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Environmental Studies Major (AA) Earth & Space Sciences Total Units: 20.5

Term Effective: Fall 2012

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Associate Degree Requirements:

The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:

For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter, a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis, is required for each course applied toward the major.

Previous Versions:

Environmental Studies - effective Fall 2011
Environmental Studies - effective Spring 2010
Environmental Studies - effective Fall 2007

Description:

The Environmental Studies major will provide students with an understanding of the manner in which various disciplines study the environment and approach our most pressing environmental issues. The degree in Environmental Studies will also help prepare students for transfer to a broad-based Environmental Studies program at a University of California or California State University campus.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this major, the student will be able to:

  1. Summarize, analyze and critically evaluate environmental information from a variety of sources;
  2. apply critical thinking skills to identify environmental issues, recognize their causes, and to evaluate potential solutions;
  3. integrate the perspectives of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences as they pertain to environmental issues;
  4. explain the societal (social, political, economic, cultural and/or ethical) variables that contribute to environmental degradation; and
  5. reflect critically about their roles and identities as citizens, consumers, and environmental actors, in a complex interconnected world.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Environmental Studies program are:

  • Complete 20.5 units from
    • Environmental Studies Core Requirements
    • Environmental Studies Science/Math Elective Requirements
    • Environmental Studies Behavioral/Social Sciences/Humanities Elective Reqs
    • Information Learning Resources Requirement

Environmental Studies Core Requirements - complete 13.5 units
CourseDescriptionUnits
ENVST 40 Environmental Forum1.0
Complete any combination totaling at least 12.0 units from the following:
BIO 12 Basic Concepts of Ecology3.0
ECON 12 Introduction to Economics and the Environment3.0
ENGL 10 Introduction to Literature and the Environment3.0
ENVS 12 Introduction to Environmental Science3.0
NRM 12 Introduction to Environmental Conservation3.0
PHIL 12 Environmental Philosophy3.0
Complete any combination totaling at least 0.5 units from the following:
WEOC 99 Occupational Work Experience0.5
WEOC 99I Occupational Work Experience Internship0.5
 
Environmental Studies Science/Math Elective Requirements - complete 3.0 units
CourseDescriptionUnits
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.0 units from the following:
ANTHRO 1 Physical Anthropology3.0
AUTO 190.1 Alternative Fuels and Fuel Systems3.0
BIO 2.1 Fundamentals of Biology (Cell and Molecular)5.0
BIO 2.2 Fundamentals of Biology (Evolution, Genetics, and Zoology)5.0
BIO 2.3 Fundamentals of Biology (Botany and Ecology)5.0
BIO 12 Basic Concepts of Ecology3.0
BIO 25 Marine Biology4.0
BIO 26 Biology of Marine Mammals4.0
BIO 31 Tropical Biodiversity and Conservation2.0
BOTANY 60 Field Botany4.0
CHEM 1A General Chemistry5.0
CHEM 4A General Chemistry with Quantitative Analysis5.0
DET 190.1 Alternative Fuels and Fuel Systems3.0
ENVS 12 Introduction to Environmental Science3.0
GEOG 4 Physical Geography3.0
MATH 15 Elementary Statistics4.0
NRM 12 Introduction to Environmental Conservation3.0
NRM 51 Wildland Trees and Shrubs3.0
NRM 84 Introduction to Fish and Wildlife Conservation3.0
NRM 88 Watershed Ecology and Restoration3.0
NRM 103 Restoring Native Habitats0.5
SUSAG 50 Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture3.0
SUSAG 110 Organic Gardening and Food Production4.0
 
Environmental Studies Behavioral/Social Sciences/Humanities Elective Reqs - complete 3.0 units
CourseDescriptionUnits
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.0 units from the following:
ANTHRO 2 Cultural Anthropology3.0
ANTHRO 32 Native Cultures of North America3.0
ECON 1 Principles of Macroeconomics3.0
ECON 2 Principles of Microeconomics3.0
ECON 12 Introduction to Economics and the Environment3.0
ENGL 10 Introduction to Literature and the Environment3.0
GEOG 7 Introduction to Human Geography3.0
HIST 22 History of California3.0
HUMAN 5 World Humanities: Arts, Ideas, Values3.0
PHIL 11 Introduction to Asian Philosophy3.0
PHIL 12 Environmental Philosophy3.0
POLS 25 Introduction to International Relations3.0
 
Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.0 units
CourseDescriptionUnits
Complete any combination totaling at least 1.0 units from the following:
LIR 10 Introduction to Information Literacy1.0
LIR 30 Introduction to Information Literacy for Research Projects1.0

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

Notes:

Completing four of six core courses is required to fulfill the core requirement for the major.
(BIO 12, ECON 12, ENVS 12, NRM 12, PHIL 12, and ENGL 10)

Students are encouraged to use remaining core courses to fulfill elective requirements for the major.

No course may be used more than once to fulfill a requirement in the major.

The work Experience / Internship Requirement

The work experience/internship requirement is an integral part of the Environmental Studies major. This requirement is intended to give students the chance to apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to real-world situations. Additionally, it may provide networking opportunities and build awareness regarding potential career options. To develop an appropriate work experience/internship, students will work with their instructors and the SRJC Work Experience and Internships department. Most students will complete this requirement in their second year of the study.

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