BS Environmental Science, Geography, and Management

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Degree Plan

Students take four categories of courses, for a total of 68 units.

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GEP FOUNDATION COURSES (11 Units)

Environmental Systems
  • GEP 201 Environmental Systems (GE B1)
Environmental Inquiry & Analysis (take both)
  • GEP 211 GEP Forum
  • GEP 280 Foundations in Environmental Data & Analysis
Society, Environment & Development (choose one)
  • GEP 203 Human Geography
  • GEP 206 Society, Environment & Sustainable Development (GE E)
  • GEP 305 or 306 World Regions in Global Context (GE UD D)

NATURAL AND DATA SCIENCE FOUNDATION COURSES (10 Units)

Take two courses from either the Biological Science Theme or the Physical Science Theme, then select one additional course from an alternate theme

Biological Science Theme
  • BIOL 130 Intro to Cell Biology and Genetics (GE B2, B3)
  • BIOL 131 Biological Diversity and Ecology (GE B2, B3)
Physical Science Theme
  • CHEM 110 or CHEM 115A (GE B1; B3)
  • CHEM 115B (GE B1, B3)
  • PHYS 114 or 210A (GE B1 or B3)
  • PHYS 214 or 210B
Geospatial Data Science Theme
  • CS 115 Programming I

BREADTH COURSES (15 Units)

Environmental Systems (choose one)
  • GEP 340 Applied Ecology
  • GEP 351 Natural Hazards (GE UD B)
  • GEP 355 Weather and Climate (GE UD B)
Geospatial Analysis
  • GEP 387 Introduction to Geospatial Analysis
Society, Environment & Development (choose one)
  • GEP 324 Climate Change and Society
  • GEP 325 Global Food Systems
  • GEP 330 Environmental History
Sustainability in Urban Environments (choose one)
  • GEP 360 Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning
  • GEP 370 Globalization and the City
  • GEP 373 Energy, Technology and Society
Professional Preparation (5 units minimum)
  • GEP 310 Professional Development (required)
  • GEP 311 Research Colloquium (required)
  • GEP 201b Global Environmental Systems Lab
  • GEP 312 Professional Conferences
  • GEP 313 Field Experience
  • GEP 316 Research Assistant
  • GEP 317 Internship
  • GEP 318 Agroecology in Practice
  • GEP 319 Native Plant Propagation in Practice

ELECTIVE COURSES (21 Units)

Take 3 courses in one focus area. Take additional electives within any focus to reach 21 units. Take at least one 400-level course during junior/senior year (72+units). Breadth courses do not count as electives.

Focus 1: Environ. Mngmnt & Policy
  • GEP 323 Resource Management
  • GEP 324 Climate Change & Society
  • GEP 325 Global Food Systems
  • GEP 330 Environmental History
  • GEP 333 Natural Resource Planning
  • GEP 335 US Environmental Policy
  • GEP 336 US Environmental Law
  • GEP 337 Landscape History of US West
  • GEP 360 Urban & Regional Planning
  • GEP 362 Environ. Impact Assessment
  • GEP 367 Transportation Policy & Tech.
  • GEP 368 Urban Design
  • GEP 422 Globalization & Environments
  • GEP 431 Restoration and Society
Focus 2: Environmental Systems
  • GEP 340 Applied Ecology
  • GEP 343 Biogeography
  • GEP 344 Field Methods
  • GEP 345 Lab Methods
  • GEP 347 Conservation Biology
  • GEP 350 Geomorphology
  • GEP 351 Natural Hazards
  • GEP 352 Soil Science
  • GEP 354 Watershed Hydrology & Mngmnt
  • GEP 355 Weather and Climate
  • GEP 446 Restoration Ecology
  • GEP 456 Global Climate Change
Focus 3: Energy, Mngmnt & Design
  • GEP 373 Energy, Technology & Society
  • GEP 374a Carbon & Energy Reduction
  • GEP 374b Lab Methods for Energy
  • GEP 375 Renewable & Resilient Energy
  • GEP 476 Energy Services & Efficiency
Focus 4: Geospatial Analysis
  • GEP 380 Environ. Remote Sensing
  • GEP 385 Cartographic Visualization
  • GEP 388 Environmental GIS
  • GEP 486 Environmental Data Analysis
  • GEP 489 Advanced GIS

SUPPORTING COURSES (6 Units)

Note: Classes may have lower division prerequisites.

Biological Science Theme
  • BIOL 314 Field Biology
  • BIOL 322 Invertebrate Biology
  • BIOL 323 Entomology
  • BIOL 324 Biology of Marine Mammals
  • BIOL 327 Vertebrate Biology
  • BIOL 329 Plant Biology
  • BIOL 330 Plant Taxonomy
  • BIOL 332 Marine Biology
  • BIOL 333 Ecology
  • BIOL 335 Marine Ecology
  • BIOL 337 Behavioral Ecology
  • BIOL 338 Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • BIOL 341 Evolution
  • BIOL 351 Climate Change Biology
Physical Science Theme
  • CHEM 300 Chemistry of Sustainability
  • CHEM 335A Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 336A Organic Chemistry Lab I
  • GEOL 303 Advanced Geology
  • GEOL 310 Geophysics
  • GEOL 323 Hydrology
Data Science Theme
  • ANTH 328 New Tech Arch and Cult Heritage
  • BIOL 485 Biometry
  • CS 210 Intro to UNIX
  • CS 215 Programming II
  • CS 355 Database Managment
  • CS 370 Software Design & Dev.
  • CS 386 Selected Topics in CS with Lab
  • ECON 317 Introduction to Econometrics
  • ES 314 Adv. Programming, Simulation & Modeling
  • MATH 161 Differential and Integral Calculus I
  • PHYS 381 Computer Applications for Scientists