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Courses in Environmental Science and Management (ESM)

Lower Division

8. Water Quality at Risk (3)

Lecture—2 hours; discussion—1 hour. Natural and human threats to water quality. Balance of science and policy in all aspects of attaining, maintaining, and managing water quality, water contamination. Decoding popular media coverage of water quality and water contamination. (Same course as Science and Society 8.) Not open to students who have successfully completed Environmental and Resource Sciences 8. (Formerly Environmental and Resource Sciences 8.) GE credit: SciEng or SocSci, Wrt | SE, SL, SS, WE.—W. (W.) Hernes

30. World Ecosystems & Geography (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Introduction to the earth's major geographic regions and associated ecosystems, such as deserts, temperate forests, and oceans with an examination of how climate, vegetation regimes, ecological processes, agriculture and other human activities interact in different regions of the world. (Same course as Environmental Science and Policy 30.) Not open to students who have successfully completed Environmental and Resource Sciences 30. (Formerly Environmental and Resource Sciences 30.) Offered alternate years. GE credit: SciEng | SE, SL, WC.—(W.) Jackson

47. Watershed Processes and Water Quality in the Tahoe Basin (2)

Lecture/laboratory—21 hours; fieldwork—9 hours; discussion—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: basic knowledge of environmental, soil, or hydrologic sciences. Watershed processes, runoff water-quality management, restoration in Lake Tahoe Basin. Soils, precipitation-runoff, revegetation and adaptive management related to erosion control, effective solutions, development of restoration strategies. Students develop field restoration. Course involves 3 days of instruction in Tahoe City. (Same course as Hydrologic Science 47.) Not open to students who have successfully completed Environmental and Resource Sciences 47. (Formerly Environmental and Resource Sciences 47.) GE credit: SciEng | QL, SE, SL.

92. Internship (1-12)

Internship—3-36 hours. Prerequisite: lower division standing and consent of instructor. Work experience off and on campus in resource sciences. Internship supervised by a member of the faculty. (P/NP grading only.) May be repeated for credit.—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

98. Directed Group Study (1-5)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Primarily for lower division students. (P/NP grading only.)

98F. Student Facilitated Course Development (1-3)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Restricted to upper division standing or consent of instructor. Student-facilitated (taught) course intended for lower division students. Offered irregularly. (P/NP grading only.)

99. Special Study for Undergraduates (1-5)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Primarily for lower division students. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

Upper Division

100. Principles of Hydrologic Science (4)

Lecture—4 hours. Prerequisite: Chemistry 2B, Mathematics 16B, and Physics 7A or 9A. Topics include hydrology (surface and ground water), hydraulic flow through porous media, water in the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum, water quality, flow through open channels, and representative water-resource problems. Not open to students who have successfully completed Environmental and Resource Sciences 100. (Formerly Environmental and Resource Sciences 100.) GE credit: SciEng | QL, SE, SL.—F. (F.) Grismer

108. Environmental Monitoring (3)

Lecture/discussion—2 hours; laboratory—2 hours; fieldwork. Prerequisite: entry level course work in student's major; specifically, Evolution and Ecology 101 (Evolution and Ecology), Environmental Science and Policy 100 (Environmental Biology and Management), Environmental Toxicology 101 (Environmental Toxicology), Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology 100 (Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology), Environmental and Resource Sciences 100 (Hydrologic Science), Soil Science 100 (Soil Science, Environmental Horticulture 100 (Environmental Horticulture and Urban Forestry), Landscape Architecture 50 (Landscape Architecture) or the equivalent for any of these courses. Instrumentation and methods for environmental and ecological monitoring; GPS, sensors, datalogging, and GIS. Wide range of measurement techniques for environmental parameters. Not open to students who have successfully completed Environmental and Resource Sciences 108. (Formerly Environmental and Resource Sciences 108.) GE credit: SciEng | SE, SL.—S. (S.) 

120. Global Environmental Interactions (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: one college level chemistry course; one college level biology course. Limited to 25 students per discussion section. Relationships among climate, hydrology, biogeochemical cycles, soils and vegetation distribution in diverse landscapes and biomes. Emphasis on physical, chemical, and biological processes affecting ecosystems from the poles to the equator, and human impacts on the environment. Not open to students who have successfully completed Environmental Resources Sciences 60 or 120. (Formerly Environmental Resources Sciences 60 and 120.)—W. (W.) Houlton

121. Water Science and Management (3)

Lecture—2 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: Physics 10 or Geology 1. Role of water as an essential natural resource in contemporary society. Aspects of the scientific method, including descriptions of natural phenomena and underlying physical causes. Water for cities, agriculture, industry, wildlife and recreation; case studies of water management. Not open to students who have successfully completed Environmental and Resource Sciences 121. (Formerly Environmental and Resource Sciences 121.) GE credit: SciEng | QL, SE, SL.—F. (F.) Sandoval Solis

