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