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2022-2023 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Environmental Studies, Geography, and Planning, B.A.



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The BA in Environmental Studies, Geography, and Planning focuses on bridging the natural and social sciences in order to produce more holistic and systemic analysis of environmental and societal issues. Students complete a common core of Foundational, Breadth, and Professional Preparation and Experience courses. Students further specialize their studies through GEP electives in one of five focal areas: Society, Environment and Development, Environmental Systems, Urban Studies and Planning, Energy Management & Design, or Geospatial Analysis. All students are required to take a minimum of one 400-level capstone course.  All courses in the curriculum strengthen students’ writing, critical thinking and presentation skills, which are critical for any successful career.

Program Learning Outcomes


PLO1 (Knowledge) Articulate and explain major social and environmental processes, and their interactions, in both the natural and built environment

PLO2 (Analysis) Analyze quantitative, qualitative and/or spatial evidence through at least one analytical framework to draw conclusions, solve problems, or optimize a plan

PLO3 (Communication)Demonstrate effective writing and presentation skills.

PLO4 (Professional Preparation) Apply academic knowledge and skills to a real-world experience and prepare for a professional career

Degree Requirements


See the “Degree Requirements ” in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements.

General Education Requirements (48 units)

See the “General Education Program ” requirements in the University Catalog for information on General Education requirements. Some major requirements may double count for GE requirements.

Major Requirements (55 units)


This degree focuses on bridging the natural and social sciences in order to produce more holistic and systemic analysis of environmental and societal issues.

Note: Courses required for the major must be taken for a traditional letter grade, except for courses that are offered CR/NC only. Students must earn a C- or better in any course applied to the major. Breadth courses not double-counted in GEP electives. ​​​​​​​

Core Courses + Practical Experiences (31 units)


Foundation Courses (11 units)


Breadth Courses (15 units)


Choose one from each category:

Professional Preparation and Experiences (5 units)


GEP 310 and 311 are required. GEP 311 is repeatable, but only 1 unit may count in this category.

GEP Electives (21 units)


Take 3 courses in one focus area. Take additional electives within any focus area to reach 21 units. Must take at least one 400-level capstone course during junior/senior year (72+ units). Breadth courses do not double count as electives.

Program Road Maps


Sample Four-year Program


The Four year Plan is a sample study plan. The sequence and specific courses given are suggestive; please see an advisor each semester to plan your personal program and track your progress using the Academic Requirements Report (ARR) in MYSSU.

Courses may be interchanged fall and spring semester depending on course offering each semester.

General Education Notes:

  • GE Areas A2 and B4 should be completed by the end of the first year. Some students may take year-long courses for GE A2 and/or B4.
  • GE Area A1 and A3 should be completed by the end of the second year
  • Students should enroll in Upper Division GE courses after completion of Areas A1, A2, A3, and B4 with a C- or better, lower division GE in that area, and 45 units total.
  • Not all First-Year Learning Communities (FLC’s) meet the same GE areas.
  • GE Area D must be taken in two different subject areas across the nine total required units in lower division (LD) and upper division (UD).
  • Students must take American Institution requirements in U.S. History and U.S. Constitution/California State and Local Government. These requirements may be met in GE.

Environmental Studies, Geography, and Planning, B.A.


Freshman Year: 31-32 Units

Fall Semester (15-16 Units)

Spring Semester (16 Units)

Sophomore Year: 29 Units

Fall Semester (14 Units)

Spring Semester (15 Units)

Junior Year: 31 Units

Fall Semester (16 Units)

Spring Semester (15 Units)

  • Professional Preparation:

  • Unit(s): 1
  • GEP Practical Experience
  • GEP Elective Credits / Units: 8
  • University Elective Credits / Units: 4
Senior Year: 29-30 Units

Fall Semester (15 units)

Spring Semester (15 units)

Total Units: 120


Total Units in GE: 48 

Total Units in Major Core: 31

Total Units in GEP Electives: 21

Total Units in Supporting Courses: 3

Total Units in University Electives: 17

Total Units Required for Graduation: 120

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