Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies

Degree & Certificate

Associate in Science in Environmental Studies

Required Courses 

Dept. /No. –  Title –  Units
BI-005 Molecular and Cellular Biology
BI-006 Biology of Organisms
BI-004 Elements of Biology with
BI-004L Elements of Biology Lab- 4-5

CH-001A General Chemistry
CH-003 Introductory General Chemistry- 4-5

G-001 Physical Geology
G-005 Environmental Geology
G-010 The Earth Sciences – 4
MATH-001A Calculus – 4

PH-001 Introductory Physics
PH-004A Engineering Physics – 4-4.5

Restricted Electives – choose twenty-six to twenty-seven (26-27) units from the following:

(Select courses as required by the transfer university. Check with and your advisor for more details as you begin the program.)
ANTH-001, BI-005, BI-006, BI-048A-C, CH-001A, CH-001B, GEOG-001, GEOG-048A-C, MATH-001B, NR-001, PH-004A, PH-004B.

Required Courses – 20-22.5
Restricted Electives – 26-27
CSU or IGETC General Ed. Requirement (confer with advisor) – 16-18
Advisor: B. Bridenbecker

Program Map

Certificate of Achievement in Desert Studies

Dept. /No. –  Title –  Units
BI-005 Molecular and Cellular Biology
BI-006 Biology of Organisms
BI-004 Elements of Biology with
BI-004L Elements of Biology Lab – 4-5
NR-001 Conservation of Natural Resources – 3
G-001 Physical Geology
HIST-019 California History
ANTH-002 Cultural Anthropology – 3
ART-048ABC Directed Research Seminar
BI-048A Directed Research Seminar
GEOG-048ABC Directed Research Seminar – 1-3

Restricted Electives – choose a minimum of three (3) units from the following:

ANTH-001, A-001L, ANTH-001, ANTH-003, BI-005, CH-001A, CH-001B, CH-003, CS-073, GEOG-001, HIST-003, MATH-001A, MATH-001B, PH-001, PH-004A, PH-004B.

Required Courses – 15
Restricted Electives – 3

Advisor: B. Bridenbecker, P. Delaney, D. Pieper

Environmental Studies Overview


The Environmental Studies Program is designed to prepare students for transfer into an environmental science/studies program at either a California State University (CSU) or the University of California (UC) system. Students who complete the required courses will have the basic foundation necessary to be successful in established programs. Please note that if you choose an Environmental Science option at either CSU or UC, that most programs require one year of General Biology, General Chemistry, and calculus-based Physics. The restricted electives should be carefully chosen with the advice of a counselor or academic advisor in order to ensure that you are  adequately prepared for the transfer institution of choice.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program students will be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast best practices in environmental studies including ethical behavior and peer-reviewed research. (Institutional SLOs: Ethics, Personal Development, and Information Competency)
  2. Utilize scientific methods to empirically test hypotheses and apply findings within the context of the sciences. (Institutional SLOs: Communication, Critical Thinking, Personal Development, and Information Competency)
  3. Collaboratively analyze collected data using problembased learning and communicate findings in written and oral forms. Institutional SLOs: Communication, Critical Thinking, Personal Development, and Information Competency)

A Degree in Arts in Environmental Studies lays the foundation for many other rewarding, exciting, and fulfilling careers.

  • Natural Resource Management
  • Forestry
  • Proposal Planning
  • Geology
  • Ecosystem Management
  • Soil Conservation
  • Environmental Disasters
  • Botany
  • Fisheries
  • Urban Studies

Students must complete the required courses for their major. General education units, transferable electives, and total degree units will vary for each student.  Some considerations include the courses (and their respective units) chosen to complete a general education area or transferable elective, and if required courses  for your major also count toward a general education area. Please see your academic counselor to help you reach your educational goals.