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Environmental Science and Policy

College of Liberal Arts

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Environmental Science and Policy - ES P Courses

Environmental Science and Policy Courses (ES P)


200. California Environmental Issues (3)
Prerequisites or corequisites: GEOL 102, 104; BIOL 200 or 211A; ECON 101 or 300.
Introduction to the history, nature, status, and future of a major environmental issue in California. Biological, physical, and societal aspects will be examined and integrated with the goal of developing a plan to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 2 hrs., discussion 1 hr., and field trips.)



300I. Environmental Law and Policy (3)
Prerequisites: Completion GE Foundation Requirements; both ECON 100 and 101, or ECON 300; POSC 100; and upper division standing.
Property rights, federal and state roles in decision-making, rights and limits of both private parties and the broad public interest. Emphasis on science in decision-making, choices between regulations and incentives, and role of bureaucracy.
Letter grade only (A-F). (2 hrs lecture, 1 hr discussion).


400. Environmental Science and Policy Capstone Project (3)
Prerequisites: BIOL 350; ECON 462 (or 463 or 464); ES P 200, 300I; GEOG 481 or 485; GEOL 300I.
An interdisciplinary evaluation of the physical, biological, social, economic, and legal dimensions of a local environmental issue. Examples include policies to control surface water run-off, policies for marine protected areas, dredging harbors, and developing, preserving, restoring wetlands and estuaries.
Letter grade only (A-F). (2 hrs lecture, 3 hr laboratory and field work).


490. Special Topics in Environmental Science and Policy (3)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Topics of current interest in environmental science and policy selected for intensive development.
Topics will be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics in different semesters. Letter grade only (A-F).


491. Senior Thesis/Project in Environmental Science and Policy (1-6)
Prerequisites: Senior status and consent of instructor.
Final completion of a thesis or research project.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units in different semesters. Letter grade only (A-F).


495. Environmental Science and Policy Internship (3)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Practical experience in an appropriate business, government, or non-profit organization.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units in different semesters. Credit/No credit grading only.


499. Environmental Science and Policy Directed Study (1-6)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Independent study under the supervision of a faculty member.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units in different semesters.