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As an ESRM student, you will work in the lab and the field to master the fundamentals of ecology, physics, and chemistry, as you examine the intersection between humans and biophysical environments they inhabit. You will gain a variety of skills necessary for the Environmental Science professional of the 21st century: Geographic Information Systems, quantitative data analyses and presentation, technical writing, and a wide variety of field and lab methodologies.

You'll be able to apply your skills in meaningful research, service-learning and civic engagement projects across Ventura County, the United States and the globe. Our students have helped restore coastal ecological systems in Costa Rica, Mexico, and Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina. We routinely partner with the National Park Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Fish and Wildlife Service, California Coastal Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, and many other private and public organizations to monitor and manage coastal resources.

Your future

You’ll be prepared for a wide range of professional careers in industry, government and nonprofit settings, as well as graduate study.

Select a total of three units from the following courses:

ESRM 428 Intermediate Geographic Information Systems (4)
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)

Program requirements

International Freshmen Checklist  

International Transfer Checklist 

Financial Affidavit for Undergraduate applicants 

Submit all application documents to the Center for International Affairs. 

*Transfer Students: We are currently accepting applications from all community colleges in the U.S.  Please make sure that you have at least 60 units and have completed “Oral communication”, “Written communication”, “Critical thinking” and “College level mathematics/quantitative reasoning” with “C” or better.  Please note that the Nursing programs are closed for international students.  

English Score

Submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or other acceptable test (see below for list of tests).  Scores must be sent directly to CSUCI from testing agency.

Acceptable English Placement Exams

TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language with a minimum Paper-Based score of 500, a minimum Computer Based score of 173 or a minimum Internet Based score of 61.

IELTS – International English Language Test System with an overall band score of 6.0.

*Transfer students: It’s not necessary to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score if you have completed the required Freshman Composition Class at your community college.

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