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  • BS Environmental Earth and Soil Sciences 1

    BS ENVIRONMENTAL EARTHAND SOIL SCIENCESProgram Learning Objectives1. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills.2. Effectively communicate scientific and technical knowledge in a

    professional manner.3. Demonstrate the ability to integrate and apply technical knowledge in

    the following key areas:a. Geology & Climate rock materials and processes of the

    lithosphere, plate tectonics; deformational histories, and pastclimates;

    b. Soils & Water morphology, ecology, chemistry, physics, andhealth;

    c. Geography & Geospatial Technology human cultural impacts,resource utilization trends and spatial patterns, geographicinformation systems and modeling;

    d. Resource Management effects of land management activitieson, and restoration and rehabilitation of, soil and water resources.

    4. Demonstrate proficiency in quantitative skills and informationmanagement specific to their discipline areas.

    5. Exhibit an understanding of their professional and ethicalresponsibilities, including respect for diversity.

    6. Promote life-long learning habits by exposing students to thediscovery process of applied research and demonstration projectsconducted by the faculty.

    Degree Requirements and CurriculumIn addition to the program requirements listed on this page, studentsmust also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in theMinimum Requirements for Graduation ( section ofthis 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 ascredit/no credit.

    MAJOR COURSESERSC/NR 140 Careers in Natural Resources

    Management and EnvironmentalSciences


    ERSC144 Introduction to Earth Science 4ERSC223 Rocks and Minerals 4ERSC303 Soil Erosion and Water Conservation 4ERSC/GEOG 333 Human Impact on the Earth 4ERSC363 Undergraduate Seminar 2SS121 Introductory Soil Science 4SS221 Soil Health and Plant Nutrition 4SS321 Soil Morphology 4SS422 Soil Ecology 4

    SS432 Environmental Soil Physics 5SS423 Environmental Soil and Water


    Select one of the following courses to fulfill the seniorproject requirement:


    ERSC/NR 476 Senior Project - Advanced InternshipExperience in EnvironmentalScience/Management

    ERSC/NR 477 Senior Project - Research Experiencein Environmental Science

    ERSC/NR 478 Senior Project - Current Topics inEnvironmental Science/Management

    ERSC/NR 479 Senior Project - Independent StudyBOT121 General Botany (B2 & B4) 1 4CHEM127 General Chemistry for Agriculture and

    Life Science I (B3 & B4) 14

    CHEM128 General Chemistry for Agriculture andLife Science II


    CHEM129 General Chemistry for Agriculture andLife Science III


    CHEM312 Survey of Organic Chemistry 5GEOG150 Human Geography (D3) 1 4GEOG301 Geography of Resource Utilization

    (D5) 14

    orGEOG308 Global GeographyGEOL201 Physical Geology 3GEOL241 Physical Geology Laboratory 1GEOL415 Structural Geology 4MATH161 Calculus for the Life Sciences I (B1)


    orMATH141 Calculus INR/LA 218 Introduction to Geographic

    Information Systems (GIS)3-4

    orGEOG318 Applications in GISPHYS121 College Physics I 3 4

    orPHYS141 General Physics IASTAT218 Applied Statistics for the Life

    Sciences (B1) 14

    Concentration (32 units) or Approved Electives (20 units) incombination with Free Electives 4, 5


    GENERAL EDUCATION (GE)(See GE program requirements below.) 48FREE ELECTIVESFree Electives 0-12

    Total units 180-181

    1 Required in Major; also satisfies GE.2 Students in the Geology concentration need to take MATH141

    to meet prerequisites for courses in the concentration. Studentsinterested in the Soil Geotechnical Studies career electives area needto take MATH141 to meet prerequisites for courses in that area.

    3 Students in the Geology concentration need to take PHYS141to meet prerequisites for courses in the concentration. Studentsinterested in the Soil Geotechnical Studies career electives area needto take PHYS141 to meet prerequisites for courses in that area.

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    4 Unless a concentration is declared, the default will be a combinationof Approved Electives and Free Electives.

    5 Students who do not declare a concentration are encouraged to useApproved Electives and Free Electives to earn a minor. See the belowApproved Electives Guide for recommended minors.

    Concentrations Geology (


    Hydrology (

    Approved Electives GuideApproved electives are courses that support the below career areas.Refer to number(s) next to each course to identify which coursesalign with each of the career areas. Consultation with an advisor isrecommended prior to selecting approved electives; bear in mind yourselections may impact pursuit of post-baccalaureate studies and/orgoals.

