Environmental Sciences

2018-19 Catalog

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Program Statement | Faculty

Lower-Division Courses

30. Biological Principles of Environmental Sciences. F
Introduction to biology and ecology for environmental sciences, focusing on the role of biological organisms within the Earth system. Topics span molecular/organismal interactions, such as photosynthesis and respiration, to global biogeochemical cycles including the role of microbes, net community production, and contaminant distributions. (General Education Code(s): PE-E.) R. Kudela, J. Zehr

Upper-Division Courses

100A. Introduction to Environmental Sciences. W
Introduces fundamental concepts for quantitative analysis of environmental problems and their application to complex systems focusing on algebraic tools. Key concepts include box models, mass and energy balances (including chemical processes), turning word problems into mathematical statements, and estimation. (Formerly Earth Sciences 114A.) Prerequisite(s): Mathematics 11A, Chemistry 1A, and Physics 6A. Enrollment is restricted to environmental sciences majors. The Staff

100B. Introduction to Environmental Processes. S
Quantitative exploration of physical and chemical processes relevant to the environment and their applications to complex environmental systems. Focuses on calculus-based tools. Key concepts include fluid mechanics, heat transfer, mass transfer, particle mechanics, turbulence, and physicochemical processes. (Formerly Earth Sciences 114B.) Prerequisite(s): course 100A or Earth sciences 114A, Mathematics 11B, Chemistry 1C, and Physics 6B. Enrollment is restricted to environmental sciences and Earth sciences majors. P. Chuang

160. Data Analysis in the Environmental Sciences. S
Introduces data-analysis methods regularly encountered within environmental sciences. Students learn how to think about data, its uncertainty, how models and data are related and depend on underlying assumptions, and how to synthesize information contained in data. Prerequisite(s): Mathematics 11B or equivalent. Enrollment is restricted to environmental sciences majors. (General Education Code(s): SR.) C. Beaulieu, C. Edwards

191. Capstone Seminar. S
In-depth exploration of a topic within the environmental sciences. Involves at least one research paper. Topics vary quarterly; consult the current course listings. Enrollment is by application with selection based on appropriate background and academic performance and by consent of the instructor. Satisfies the senior comprehensive requirement. Prerequisite(s): Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements; course 100A and previous or concurrent enrollment in course 100B. Enrollment is restricted to environmental sciences majors. Enrollment limited to 20. The Staff

195. Senior Thesis. F,W,S
Students complete their senior thesis research projects and submit their thesis in the form of a research paper that is appropriate for submission to a relevant journal or conference. Prerequisite(s): Entry Level Writing and Composition requirement. Enrollment is restricted to environmental sciences majors.Satisfies the senior comprehensive requirement. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency. The Staff

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