Programs Offered

  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Resource Management
    • Emphasis in Environmental Science
    • Emphasis in Resource Management
  • Minor in Environmental Science and Resource Management

Today’s environmental problems call for individuals who are educated in more than one discipline, highly trained in technical skills, and aware of the political, economic, and social dimensions of environmental decisions. The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Resource Management provides solid training in basic physical, biological, and social sciences, and application of management science to reduce adverse impacts of human activity on the environment and to maximize the benefits that accrue from environmental resources.

In the narrowest sense, environmental science is the study of the impact of human systems on physical and biological systems, and the dependence on natural resources by human systems. In a broader sense, environmental science is the study of the interaction and co-evolution of human, physical, and biological systems. Natural science is the study of physical and biological systems. Social science is the study of human systems - economic systems, political systems, human perceptions, and human interactions. Environmental science requires integral knowledge of both natural and social science. Resource management is concerned with the most effective means of avoiding damage to environmental assets and extracting beneficial uses of environmental resources, within the context of social institutions. Effective resource management considers benefits and costs, uncertainties and risks, limits of knowledge, institutional constraints, and social and political forces.

The B.S. program has two emphases: environmental science and resource management. This program prepares graduates specializing in environmental science who understand basic principles of resource management, and graduates specializing in resource management who understand basic principles of environmental science. Most required courses are those offered in related disciplines. The curriculum fosters cross-disciplinary communication in the several required courses common to both degree programs and particularly in the Environmental Science and Resource Management courses.

Careers

This curriculum prepares students for professional careers in Environmental Science and Resource Management and for subsequent graduate study. For graduates completing the program of study required for the BS degree in Environmental Science and Resource Management, there are ample career opportunities working on environmental problems in industry, government, and non-profit organizations. The degree will also prepare students for graduate programs in either Environmental Science or Resource Management. For example, students might pursue a Ph.D. in Environmental Science at UCLA or in Environmental Science and Policy at UC Santa Barbara.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the ESRM program will be able to:

  • Identify the scientific, social scientific and humanistic aspects of environmental issues;
  • Identify, locate, evaluate, synthesize and present current research and information on environmental issues;
  • Define environmental problems from the perspectives of both environmental science and resource management;
  • Identify possible causes and propose solutions to environmental problems from the perspectives of both environmental science and resource management;
  • Evaluate proposed solutions to environmental problems from the perspectives of both environmental science and resource management;
  • Use the methodologies of the natural and social sciences to formulate testable hypotheses concerning environmental problems and issues;
  • Collect, organize, analyze, interpret and present quantitative and qualitative data; and
  • Make use of current, technological tools in the collection, organization, analysis and interpretation of data.

Faculty

Donald Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Program Chair
Environmental Science and Resource Management
Academic Advisor
Bell Tower Building West, Room 1176
(805) 437-8494
donald.rodriguez@csuci.edu

Sean Anderson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Environmental Science and Resource Management
Academic Advisor
Bell Tower West Room, 1265
(805) 437-8984
sean.anderson@csuci.edu

Chris Cogan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Environmental Science and Resource Management
Academic Advisor
Bell Tower West, Room 1178
(805) 437-3319
chris.cogan@csuci.edu

Cooperating Faculty

William Hampton Adams, Ph.D.
Associate Professor or Anthropology
Sage Hall, Room 2155
(805) 437-8866
bill.adams@csuci.edu 

Simone Aloisio, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Aliso Hall, Room 207
(805) 437-8999
simone.aloisio@csuci.edu

Rainer Buschmann, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History
Sage Hall, Room 2145
(805) 437-8995
rainer.buschmann@csuci.edu

Tracylee Clark, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communications
Bell Tower Room, 2834
(805) 437-3305
tracylee.clark@csuci.edu

Amy Denton, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
Aliso Hall Room 201
(805) 437-8458
amy.denton@csuci.edu

Scott Frisch, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science
Sage Hall, Room 2133
(805) 437-2770
scott.frisch@csuci.edu

Sean Kelly, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science
Sage Hall, Room 2041
(805) 437-3309
sean.kelly@csuci.edu

Philip Hampton, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry
Sciences Building
(805) 437-8869
philip.hampton@csuci.edu

Trudy Millburn, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communications
Sage Hall, Room 2023
(805) 437-3128
trudy.millburn@csuci.edu

Brad Monsma, Ph.D.
Professor of English
Bell Tower Building West Room 1185
(805) 437-8948
brad.monsma@csuci.edu

Dennis Muraoka, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics
Sage Hall, Room 2035
(805) 437-8861
dennis.muraoka@csuci.edu

Paul Rivera, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Economics
Sage Hall, Room 2135
(805) 437-8988
paul.rivera@csuci.edu

Dan Wakelee, Ph.D.
Associate Dean
Bell Tower West, Room 1181
(805) 437-8542
dan.wakelee@csuci.edu

Contact Information

http://esrm.csuci.edu/

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Enviromental Science and Resource Management (120 units)

Lower Division Requirements (37-39 units)

BIOL 200 Principles of Organismal and Population Biology (4)
BIOL 201 Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
CHEM 121 General Chemistry I (4)
CHEM 122 General Chemistry II (4)
ECON 110 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
ECON 111 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
ESRM 100 Introduction to Environmental Science and Resource Management (3)
ESRM 200 Principles of Resource Management, Conservation, and Stewardship (3)

Select one of the following:
MATH 140 Calculus for Business Applications (3)
MATH 150 Calculus I (4)

Select one of the following:
GEOL 121 Physical Geology (4)
GEOL 122 Historical Geology (3)

Select one of the following:
MATH 202 Biostatistics (3)
MATH 329 Statistics for Business and Economics (3)
BIOL 203 Quantitative Methods for Biology (3)

Upper Division Requirements (27 units)

BIOL 433 Ecology and the Environment (4)
ECON 362 Environmental Economics (3)
ENGL 337 Literature of the Environment (3)
ESRM 313 Conservation Biology (BIOL) (4)
ESRM 328 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (3)
ESRM 329 Environmental Law and Policy (3)
ESRM 342 Environmental History (HIST) (3)
ESRM 491 Capstone Preparation (1)
ESRM 499 Capstone (3)

All students must select an emphasis in Environmental Science or Resource Management and the associated coursework.