    1. Climate Change Science2. Environmental Mitigation Strategies3. Environmental Policy and Management4. Environmental Soil Science5. Forest and Environmental Practices6. Geospatial Technology7. Soil Geotechnical Studies8. Sustainable Agriculture9. Urban Forestry

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

    Anthropology and Geography Biology Geographic Information Systems for Agriculture Indigenous Studies in Natural Resources and the Environment Sustainable Environments Water Science

    Approved ElectivesSelect from the following:

    At least 8 units must be upper division (300-400 level)No more than 6 units of ERSC339, SS339, or NR339may count towards the degree.Courses used to meet a degree requirement cannotdouble count as an elective.AEPS123 Landscape Installation and

    Maintenance 5, 9

    AEPS124 Plant Propagation 5, 9

    AEPS233 Plant Materials I 5, 9

    AEPS234 Plant Materials II 5, 9

    AEPS203 Organic Enterprise 8

    AEPS230 Environmental Horticulture 8, 9

    AEPS244 Precision Farming 6, 8

    AEPS250 California Fruit Growing 8

    AEPS260 Introduction to Vegetable Science 8

    AEPS313 Agricultural Entomology 8

    AEPS/AG 315 Organic Crop Production 8

    AEPS321 Weed Biology and Management 5, 8

    AEPS323 Plant Pathology 8

    AEPS327 Vertebrate Pest Management 5

    AEPS350 Abiotic Plant Problems 9

    AEPS381 Native Plants for CaliforniaLandscapes 8, 9

    AEPS425 Arboriculture 5, 9

    AEPS431 Insect Pest Management 8

    AEPS441 Biological Control for PestManagement 8

    AEPS445 Cropping Systems 8

    AG339 Internship in Agriculture 8


    The Global Environment 1, 8

    AG360 Holistic Management 5, 8

    AGB212 Agricultural Economics 8

    AGB312 Agricultural Policy 8

    AGB369 Agricultural Personnel Management 8

    ANT201 Cultural Anthropology 1

    orANT202 World PrehistoryANT250 Biological Anthropology 1

    ARCE211 Structures I 7

    orCE204 Mechanics of Materials IARCE212 Structures II 7

    orME211 Engineering StaticsARCE223 Mechanics of Structural Members 7

    orCE207 Mechanics of Materials IIARCE422 Foundation Design 7

    ASCI112 Principles of Animal Science 8

    ASCI221 Introduction to Beef Production 8

    ASCI223 Systems of Small RuminantManagement 8

    ASCI311 Advanced Beef Cattle SystemManagement 8

    BIO329 Vertebrate Field Zoology 2

    BIO427 Wildlife Management 2

    BIO435 Plant Physiology 5

    BOT326 Plant Ecology 2

    BRAE133 Introduction to Engineering DesignGraphics 5, 6

    BRAE141 Agricultural Machinery Safety 8

    BRAE142 Agricultural Power and MachineryManagement 8

    BRAE151 CAD for Agricultural Engineering 5, 6

    BRAE237 Introduction to Engineering Surveying5

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    BRAE239 Engineering Surveying 5, 6

    BRAE/NR 247 Forest Surveying 5

    BRAE340 Irrigation Water Management 5, 8

    BRAE345 Aerial Photogrammetry and RemoteSensing 6

    BRAE348 Energy for a Sustainable Society 1

    BRAE447 Advanced Surveying with GISApplications 6

    CE112 Design Principles in Civil Engineering6

    CE113 Computer Aided Drafting in CivilEngineering 6

    CE204 Mechanics of Materials I 7


    Geotechnical Engineeringand Geotechnical EngineeringLaboratory 7

    orARCE421 Soil MechanicsCHEM313 Survey of Biochemistry and

    Biotechnology 4

    CHEM331 Quantitative Analysis 4

    CHEM341 Environmental Chemistry: WaterPollution 4

    CRP212 Introduction to Urban Planning 3, 5, 6, 9

    CRP336 Introduction to EnvironmentalPlanning 5, 6

    CRP/NR 404 Environmental Law 1

    CRP/NR 408 Water Resource Law and Policy 2, 3, 5,8

    CRP420 Land Use Law 3, 5

    CSC/CPE 101 Fundamentals of Computer Science 6

    CSC235 Fundamentals of Computer Sciencefor Scientists and Engineers I 6

    ECON221 Microeconomics 3

    EDES406 Sustainable Environments 8

    ENVE264 Environmental Fluid Mechanics 7

    ENVE324 Introduction to Air Pollution 1

    ERSC/GEOG 250 Physical Geography 1

    ERSC323 Geomorphology 4, 6

    ERSC/GEOG 325 Climate and Humanity 1

    ERSC/SS 339 Internship in Environmental Earth andSoil Sciences 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

    orNR339 Internship in Forest and Natural ResourcesERSC/GEOG 414 Global and Regional Climatology 1