131. Air as a Resource (3)

Lecture—2 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: Chemistry 10. Degradation of the atmospheric resource, historical aspects and effects of air pollution examined. Evaluation of primary gaseous and particulate pollutants and discussion of their impact. Not open to students who have successfully completed Environmental and Resource Sciences 131. (Formerly Environmental and Resource Sciences 131.) GE credit: QL, SE, SL.—W. (W.) Zhang

141. Role of Fire in Natural Ecosystems (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: basic biological concepts: Biological Sciences 2A or Plant Sciences 2; ecology/evolution: Biological Sciences 2B or 2C. Fire regimes and roles in major North American vegetation types, especially in the west. Physics of fire, fire effects on organisms and ecosystem functioning, reconstructing fire histories, fire in resource management, and fire use by indigenous people. Not open to students who have successfully completed Environmental and Resource Sciences 141. (Formerly Environmental and Resource Sciences 141.) GE credit: SciEng | SE, SL, WE.—W. (W.) Latimer

144. Trees and Forests (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: Plant Sciences 2 or Biological Sciences 1C or 2C. Biological structure and function of trees as organisms; understanding of forests as communities and as ecosystems; use of forests by humans; tree phenology, photosynthesis, respiration, soil processes, life histories, dormancy, forest biodiversity, and agroforestry. (Same course as Plant Sciences 144.) Not open for credit to students who have completed Plant Biology 144 or Environmental Horticulture 144 or Environmental and Resource Science 144. (Former course Plant Biology/Environmental Horticulture/Environmental and Resource Science 144.) GE credit: SciEng | SE, VL.—F. (F.) Berry, Dahlgren, Rice

185. Aerial Photo Interpretation and Remote Sensing (4)

Lecture—2 hours; laboratory—4 hours. Prerequisite: upper division standing. Basics of remote sensing and photogrammetry, grids and map projections, aerial photo interpretation, sensors and platforms for aerial and space photography and non-photographic imaging systems, aerial thermography, microwave sensing, and introduction to remote sensing applications. Not open to students who have successfully completed Environmental Resource Science 185. (Formerly Environmental Resource Science 185.)—F. (F.) Jin

186. Environmental Remote Sensing (5)

Lecture—3 hours; laboratory—6 hours. Prerequisite: Mathematics 16B and Physics 7C or 9B; upper division standing; Landscape Architecture 150 recommended. Overview of satellite, airborne, and ground-based remote sensing, building on properties of electromagnetic radiation. Applications include hydrologic processes, weather and climate, ecology and land use, soils, geology, forestry, and agriculture. Computer based analysis and visualization of images and processing techniques. Not open to students who have successfully completed Hydrologic Science 186 or Environmental and Resource Sciences 186. (Formerly Hydrologic Science 186 and formerly Environmental and Resource Sciences 186.) GE credit: SciEng | QL, SE, VL.—W. (W.) Ustin

192. Internship (1-12)

Internship—3-36 hours. Prerequisite: completion of 84 units; consent of instructor. Work experience off and on campus in resource sciences. Internship supervised by a member of the faculty. (P/NP grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.) 

194H. Senior Honor Thesis (2-6)

Independent study—2-6 hours. Prerequisite: senior standing, overall GPA of 3.50 or higher and consent of master adviser. Independent study, guided research on an environmentally related subject of special interest to the student. GE credit: SciEng | SE, WE.

195. Integrating Environmental Science and Management (2)

Lecture/discussion—2 hours. Prerequisite: senior status in Environmental Science and Management major or other environmental science major (e.g. Environmental Resource Science; Environmental Biology and Management; Environmental Toxicology; Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning, Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology; Hydrologic Science.); consent of instructor. Practical aspects of environmental improvement through integrated analyses of contemporary issues or problems associated with advocacy, regulation, science and resource management from the perspectives of the physical and ecological sciences and current policy/management. May be repeated two times for credit. GE credit: SciEng or SocSci | SS or SE.—W. (W.) Grismer

198. Directed Group Study (1-5)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (P/NP grading only).—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

198F. Student Facilitated Course (1-3)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Student-facilitated (taught) course intended for upper division students. Offered irregularly. (P/NP grading only).—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

199. Special Study for Advanced Undergraduates (1-5)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (P/NP grading only).—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

199FA. Student Teaching Course Development (1-3)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Restricted to upper division standing. Under the supervision of a faculty member, an undergraduate student plans and develops the course they will teach under 98F/198F. Offered irregularly. (P/NP grading only).

199FB. Student Teaching Course Development (1-3)

Prerequisite: course 199FA; consent of instructor. Restricted to upper division standing. Student facilitated. Under the supervision of a faculty member, an undergraduate student teaches a course under 98F/198F. Offered irregularly. (P/NP grading only).

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