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Courses in Environmental Science and Policy (ESP)

Lower Division

1. Environmental Analysis (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: University Writing Program 1 or English 3 or equivalent; sophomore standing; Economics 1A and Biological Sciences 2B recommended. Analysis of the physical, biological, and social interactions which constitute environmental problems. Emphasis on analysis of environmental problems, the consequences of proposed solutions, and the interaction of environmental science and public policy in creating solutions. GE credit: SciEng or SocSci | SE or SS, SL.—F. (F.) Arnold, Holyoak

10. Current Issues in the Environment (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: elementary biology recommended. The science behind environmental issues, and policies affecting our ability to solve domestic and international environmental problems. Resources, environmental quality, regulation, environmental perception and conservation. Integrative case studies. Not open for credit to students who have completed course 1. GE credit: SciEng | SE or SS, SL., WE.—W. (W.) Morgan

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 Management 30.) Not open to students who have successfully completed Environmental and Resource Sciences 30. (Formerly Environmental and Resource Sciences 30.) Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SciEng | SE, SL, WC.

92. Internship (1-12)

Internship—3-36 hours. Prerequisite: lower division standing and consent of instructor. Work experience off and on campus in all subject areas offered in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Internship supervised by member of the faculty. (P/NP grading only.)

98. Directed Group Study (1-5)

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

Upper Division

100. General Ecology (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisites: Biological Sciences 2A, 2B, 2C, Mathematics 16A and 16B or 17A and 17B or 21A and 21B; Statistics 13 recommended. Theoretical and experimental analysis of the distribution, growth and regulation of species populations; predator-prey and competitive interactions; and the organization of natural communities. Application of evolutionary and ecological principles to selected environmental problems. GE credit: SciEng | SE, SL.—F. (F.) Harrison, Sih

101. Ecology, Nature, and Society (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: Anthropology 1 or 2 or course 30 or Evolution and Ecology 100 or Biological Sciences 101 recommended. Interdisciplinary study of diversity and change in human societies, using frameworks from anthropology, evolutionary ecology, history, archaeology, psychology, and other fields. Topics include population dynamics, subsistence transitions, family organization, disease, economics, warfare, politics, and resource conservation. (Same course as Anthropology 101.) Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Div, Wrt | SS, WC, WE.—Borgerhoff-Mulder

105. Evolution of Societies and Cultures (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: Anthropology 1 or 2 or course 30 or Evolution and Ecology 100 or Biological Sciences 101 recommended. Interdisciplinary study of social and cultural evolution in humans. Culture as a system of inheritance, psychology of cultural learning, culture as an adaptive system, evolution of maladaptations, evolution of technology and institutions, evolutionary transitions in human history, coevolution of genetic and cultural variation. Only 2 units of credit to students who have completed course 101 or Anthropology 101 prior to fall 2004. (Same course as Anthropology 105.) Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | QL, SS, WC, WE.

(a) Environmental Science

110. Principles of Environmental Science (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: Physics 1A or 7A, Mathematics 16B or 21B, and Biological Sciences 1A. Application of physical and chemical principles, ecological concepts, and systems approach to policy analysis of atmospheric environments, freshwater and marine environments, land use, energy supplies and technology, and other resources. GE credit: SciEng | QL, SE, SL.—W. (W.) Largier

111. Marine Environmental Issues (1)

Discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Examination of critical environmental issues occurring in coastal waters including the effects of climate change, overfishing, and other human impacts. Through readings and group discussions, students will develop an integrative understanding of the oceanographic and ecological processes. May be repeated two times for credit when topics differ. (Same Course as Evolution and Ecology 111.) GE credit: SciEng | SE, SL.—S, Su. (S, Su.) 

