Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science – ENVS 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. Twenty-one units in the major [BIOL and PHYS requirements; CHEM 180; GEOG 101; GEOG 160; MATH 226] and 33 units of  lower-division GE 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: 15-21 units                                    

  • American Institutions (0-6 units): US History, US Government, CA Government. If not met in transfer, see next bullet.
  • Lower-Division GE (6 units) – Area C (3 units in any subarea) and Area D (3 units). D2 courses satisfy US History.
  • Upper-Division GE (9 units): Courses required for the major and American Institutions 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.

Environmental Science Major: 45 units

University Electives: 0 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
GEOG 102 The Human Environment (Major Lower-Division Core, D1, ES, GP) 3
or University Elective if taken before transfer
GEOG 205 Geographic Techniques (Major Lower-Division Core) 3
or University Elective if taken before transfer
Environmental Science (11-12 units) - Take One 1 3
Environmental Management (11-12 units) - Take One 2 4
GE Area C 3
Second Semester
GEOG 500GW Physical and Human Dimensions of Climate Change - GWAR (Major Upper-Division Core) 3
GEOG 603 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (Major Upper-Division Core) 3
Environmental Science (11-12 units) - Take One 1 4
Select One: 3 3
University Elective
GE Area UD-B: Upper-Division Physical and/or Life Sciences 3
Third Semester
Environmental Science (11-12 units) - Take One 1 4
Environmental Management (11-12 units) - Take One 2 3
Analytical Methods (7-8 units) - Take One 4 4
GE Area UD-C: Upper-Division Arts and/or Humanities 3
Fourth Semester
GEOG 690 Senior Seminar in Geography and Environmental Science (Major Capstone) 3
Environmental Management (11-12 units) - Take One 2 4
Analytical Methods (7-8 units) - Take One 4 4
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences 3
 Total Units60

Environmental Science Electives (11-12 units)
CHEM 380 Chemistry Behind Environmental Pollution (3 units) (UD-B, ES)
GEOG 312 Geography of Landforms (4 units)
GEOG 313 Earth's Climate System (4 units)
GEOG 314 Bioclimatology (4 units)
GEOG 316 Biogeography (4 units)
GEOG 317 Geography of Soils (4 units)
GEOG 342/ERTH 442 Surface Water Hydrology (4 units)
GEOG 644 Water Quality (3 units)


Environmental Management Electives (11-12 units)
GEOG 421 Future Environments (3 units) (UD-D, ES, GP, SJ)
GEOG 427 Agriculture and Food Supply (4 units) (ES, GP)
GEOG 642/ERTH 642 Watershed Assessment and Restoration (4 units)
GEOG 646 The Geography of Marine Resources (4 units)
GEOG 647 Geography of Water Resources (4 units)
GEOG 648 Management of National Parks and Protected Areas (4 units)
GEOG 652/USP 652 Environmental Impact Analysis (4 units)
GEOG 657/ENVS 657 Natural Resource Management: Biotic Resources (4 units)
GEOG 666 Geography of Garbage: Recycling and Waste Reduction (3 units) (ES)


Choice is dependent on what requirements have been fulfilled, either in transfer or at SF State. Speaking to an advisor is recommended.


Analytical Methods Electives (7-8 units)
BIOL 458 Biometry (4 units)
GEOG 602 Field Methods in Environmental Science & Physical Geography (4 units)
GEOG 604 Environmental Data Science (3 units)
GEOG 610 Remote Sensing of the Environment I (4 units)
GEOG 611 Remote Sensing of the Environment II (4 units)
GEOG 620 Geographical Information Systems (4 units)
GEOG 621 Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Analysis (4 units)
GEOG 625 Programming for Geographic Information Science (3 units)