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Environmental Integrated Science Major

Environmental Science Major

The Environmental Science Major has three tracks:

  • Integrated Major
  • Chemistry Concentration
  • Physics Concentration

 

All Environmental Science majors require the following:

  1. The integrated major or a major in Environmental Chemistry or Environmental Physics
  2. A capstone experience that includes Environmental Management (EV 321); Senior Seminar (EV 490, pass/fail, 0 units); and either Environmental Synthesis (EV 421) or Senior Thesis (EV 499) or Senior Paper (EV 420). (2 units)

 

Updated Major Tracks

The requirements for fulfillment of the EV major tracks were updated in spring 2013, and we are currently transitioning to the updated track. The changes affected the Integrated Science major track most significantly, and both the updated and old integrated major requirements are listed below. The Chemistry and Physics tracks changed minimally. As noted below, students completing the old major requirements under the Chemistry or Physics track should follow the requirements as listed, plus take EV 221: Environmental Inquiry.

In 2014-2015:

First and second year students (classes of 2017 and 2018) will be governed by the updated (current) major requirements.

Juniors (class of 2016) will be governed by the updated (current) major requirements, unless they declared the old major during the 2013-14 academic year.

Seniors (graduating December 2014 or Spring 2015) are governed by the old major requirements.

Updated EV-Integrated Science Major Requirements

Total of 16 total units (14 required + 2 electives)

 Introductory EV base (2 units)

  • EV128 Introduction to Global Climate Change   
  • EV141 Sustainable Development   

     

 Natural Science Sequence (7 units)

  • EV155 Intro Earth Systems Science or GY140 Physical Geology    
  • MA126 Calculus I
  • EV228 Analysis of Environmental Data or MA117 Probability & Statistics or MA217 Probability and Statistical Modeling or BY220 Biostatistics and Environmental Design
  • EV211 Human Impacts on Biogeochemical Cycles
  • EV209 Ecology  
  • EV212 Energy
  • EV311 Water or EV431 Air       

                                   

 Social Science Sequence (3 units)

  • EV271 Environmental Policy
 
  • SO130 Environmental Sociology or EV277 Ecofeminism or SW301 Political Ecology of the Southwest
 
  • EV281 Environmental Ethics or EV221 Environmental Inquiry, or EV 273 Environmental History, or EV 255 Nature & Society 

Thematic Electives (2 units)

  • These electives must be chosen with your advisor, and at least one must be at the 300-400 level.
  • Possibilities include the following (for illustration only; other combinations are possible): After EV209 Ecology: EV 422 Biogeochemical & Ecosystem Ecology and BY308 Advanced Ecology; After EV155: GY250 Hydrology and GY320 Surface Processes and Geomorphology; After core courses: one methods course plus one advanced thematic course (to prepare for capstone)

Capstones (2 units, plus Senior Seminar)      

  • EV321 Environmental Management
 
  • EV421 Environmental Synthesis or EV 420 Senior Paper or EV499 Thesis


  • In addition, all students must take the year-long Senior Seminar (EV 490), which is graded pass/fail and carries 0 units of credit.

 

Old EV-Integrated Science Major Requirements

NOTE: These requirements apply only to students in the classes of 2014 and 2015, and to those 2016 graduates who elected the old major during the 2013-14 academic year.

 Total of 15 units
 

  • Introduction to Global Climate Change (EV 128)
  • Calculus I (MA 126)
  • Physical Geology (GY 140 or GY 130)
  • Sustainable Development or Microeconomics (EV 141 or EC 151)
  • Environmental Policy (EV 271 or PS 321)
  • Environmental Ethics (EV281/PH 246 or EV 275 Nature and Society or EV 273 Environmental History or FG 215 Ecofeminism or EV 130 Environmental Sociology)
  • Human Impacts on Biogeochemical Cycles (EV 211)
  • Analysis of Environmental Data (EV 228 or BY 220 or MA 117 or MA 217)
  • Energy: Environmental Thermodynamics and Energetics (EV 212)
  • Ecology and the Environment (EV 209)
  • Water: Hydrology, Aquatic Chemistry and Ecology (EV 311)
  • Air: Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry (EV 431). 

 

CAPSTONES (3 units plus Senior Seminar):

  • Environmental Inquiry (EV 221)
  • Environmental Management (EV 321)
  • Environmental Synthesis (EV 421) or Senior Thesis (EV 499) or Senior Paper (EV420)
  • Plus the year-long Senior Seminar (EV 490). EV 490 is graded pass/fail and is required but carries 0 units of credit.

 

Chemistry Concentration Requirements: 

Total of 15 units

A student interested in a major in environmental science with an emphasis in chemistry is required to take:

  • Sustainable Development or Microeconomics (EV 141 or EC 151)
  • Environmental Policy (EV 271 or PS 321)
  • General Chemistry I & II (CH 107 and 108)
  • Organic Chemistry I  (CH 250)
  • Analytical Chemistry or Bioanalytical Chemistry (CH 241 or CH 345)
  • Calculus I and II (MA 126 and 129)
  • Classical Physics I and II (PC 241 and 242)
  • Environmental Management (EV 321)
  • Environmental Synthesis (EV 421) or Senior Thesis (EV 499) or Senior Paper (EV 420)
  • Senior Seminar (EV 490, pass/fail, 0 units)

 

And any three of the following:

Organic Chemistry II  (CH 251); Environmental Chemistry (CH 210); Organic Chemistry III (CH 351); Instrumental Analysis (CH 342); Biochemistry I (CH 382), Biochemistry II (CH 383), Physical Chemistry I (CH 366); Physical Chemistry II (CH 367); Inorganic Chemistry (CH 475); Air: Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry (EV 431).

 

Students are encouraged to take the three advanced classes as a concerted sequence that can lead to graduate studies or careers in areas such as toxicology: CH 251, CH 382, CH 383 with CH 345, or atmospheric chemistry: CH 366, CH 367, and EV 431.  

 

Research in Environmental Chemistry and a field biology or geology course are also recommended.

 

* Note: Students under the old major track should follow these same requirements plus take Environmental Inquiry (EV221)

 

Physics Concentration Requirements:

Total of 14 units

 

A student interested in a major in environmental science with emphasis in physics is required to take:

 

  • Sustainable Development or Microeconomics (EV 141 or EC 151)
  • Environmental Policy (EV 271 or PS 321)
  • Calculus I, II, & III (MA 126, 129, and 203)
  • Introductory Classical Physics I & II (PC 241 and 242)
  • Modern Physics (PC 251)
  • Electronics (PC 261)
  • Techniques of Experimental Physics (PC 361)
  • Mechanics I (PC 341)
  • Air: Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry (EV 431)
  • Environmental Management (EV 321)
  • Environmental Synthesis (EV 421) or Senior Thesis (EV 499) or Senior Paper (EV 420)
  • Senior Seminar (EV 490, pass/fail, 0 units)

 

* Note: Students under the old major track should follow these same requirements plus take Environmental Inquiry (EV221)

 

A field biology or geology course is also recommended. A student interested in graduate school or an environmental science career in fields such as Atmospheric Physics, Meteorology, Geophysics, and Oceanography should take additional courses, such as differential equations, computer science, chemistry, and more physics.