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Environmental Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Arcata, CA, United States
Environmental Studies program at Humboldt State University is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with concepts and tools for understanding the complex relationships between humancommunities and both “natural” and built environments.
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As reflected in the learning outcomes, the program cultivates critical analysis of complex environmental challenges at the local and global levels, strengthens students’ ability to communicate these effectively, and to act as informed citizens and professionals. This requires knowledge of ecological science and broad and deep understanding of human systems, all informed by careful reflection upon normative concerns and values.

Students completing this Environmental Studies program at Humboldt State University will have demonstrated the ability to:

  • analyze the interrelationships among social, political, geographic, economic, and cultural aspects of environmental issues and determine the effects of power and privilege on these relationships
  • describe ecological systems
  • apply knowledge of environmental systems to practical problems
  • demonstrate a comparative understanding of social science and humanistic methods of inquiry and use these methods appropriately
  • interpret and communicate complex ideas effectively
  • engage in civic and public issues informed by normative and ethical inquiry
  • demonstrate competence in a skill that complements environmental studies knowledge.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introductory Seminar in Environmental Studies
  • Practicum: Variable Topics  
  • Topics in Nature/Culture
  • Power, Privilege and the Environment
  • Environmental Studies Research and Analysis
  • Environmental Studies Capstone Experience
  • Environmental Studies Capstone Experience with Service Learning
  • Directed Study

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Apply Online at Cal State Apply
    • Submit the Certification of Financial Support along with a Bank Statement
    • Submit Official Transcripts of Academic Records (Translated to English)
    • Send Proof of English Proficiency 
    • Send a photocopy of your passport
    • Transfer Students (only if transferring from a U.S. school) should fill out the International Student Transfer Form 
    • Submit Student Consent for Release of Information if you are an agent submitting an application on behalf of the student.
    • A Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale on high school coursework

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17368 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17368 CAD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    7863 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7863 CAD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Arcata

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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