth Systems (4)

GEOL 412: Oceans, Climate and the Environment (4)

GEOL 425L: Data Analysis in the Earth and Environmental Sciences (4)

GEOL 450L: Geosystems (4)

Concentration in Environmental Public Policy (72 units) - Effective Fall 2013

In addition to the 48-unit core, the two following courses:

PPD 420: Environmental Impact Assessment (4)

PPD 461: Sustainable Communities, Policy and Planning (4)

Four of the following upper division elective courses:

PPD 314: Public Policy and Law (4)

PPD 315: Analytic Foundations for Public Policy (4)

PPD 353: Introduction to Philanthropy and Grant-writing (4)

PPD 382: Internationational Development (4)

PPD 410: Comparative Urban Development (4)

PPD 427L: Geographic Information Systems and Planning Applications (4)

PPD 478: Social Innovations (4)

** ENST 298aL is a co-requisite for ENST 480. ENST 480 cannot be double counted for B.S. ENVS degree credit. 

*** ENST-310, ENST-410, ENST-442 and ENST 485 cannot be double counted for B.S. ENVS credit.

 


  • Dr. James Haw
  • Director
  • Environmental Studies Program
  • Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
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  • University of Southern California
  • Los Angeles, California 90089-0036