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Environmental Studies (AA) Earth & Space Sciences Total Units: 21
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Term Effective: Fall 2017

Description:

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 program, the student will be able to:

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

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Environmental Studies (AA) program are:

  • Complete 21 units from
    • Environmental Studies Core Requirements
    • Environmental Studies Science/Math Elective Requirements
    • Environmental Studies Behavioral/Social Sciences/Humanities Elective Reqs
    • Information Learning Resources Requirement

Environmental Studies Core Requirements - complete 14.00 units
ENVST 40Environmental Forum1.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 12.00 units from the following:
CourseDescriptionUnits
BIO 12Basic Concepts of Ecology3.00
ECON 12Introduction to Economics and the Environment3.00
ENGL 10Introduction to Literature and the Environment3.00
ENVS 12Introduction to Environmental Science3.00
NRM 12Introduction to Environmental Conservation3.00
PHIL 12Environmental Philosophy3.00
SOCS 12Environmental Policy and Politics3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 1.00 units from the following:
CourseDescriptionUnits
CI 53Community Involvement Related to Environmental Studies1.00
WEOC 99Occupational Work Experience1.00
WEOC 99IOccupational Work Experience Internship1.00
 
Environmental Studies Science/Math Elective Requirements - complete 3.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
CourseDescriptionUnits
ANTHRO 1Biological Anthropology3.00
BIO 2.1Fundamentals of Biology (Cell and Molecular)5.00
BIO 2.2Fundamentals of Biology (Evolution, Genetics, and Zoology)5.00
BIO 2.3Fundamentals of Biology (Botany and Ecology)5.00
BIO 12Basic Concepts of Ecology3.00
BIO 25Marine Biology4.00
BIO 27Biology of Marine Mammals3.00
BIO 31Tropical Biodiversity and Conservation2.00
BOTANY 60Field Botany4.00
CHEM 1AGeneral Chemistry5.00
CHEM 4AGeneral Chemistry with Quantitative Analysis5.00
ENVS 12Introduction to Environmental Science3.00
GEOG 4Physical Geography3.00
GEOL 20Natural Disasters3.00
MATH 15Elementary Statistics4.00
NRM 12Introduction to Environmental Conservation3.00
NRM 51Wildland Trees and Shrubs3.00
NRM 84Introduction to Fish and Wildlife Conservation3.00
NRM 88Watershed Ecology and Restoration3.00
NRM 103Restoring Native Habitats0.50
SUSAG 50Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture3.00
 
Environmental Studies Behavioral/Social Sciences/Humanities Elective Reqs - complete 3.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
CourseDescriptionUnits
ANTHRO 2Cultural Anthropology3.00
ANTHRO 32Native Cultures of North America3.00
ARCH 12Introduction to Environmental Design3.00
ECON 1Principles of Macroeconomics3.00
ECON 2Principles of Microeconomics3.00
ECON 12Introduction to Economics and the Environment3.00
ENGL 10Introduction to Literature and the Environment3.00
GEOG 7Introduction to Human Geography3.00
HIST 22History of California3.00
HUMAN 5World Humanities: Arts, Ideas, Values3.00
PHIL 11Introduction to Asian Philosophy3.00
PHIL 12Environmental Philosophy3.00
POLS 25Introduction to International Relations3.00
SOCS 12Environmental Policy and Politics3.00
 
Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units
LIR 10Introduction to Information Literacy1.00

Term Effective: Fall 2017

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.

Term Inactive: Fall 2018

Previous Versions:

Environmental Studies - effective Fall 2016
Environmental Studies - effective Fall 2015
Environmental Studies - effective Fall 2012
Environmental Studies - effective Fall 2011
Environmental Studies - effective Spring 2010
Environmental Studies - effective Fall 2007

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.

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.

Notes:

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, SOCS 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/Community Involvement Requirement:

The work experience/internship/community involvement 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 or community involvement experience, 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 study.

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