Environmental Sciences, B.S.



Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements

Environmental Sciences Major

1. Major Requirements (84- 87 units)
Core Requirements (42-44 units)
Lower-Division Requirements: EES 1, 4 (see note 1), 12, 31
Upper-Division Requirements: EES 104W, 108, 109, 117, 124, 186; two of the following: EES 102, 105, 110, 114, 118, 122, 125, 187; and either 199, 199S, or 191

Additional Requirements (35-36 units)
BIOL 1A, 1B, 1BL; CHEM 1A, 1AL, 1B, 1BL; PHYS 2A or PHYS 4A, 4AL; and MATH 75
Choose one of the following: MATH 76, 101; PSYCH 42 (see note 2), EES 177 or 178
Choose one of the following: PLSI 71; ECON 25, 40, or 50
Choose one of the following: AGBS 155, ECON 167, GEOG 173, SSCI 110

Controlled Electives (7 units)
Choose two of the following: BIOL 101, 110, 120, 170, 171, 172, 173, 176; CHEM 8, 105, 128A (see note 3)

2. General Education requirements (49 units)*

3. Other requirements (6 units)*
Upper-division writing** and Multicultural and International (MI)

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)

5. Total units (120)*

* G.E. and MI courses can be double-counted with major requirements. See advisor for details.

** EES 104W meets the Upper-Division Writing requirement.

Advising Notes:

  1. G.E. Foundation B4 is a prerequisite except for declared college of science and math major students.
  2. PSYCH 42 is a prerequisite for BIOL 101.
  3. BIOL 101 is a prerequisite for BIOL 170-172.
  4. Elective units may be used toward a double major or minor (see double major or departmental minor). Consult the appropriate department chair, program coordinator, or faculty advisor for further information.
  5. Students planning to pursue graduate study are strongly encouraged to take MATH 76 or EES 177.


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B.S. in Environmental Sciences

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Earth and Environmental Sciences are interdisciplinary, integrating principles of physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics, as well as quantitative and critical thinking skills, to address geological and environmental issues related to the solid earth, the oceans, and the atmosphere. To this end, the Department's programs and courses are designed to encompass a broad spectrum of basic scientific disciplines.

Coursework and research emphasize field and laboratory investigations of geologic and environmental problems. Our field orientation takes advantage of the university's proximity to the Sierra Nevadas, the California Coast Ranges, coastal California, and the desert provinces. This unique location gives faculty and students access to an unparalleled outdoor laboratory, all within short trips from the university.

The department's close relationship with state agencies and the private sector enables many students to pursue internships or part-time employment in geologic and environmental work while they complete their degrees.

What You Can Earn

Geologist I
$41,296 (in this region)

Petroleum Geologist II
$94,099 (in this region)

Environmental Manager
$101,507 (in this region)

Source: HR Reported data from salary.com as of December 2012

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Natural Disasters and Earth Resources
  • Mineralogy
  • Structural Geology
  • Stream Habitat Restoration

What You Can Learn

  • Invertebrate structures and developmnt of prehistoric animals
  • The structure of the atmosphere and humanity's impact upon it
  • The physical, chemical, and biological properties of soil and water in relation to environmental sustainability
  • Topics in earthquakes, volcanoes, rock and mineral formation, oceanography, astronomy, and meteorology

About the College

The College of Science and Mathematics provides professional training at the undergraduate and graduate levels to serve as a foundation for a career in science or mathematics, to provide preprofessional training in preparation for careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine and other professions or for continued study at the graduate level.

College Contact Info

The office of the Dean is located in Science II, Room 301.
Telephone: (559) 278-3936

Department Contact Information

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences 
2576 East San Ramon Ave. M/S ST24 
Fresno, CA 93740, USA

Department Location: Science II, 114

Phone: 559-278-3086 | Fax : 559-278-5980