Environmental Sciences, B.S.


Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements
Environmental Sciences Major

1. Major Requirements (43-44 units)
Lower-Division Requirements: EES 1, EES 4 (see note 1), EES 12, EES 31
Upper-Division Requirements: EES 102, EES 104W, EES 108, EES 109, EES 124, EES 186; two of the following: EES 105, EES 110, EES 114, EES 117, EES 118, EES 122, EES 125, EES 187; and either EES 199, EES 199I, EES 199S, or EES 191

Additional Requirements (35-36 units)
Choose one of the following: MATH 76, MATH 101, PSYCH 42 (see note 2), EES 177 or EES 178
Choose one of the following: PLSI 71; ECON 25, ECON 40, or ECON 50
Choose one of the following: AGBS 155, ECON 167, GEOG 173, SSCI 110

Controlled Electives (6 - 7 units)
Choose two of the following: BIOL 101, BIOL 110, BIOL 120, BIOL 170, BIOL 171, BIOL 172, BIOL 173, BIOL 176, CHEM 8, CHEM 102, CHEM 105, CHEM 106, CHEM 106S, CHEM128A, CHEM 128B, CHEM 150 (see note 3)

2. General Education requirements (48 units)
The following G.E. Areas are double-counted in the major: B1, B2, B4,D2, IB, ID.

3. Other requirements (9 units)
American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and
Upper-division writing. Note: EES 104W meets the Upper-Division Writing requirement.

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

5. Total units (120)

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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Do you want to have a career that has a positive impact and helps your community? A major in the Environmental Sciences prepares you for a career where you can explore, understand, and monitor the earth to protect it and the people who live on it. Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary approach to the natural sciences with an emphasis on biology, chemistry, and geology. This degree is designed for students interested in areas such as soils, pollution abatement, water resources, ecosystem protection, restoration, or management.

Coursework and research emphasizes field and laboratory investigations of the environment. We take advantage of the university's proximity to the Sierra Nevadas, the California Coast Ranges, coastal California, and the desert provinces. Our unique location gives faculty and students access to an unparalleled outdoor laboratory, all within short trips from the university. Every student has an opportunity to complete a research project before they graduate. 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

Environmental Consultant (entry-level)
$65,000 (in this region)

Environmental Manager
$101,507 (in this region)

Air Quality Specialist

$60,000-84,000 (CA State Position, this region)

Source: Qualified job postings as of February 2021

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Natural Disasters and Earth Resources
  • Geochemistry
  • Soil & Water Sciences
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Environmental Sampling

What You Can Learn

  • Applied skills for employment in the wide variety of career paths (policy, planning, governmental monitoring, restoration etc.)
  • Quantitative approaches and solutions to environmental challenges 
  • Improve critical thinking skills and their application to scientific questions and approaches

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