Environmental Studies, Geography, and Planning BA

The BA degree emphasizes environmental policy, urban planning, and sustainable development. Students in this degree plan go on to careers in fields such as, but not limited to: conservation and resource management, environmental policy, planning and law, sustainable community development, energy and transportation policy, and urban and land use planning.

All Environmental Studies, Geography, and Planning BA focal areas share the same core Foundational, Breadth, and Professional Preparation and Experience courses. See the tables below for specific requirements. For questions and further information, consult with your faculty advisor. #Jump to Focal Areas

Foundation Courses (11 Units)

Environmental Systems
Course Units GE
GEP 201 Global Environmental Systems 3 B1

 

Environmental Inquiry & Analysis (take both)
Course Units GE
GEP 211 GEP Forum 1  
GEP 280 Foundations in Environ. Data & Analysis 4  

 

Society, Environment, and Development (choose one)
Course Units GE
GEP 203 Human Geography 3 D2
GEP 206 Society, Environment, and Sustainable Development 3 E
GEP 305/6 World Regions in Global Context 3 D

 

Breadth Courses (15 Units)

Environmental Systems (Choose one course from each category)
Course Units GE
GEP 340 Applied Ecology 3  
GEP 351 Natural Hazards 3 B
GEP 355 Weather and Climate 3 B

 

Geospatial Analysis
Course Units GE
GEP 387 Introduction to GIS 4  

 

Society, Environment, and Development
Course Units GE
GEP 324 Climate Change & Society 4  
GEP 325 Global Food Systems 4  
GEP 330 Environmental History 4  

 

Sustainability in Urban Environments
Course Units GE
GEP 360 Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning 4  
GEP 370 Globalization and the City  4  
GEP 373 Energy, Technology & Society  4  

 

Professional Preparation & Experiences (Minimum 5 Units)

Course Units GE
GEP 310 Professional Development (Required) 2  
GEP 311* Research Colloquium (Required) 1  
GEP 201b Global Environmental Systems Lab 1 B3
GEP 312 Professional Conferences 1-2  
GEP 313 Field Experience 1-2  
GEP 316 Research Assistant in GEP 1-4  
GEP 317 Internship 1-4  
GEP 318 Agroecology in Practice 2  
GEP 319 Native Plant Propagation in Practice 2  

* GEP 311 is repeatable, but only 1 unit may count in this category

GEP Electives (21 Units)

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

Focus 1: Society, Environment and Development
Courses Units GE
GEP 320 Geopolitics 4  
GEP 323 Resource Mgmt. & Devel. Global Pers. 4  
GEP 324 Climate Change and Society 4  
GEP 325 Global Food Systems 3-4  
GEP 330 Environmental History 3-4  
GEP 333 Natural Resource Planning 4  
GEP 335 US Environmental Policy 4  
GEP 336 US Environmental Law 3  
GEP 337 Landscape History of the Am. West 4  
GEP 422 Globalization and Environments 4  
GEP 431 Restoration and Society 4  
GEP 490/1 Capstone Methods and Project 6  

 

Focus 2:  Environmental Systems
Course Units GE
GEP 340 Applied Ecology 3  
GEP 343 Biogeography 4  
GEP 344 Field Methods 2  
GEP 345 Lab Methods 2  
GEP 346 Restoration Ecology 4  
GEP 350 Geomorphology 4  
GEP 351 Natural Hazards 3 B
GEP 352 Soil Science 3-4  
GEP 354 Watershed, Hydrology and Management 4  
GEP 355 Weather and Climate 3 B
GEP 447 Conservation Biology 4  
GEP 456 Global Climate Change 4  

 

Focus 3:  Urban Studies and Planning
Course Units GE
GEP 360 Intro to Urban and Regional Planning 4  
GEP 362 Environmental Impact Assessment 3-4  
GEP 371 Social Geography of the American City 3  
GEP 367 Transportation Policy and Technology 3-4  
GEP 368 Urban Design 3-4  
GEP 370 Globalization and the City 4  
GEP 461 Planning Practice and Methodology 4  

 

Focus 4:  Energy, Management and Design
Course Units GE
GEP 373 Energy, Technology, and Society 4  
GEP 374a Strategies for Carbon and Energy Reduction 3  
GEP 374b Laboratory Methods for Energy 1  
GEP 375 Renewable & Resilient Energy Sources 4  
GEP 476 Energy Services and Efficiency 4  

 

Focus 5:  Geospatial Analysis
Course Units GE
GEP 380 Environmental Remote Sensing 4  
GEP 385 Cartographic Visualization 3-4  
GEP 388 Environmental GIS 3-4  
GEP 486 Environmental Data Analysis 4  
GEP 489 Advanced GIS 3-4  

 

Group II:  Supporting Courses (Minimum 3 Units)

In Consultation with an Academic Advisor select a course from the list below

Supporting Courses
Course Units GE
ANTH 328 New Tech Arch and Cult Heritage 4  
ANTH 345 Nature and Society 4  
ANTH 352 Global Issues 4  
BIOL 131 Biological Diversity and Ecology 4 B2, B3
BIOL 312 Biological Oceanography 3 B3
CALS 432 Latinas/os and Globalization 4  
CALS 480 Latin American Migration to the United States 4  
CS 115 Programming I 4  
GEOL 303 Adv Geology 4 B
GEOL 306 Environmental Geology 4  
GEOL 310 Geophysics 4  
GEOL 323 Hydrology 3  
HIST 471 The American West 4  
NAMS 346 Philosophic Systems and Sacred Movements 4  
POLS 314 Environmental Political Theory 4  
POLS 452 Politics of the Developing World 4  
SOCI 382 Social Movements 4  
SOCI 384 Sociology of Consumption 4  
SOCI 425 Urban Sociology 4  
SOCI 482 Environmental Policy and Justice 4