The Environmental Studies Program at California State University San Marcos provides a collaborative setting for faculty, students, and community partners to study environmental and land-use issues. The degree includes introductory training in physical sciences, life sciences, social sciences, geographic information systems (GIS), environmental policy and law, land-use planning, environmental ethics, research methods, and environmental arts and humanities.
The multidisciplinary core of the degree comprises four general areas:
Life and Physical Sciences provides the scientific background for the major, consisting of courses in biology, chemistry, physics, ecology, and geomorphology.
Social Sciences and Policy exposes students to institutional and legal frameworks of environmental policy, and to processes by which policy is established.
Research Methods prepares students with the tools – GIS, and research methods – necessary for applied work in the professional arena, and also for graduate studies.
Environmental Arts and Humanities encourages students to think critically, ethically, and aesthetically about the environment.