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Environmental Science, Technology & Policy, B.S.

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In the Environmental Science, Technology & Policy major you will learn about ecosystems, watersheds, plants, and animals. You will develop technical skills in quantitative analysis and geographic information systems, and learn how organizations work together to manage the environment in the context of environmental laws and policies. The major emphasizes:

  • Strong preparation for careers and graduate study in a wide range of fields including environmental resource assessment and management, environmental consulting, and science education 
  • A rigorous, interdisciplinary science foundation integrating biology, chemistry, physics and the earth sciences
  • Hands-on experience with advanced technologies for collecting, analyzing, visualizing and communicating scientific data
  • Active, field-oriented learning through frequent outdoor field trips, field and laboratory experiments, community-based service projects and internships
  • Real-world application of science and technology for the benefit of society
  • An understanding of the social, economic and political processes that influence when and how scientific information can improve environmental decision making
  • Strong collaboration and communication skills, including written, oral, and multimedia communication formats

To learn more about the major, visit the Applied Environmental Science Department website.

Required Courses

In order to graduate, you will also need to complete your General Education  and university requirements . Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 or above and must earn a C- or above in each course that serves as a pre-requisite to a more advanced course.


Select one of the following Concentrations and complete the coursework.

Please note: Twelve (12) of the units taken to complete a concentration (all of which are upper division) may not be used in fulfillment of other minors or concentrations.

Applied Ecology Concentration  

Watershed Systems Concentration  

Environmental Data Analysis Concentration  

Learning Outcomes

MLO 1: Quantitative and Communication Skills

ESTP graduates display and analyze data, use quantitative evidence to evaluate hypotheses and interpret environmental patterns and processes, and communicate their findings clearly in written and oral formats.

MLO 2: Professional Standards

ESTP graduates work professionally and ethically to promote inclusive environmental decision-making based on diverse stakeholder perspectives.

MLO 3: Environmental Science Knowledge

ESTP graduates demonstrate environmental science content knowledge appropriate for careers or graduate school.

MLO 4: Integration and Application

ESTP graduates synthesize and apply scientific knowledge and skills to inform environmental management decisions.

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