116N. Oceanography (3)

Lecture—2 hours; laboratory—3 hours; field work. Prerequisite: Geology 1 or 2 or 16 or 50. Advanced oceanographic topics: Chemical, physical, geological, and biological processes; research methods and data analysis; marine resources, anthropogenic impacts, and climate change; integrated earth/ocean/atmosphere systems; weekly lab and one weekend field trip. Offered in alternate years. (Same course as Geology 116N.) GE credit: SciEng | SE, SL.—W. (W.) Hill

(b) Ecological Analysis

121. Population Ecology (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: Biological Sciences 2A, 2B, 2C, Mathematics 16B or 17B or 21B or 21BH. Development of exponential and logistic growth models for plant and animal populations, analysis of age structure and genetic structure, analysis of competition and predator-prey systems. Emphasis is on developing models and using them to make predictions and solve problems. GE credit: SciEng, Wrt | QL, SE, SL.—W. (W.) Baskett, Hastings

123. Introduction to Field and Laboratory Methods in Ecology (4)

Lecture—2 hours; laboratory—2 hours; fieldwork—4 hours. Prerequisite: course 100 or Evolution and Ecology 101 or the equivalent. Statistics 100 or the equivalent. Introduces students to methods used for collecting ecological data in field and laboratory situations. Methods used by population ecologists and community ecologists; emphasis on experimental design, scientific writing and data analysis.Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SciEng | SE, SL.—(S.) Grosholz

124. Marine and Coastal Field Ecology (3)

Lecture—2 hours; discussion—1 hour; laboratory—3 hours; fieldwork—3 hours. Prerequisite: upper division standing or consent of instructor. Introductory animal biology (Biological Sciences 1B) recommended; residence at or near Bodega Marine Lab required. Enrollment restricted to application at http://www.bml.ucdavis.edu. Ecology of marine populations and communities living in diverse habitats along the California coast. Hands-on learning using scientific process and tools of the biological trade to address ecological questions arising during field trips. Critical thinking through discussing scientific literature. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SciEng | SE, SL.

127. Plant Conservation Biology (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; discussion—1 hour; term paper. Prerequisite: course 100 or Evolution and Ecology 101 or equivalent upper division general ecology. Principles governing the conservation of plant species and plant communities, including the roles of fire, exotic species, grazing, pollination, soils, and population genetics; analytic and practical techniques for plant conservation; and introduction to relevant legal, ethical, and policy issues. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SciEng | SE, SL.

(d) Aquatic Ecosystems Analysis

150A. Physical and Chemical Oceanography (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: Environmental Science and Policy 116N or Geology 116N; Physics 9B, Mathematics 21D, Chemistry 2C; consent of instructor. Physical and chemical properties of seawater, fluid dynamics, air-sea interaction, currents, waves, tides, mixing, major oceanic geo-chemical cycles. (Same course as Geology 150A.) GE credit: SciEng | QL, SE.—F. (F.) McClain, Spero

150B. Geological Oceanography (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: Geology 50 or 116N or Geology 116N. Introduction to the origin and geologic evolution of ocean basins. Composition and structure of oceanic crust; marine volcanism; and deposition of marine sediments. Interpretation of geologic history of the ocean floor in terms of sea-floor spreading theory. (Same course as Geology 150B.) GE credit: SciEng | SE.—W. (W.) McClain

150C. Biological Oceanography (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour; fieldwork. Prerequisite: Biological Sciences 2A; a course in general ecology. Ecology of major marine habitats, including intertidal, shelf benthic, deep-sea and plankton communities. Existing knowledge and contemporary issues in research. Segment devoted to human use. (Same course as Geology 150C.) GE credit: SciEng | SE, SL.—Su. (Su.) Hill

151. Limnology (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour; special project. Prerequisite: Biological Sciences 1A and junior standing. The biology and productivity of inland waters with emphasis on the physical and chemical environment. GE credit: SciEng | SE.

151L. Limnology Laboratory (3)

Laboratory—6 hours; two weekend field trips. Prerequisite: course 151 (may be taken concurrently); junior, senior, or graduate standing. Limnological studies of lakes, streams, and reservoirs with interpretation of aquatic ecology. GE credit: SciEng | SE.

