Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies 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 Environmental Science. Eight units in the major (CHEM 115 and GEOG 101) 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.
  • Upper-Division GE Areas B, C, and D (9 units) – Upper-division GE (9 units): Courses required for the major may double-count if approved for UD GE.
  • Students entering the major with the AS-T in ENVS are not required to fulfill SF State Studies requirements.
  • Complementary Studies: Students must take at least 12 units with a prefix other than ENVS (includes courses cross-listed with ENVS). Consult with a major advisor.

Environmental Studies major:  37-42 units

  • Core (13-15 units) - CHEM 115 met in ADT.
  • Core/Electives (13-15 units) – one course from each of four categories (Physical Environment met in ADT: GEOG 101).
  • Guided Electives (11-12 units)

University Electives: 3 or more units

Units depend 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
CHEM 380 Chemistry Behind Environmental Pollution (Major Core, UD-B, ES) 3
ENVS 130 Environmental Studies (Major Core, ES) 3
ENVS 224 Research Methods for Environmental Studies (Major Core) 4
US History 3
or Complementary Studies or University Elective if US History met before transfer
Complementary Studies or University Elective 2
Second Semester
BIOL 313 Principles of Ecology (Major Core) 3
ENVS 450GW Environmental Law and Policy - GWAR (Major Core) 3
Guided Electives (11-12 units total) - Take One 1 3
GE Area UD-C: Upper-Division Arts and/or Humanities 3
Complementary Studies or University Elective 3
Third Semester
ENVS 680 Environmental Studies Internship (Major Core) 1-3
Guided Electives (11-12 units total) - Take Two 1 6
Global/International - Select One (Major Elective) 2 3
U.S. and California Government 3
or Complementary Studies or University Elective if US/CA Government met before transfer
Fourth Semester
ENVS 690 Senior Seminar in Environmental Studies (Major Core) 3
Guided Electives (11-12 units total) - Take One 1 3
Sustainability and Social Justice - Select One (Major Elective) 3 3-4
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences 3
Complementary Studies or University Elective 3
 Total Units60

Guided Electives (11-12 units)

Select 11-12 units not used to satisfy the other major requirements. Electives should be organized into a coherent area of study. The three suggested pathways are: Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice, The Urban Environment, and Humanities and the Environment. These pathways are not mandatory; students interested in alternative routes through the elective portion of the major should consult with an advisor. A full list of the possible guided elective options can be found in the degree requirements.



ENVS 470 Climate Politics and Policy (3 units) (ES, GP)

ENVS 480 Climate Change Adaptation and Justice (3 units)

I R 331/ENVS 331 Global Environmental Crisis (4 units) (ES, GP, SJ)

I R 428/GEOG 428 International Political Economy of Food and Hunger (4 units)


Sustainability and Social Justice - Select One

ENVS 460 Energy, Justice, and Sustainability (3 units)

ENVS 570 Applied Local Sustainability (3 units) (ES)

PHIL 470 Environmental Ethics (3 units) (UD-C, ES, SJ)

USP 514 Sustainable Development in Cities (4 units) (ES, SJ)

USP 515/GEOG 667 Environmental Justice: Race, Poverty, and the Environment (4 units) (ES, GP, SJ)