Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies: Concentration in Natural Resource Management and Conservation – BIOL Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Roadmap

This is a sample pathway for students who transfer to San Francisco State University in the current Bulletin year with an AS-T in Biology. Up to 15 units in the major (BIOL 230, BIOL 240, and CHEM 115) and all lower-division GE requirements have been satisfied. Check with a major advisor about the most appropriate course sequence. Degree completion guaranteed in 60 units; see the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) section for more information.

To Do at SF State:

Enough total units to reach 120 minimum for graduation; 30 units minimum at the upper-division level; to include the following:

University-Wide Requirements: 9-15 units                               

  • American Institutions (0-6 units): US History, US Government, California State and Local Government if not taken before transfer. Courses required for the major or UD GE may double-count if approved for USH, USG, and/or CSLG.
  • Upper-Division GE, Areas B, C, and D (9 units) – Courses required for the major may double-count if approved for UD GE.
  • Students entering the major with the AS-T in BIOL are not required to fulfill SF State Studies requirements.

Environmental Studies Major:  45-53 units

  • BIOL 230, BIOL 240, and CHEM 115 met before transfer
  • Required (21units)
  • Electives (24-32 units) – one course from each of eight categories

University Electives: 5 or more units

Depends on course choices made at the community college, how transferred units are applied to the requirements above, and course choices at SF State - some courses may meet more than one requirement, e.g., in both UD GE and the major.   

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
ENVS 130 Environmental Studies (Major Core, ES) 3
ENVS 224 Research Methods for Environmental Studies (Major Core) 4
Physical Environment - Select One (Major Elective): 3
Environmental Geology (B1, B3, ES)  
Our Physical Environment (Prerequisite for GEOG 657 and many upper-division GEOG courses, B1, ES)  
University Requirement - USH, USG/CSLG, and UD-C 1 3
GE Area UD-B: Upper-Division Physical and/or Life Sciences 3
 Units16
Second Semester
ENVS 450GW Environmental Law and Policy - GWAR (Major Core) 3
BIOL 530 Conservation Biology (Major Core) 3
Ecology - Select One (Major Elective) 2 3-4
Biodiversity - Select One (Major Elective) 3 3-5
University Elective 3
 Units15
Third Semester
Tools/Techniques - Select One (Major Elective): 3-4
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems  
Environmental Impact Analysis  
Land-Use Planning  
Global/International - Select One (Major Elective): 3-4
Global Environmental Crisis (ES, GP, SJ)  
Climate Politics and Policy (ES, GP)  
Climate Change Adaptation and Justice  
International Political Economy of Food and Hunger  
Resources - Select One (Major Elective) 4 3-4
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences 3
University Elective 2
 Units15
Fourth Semester
ENVS 680 Environmental Studies Internship 1
ENVS 690 Senior Seminar in Environmental Studies 3
GEOG/ENVS 657 Natural Resource Management: Biotic Resources 4
Resource Policy and Techniques - Select One (Major Elective) 5 3-4
Sustainability and Social Justice - Select One (Major Elective) 6 3-4
 Units14
 Total Units60