BS Environmental Earth and Soil Sciences

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Program Learning Objectives

  1. Demonstrate problem solving skills using traditional and nontraditional thinking,
  2. Demonstrate a "can-do" attitude through sense of personal responsibility, dedication and loyalty to the profession,
  3. Demonstrate the ability to integrate and apply technical knowledge,
  4. Demonstrate understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities, including respect for diversity, and
  5. Effectively communicate orally and in writing, as professionals in individual and team-based working environments.

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, student must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:

  • 60 units of upper division courses
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • 2.0 GPA
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)

Note: No major, support or concentration courses may be selected as credit/no credit.

MAJOR COURSES
SS 121Introductory Soil Science4
ERSC/NR 140Careers in Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences1
ERSC 144Introduction to Earth Science4
ERSC 202Soil Erosion and Water Conservation4
SS 221Fertilizers and Plant Nutrition4
ERSC 223Rocks and Minerals4
SS 321Soil Morphology4
ERSC/GEOG 333Human Impact on the Earth4
ERSC 363Undergraduate Seminar2
SS 422Soil Ecology4
SS 432Environmental Soil Physics5
SS 423Environmental Soil and Water Chemistry5
Select one of the following courses to fulfill the senior project requirement:3
Senior Project - Advanced Internship Experience in Environmental Science/Management
Senior Project - Research Experience in Environmental Science
Senior Project - Current Topics in Environmental Science/Management
Senior Project - Independent Study
BOT 121General Botany (B2 & B4) 14
CHEM 127General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science I (B3 & B4) 14
CHEM 128General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science II4
CHEM 129General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science III4
CHEM 312Survey of Organic Chemistry5
GEOG 150Introduction to Cultural Geography (D3) 14
GEOG 301Geography of Resource Utilization (D5) 14
GEOL 201Physical Geology3
GEOL 241Physical Geology Laboratory1
GEOL 415Structural Geology4
MATH 161Calculus for the Life Sciences I (B1) 1,24
or MATH 141 Calculus I
NR/LA 218Applications in GIS3-4
or GEOG 318 Applications in GIS
PHYS 121College Physics I 34
or PHYS 141 General Physics IA
STAT 218Applied Statistics for the Life Sciences (B1) 14
Concentration, Minor, or Approved Electives (see below)32
GENERAL EDUCATION (GE)
(See GE program requirements below.)48
FREE ELECTIVES
Free Electives0
Total units180-181
1

Required in Major; also satisfies GE.

2

Students in the Geology concentration need to take MATH 141 to meet prerequisites for courses in the concentration.   Students interested in the Geotechnical Studies career electives area need to take MATH 141 to meet prerequisites for courses in that area.

3

Students in the Geology concentration need to take PHYS 141 to meet prerequisites for courses in the concentration.   Students interested in the Geotechnical Studies career electives area need to take PHYS 141 to meet prerequisites for courses in that area.

 Concentrations

Minor

With signature of advisor, any course used in a declared academic minor, not used to meet major requirements in the BS Environmental Earth and Soil Sciences program.  Additional units of Approved Electives (see below) may be needed to meet the minimum requirement of 32 units. Note if a course is taken to meet a requirement in the minor, the same course cannot be double-counted as an approved elective.

Approved Electives Guide

Approved electives have been categorized by career area to guide students in their selections. At least 12 units must be taken at the 300-400 level. Advisor approval of electives or any specific Career Elective Area (CEA) is not required, but consultation with an advisor is recommended because selection may impact pursuit of post-baccalaureate studies and/or goals.

Courses used to meet a degree requirement cannot double count as an elective.

