Combined Major

Combined Majors

Environmental studies, in conjunction with other departments, has created 10 combined majors, allowing students to integrate substantial efforts in traditional disciplines with environmental studies. These majors are designed for students who wish to acquire expertise in another department while still benefiting from the integrative approaches of environmental studies. Five options are available with natural science departments:

Five options are available with departments in the social sciences and humanities

In each interdisciplinary major, it is essential that the student work closely with advisors in both departments. Progress in both halves of the interdisciplinary major should take place at about the same pace.

Combined Major Core Courses

All combined majors in environmental studies require the following courses:

  • 1 unit        101. Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • 3 units       Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) courses
  • 1 unit        335. Foundation of Environmental Thought.
  • 2 units       other ENVS courses*
  • 7 units       Total

*One course must be a dual-listed natural science elective for B.A. students or a dual-listed social science/humanities elective for B.S. students. Some combined majors require an SYE in either department which may raise the total units to 8 if taken in environmental studies. Honors is always in the major, incorporating both departments and at least one committee member from each department. The faculty mentor may be in either department.

Certain restrictions apply to the stand-alone and all combined majors.