» Recommended Classes for First-Year Environmental Science and Policy Majors

Here are the classes that we recommend you take during your first year as an Environmental Science and Policy major at Chapman. 

For your first semester, we recommend taking 12-15 credits (most classes are 3 credits; those with labs are 4). You must be enrolled in 12 credits to be considered a full-time status student. The recommended courses below will put you at 13-15 credits per semester (fall and spring). 

Introductory Math Requirement

As an incoming first-year student, you must take a math assessment. If you place into Math 101 (Developing Mathematical and Study Skills for STEM), then you must enroll in this course in your first semester. For more information, visit ourMath Assessment webpage.  

General Education Classes

You can choose a General Education (GE) class from any GE category – it’s your choice. In general, the following GE areas are recommended to begin/complete during your first year:

  • GE Language Study (strongly recommended)
  • GE Quantitative Inquiry (satisfied with MATH 110 or appropriate AP credit)

Note: Some GE courses may “double count” with your major or minor. Students can share up to 9 credits between major and GE requirements and can share up to 6 credits between minor and GE requirements. Visit the General Education Program site to review the GE policies and see a list of approved courses for each GE area. 
You can learn more about general education on ourGeneral Education: How it Works page. 

AP Scores

AP Chemistry: If you received a 4 or higher, take ENV 111/111L (Physical Geology with laboratory) in the fall instead of CHEM 140/140L (General Chemistry I with laboratory). 

AP Env. Science: If you received a 4 or higher, take ENV 111/111L (Physical Geology with laboratory) in the fall instead of ENV 101 (Introduction to Environmental Science).

Students with AP credit in MATH 110 can also consider taking ENV 101 (Introduction to Environmental Science) and ENV 111/111L (Physical Geology with laboratory) concurrently. 

Fall Semester

FFC 100B - Grand Challenges (Block Scheduled) 
Credits: 3 
Note: All first-year students at Chapman have to take First Year Foundations. The class will introduce you to college and there is a different topic for every major. As a biology major, you must take an FFC 100B option from the Schmid and Fowler Colleges’ Grand Challenges in Science and Engineering category. You will be pre-registered into this class along with your other major courses. 

ENV 101 - Introduction to Environmental Science (Block Scheduled)
Credits: 3

CHEM 140/140L - General Chemistry I (Block Scheduled)
Credits: 4

GE class or minor exploration
Credits: 3

Spring Semester

SCI 150 - Grand Challenges cont. 
Credits: 1

ENV 102 - Introduction to Environmental Policy
Credits: 3

CHEM 150/150L - General Chemistry II (with laboratory)
Credits: 4

BIO 205/205L - Evolution and Diversity of Multicellular Organisms (Gen Biol II with laboratory)
Credits: 4

GE class or minor exploration
Credits: 3

If you have major specific questions, please contact the Environmental Science and Policy faculty program advisor, Dr. Richelle Tanner at Richelle Tanner.


Environmental Science and Policy, B.S. Suggested 4-year Plan