Approved Career Elective Areas
Select Career Elective Area (CEA) of choice; at least 12 units must be at the 300-400 level:32
Climate Change Science
Courses in this CEA may count towards the Anthropology and Geography Minor. Refer to advising materials for the minor.
The Global Environment
Cultural Anthropology
World Prehistory
Biological Anthropology
Energy for a Sustainable Society
Environmental Law
Physical Geography
Climate and Humanity
Internship in Environmental Earth and Soil Sciences 1
Internship in Forest and Natural Resources
Global and Regional Climatology
Applied Meteorology and Climatology
Introduction to Air Pollution
Global Geography
Applications in Remote Sensing
Advanced-Applications in GIS
Fossils and the History of Life
Consumer Energy Guide
Natural Resources Economics and Valuation
Applied GIS
Natural Resource Policy Analysis
Sustainable Forest and Environmental Practices
Environmental Ethics
Introduction to Meteorology
Energy, Society and the Environment
Environmental Mitigation Strategies
Courses in this CEA may count towards the City and Regional Planning, Land Rehabilitation and Restoration Ecology, Environmental Studies, or Sustainable Environments minor. For further information, refer to advising materials for the minors.
Wildlife Management
Plant Ecology
Environmental Quality Control
Internship in Environmental Earth and Soil Sciences 1
Internship in Forest and Natural Resources
Natural Resource Ecology and Habitat Management
Environmental Law
Water Resource Law and Policy
Sustainable Forest and Environmental Practices
Wetlands
Vertebrate Field Zoology
Any upper division BIO, BOT, CHEM, COMS, JOUR, MCRO, or ZOO course
Environmental Policy and Management
Introduction to Urban Planning
Land Use Law
Microeconomics
Environmental Economics
Environmental Quality Control
Internship in Environmental Earth and Soil Sciences 1
Internship in Forest and Natural Resources
Natural Resources Economics and Valuation
Environmental Law
Water Resource Law and Policy
Natural Resource Policy Analysis
Sustainable Forest and Environmental Practices
Environmental Ethics
American and California Government
Judicial Process
American Constitutional Law
Civil Rights in America
Civil Liberties
Soil Resource Inventory
Environmental Soil Science
Survey of Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Quantitative Analysis
Environmental Chemistry: Water Pollution
Geomorphology
Internship in Environmental Earth and Soil Sciences 1
Internship in Forest and Natural Resources
Calculus for the Life Sciences II
Calculus II
Sustainable Forest and Environmental Practices
College Physics II
General Physics II
Special Problems for Undergraduates (2)
Selected Topics (2)
Soil Plant Relationships
Special Problems for Advanced Undergraduates
Soil, Compost, and Water Testing Enterprise
Wetlands
Soil Resource Inventory
Forest and Range Soils
Soil Vadose Zone and Groundwater Processes
Soil Judging
Tropical Soils
Selected Advanced Topics
Selected Advanced Laboratory
Environmental Assessment for Erosion Control
Advanced Soil Fertility
GIS in Advanced Land Management
Forest and Environmental Practices
Weed Biology and Management
Vertebrate Pest Management
Restoration Horticulture
Arboriculture
Holistic Management
Land Economics
Plant Physiology
Introduction to Engineering Design Graphics
CAD for Agricultural Engineering
Introduction to Engineering Surveying
Engineering Surveying
Forest Surveying
Irrigation Water Management
Introduction to Urban Planning
Introduction to Environmental Planning
Land Use Law
Internship in Environmental Earth and Soil Sciences 1
Internship in Forest and Natural Resources
News Reporting and Writing
Agricultural Communications
Environmental Microbiology
Introduction to Forest Ecosystem Management
Wildland Fire Control
Dendrology
Land and Resource Measurements
Forest Practices and Environmental Protection
Natural Resource Ecology and Habitat Management
Fire and Society
Technology of Wildland Fire Management
Measurements and Sampling in Forested Environments
Watershed Management and Restoration
Natural Resources Economics and Valuation
Wildland Fire Management
Urban Forestry
Ethnicity and the Land
Silviculture and Vegetation Management
Environmental Law
Water Resource Law and Policy
Advanced Watershed Hydrology
Wood Properties, Products and Sustainable Uses
Community Forestry
Wildland-Urban Fire Protection
Sustainable Forest and Environmental Practices
Wetlands
Soil Resource Inventory
Forest and Range Soils
Any upper division BIO, BOT, CHEM, COMS, JOUR, MCRO, or ZOO course
Geospatial Technology
