- Undergrad Education
- Requirement Overview
- General Education
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- Language Proficiency Requirement
- Business Admin
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- Environmental Science, Technology & Policy
- Degree Summary
- Major Requirements
- Course Pathways
- Course Descriptions
- Environmental Studies
- Global Studies
- Human Communication
- Integrated Studies
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- Liberal Studies
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- Social & Behavioral Sciences
- Visual & Public Art
- World Languages & Cultures
- Nondegree Programs
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Total credits: 120
Minimum credits at CSUMB: 30
Total credits required for the major: 74-80
Upper-division credits in the major: 44
You may declare Environmental Science, Technology & Policy as your major at any time in your CSUMB career, although we recommend that you declare as soon as possible so that you can begin lower-division prerequisite courses.
The Environmental Science, Technology & Policy B.S. includes three formal concentrations: Applied Ecology, Watershed Systems, and Natural Resources. Each is designed to help you prepare for a particular type of career or postgraduate education, and each requires different courses, although the required courses for all concentrations fulfill the Major Learning Outcomes. These MLOs describe the knowledge, skills and abilities in science, mathematics, technology, economics and policy that you must demonstrate before you graduate with a degree in Environmental Science, Technology & Policy. To demonstrate the required level of competency, you must earn a grade of C or higher in each required course. Click on the name of any concentration below to see what courses you would take to fulfill the Environmental Science, Technology & Policy Major's Learning Outcomes within that concentration. To see what prerequisites are needed for a particular course, please consult the course descriptions.
MLO 1: Quantitative Foundations
Students apply the fundamental mathematical and statistical constructs used to communicate quantitative information.
MLO 2: Science and Policy Foundations
Students apply the nomenclature, concepts and methodology of chemistry, biology, physics, earth science and economics to understand, describe and predict environmental science processes.
MLO 3: Environmental Science Communication
Students analyze and synthesize information from a multi-stakeholder perspective to develop alternative scenarios for environmental science problems, and communicate their recommendations in oral and written formats.
MLO 4: Geospatial Technology
Students demonstrate proficiency with current technologies for acquiring, analyzing and displaying spatial data relevant to real-world problems.
MLO 5: Quantitative Research Methods
Students use the scientific method and statistical analyses in the design, execution and interpretation of environmental science investigations.
MLO 6: Service Learning
Students combine disciplinary knowledge and community experiences in the context of social responsibility, justice, diversity and compassion.
MLO 7: Natural Science Competency
Students understand, use and accurately communicate advanced science concepts applied to environmental decision making.
MLO 8: Advanced Environmental Science, Technology & Policy
Students apply advanced knowledge and skills in Environmental Science, Technology & Policy.
The Applied Ecology concentration prepares students for employment immediately after graduation by providing students with a strong background in field biology and ecology as well as marketable skills including GIS, ecological and environmental modeling, experimental design and statistical analysis, as well as aquatic and plant ecology.
Students in the Natural Resources Concentration prepare for jobs with natural resource management agencies, developing knowledge and skills in soil science, plant identification, GIS, and water quality, to be prepared for a wide range of post-graduation careers in natural resource management, or for graduate school in a related field.
The mission of the Watershed Systems concentration is to educate and train students for successful careers with organizations that make land-use decisions, particularly in coastal areas where a variety of land-use needs must be reconciled with the need to maintain long-term ecosystem stability. This mission is consistent with the CSU mission of educating students for immediate post-baccalaureate employment. At the same time, students will also have the background and skills necessary to pursue graduate degrees in watershed science, policy or related disciplines. The ESTP core curriculum (MLO's 1 and 2) provides fundamental skills in math, chemistry and physics, as well as an understanding of the important components and interactions of the earth system. The Watershed Systems concentration extends the students learning experience by utilizing core ESTP skills to study the interactions of science, policy and economics at the watershed scale. Students develop critical thinking and writing skills, as well as technical skills useful in acquiring and interpreting environmental information across a variety of space and time scales. These technical skills include an ability to develop environmental monitoring programs, as well as the application of geographic information systems to local watershed issues and concerns.