Environmental Science, Technology & Policy B.S.

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 Science & Environmental Policy website.

Required Courses

In order to graduate, you will also need to complete your general education and university requirements.

Complete all of the following courses:

Complete one of the following courses:

Complete one of the following courses:

Complete one of the following courses:

Complete one of the following Concentrations:

Applied Ecology

Complete the following course:

Complete one of the following courses:

Complete four of the following course, not previously taken:

Watershed Systems

Complete all of the following courses:

Complete four of the following courses, not previously taken:

Natural Resources

Complete the following courses:

Complete four of the following courses, not previously taken:

Learning Outcomes

MLO 1: Quantitative Foundations

Students apply the fundamental mathematical and statistical constructs used to communicate quantitative information.

MLO 2: Science and Policy Foundations

Students apply the nomenclature, concepts and methodology of chemistry, biology, physics, earth science and economics to understand, describe and predict environmental science processes.

MLO 3: Environmental Science Communication

Students analyze and synthesize information from a multi-stakeholder perspective to develop alternative scenarios for environmental science problems, and communicate their recommendations in oral and written formats.

MLO 4: Geospatial Technology

Students demonstrate proficiency with current technologies for acquiring, analyzing and displaying spatial data relevant to real-world problems.

MLO 5: Quantitative Research Methods

Students use the scientific method and statistical analyses in the design, execution and interpretation of environmental science investigations.

MLO 6: Service Learning

Students combine disciplinary knowledge and community experiences in the context of social responsibility, justice, diversity and compassion.

MLO 7: Natural Science Competency

Students understand, use and accurately communicate advanced science concepts applied to environmental decision making.

MLO 8: Advanced Environmental Science, Technology & Policy

Students apply advanced knowledge and skills in Environmental Science, Technology & Policy.

Course Pathways

The freshman and transfer pathways are just examples of course sequencing to complete degree requirements, and are based on assumptions of which courses you have completed prior to attending CSUMB.

Your own unique situation and a number of other factors may mean your actual pathway is different. You'll want to work closely with an advisor and use the academic advisement report to take all that into account and develop a pathway that's customized for you.

Freshman Pathway

Fall Freshman

Units: 4
Requirements:
  • B4
  • Major
Units: 5
Requirements:
  • B1
  • B3
  • Major

* This FYS class is just an example. The FYS class you choose might meet a different GE area, so you would have to adjust your actual pathway accordingly.

Spring Freshman

Units: 5
Requirements:
  • Major
Course: Any approved course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • A1
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Course: Language 102
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • C3

Fall Sophomore

Units: 4
Requirements:
  • B2
  • B3
  • Major
Course: Any approved course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • C1
Course: Language 201
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Language Proficiency

Spring Sophomore

Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Course: Any approved course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • A2
  • A3
Units: 2
Requirements:
  • Major
Course: Any approved course
Units: 6
Requirements:
  • D1
  • D3

Fall Junior

Spring Junior

Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Course: Env Sci Elective #1
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Units: 3
Requirements:
  • Major

Fall Senior

Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Course: Env. Sci. Elective #2
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Units: 3
Requirements:
  • C2
  • Major
Units: 2
Requirements:
  • D4
  • Major

Spring Senior

Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Course: Env. Sci. Elective #3
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Course: Env. Sci. Elective #4
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major

Transfer Pathway

Fall Junior

Units: 2
Requirements:
  • Major
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • B2
  • B3
  • Major

Spring Junior

Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Course: Env. Sci. Elective #1
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Course: Env. Sci. Elective #2
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major

Fall Senior

Course: Env. Sci. Elective #3
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Course: Any approved course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • D2
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Concentration

Spring Senior

Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Units: 1
Requirements:
  • Major
Course: Env. Sci. Elective #4
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Course: Any approved course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • D2