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Program Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate critical thinking/problem solving.
  • Effectively communicate, work in teams, and develop leadership skills.
  • Integrate and apply technical knowledge.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in quantitative skills and information management.
  • Exhibit an understanding of ethics and sustainability principles.
  • Engage in lifelong learning.

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.

NR 140Careers in Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences1
NR 141Introduction to Forest Ecosystem Management3
NR 208Dendrology4
NR 215Land and Resource Measurements1
NR/LA 218Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)3
NR 260Forest Practices and Environmental Protection4
NR 306Natural Resource Ecology and Habitat Management4
NR 307Fire Ecology3
NR 315Measurements and Sampling in Forested Environments4
NR 320Watershed Processes and Management4
NR 326Natural Resources Economics and Valuation4
NR 335Conflict Management in Natural Resources4
NR 365Silviculture and Vegetation Management4
NR 402Forest Health4
NR 414Sustainable Forest Management4
NR 416Environmental Impact Analysis and Management4
NR 435Environmental Policy Analysis4
NR 465Ecosystem Management4
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
Concentration (29 - 33 units) or Approved Electives (18 units) in combination with Free Electives 1, 218-33
ASCI 329Principles of Range Management 33-4
or ASCI 370 Rangeland Improvements
or BIO 427 Wildlife Management
or PHYS 121 College Physics I
BIO 161Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology 43-4
or BRAE 345 Aerial Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
BOT 121General Botany (B2 & B4) 54
BRAE/NR 247Forest Surveying2-4
or BRAE 237 Introduction to Engineering Surveying
or BRAE 239 Engineering Surveying
CHEM 127General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science I (B3) 54
MATH 161Calculus for the Life Sciences I (B1) 5, 64
or MATH 221 Calculus for Business and Economics
SS 121Introductory Soil Science4
STAT 217Introduction to Statistical Concepts and Methods (B1) 54
or STAT 218 Applied Statistics for the Life Sciences
(See GE program requirements below.)56
Free Electives0-12
Total units180-187

Unless a concentration is declared, the default will be a combination of Approved Electives and Free Electives.


Students who do not declare a concentration are encouraged to use Approved Electives and Free Electives to earn a minor. See the below Approved Electives Guide for recommended minors.


Students in the Watershed Management and Hydrology concentration must take PHYS 121.


Students in the Wildlife Biology concentration must take BIO 161.


Required in Support; also satisfies GE.


Students in the Watershed Management and Hydrology concentration must take MATH 161.


Approved Electives Guide

Approved electives are courses that support the below career areas. Refer to number(s) next to each course to identify which courses align with each of the career areas. Consultation with an advisor is recommended prior to selecting approved electives; bear in mind your selections may impact pursuit of post-baccalaureate studies and/or goals.

  1. Climate Change Science
  2. Environmental Mitigation Strategies
  3. Environmental Policy and Management
  4. Environmental Soil Science
  5. Forest and Environmental Practices
  6. Geology
  7. Geospatial Technology
  8. Sustainable Agriculture
  9. Urban Forestry

Additionally, a student may earn one or more of the following minors through the appropriate selection of approved electives in combination with free electives (refer to advising materials for minor):

