Ecological Management & Restoration, Bachelor of Science College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences

As of Fall 2022, the Ecological Management & Restoration major is no longer accepting new students. It has been absorbed into the Plant Sciences major as an area of specialization.

This major is designed for students who are interested in understanding how to manage and restore wildland and rangeland plant communities. Courses are selected to provide an interdisciplinary background that encompasses ecology, applied plant biology, and the social sciences. Students will acquire a core understanding of natural and managed ecosystems and how they function, interact with the natural environment, are connected with human society and social change, and are restored and managed.

The Program

The curriculum provides depth in the ecological and botanical sciences directed toward an integrated understanding of how communities and ecosystems function and how this knowledge can assist in their management and restoration. Courses in environmental policy and law expose the students to the social drivers and constraints of ecosystem management. All students gain practical experience through practical field courses and a required internship. Students may also pursue an Honors thesis in their senior year.

Major Advisor

Advising Center for the major is located in 1220 Plant & Environmental Sciences;

Career Alternatives

Graduates from this program are prepared to pursue a wide range of careers, including positions in ecological restoration and ecosystem management; rangeland and reserve management; environmental consulting; public, private, or non-profit agencies concerned with restoration and natural resource management; Cooperative Extension; teaching; information and communication services. Graduates are qualified to pursue advanced studies in fields such as ecology, agroecology, environmental studies, geography or weed science.

The major requirements below are in addition to meeting University Degree Requirements & College Degree Requirements; unless otherwise noted. The minimum number of units required for the Ecological Management & Restoration Bachelor of Science is 102.

Preparatory Subject Matter
Biological Science
BIS 002AIntroduction to Biology: Essentials of Life on Earth5
BIS 002BIntroduction to Biology: Principles of Ecology & Evolution5
BIS 002CIntroduction to Biology: Biodiversity & the Tree of Life5
CHE 002AGeneral Chemistry5
CHE 002BGeneral Chemistry5
Choose a series:6-12
Principles of Physics
and Principles of Physics
General Physics
and General Physics
and General Physics
Choose a series:6-8
Short Calculus
and Short Calculus
Calculus for Biology & Medicine
and Calculus for Biology & Medicine
and Calculus
Plant Science
PLS 120Applied Statistics in Agricultural Sciences4
Soil Science
SSC 100Principles of Soil Science5
PLS 101Agriculture & the Environment3-4
or ESP 001 Environmental Analysis
Preparatory Subject Matter Subtotal49-58
Depth Subject Matter
Environmental Horticulture
ENH 160Restoration Ecology4
ENH 160LRestoration Ecology Laboratory1
Plant Science
PLS 176Introduction to Weed Science4
Soil Science
Choose one:3-5
Environmental Soil Chemistry
Field Studies of Soils in California Ecosystems
Soil Microbiology
Soils in Land Use & the Environment
Soil Genesis, Morphology, & Classification
PLS 152Plant Genetics3-4
or ENH 150 Genetics & Plant Conservation: The Biodiversity Crisis
Choose two ecology courses:5-8
Wetland Ecology
Plant Ecology
PLS 131
Trees & Forests
California Plant Communities
Plant Geography
Coastal Ecosystems
Choose one:4-5
Introduction to Evolution
Plant Morphology & Evolution
Choose four restoration/conservation courses:11-16
Grassland Ecology
PLS 135
Sustainability & Agroecosystem Management
Role of Fire in Natural Ecosystems
Plant Conservation Biology
Wetland Ecology Laboratory
Conservation Biology
Wildlife Space Use & Habitat Conservation
Habitat Conservation & Restoration Laboratory
Choose one:3-4
Principles of Hydrologic Science
Runoff, Erosion & Water Quality Management
Field Methods in Hydrology
PLS 171Principles & Practices of Plant Propagation3-4
or ENH 120 Management of Container Media
PLS 100CEnvironmental Interactions of Cultivated Plants3-4
or PLS 163 Ecosystem & Landscape Ecology
PLB 111Plant Physiology3
or PLS 100A Metabolic Processes of Cultivated Plants
Environmental Science & Policy
Choose one:4
The Policy Process
Environmental Law
Urban & Regional Planning
Public Lands Management
Environmental Impact Assessment
Must be selected in consultation with master advisor.
PLS 164 (Discontinued)1
PLS 192Internship1
In addition to the required coursework listed above, students might consider taking some of the following courses:
California Insect Diversity
Plant-Water-Soil Relationships
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
PLS 135
Mineral Nutrition of Plants
Urban Ecology
GIS & Society
Sustainable Nutrient Management
Depth Subject Matter Subtotal53-68
Total Units102-126