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Environmental Studies

Courses of Instruction

Environmental Studies (ENST)
The terms indicated are expected but are not guaranteed. For the courses offered during any given term, consult the Schedule of Classes.

ENST 100 Introduction to Environmental Studies (4, FaSp) Gateway to the majors and minors in Environmental Studies. Provides students with an overview of how government agencies and societal institutions address (or fail to address) the interrelated social and scientific aspects of environmental problems and policies.

ENST 150xg Environmental Issues in Society (4, Fa) Exploration of the major social, political, economic, religious, and philosophical disagreements that exist between scholars, leaders, and citizens concerning today’s most serious environmental issues and problems. Not available for major or minor credit to environmental studies majors and minors. Concurrent enrollment: WRIT 140.

ENST 201 Introduction to Applied Environmental Science and Engineering (4) (Enroll in ENE 201)

ENST 255 American Environmentalism (4) (Enroll in GEOG 255)

ENST 260Lg Natural Hazards (4) (Enroll in GEOG 260Lg)

ENST 270 Introduction to Environmental Law and Politics (4, Sp) (Enroll in POSC 270)

ENST 298 Introduction to Scientific Diving (2, Sp) Extensive academic preparation in the physics, physiology, safety, and methodology for in-water scientific diving. Recommended preparation: Background in natural science and/or environmental studies is strongly recommended.

ENST 320ab Water and Soil Sustainability; Energy and Air Sustainability (a: 4, Fa; b: 4, Sp) Overview of issues related to water and soil sustainability including science, policy and business aspects. (ENST 320a: Duplicates credit in former ENST 420.) Recommended preparation: ENST 100. (ENST 320b: Duplicates credit in former ENST 430.)

ENST 323 Politics of Global Environment (4) (Enroll in IR 323)

ENST 345 Conservation of Natural Resources (4) (Enroll in GEOG 345)

ENST 347 Environmental Law (4) (Enroll in POSC 347)

ENST 350m Race and Environmentalism (4) (Enroll in GEOG 350m)

ENST 360 Environmental Disasters (4) (Enroll in GEOG 360)

ENST 370 Marine and Coastal Environmental Policy (4, FaSp) Survey of major environmental policies both international and domestic as they relate to fisheries, shipping, pollution, seaports and coastal management. Recommended preparation: ENST 100, ENST 387.

ENST 387x Economics for Natural Resources and the Environment (4, Fa) An introduction to the economic tools and issues that affect natural resource use and environmental management. Not available for major credit to Economics majors.

ENST 390 Special Problems (1-4) Supervised, individual studies. No more than one registration permitted. Enrollment by petition only.

ENST 396 Directed Governmental and Political Leadership Internship (2-8, max 8) (Enroll in POSC 395)

ENST 400 Environmental Engineering Principles (3) (Enroll in ENE 400)

ENST 422 Ecological Security and Global Politics (4) (Enroll in IR 422)

ENST 427 The Global Environment (4, Sp) (Enroll in BISC 427)

ENST 436 Environmental Politics (4) (Enroll in POSC 436)

ENST 440 Environmental Risk Assessment (4, Sp) Assesses various potential environmental risks and examines how science, government, business, and industry measure and prepare for environmental risks. Recommended preparation: ENST 100.

ENST 445 Earth Climate: Past, Present, and Future (4, Fa) Introduction to the tools used to reconstruct past climate change and a thorough discussion of past climate changes on earth with an emphasis on the recent past. Recommended preparation: any introductory GEOL course.

ENST 450 Case Studies of Green Business (4, Sp) Introduction to the principles, drivers, and critiques of green business from the private perspective of profit maximization and the public perspective of environmental benefits. Prerequisite: ENST 387.

ENST 456L Conservation Genetics (4, Sp) (Enroll in BISC 456L)

ENST 477 Water Resources (4) (Enroll in GEOG 477)

ENST 485 Role of the Environment in the Collapse of Human Societies (4, Sm) Field studies in the roles of environmental problems in the collapse of ancient civilizations and analogous problems facing contemporary populations in those same places. Recommended preparation: ENST 100.

ENST 487 Resource and Environmental Economics (4) (Enroll in ECON 487)

ENST 490x Directed Research (2-8, max 8, FaSpSm) Individual research and readings. Not available for graduate credit.

ENST 495 Senior Seminar in Environmental Studies (4, Sp) Students form multidisciplinary teams and are asked to study and resolve a major environmental problem facing a particular region or target population.

ENST 499 Special Topics (2-4, max 8) Selected topics dealing with environmental issues and problems.

ENST 500 Introduction to Environmental Studies (4, Fa) This course introduces students to the major environmental issues and problems society faces today. Business, industry, and government actions concerning these issues and problems are examined.

ENST 501 Environmental Science I (2, Fa) Exposes students to critical scientific principles, concepts, and issues related to pollution control, remediation, and ecology. Corequisite: ENST 502.

ENST 502 Environmental Science Seminar I (1, Fa) A series of biweekly guest lectures on critical scientific principles, concepts, and issues related to pollution control, remediation, and ecology.

ENST 503 Environmental Science II (2, Sp) A continuation of ENST 501. Exposes students to critical scientific principles, concepts, and issues related to pollution control, remediation, and ecology. Prerequisite: ENST 501; corequisite: ENST 504.

ENST 504 Environmental Science Seminar II (1, Sp) A continuation of ENST 502. A series of biweekly guest lectures on critical scientific principles, concepts, and issues related to pollution control, remediation, and ecology.

ENST 505ab Advanced Environmental Science Seminar (2-2, FaSp) Ties together science, technology, and finance with risk assessment and policy.

ENST 510 Statistics for Environmental Analysis (4) This course introduces graduate students to the various quantitative techniques and methodological approaches used in pollution control, natural resources management, and environmental protection.

ENST 530 Environmental Risk Analysis (4, Fa) Analyzes various potential environmental risks and examines how science, government, and business measure and prepare for environmental risks.

ENST 536 The Landscape Planning Process (3) (Enroll in ARCH 536)

ENST 590 Directed Research (1-12) Research leading to the master’s degree. Maximum units which may be applied to the degree to be determined by the department. Graded CR/NC.

ENST 594abz Master’s Thesis (2-2-0) Credit on acceptance of thesis. Graded IP/CR/NC.

ENST 595 Graduate Seminar in Environmental Studies (4, Sp) Addresses the obstacles to environmental policymaking and management by examining the interrelationships between science, technology, and social science. Recommended preparation: ENST 500, ENST 501, ENST 502, ENST 503, ENST 504.

ENST 599 Special Topics (2-4, max 8) Subjects specifically relevant to an environmental studies field, sometimes conducted as intensive short courses.