Environmental Sciences Associate in Science Degree


The Environmental Sciences Associate in Science Degree program emphasizes the development of skills in natural history and ecology. Specified coursework trains students to identify, describe, and analyze natural environments in terms of native species and ecological processes. The program’s many field-oriented lecture and laboratory courses investigate a variety of natural settings including chaparral, woodland, estuary, coastal ocean, island, desert, and mountain environments. Accompanying lecture courses provide the theoretical foundation to support comprehensive field studies. The Environmental Sciences Associate in Science Degree is designed to provide students with a breadth and depth of both conceptual and field-oriented knowledge. This degree requires a total of 22-26 units in the major in addition to other graduation requirements.

Required Courses (8 units):
ENVS 105 FEnvironmental Biology3
ENVS 105LFEnvironmental Biology Lab1
ESC 130 FIntroduction to Oceanography3
or ESC 130HF Honors Introduction to Oceanography
ESC 130LF Introduction to Oceanography Field Experience1
Restricted Lecture/Lab Electives (10-13 units):10-13
Physical Anthropology3
Honors Physical Anthropology
Physical Anthropology Lab1
Primate Behavior3
Organismal Biology5
Marine Biology3
General Ecology4
Genetics and Evolutionary Biology4
Earth Science Survey3
Earth Science Survey Lab1
Historical Geology4
Introduction to Climate Science3
Global Environmental Problems3
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (formerly GEOG 281AF)3
Open Water Scuba Diving3
Restricted Field-Oriented Electives (4-5 units):4-5
Desert Natural History1
Geology and Marine Biology of the Channel Islands2
Geology of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Area1
Geology of Mojave Desert Area1
Geology of Southern California Mountain Areas1
Geology of the Death Valley National Park Area1
Geology of the Joshua Tree National Park Area1
Introduction to the Natural History of Birds (formerly Birds of Southern California)1
Total Units22-26

Outcome 1: Employ ecological and evolutionary theory to analyze and interpret the structure and operations of a diversity of natural systems in order to design scientific studies, complete research reports, and/or inform decision makers and the public.

Outcome 2: Distinguish, classify, and assess species and ecological processes within a diversity of natural systems in order to increase personal and societal appreciation of the beauty, elegance, and value of the natural world.

Outcome 3: Assess the causes, and predict the consequences, of human population growth and industrialization, as they relate to human quality of life and global habitability, in order to inform decision makers and the public and/or design individual and collective remedies for positive change.