Environmental Studies (ECO)

The Environmental Studies concentration emphasizes ecosystems around the world, focusing on the ethical, economic, and political issues that affect them. Students gain understanding in global, ecological, and social processes connecting people, policy, and the environment. In this way, they develop critical skills in observation, environmental planning, and policy development. With an interdisciplinary grounding in environmental and conservation issues, the curriculum emphasizes environmental advocacy and global awareness through experiential learning, internships, and working in the community with environmental organizations and activists.

The AUSB Environmental Studies concentration will emphasize environmental advocacy and global awareness. Through courses, experiential learning, hands on training, internships, and working in the community with environmental activists, students will learn key environmental concepts as well as skills for effecting change through advocacy and policy work. In addition, students will gain an awareness of ecosystems around the world and the cultural and economic factors that influence them.

The Environmental Studies concentration prepares students for careers in: environmental health and management, natural resources and conservation, outdoor and environmental education, environmental law and regulation, policy, environmental advocacy, international environmental issues, and non-profit or governmental organizations. Students will also be prepared to continue on to graduate school in a variety of fields including environmental studies, social entrepreneurship, and business.

Curriculum
The Environmental Studies concentration emphasizes ecosystems around the world, focusing on the ethical, economic, and political issues that affect them. Students gain understanding in global, ecological, and social processes connecting people, policy, and the environment. In this way, they develop critical skills in observation, environmental planning, and policy development. With an interdisciplinary grounding in environmental and conservation issues, the curriculum emphasizes environmental advocacy and global awareness through experiential learning, internships, and working in the community with environmental organizations and activists.

In addition to the degree requirements, students pursuing any concentration must complete a minimum of 36 and a maximum of 60 quarter units with at least 24 upper-division units in ECO completed at AUSB.

Required Courses for the Concentration (36 units)

ECO 3010 Environmental Justice and Advocacy (3) ECO 3450 Global Environmental Studies (3)
ECO 3020 Marine Ecology (3) ECO 3760 Sustainable Business Practices (3)
ECO 3040 Conservation Biology (3) POL 3920 Engaged Citizenship (3)
ECO 3050 Natural History of Santa Barbara (3) 9 quarter units of electives
GBL 3610 Global Economics (3) INT 3081 Capstone (3)

Internships
Internships that provide hands-on experience in environmental work may be designed in a variety of settings. Antioch encourages students to design their own internships, and Santa Barbara is rich with opportunities for working with a wide range of environmental issues and organizations.

Preparation for Work and Graduate Study
The Environmental Studies Concentration prepares students for graduate work in environmental studies, environmental policy, environmental advocacy, and other related fields including green energy and business. It provides a meaningful background for a variety of other professional careers, as knowledge in environmental studies is central to many professions.

Students who intend to pursue doctoral-level graduate work in environmental studies should plan on independent study in an area of research beyond the required Research Methods and Statistics course sequence. In their studies, they should be sure to develop library research skills and familiarity with some research in their field of interest. The Advisor should also be consulted concerning particular course work.

The Environmental Studies concentration prepares students for careers in: environmental health and management; natural resources and conservation; outdoor and environmental education; environmental law, policy, and regulation; environmental advocacy; international environmental issues; and non-profit or non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

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