152. Coastal Oceanography (3)

Lecture—2 hours; discussion—1 hour; laboratory—3 hours; fieldwork—3 hours. Prerequisite: upper division standing or consent of the instructor; physics (Physics 9B), calculus (Mathematics 21B) and exposure to physical and chemical oceanography (Geology/Environmental Science and Policy 150A) are recommended; residence at or near Bodega Marine Laboratory required. Enrollment restricted to application at http://www.bml.ucdavis.edu. Oceanography of coastal waters, including bays, river plumes, nearshore and estuaries; focus on transport patterns, how they are forced and implications for ecological and environmental problems. Pertinent for students in oceanography, ecology, environmental engineering, geology and hydrology. GE credit: SciEng | SE, SL.—Su. (Su.) Largier

155. Wetland Ecology (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: Biological Sciences 2A or equivalent; course 100 or Evolution and Ecology 101 recommended. Introduction to wetland ecology. The structure and function of major wetland types and principles that are common to wetlands and that distinguish them from terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. GE credit: SciEng | SE.—F. (F.) Rejmankova

155L. Wetland Ecology Laboratory (3)

Lecture—1 hour; laboratory—6 hours; field-work—two 1-day weekend field trips. Prerequisite: course 155 required (may be taken concurrently). Modern and classic techniques in wetland field ecology. Emphasis on sampling procedures, vegetation analysis, laboratory analytical procedures, and examples of successful wetland restoration techniques. GE credit: SciEng | SE, SL.—Su. (Su.) Rejmankova

(e) Environmental Policy Analysis

160. The Policy Process (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: Political Science 1; Economics 1A and Statistics 13 recommended. Alternative models of public policymaking and application to case studies in the U.S. and California. GE credit: SocSci | SS.—S. (S.) Arnold

161. Environmental Law (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: upper division standing and one course in environmental science or political science recommended. Introduction for non-Law School students to some of the principal issues in environmental law and the judicial interpretation of some important environmental statutes, e.g., NEPA. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | SS.—S. (S.) 

162. Environmental Policy (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: Economics 1A. Compares economic with socio-cultural approaches to understanding the causes of environmental problems and strategies for addressing them. Includes different approaches to the policy process, policy instruments, and environmental behavior. Applies these principles to several problems. GE credit: SocSci | SS.—W. (W.) Springborn

163. Energy and Environmental Aspects of Transportation (4)

Lecture—3 hours; extensive writing. Prerequisite: Economics 1A or Engineering 106. Engineering, economic, and systems planning concepts. Analysis and evaluation of energy, air quality and selected environmental attributes of transportation technologies. Strategies for reducing pollution and petroleum consumption in light of institutional and political constraints. Evaluation of vehicle emission models. (Same course as Civil and Environmental Engineering 163.) Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SciEng or SocSci, Wrt | SE or SS, SL, WE.—F. Sperling

164. Ethical Issues in Environmental Policy (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: courses 160, 168A; seniors only in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning or by consent of instructor. Basic modes of ethical reasoning and criteria of distributive justice applied to selected topics in environmental policy-making. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci | SS.

165N. Climate Policy (3)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours. Prerequisite: course 1 or Economics 1A or consent of instructor. Models, data and assumptions behind competing arguments regarding societal response to the prospect of climate change at the state, national and international level from economic, ethical and policy science perspectives.—S. (S.) Springborn

166N. Ocean and Coastal Policy (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: course 1 or consent of instructor. Limited enrollment. Overview of U.S. and International ocean and coastal policy, including energy, coastal land-use and water quality, protected areas and species. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SocSci | SS.—(W.) Sanchirico

167. Energy Policy (4)

Lecture—4 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: Economics 1A and Mathematics 16B or 17B or 21B, or consent of instructor. Survey of primary energy resources (fossil, renewable, nuclear), energy conversion methods, future energy demand scenarios, and environmental impacts of energy. Overview of energy policy in the U.S. Analysis of policy alternatives for addressing energy-related environmental and national security issues. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SocSci | SS.—(S.) Ogden

168A. Methods of Environmental Policy Evaluation (5)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour; term paper. Prerequisite: Statistics 13; Economics 100 or Agricultural and Resource Economics 100A; Mathematics 16B or 17B or 21B; course 1; upper division standing. Evaluation of alternatives for solution of complex environmental problems; impact analysis, benefit-cost analysis, distributional analysis, decision making under uncertainty, and multi-objective evaluation. GE credit: SocSci | SS.—F. (F.) Ogden

168B. Methods of Environmental Policy Analysis (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 168A. Continuation of course 168A, with emphasis on examination of the literature for applications of research and evaluation techniques to problems of transportation, air and water pollution, land use, and energy policy. Students will apply the methods and concepts by means of a major project. GE credit: SocSci | SS.—S. (S.) Sanchirico

