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  • Policy Number: SP.01.027
  • Version: Original
  • Drafted By: William Adams, Philip Hampton, Jacquelyn Kilpatrick, Dennis Muraoka, Ching-Hua Wang
  • Approved By: Richard R. Rush
  • Approval Date: 12/17/01
  • Effective Date: 12/17/01
  • Supersedes:


Today's environmental problems call for people who are educated in more than one discipline, highly trained in technical skills, and aware of the political, economic, scientific, cultural, humanistic and social dimensions of environmental decisions. The Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and Resource Management provides solid training in basic physical, biological and social sciences, and application
of management principles to reduce adverse impacts of human activity on the environment and to maximize the benefits that accrue from environmental resources. This curriculum prepares students for professional careers in Environmental Science and Resource Management and for subsequent graduate study.

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 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. Effective resource management considers benefits and costs, uncertainties and risks, limits of knowledge, institutional constraints, and social and political forces. 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.


A campus, in accordance with its approved academic master plan, submits detailed proposals for new degree major programs to the Office of Academic Program Planning for review and approval in the academic year preceding projected implementation. Approval of any degree major program is subject to campus assurances that financial support, qualified faculty, physical facilities and library holdings sufficient to establish and maintain the program will be available within current budgetary support levels. The proposal must follow the format below, and four copies should be sent to Academic Program Planning, Office of the Chancellor.



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