Environmental Science, Technology & Policy BS

The Environmental Science, Technology & Policy major is an applied environmental sciences major emphasizing:

  • Strong preparation for careers and graduate study in a wide range of fields including environmental resource assessment and management, environmental consulting, science education and marine science
  • 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 fieldtrips, 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 School of Natural Sciences 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.

Complete all of the following core courses with a grade of C- or above:

Complete all of the following core courses:

Complete two of the following science breadth courses:

Complete one of the following upper division service-learning courses or course combinations:

Complete one of the following capstone seminar courses:

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

Complete the following course:

Complete one of the following capstone project courses:

Complete one of the following applied ecology courses or course combinations, not previously taken:

To satisfy the requirements of the ESTP major, complete twelve units of Environmental Science Electives or complete a Minor from the list below.

Approved Minors

Environmental Science Electives

Students must complete 12 (twelve) units of Environmental Science Electives from the lists below, with at least 7 units from Group A and the remaining 5 units from either Group A or Group B. Elective courses may not double count with other major core or concentration requirements.

Group A

Group B

Watershed Systems Concentration

Complete the following course:

Complete the following capstone project course:

Complete one of the following watershed-related courses, not previously taken:

To satisfy the requirements of the ESTP major, complete twelve units of Environmental Science Electives or complete a Minor from the list below.

Approved Minors

Environmental Science Electives

Students must complete 12 (twelve) units of Environmental Science Electives from the lists below, with at least 7 units from Group A and the remaining 5 units from either Group A or Group B. Elective courses may not double count with other major core or concentration requirements.

Group A

Group B

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.