Undergraduate Program

Social Ecology B.A. Degree

The BA in Social Ecology prepares students for careers in a wide variety of occupations. The training is explicitly interdisciplinary, providing a broad perspective that views ecological systems in a holistic fashion. Our students have a wide variety of interests and our alumni have gone on to a wide variety of careers.

Interested in meeting other Social Ecology students? Then join the Social Ecology Student Association (SESA), which meets every week and provides valuable information amid a social setting.

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In order to complete the major in Social Ecology, students must complete the following requirements.


1. CRM/LAW C7 Introduction to Criminology, Law and Society
2. UPPP 8 Introduction to Environmental Analysis and Design
3. PSCI 9 Introduction to Psychology
4. SOCECOL 10 Research Design
5. SOCECOL 13 Statistical Analysis in Social Ecology
7. An understanding of the complex and multifaceted perspectives and approaches to examining social issues where they occur, coupled with developing interpersonal and professional skills. This is satisfied through completing a minimum of 4 units (100 hours) of field study.
8. One additional upper-division course (four units) chosen from any department in the School of Social Ecology or an additional 4 units of Field Study. 


Ten 4-unit upper-division courses (40 units) as specified below:

1. Three courses (12 units)—one course (numbered 100–193) selected from each of the three departments—Criminology, Law and Society; Urban Planning and Public Policy; and Psychological Science
2. Seven additional courses (28 units - numbered 100-193) selected from Social Ecology or the departments of Criminology, Law and Society; Urban Planning and Public Policy; and Psychological Science. Course prerequisites established by the individual departments must be satisfied.

Students may petition to have two SOCECOL 199 courses (total of 8 units) count toward upper-division major credit, provided that the courses (1) were taken for a letter grade; (2) required a written term paper or research presentation at an academic conference; and (3) were taught by a Social Ecology faculty member whose name appears on a list maintained in the Social Ecology Student Services Office. Students may also petition graduate courses (numbered 200–209) to fulfill upper-division major requirements. A maximum of one PSCI 196 course may be counted toward the major. A maximum of one CRM/LAW C196 course may be counted toward the major.