169. Water Policy and Politics (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: Economics 1A or Political Science 1 recommended. The governance of water, including issues of water pollution/quality and water supply. The politics of water decision-making and effectiveness of water policy. Broad focus on federal water policy, with case examples from nationally significant U.S. watersheds. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SocSci |SS.—S. (S.) Lubell

(f) Environmental Planning

170. Conservation Biology Policy (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: one course in environmental science (e.g., course 1), conservation (e.g., Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology 11 or 154), or government (e.g., Political Science 1) recommended. Analysis of policies designed to conserve species and their habitats. Emphasis on how individual incentives affect the success of conservation policies. Valuation of endangered species and biodiversity. Criteria for deciding conservation priorities. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SciEng or SocSci | SE or SS.—S. (S.) Schwartz

171. Urban and Regional Planning (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour; term paper. Prerequisite: course 1 recommended. How cities plan for growth in ways that minimize environmental harm. Standard city planning tools (general plan, zoning ordinance) and innovative new approaches. Focus on planning requirements and practices in California. Relationships between local, regional, state, and federal policy. GE credit: SocSci | SS, WE.—S. (S.) Handy

172. Public Lands Management (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: Economics 1A recommended. Investigation of alternative approaches to public lands management by Federal and state agencies. The role each agency's legislation plays in determining the range of resource allocations. GE credit: SocSci | ACGH, SS.—F. (F.) Lubell

173. Land Use and Growth Controls (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: upper division standing; one course in environmental policy. Exposes students to the economic, political, and legal factors affecting land use and growth controls, and helps students critically evaluate written materials in terms of their arguments and supporting data. GE credit: SocSci | SS.—Su. (Su.) Loux

175. Natural Resource Economics (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: Agricultural and Resource Economics 100B or Economics 100 or the equivalent. Economic concepts and policy issues associated with natural resources, renewable resources (ground water, forests, fisheries, and wildlife populations) and non-renewable resources (minerals and energy resources, soil). (Same course as Agricultural and Resource Economics 175.) GE credit: SocSci | SS.—S. (S.) Lin

178. Applied Research Methods (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: Agricultural & Resource Economics 106 or Sociology 106 or Statistics 100 or 103 or 108 or the equivalent. Research methods for analysis of urban and regional land use, transportation, and environmental problems. Survey research and other data collection techniques; demographic analysis; basic forecasting, air quality, and transportation models. Collection, interpretation, and critical evaluation of data. GE credit: SocSci | QL, SS.—W. (W.) 

179. Environmental Impact Assessment (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 1 or the equivalent. Introduction to the information resources and methods typically used in environmental impact analysis. Emphasis on how environmental information is applied to planning, environmental regulation, and public policymaking, with case studies from California land use and natural resource policy. GE credit: SocSci | SS.—W. (W.) 

179L. Environmental Impact Reporting Using Geographic Information (2)

Laboratory/discussion—2 hours; laboratory—4 hours. Prerequisite: course 179 concurrently. Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) by using ArcView for assessment and environmental planning. Not open for credit to students who have completed Applied Biological Systems Technology 180, 181 or Agricultural Systems and Environment 132. GE credit: SciEng | SE.

(g) Other Courses

190. Workshops on Environmental Problems (1-8)

Laboratory—2-16 hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Workshops featuring empirical analyses of contemporary environmental problems by multidisciplinary student teams. Guided by faculty and lay professionals, the teams seek to develop an integrated view of a problem and outline a series of alternative solutions. Open to all upper division and graduate students on application. (P/NP grading only.) GE credit: SE.—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

191A. Workshop on Food System Sustainability (3)

Lecture—2 hours; laboratory—3 hours. Prerequisite: upper-division standing; Plant Sciences 15, Community and Regional Development 20, Agricultural and Resource Economics 121, Plant Sciences 150 or consent of the instructor. Priority enrollment for seniors in the sustainable agriculture and food systems major; limited to 25 students per section. First in a two-quarter senior capstone course sequence. Identify projects addressing specific problems and opportunities of sustainable agriculture and food systems, form multidisciplinary teams, and identify and consult with key stakeholders to understand their needs and concerns. GE credit: SciEng | SE.—F. (F.) Tomich

