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Environmental Studies (ENVSTD) Courses

Lower Division

ENVSTD 121 INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES (3-0-3)(F,S)(FN). Introduction to the interdisciplinary nature of environmental concepts and issues. Integrates scientific, socio-political, and humanistic approaches to the understanding of nature and of how humans interact with the rest of nature.

ENVSTD 200 ENVIRONMENTAL APPROACHES AND METHODS (3-0-3)(F/S). Introduction to problem-based learning using senses of place and concepts of justice to practice refining an environmental problem, seeking knowledge, consulting experts, collaborating on solutions, producing a proposal, and reflecting on the process. PRE/COREQ: ENVSTD 121.

ENVSTD 220 INTRODUCTION TO GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE (3-0-3) (F/S/SU). Explores the most consequential forms of contemporary global environmental change (GEC) such as climate change, agriculture, urbanization, and biodiversity loss. Drawing on the social sciences, policy, humanities, and physical sciences, this interdisciplinary course examines the causes of these changes, their impacts, and how we can address them.

Upper Division

ENVSTD 300 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT AND ANALYSIS (3-0-3)(F/S). Investigation of environmental projects carried out by local agencies and organizations. Explores how different stakeholders prioritize different environmental issues and how prescribed remedies vary. Refines and expands on problem-solving practices in community setting. Includes experience integrating knowledge from science and society. PREREQ: upper-division standing.

ENVSTD 410 ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT (3-0-3)(F/S). Examines changing energy portfolios and the environmental and social implications changes. Socio-technical systems perspective emphasizing interconnections among technology, policy, and social change. Explores tensions associated with infrastructure scale, path dependence, and energy justice. Considers the evolving public policy response to issues at the local, state, regional, national, and international level. PREREQ: upper-division standing or PERM/INST.

ENVSTD 420 CONTEMPORARY DEBATES ON GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE (3-0-3)(F/S). Provides advanced exploration of key debates surrounding Global Environmental Change (GEC) including climate change, deforestation, agriculture, biodiversity loss, and urbanization. Draws from social sciences, natural sciences, policy, and humanities to examine interactions between human and natural systems. Explores how these interactions both provoke GEC and inspire novel solutions. PREREQ: upper-division standing or PERM/INST.

ENVSTD 430 ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE (3-0-3)(F/S). Examines challenges and controversies associated with unequal distribution of environmental risks and hazards across communities. Explores the social, industrial, and economic forces that create inequitable burdens of environmental pollution as well as movements to reduce such burdens. Focus on the United States, readings include cases from around the world. PREREQ: upper-division standing or PERM/INST.

ENVSTD 435 GLOBAL MIGRATION AND THE ENVIRONMENT (3-0-3)(F/S). Environmental change influences how human populations move around the world. Natural disasters, resource degradation, and unequal access to services motivate migration. Explores contemporary migration including rural to urban transitions. Considers why people move, where they go, how they get there, and the environmental impact on receiving communities. PREREQ: upper-division standing or PERM/INST.

ENVSTD 440 NATURE CONSERVATION IN A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE (3-0-3)(F/S). Explores historical origins and contemporary debates over the protection of nature. Considers the moral and ethical role of conservation across different landscapes, species, and cultures. Evaluates the development of parks and protected areas globally including management and community conflicts and challenges. Draws upon textual, visual, multimedia, and film sources. PREREQ: upper-division standing or PERM/INST.

ENVSTD 441 ANIMALS IN TIME AND SPACE (3-0-3)(F/S). Humans, throughout time, have taken nonhuman animals seriously, as friends, foes, feasts, beasts, symbols, commodities, and more. This class will examine how humans and their environments have been shaped by interactions with other animals. It is comparative, spiraling through time and around the world to look at animals in relation to colonial and modern societies and in the oceans. PREREQ: upper-division standing or PERM/INST.

ENVSTD 450 POLICY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT (3-0-3)(F/S). Provides an overview of policy processes for the environment, including policymaking and implementation at local, regional, national and/or international scales. Examines political and institutional barriers and opportunities to policy choices and corresponding impacts on the environment. Emphasis placed on variety of stakeholders involved in decision-making and the inherent conflicts that emerge. PREREQ: upper-division standing or PERM/INST.

ENVSTD 460 THE DIRT ON DEVELOPMENT: ENVIRONMENTAL APPROACHES TO INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (3-0-3)(F/S). Provides overview of global development at multiple scales, including approaches by United Nations, nonprofit organizations, tribal communities, and the civic sector. Explores framing and pursuing development targets and goals including climate, health, microenterprise, lands, water, and hazards. Emphasis given to systems approaches to sustainability and equity. PREREQ: upper-division standing or PERM/INST.

ENVSTD 470 CLIMATE, JUSTICE, AND THE COMMONWEALTH (3-0-3)(F/S). Overview of social science approaches to understanding and researching climate change adaptation, social impacts of climate change, and communities of resilience. Examines human rights issues, literary and social responses, and concepts of justice behind climate crises and conflicts. PREREQ: upper-division standing or PERM/INST.

ENVSTD 492 CAPSTONE SEMINAR (3-0-3)(F,S)(FF). Capstone course that integrates science, policy, and the social sciences to address a real-life problem. Students will identify a problem, gather data, consult with experts, study policy, then recommend a solution. PRE/COREQ: ENVSTD 300 or PERM/INST.

ENVSTD 498 SEMINAR IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES (1-3 credits)(F,S,SU). A small class experience that is relevant to Environmental Studies. May be repeated for credit.