Courses in this CEA may count towards the Geographic Information Systems minor. For further information, refer to advising materials for the minor.
Precision Farming
Introduction to Engineering Design Graphics
CAD for Agricultural Engineering
Engineering Surveying
Aerial Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
Advanced Surveying with GIS Applications
Design Principles in Civil Engineering
Computer Aided Drafting in Civil Engineering
Introduction to Environmental Planning
Fundamentals of Computer Science I
Fundamentals of Computer Science for Scientists and Engineers I
Geomorphology
Internship in Environmental Earth and Soil Sciences 1
Internship in Forest and Natural Resources
Applications in Remote Sensing
Natural Resource Ecology and Habitat Management
Applied GIS
Sustainable Forest and Environmental Practices
Soil Resource Inventory
Applied Experimental Design and Regression Models
Statistical Computing with R
Soil Geotechnical Studies
Structures I
Mechanics of Materials I
Structures II
Engineering Statics
Mechanics of Structural Members
Mechanics of Materials II
Foundation Design
Mechanics of Materials I
Geotechnical Engineering
and Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory
Soil Mechanics
Environmental Fluid Mechanics
Internship in Environmental Earth and Soil Sciences 1
Internship in Forest and Natural Resources
Earthquakes
Fundamentals of Seismology
Applied Geophysics
Calculus II
Calculus III
Calculus IV
Sustainable Forest and Environmental Practices
General Physics II
General Physics III
Physics of Solid Earth
Sustainable Agriculture
Courses in this CEA may count towards the Sustainable Agriculture minor. For further information, refer to advising materials for the minor.
Organic Enterprise
Environmental Horticulture
Precision Farming
California Fruit Growing
Introduction to Vegetable Science
Agricultural Entomology
Organic Agriculture
Weed Biology and Management
Plant Pathology
Native Plants for California Landscapes
Insect Pest Management
Biological Control for Pest Management
Cropping Systems
Internship in Agriculture
The Global Environment
Holistic Management
Agricultural Economics
Agricultural Policy
Agricultural Personnel Management
Introduction to Beef Production
Systems of Small Ruminant Management
Advanced Beef Cattle System Management
Agricultural Machinery Safety
Agricultural Power and Machinery Management
Irrigation Water Management
Sustainable Environments
Internship in Environmental Earth and Soil Sciences 1
Internship in Forest and Natural Resources
Environmental Management
Social Dimensions of Sustainable Food and Fiber Systems
Environmental Law
Water Resource Law and Policy
Sustainable Forest and Environmental Practices
Soil Plant Relationships
World Food Systems
Appropriate Technology for the World's People: Development
Basic Viticulture
Advanced Viticulture - Fall
Advanced Viticulture - Winter
Advanced Viticulture - Spring
Urban Forestry
Environmental Horticulture
Abiotic Plant Problems
Native Plants for California Landscapes
Arboriculture
Introduction to Urban Planning
Internship in Environmental Earth and Soil Sciences 1
Internship in Forest and Natural Resources
Wildland Fire Control
Environmental Measurements and Interpretation
Wildland Fire Management
Urban Forestry
Special Problems for Advanced Undergraduates
Environmental Law
Indigenous Peoples and International Law and Policy
Applied GIS
Wood Properties, Products and Sustainable Uses
Community Forestry
Wildland-Urban Fire Protection
Sustainable Forest and Environmental Practices
Soil Resource Inventory
Land Use Planning
Forest and Range Soils
Total units32
1

No more than 6 units of ERSC 339, SS 339, and NR 339 may count towards the degree.

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 24 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • Minimum of 12 units required at the 300 level.
Area ACommunication
A1Expository Writing4
A2Oral Communication4
A3Reasoning, Argumentation and Writing4
Area BScience and Mathematics
B1Mathematics/Statistics (8 units in Major) 10
B2Life Science (4 units in Major) 10
B3Physical Science (4 units in Major) 10
B4One lab taken with either a B2 or B3 course
Area CArts and Humanities
C1Literature4
C2Philosophy4
C3Fine/Performing Arts4
C4Upper-division elective4
Area C elective(Choose one course from C1-C5)4
Area D/ESociety and the Individual
D1The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement)4
D2Political Economy4
D3Comparative Social Institutions (4 units in Major) 10
D4Self Development (CSU Area E)4
D5Upper-division elective (4 units in Major) 10
Area FTechnology
F Upper-division elective (BRAE 340 recommended)4
Total units48
1

Required in Major; also satisfies GE.