    ERSC/GEOG 415 Applied Meteorology and Climatology1

    ES241 Survey of Indigenous Studies 9

    GEOG308 Global Geography 1

    GEOG328 Applications in Remote Sensing 1, 6

    GEOG440 Advanced-Applications in GIS 1

    GEOL203 Fossils and the History of Life 1

    GEOL205 Earthquakes 7

    GEOL305 Fundamentals of Seismology 7

    GEOL420 Applied Geophysics 7

    JOUR203 News Reporting and Writing 5

    JOUR205 Agricultural Communications 5

    MATH142 Calculus II 4

    orMATH162 Calculus for the Life Sciences IIMATH143 Calculus III 7

    MATH241 Calculus IV 7

    MCRO221 Microbiology 5

    MCRO436 Microbial Ecology 5

    ME320 Consumer Energy Guide 1

    NR141 Introduction to Forest EcosystemManagement 5, 9

    NR142 Environmental Management 8, 9

    NR204 Wildland Fire Control 5, 9

    NR208 Dendrology 5, 9

    NR215 Land and Resource Measurements 5

    NR260 Forest Practices and EnvironmentalProtection 5

    NR306 Natural Resource Ecology andHabitat Management 2, 5, 6, 9

    NR/ES 308 Fire and Society 5

    NR312 Technology of Wildland FireManagement 5

    NR315 Measurements and Sampling inForested Environments 5

    NR320 Watershed Processes andManagement 5

    NR324 Social Dimensions of SustainableFood and Fiber Systems 8

    NR326 Natural Resources Economics andValuation 1, 3, 5

    NR340 Wildland Fire Management 5, 9

    NR350 Urban Forestry 5, 9

    NR/ES 360 Ethnicity and the Land 5

    NR365 Silviculture and VegetationManagement 5

    NR400 Special Problems for AdvancedUndergraduates 9

    NR/ES 406 Indigenous Peoples and InternationalLaw and Policy 9

    NR418 Applied GIS 1, 6, 9

    NR420 Watershed Assessment andProtection 5

    NR434 Wood Properties, Products andSustainable Uses 5, 9

    NR435 Environmental Policy Analysis 1, 3

    NR455 Wildland-Urban Fire Protection 5, 9

    NR475 Sustainable Forest andEnvironmental Practices 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,8, 9

    PHIL340 Environmental Ethics 1, 3

    PHYS122 College Physics II 4

    orPHYS132 General Physics IIPHYS133 General Physics III 7

    PHYS410 Physics of Solid Earth 7

    POLS112 American and California Government3

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    POLS245 Judicial Process 3

    POLS341 American Constitutional Law 3

    POLS343 Civil Rights in America 3

    POLS344 Civil Liberties 3

    PSC320 Energy, Society and the Environment1

    RPTA112 Introduction to Parks and OutdoorRecreation 3

    RPTA302 Environmental and WildernessEducation 3

    RPTA325 Leadership in Outdoor Experiences 3

    SS/ERSC 200 Special Problems for Undergraduates(2) 4

    SS/ERSC 270 Selected Topics (2) 4

    SS322 Soil Plant Relationships 4, 8

    SS431 Digital Soil Mapping 3, 4, 5, 6, 9

    SS/ERSC 400 Special Problems for AdvancedUndergraduates 4

    SS/NR/BIO 421 Wetlands 2, 4, 5

    SS431 Digital Soil Mapping 3, 4, 5, 6, 9

    SS440 Forest and Range Soils 4, 5, 9

    SS442 Vadose Zone and GroundwaterProcesses 4

    SS444 Soil Judging 4

    SS/ERSC 470 Selected Advanced Topics 4

    SS/ERSC 471 Selected Advanced Laboratory 4

    SS508 Environmental Assessment forErosion Control 4

    SS522 Advanced Soil Fertility 4

    SS582 GIS in Advanced Land Management 4

    STAT313 Applied Experimental Design andRegression Models 6

    STAT331 Statistical Computing with R 6

    UNIV/POLS 333 World Food Systems 8

    UNIV391 Appropriate Technology for theWorld's People: Development 8

    WVIT233 Basic Viticulture 8

    WVIT331 Advanced Viticulture - Fall 8

    WVIT332 Advanced Viticulture - Winter 8

    WVIT333 Advanced Viticulture - Spring 8

    WVIT428 Winegrape Vineyard Management 8

    Any upper division AEPS, AG, ANT, BIO, BOT, BRAE,CHEM, COMS, EDES, GEOG, JOUR, MCRO, or UNIVcourses

    General Education (GE) Requirements 72 units required, 24 of which are specified in Major and/or Support. See the complete GE course listing (

    generalrequirementsbachelorsdegree/#generaleducationtext). Minimum of 12 units required at the 300 level.

    Area A CommunicationA1 Expository Writing 4A2 Oral Communication 4

    A3 Reasoning, Argumentation andWriting


    Area B Science and MathematicsB1 Mathematics/Statistics (8 units in

    Major) 10

    B2 Life Science (4 units in Major) 1 0B3 Physical Science (4 units in Major) 1 0B4 One lab taken with either a B2 or B3

    courseArea C Arts and HumanitiesC1 Literature 4C2 Philosophy 4C3 Fine/Performing Arts 4C4 Upper-division elective 4Area C elective (Choose one course from C1-C5) 4Area D/E Society and the IndividualD1 The American Experience (Title 5,

    Section 40404 requirement)4

    D2 Political Economy 4D3 Comparative Social Institutions (4

    units in Major) 10

    D4 Self Development (CSU Area E) 4D5 Upper-division elective (4 units in

    Major) 10

    Area F TechnologyF Upper-division elective (BRAE340


    Total units 48

    1 Required in Major; also satisfies GE.


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