Requirements for an Emphasis in Environmental Science (16 units)

ESRM 352 Theory and Practice of Ecological Restoration (3)
CHEM 250 Quantitative Analysis (2)
CHEM 251 Quantitative Analysis Laboratory (2)

Select a total of nine units from the following courses:
BIOL 301 Microbiology (4)
BIOL 310 Vertebrate Biology and Ecology (4)
BIOL 312 Marine Biology (4)
BIOL 316 Invertebrate Zoology (4)
BIOL 333 Emerging Public Health Issues (2)
BIOL 334 Natural History of Ventura County (3)
BIOL 402 Toxicology (3)
BIOL 432 Principles of Epidemiology and Environmental Health (3)
BIOL 450 Ichthyology: The Biology of Fishes (4)
BIOL 451 Ornithology (4)
CHEM 311 Organic Chemistry I (3)
CHEM 312 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1)
CHEM 314 Organic Chemistry II (3)
CHEM 315 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (1)
CHEM 318 Biological Chemistry (3)
CHEM 344 Energy and Society (PHYS) (3)
ENGL 482 Technical Writing (3)
ENGL 483 Technical Visual Communication (3)
ESRM 350 Ecological Restoration Design and Construction (4)
ESRM 351 Field Methods: Monitoring and Assessment (4)
ESRM 428 Intermediate Geographic Information Systems (3)
ESRM 443 Environmental Communication (COMM) (3)
ESRM 481 Topics in Environmental Pollution (3)
ESRM 490 Special Topics (3)
ESRM 492 Service Learning/Internship (3)
ESRM 494 Independent Research (1-3)
MATH 430 Research Design and Data Analysis (3)
PHYS 201General Physics II (4)
PHYS 344 Energy and Society (3)

Requirements for an Emphasis in Resource Management (16 units)

ESRM 462 Coastal and Marine Resource Management (4)
ESRM 463 Water Resources Management (4)
ESRM 464 Land Use Planning and Open Space Management (4)

Select a total of four units from the following courses:
BIOL 450 Ichthyology: The Biology of Fishes (4)
BIOL 451 Ornithology (4)
ECON 464 Natural Resource Economics (3)
ECON 480 Topics in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics (3)
ECON 488 Applied Managerial Econometrics (4)
ENGL 482 Technical Writing (3)
ENGL 483 Technical Visual Communication (3)
ESRM 332 Human Ecology (ANTH) (3)
ESRM 352 Theory and Practice of Ecological Restoration (3)
ESRM 410 Environmental Impact Assessment (3)
ESRM 428 Intermediate Geographic Information Systems (3)
ESRM 482 Issues in Environmental Planning and Resource Management (3)
ESRM 483 Issues in Global Resource Management (3)
ESRM 490 Special Topics (3)
ESRM 492 Service Learning/Internship (3)
ESRM 494 Independent Research (1-3)
MATH 430 Research Design and Data Analysis (3)
MGT 307 Management of Organizations (3)
MGT 428 Contract Management (3)

Required Supporting and Other GE Courses (38-40 units)

University Electives (14-16 )
American Institutions Requirement (6)
Other GE Courses (18)

Requirements for the Minor in Environmental Science and Resource Management (20 units)

The Environmental Science and Resource Management minor provides non-majors with the opportunity to explore environmental issues and examine human impacts on natural systems. It provides students with an understanding of how their personal choices affect the environment around them. In addition, it equips students for further study in environmental science, law, policy, or management.

Lower Division Requirements (9 units)

ESRM 100 Introduction to Environmental Science and Resource Management (3)
ESRM 200 Principles of Resource Management, Conservation, and Stewardship (3)

Select one of the following courses:
MATH 201 Elementary Statistics (3)*
MATH 202 Biostatistics (PSY) (3)*
BIOL 203 Quantitative Methods for Biology (3)*

*MATH 329 can be substituted for MATH 201, 202 or BIOL 203, but may not be double-counted as an upper division course.

Upper Division Requirements (11 units)

ESRM 313 Conservation Biology (BIOL) (4)

Select one of the following courses:
ESRM 462 Coastal and Marine Resource
Management (4)
ESRM 463 Water Resources Management (4)
ESRM 464 Land Use Planning and Open Space Management (4)

Select three units from any of the following courses:
BIOL 334 Natural History of Ventura County (3)
BIOL 345 Science and Public Policy (POLS) (3)
CHEM 250 Quantitative Analysis (2)
CHEM 251 Quantitative Analysis Lab (2)
CHEM 311 Organic Chemistry I (3)
CHEM 312 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1)
ECON 362 Introduction to Environmental Economics (3)
ECON 488 Applied Managerial Econometrics (4)
ENGL 337 Literature of the Environment (3)
ESRM 340 Politics and the Environment (POLS) (3)
ESRM 342 Environmental History (HIST) (3)
ESRM 440 Population Studies (SOC) (3)
ESRM 443 Environmental Communication (COMM) (3)
Any other 300-400 level ESRM course (3-4)