  • Anthropology and Geography
  • Biology
  • Geographic Information Systems for Agriculture
  • Geology
  • Indigenous Studies in Natural Resources and the Environment
  • Sustainable Environments
  • Water Science
Approved Electives
Select from the following:
Courses used to meet a degree requirement cannot double count as an elective.
Landscape Installation and Maintenance 5, 9
Plant Propagation 5, 9
Organic Enterprise 8
Environmental Horticulture 8, 9
Plant Materials I 5, 9
Plant Materials II 5, 9
Precision Farming 7, 8
California Fruit Growing 8
Introduction to Vegetable Science 8
Agricultural Entomology 8
Organic Crop Production 8
Weed Biology and Management 5, 8
Plant Pathology 8
Vertebrate Pest Management 5
Abiotic Plant Problems 9
Native Plants for California Landscapes 8, 9
Arboriculture 5, 9
Insect Pest Management 8
Biological Control for Pest Management 8
Cropping Systems 8
Internship in Agriculture 8
The Global Environment 8
Holistic Management 5, 8
Agricultural Economics 8
Agricultural Policy 8
Agricultural Personnel Management 8
Cultural Anthropology 1
World Prehistory
Human Geography
Biological Anthropology 1
Principles of Animal Science 8
Introduction to Beef Production 8
Systems of Small Ruminant Management 8
Advanced Beef Cattle System Management 8
Vertebrate Field Zoology 2
Wildlife Management 2
Plant Physiology 5
Introduction to Engineering Design Graphics 5, 7
Agricultural Machinery Safety 8
Agricultural Power and Machinery Management 8
CAD for Agricultural Engineering 5, 7
Engineering Surveying 7
Irrigation Water Management 5, 8
Aerial Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 7
Energy for a Sustainable Society 1
Advanced Surveying with GIS Applications 7
Design Principles in Civil Engineering 7
Computer Aided Drafting in Civil Engineering 7
General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science II 4
General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science III 4
Survey of Organic Chemistry 4
Introduction to Urban Planning 3, 5, 7, 9
Introduction to Environmental Planning 5, 7
Land Use Law 3, 5
Fundamentals of Computer Science for Scientists and Engineers I 7
Microeconomics 3
Environmental Economics 3
Sustainable Environments 8
Rocks and Minerals 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Physical Geography 1
Soil Erosion and Water Conservation 4, 8
Geomorphology 4, 6
Climate and Humanity 1
Field-Geology Methods 6
Geologic Mapping 6
Global and Regional Climatology 1
Applied Meteorology and Climatology 1
Survey of Indigenous Studies 9
Geography of Resource Utilization 1, 8
Global Geography 1
Applications in Remote Sensing 1, 7
Physical Geology 6
Geologic Excursions 6
Physical Geology Laboratory 6
Fundamentals of Seismology 6
Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology 6
Principles of Stratigraphy 6
Structural Geology 6
Applied Geophysics 6
News Reporting and Writing 5
Agricultural Communications 5
Calculus II 6
Calculus for the Life Sciences II
Microbiology 5
Microbial Ecology 5
Environmental Management 8
Wildland Fire Control 5, 9
Fire and Society 5
Technology of Wildland Fire Management 5
Social Dimensions of Sustainable Food and Fiber Systems 8
Internship in Forest and Natural Resources 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Internship in Environmental Earth and Soil Sciences
Wildland Fire Management 5, 8, 9
Urban Forestry 5, 9
Ethnicity and the Land 5
Special Problems for Advanced Undergraduates 5, 9
Environmental Law 2, 3, 5, 8, 9
Indigenous Peoples and International Law and Policy 9
Water Resource Law and Policy 2, 3, 5, 8
Applied GIS 1, 5, 7, 9
Watershed Assessment and Protection 5
Wetlands 2, 4, 5
Wood Properties, Products and Sustainable Uses 5, 9
Wildland-Urban Fire Protection 5, 9
Sustainable Forest and Environmental Practices 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Environmental Ethics 3
College Physics II 6
General Physics II
American and California Government 3
Judicial Process 3
American Constitutional Law 3
Civil Rights in America 3
Civil Liberties 3
Introduction to Parks and Outdoor Recreation 3
Environmental and Wilderness Education 3
Leadership in Outdoor Experiences 3
Soil Health and Plant Nutrition 4, 5, 8
Soil Morphology 3, 4, 5, 7
Soil Plant Relationships 4, 8
Soil Ecology 4
Environmental Soil and Water Chemistry 4
Digital Soil Mapping 3, 4, 5, 7, 9
Environmental Soil Physics 4
Forest and Range Soils 4, 5, 7, 9
Vadose Zone and Groundwater Processes 4
Soil Judging 4
World Food Systems 8
Appropriate Technology for the World's People: Development 8
Basic Viticulture 8
Advanced Viticulture - Fall 8
Advanced Viticulture - Winter 8
Advanced Viticulture - Spring 8
Winegrape Vineyard Management 8
Any upper division AEPS, AG, ANT, BIO, BOT, BRAE, CHEM, COMS, CRP, EDES, ERSC, GEOG, JOUR, LA, MCRO, NR, SS or UNIV courses

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 16 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 Support) 10
B2Life Science (4 units in Support) 10
B3Physical Science (4 units in Support) 10
B4One lab taken with either a B2 or B3 course
Area CArts and Humanities
C3Fine/Performing Arts4
C4Upper-division elective (no NR course, except ES/NR 360)4
Area C elective(Choose one course from C1-C5)4
Area D/ESociety and the Individual
D1The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement) (40404)4
D2Political Economy4
D3Comparative Social Institutions4
D4Self Development (CSU Area E)4
D5Upper-division elective (no NR course, except ES/NR 308)4
Area FTechnology
F Upper-division elective4
Total units56

Required in Support; also satisfies GE.