191B. Workshop on Food System Sustainability (3)

Lecture—2 hours; laboratory—3 hours. Prerequisite: course 191A. Priority enrollment for seniors in the sustainable agriculture and food systems major; limited to 25 students per section. Continuation of course 191A. Student teams conduct analyses of a specific issue in sustainable agriculture or food systems, prepare a critical assessment of technological, economic, environmental, and social dimensions of options for action and present their results to stakeholders. GE credit: SciEng | SE.—W. (W.) Tomich

192. Internship (1-12)

Internship—3-36 hours. Prerequisite: completion of 84 units and consent of instructor. Work experience off and on campus in all subject areas offered in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Internships supervised by a member of the faculty. (P/NP grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

197T. Tutoring in Environmental Science and Policy (1-5)

Tutorial—2-6 hours. Prerequisite: upper division standing and consent of instructor. Experience in teaching under guidance of faculty member. (P/NP grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

198. Directed Group Study (1-5)

(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.)

Graduate

212A. Environmental Policy Process (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course in public policy (e.g., Environmental Science and Policy 160); environmental law (e.g., Environmental Science and Policy 161); course in bureaucratic theory (e.g., Political Science 187 or Environmental Science and Policy 166); course in statistics (e.g., Sociology 106 or Agricultural and Resource Economics 106). Introduction to selected topics in the policy process, applications to the field of environmental policy. Develops critical reading skills, understanding of frameworks of the policy process and political behavior, and an ability to apply multiple frameworks to the same phenomena. Offered in alternate years. (Same course as Ecology 212A.)—S. Arnold

212B. Environmental Policy Evaluation (4)

Lecture—1 hour; discussion—1 hour; seminar—2 hours. Prerequisite: intermediate microeconomics (e.g., Economics 100); Statistics 108 or Agricultural and Resource Economics 106; policy analysis (e.g., Environmental Science and Policy 168A or the equivalent); Agricultural and Resource Economics 176. Methods and practices of policy analysis; philosophical and intellectual bases of policy analysis and the political role of policy analysis. (Same course as Ecology 212B.) Offered in alternate years.—(S.) Springborn

220. Tropical Ecology (3)

Lecture—2 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: advanced introductory ecology course—course 100, Evolution and Ecology 101, 117; Evolution and Ecology 138 recommended. Open to graduate and undergraduate students who meet requirement subject to consent of instructor. An overview of present status of knowledge on structure and processes of major tropical ecosystems. Differences and similarities among tropical and temperate systems stressed. Offered in alternate years.—(S.) Rejmankova

228. Advanced Simulation Modeling (3)

Lecture—2 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: courses 128-128L; Statistics 108 or Agricultural and Resource Economics 106. Advanced techniques in simulation modeling; optimization and simulation, dynamic parameter estimation, linear models, error propagation, and sensitivity testing. Latter half of course will introduce model evaluation in ecological and social system models.

252. Sustainable Transportation Technology and Policy (3)

Lecture—2 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 160 or the equivalent. Role of technical fixes and demand management in creating a sustainable transportation system. Emphasis on technology options, including alternative fuels, electric propulsion, and IVHS. Analysis of market demand and travel behavior, environmental impacts, economics and politics. (Same course as Civil and Environmental Engineering 252.)—S. Sperling

275. Economic Analysis of Resource and Environmental Policies (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: Agricultural and Resource Economics 204/Economics 204. Development of externality theory, market failure concepts, welfare economics, theory of renewable and non-renewable resource use, and political economic models. Applications to policy issues regarding the agricultural/environment interface and managing resources in the public domain. (Same course as Agricultural and Resource Economics 275.)—S. (S.)

278. Research Methods in Environmental Policy (3)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours. Prerequisite: Agricultural and Resource Economics 106 or the equivalent. Introduction to scientific research in environmental policy. Major issues in the philosophy of the social sciences. How to design research that acknowledges theoretical assumptions and that is likely to produce evidence in an intersubjectively reliable fashion with explicit recognition of its uncertainties.

298. Directed Group Study (1-5)

299. Research (1-12)

Prerequisite: graduate standing. (S/U grading only.)

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