Santa Clara University

Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences

Environmental Science Major

Environmental Science B.S. Degree

Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary major with foundational courses in chemistry and either biology, organic chemistry, or physics. Advanced courses  in applied ecology, water resources, climate, and renewable energy provide depth to this program. We encourage students in environmental science to study abroad, especially in research-oriented field programs, such as the School for Field Studies or the Organization for Tropical Studies.

Concentration in Applied Ecology

The Applied Ecology concentration focuses on the interaction of natural and anthropogenic forces in shaping the ecosystems on which we all depend. Courses demand a strong foundation in the biological sciences, and many include a lab component. This track is especially suited for the student who enjoys spending class time outside and doing hands-on work. Among the possible career paths for students following the Applied Ecology track are: Wildlife biologist, agroecologist, environmental consultant, conservation biologist, park interpretive specialist, natural resources steward, land trust manager, outdoor educator, and restoration ecologist.

Concentration in Water, Energy & Technology

The Water, Energy & Technology concentration allows students to explore in depth two fundamental areas in environmental science: water and energy. Students investigate the interactions between human society, ecosystems, and the hydrosphere, learning concepts of water availability, flow, and management. Students also examine energy production from fossil fuels and alternative energy sources. Students gain an understanding of the vast array of societal and environmental impacts of our water and energy demands, while exploring opportunities for the future. This track is especially suited for students who are curious about natural processes, technologies, and figuring out how things work. Graduates of this track will have a strong foundation to pursue careers in watershed management and in water districts; at science and research centers; at environmental and energy consulting firms; and in city, county, and state government offices.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS:

Students entering SCU as freshman in September 2013 or later, automatically fall under the 2013+ version of the degree requirements.  This version requires that at least one of the upper division environmental science courses has a lab component. Students who entered SCU before September 2013 follow the 2011-2012 version of the degree requirements.  Current transfer students also fall under this version.

Sample Schedule for the Environmental Science Major (w/Applied Ecology concentration*)



Fall
Winter
Spring
1st year
C&I 1
CTW 1
CHEM 11
ENVS 21 (NAT SCI)
C&I 2
CTW 2
CHEM 12
ENVS 22 (CIVIC ENG)
RTC 1
MATH 7 or 11 (MATH)
CHEM 13
ENVS 23
2nd year
BIOL 21
ENVS 50 (C&I 3)
ENVS 79
LANG 1
BIOL 22
ECON 1 (SOC SCI)
RTC 2
LANG 2**
BIOL 23
ENVS 116
ENVS 122
ARTS
3rd year
ENVS 110
RTC 3
STS
Elective
ELSJ
UD Social Science
DIVERSITY
Elective
UD Track
ETHICS
Elective
Elective
4th year
ENVS 198
UD Track
ADV WRITING
Elective
ENVS 101
UD Track
Elective
Elective
UD Track
ELSJ
Elective
Elective
*For Water, Energy, Technology concentration, students may sub CHEM 31 & 32 or PHYS 11, 12, 13 for BIOL 21, 22, 23.

**Environmental Science is a bachelor of science in the natural sciences and therefore requires the second level of language.

ENVS 21, 22, & 23 can be taken in any order.

ES MAJORS MUST ALSO COMPLETE FOUR COURSES IN A DECLARED PATHWAY

Envorinmental Science Major