Environmental Studies Emphasis, AA Liberal Arts and Sciences

Humanities and Social Sciences Division
Degree A0411

An emphasis in Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary course of study that provides students with an integrated and critical understanding of the natural environment and human interactions with it. The coursework is designed to examine the interplay between natural and social systems and the ideological foundations of humanity’s attitudes and behaviors in relation to its 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 through a well-rounded curriculum combining classroom, laboratory, and field study instruction. Students who are interested in an Environmental Science major are advised to follow the AA in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in natural sciences and to work with a counselor to select major courses appropriate to their intended transfer institution.

This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

 Required Courses

Choose a combination of any 3 courses 9-11
Humans and the Environment
Humans and the Environment Laboratory
Environmental Geology
Principles of Economics - Macroeconomics
Principles of Economics - Macroeconomics - Honors
Environmental Politics
Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning
Choose a minimum of three units from the following:3-5
General Biology
Ecology and Field Biology
Biology for Majors
Biology for Majors - Honors
Marine Biology
Marine Biology Laboratory
Conservation Biology
Plant Structures, Functions, and Diversity
Chemistry for Allied Health Majors
Introduction to General Chemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry I - Honors
Physical Geography
Physical Geography - Honors
Physical Geography Laboratory
Physical Geography Laboratory - Honors
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Physical Geology
Earth Science
Earth Science - Honors
Earth Science Laboratory
Elementary Statistics
Elementary Statistics - Honors
Calculus for Business
Precalculus Mathematics
Calculus and Analytic Geometry
Weather and the Atmospheric Environment
Weather and Atmospheric Environment Laboratory
Special Projects in Biology
Introduction to Oceanography
Introduction to Oceanography - Honors
Introduction to Oceanography Laboratory
Physics
General Physics
Engineering Physics
Energy Science
Physical Science
Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
Social Science
Choose two of the following options:6
Principles of Cultural Anthropology
Principles of Economics - Microeconomics
Principles of Economics - Microeconomics - Honors
Human Geography
Human Geography - Honors
World Regional Geography
Geography of California
Geography of California - Honors
Introduction to Ethics
Introduction to Ethics - Honors
Introduction to American Government and Politics
Introduction to American Government and Politics - Honors
Contemporary Social Problems
Contemporary Social Problems - Honors
Recommended Electives
Geologic Field Studies: Central California
Geologic Field Studies: Southern California
Special Topics in Field Geology
History of the United States
World History: Early Modern to the Present
California History
Total Units18-22

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills in relation to environmental issues
  • Demonstrate an ability to integrate the many disciplines and fields that intersect with environmental concerns
  • Demonstrate an awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of ecological processes and their relationship they have with human communities
  • Demonstrate an ability to integrate environmental issues within the concept of sustainability

    Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.
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