Academic Courses

ESM 201Ecology of Managed Ecosystems  [4 units]  Tilman
Principles of individual ecology, population ecology, community ecology, and ecosystem ecology. Emphasis on applications (conservation, resource management, ecological effects of pollution and habitat fragmentation, etc.).

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Prerequisites: None

ESM 202Environmental Biogeochemistry  [4 units]  Keller & Melack
Biogeochemical processes as applied to the Earth’s atmosphere, oceans, land, and inland waters, and applications to environmental issues such as eutrophication, toxic pollution, carbon sequestration, and acidification.

Waiver Policy
Prerequisites: Introductory Chemistry. ESM 203 is strongly recommended.

ESM 203 - Earth System Science  [4 units]  Dozier & Booth
Interactions among the atmosphere, oceans, and land and models of Earth’s climate and hydrology. Application of knowledge about the Earth System in environmental management and policy.

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Prerequisites: Geography 3 or equivalent
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ESM 204Economics of Environmental Management  [4 units] Libecap
Environmental regulation (incentives, command, and control), asymmetric information (cost revelation and auditing), regulatory incidence, dynamics and discounting, exhaustible and renewable resources, valuation, environmental macroeconomics, trade and the environment, and comparative regulatory analysis.

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Prerequisites: ESM 251 or equivalent.
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ESM 206AStatistics & Data Analysis for Environmental Science & Management  [2 units] Horst
Develop skills and conceptual framework to effectively use data to solve practical problems. Topics include descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, experimental design, exploratory data analysis, probability and uncertainty, time series analysis, and spatial stats. Emphasis of case studies from environmental problems.

Prerequisites: Math 3ABC or equivalent.
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ESM 206B - Statistics & Data Analysis for Environmental Science & Management  [2 units] Horst
Develop skills and conceptual framework to effectively use data to solve practical problems. Topics include descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, experimental design, exploratory data analysis, probability and uncertainty, time series analysis, and spatial stats. Emphasis of case studies from environmental problems.

Prerequisites: Math 3ABC or equivalent.
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ESM 207 - Environmental Law and Policy  [4 units]  Salzman
Basic elements of the legal system as it specifically relates to environmental issues. Study of the different stages and different institutions involved in environmental policy making.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 210 - Business and the Environment  [4 units]  Potoski
Introduces students to business objectives and structure and discusses new business models and tools that incorporate principles of environmental management and corporate performance. It highlights corporate strategies that deliver value to shareholders while responding to environmental concerns.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 211 - Applied Population Ecology  [4 units]  Kendall
Examination of the application of population ecology to conservation of rare species and management of harvested populations. Topics include populations regulation, population viability analysis, fisheries management, metapopulation dynamics, and populations monitoring.

Prerequisites: ESM 201
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ESM 212 - Biological Community Survey & Analysis  [4 units]  Davis
Design and execution of field sampling campaigns to characterize, map, and inventory plant and animal communities. Includes review of basic sampling theory, measurements for terrestrial vegetation, vertebrate and invertebrate survey methods, multivariate analysis of community data, vegetation and species habitat mapping and modeling.

Prerequisites: ESM 201
Normally offered every other year.
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ESM 213 - Ecotoxicology  [4 units]  Means
Ecotoxicology will examine the biochemistry and biology of the responses of organisms in ecosystems to the presence of substances in the environment that can cause adverse effects upon the organisms. The course will also present case studies from recent literature.

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ESM 214 - Biological Waste Treatment  [4 units]  
Concepts and approaches to alleviate the effects of pollution using biological processes. Biological, chemical, physical, and practical aspects of hazardous and nonhazardous waste remediation, large scale composting, and associated renewable energy generation. Current trends and opportunities in the environmental and solid waste industries.

Prerequisites: (None)
Normally offered every other year. 
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ESM 215 - Landscape Ecology  [4 units] 
Relationships between spatial patterns in landscape structure (physical, biological, and cultural) and ecological processes. Role of ecosystem pattern in mass and energy transfers, disturbance regimes, species’ persistence, applications of remote sensing, and GIS for landscape characterization and modeling.

Prerequisites: ESM 201
Normally offered every other year.
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ESM 219 - Microbial Processes in the Environment  [4 units]  Holden
Microbes are the most abundant organisms on earth and are responsible for most biogeochemical cycling. Who and where are they, what do they do, and how? This course provides an integrated understanding applicable to managing the environment and natural resources.

Prerequisites: ESM 202 or equivalent
Normally offered every other year.
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ESM 222 - Fate and Transport of Pollutants in the Environment  [4 units]  Keller
Transport and biogeochemical transformation of pollutants in the environment. Review of pollutant properties and media characteristics that affect transport, accumulation, and degradation of pollutants. Basic tools for managing pollutants in the environment, including prevention, detection, and remediation.

Prerequisites: ESM 202
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ESM 223 - Management of Soil and Groundwater Quality  [4 units]  Brown
Focuses on protection and remediation of contaminated aquifers. Covers the determination of groundwater quality objectives based on risk assessment, approaches for protecting or remediating aquifers and contaminated soils, and cost evaluation of management strategies.

Prerequisites: ESM 202, 203 {Strongly recommended: ESM 222 and groundwater hydrology.}
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ESM 223L - Laboratory in Management of Soil and Groundwater Quality  [1 unit]  Keller
A hands-on approach to learning how to sample and treat contaminated soil and groundwater. The series of lab modules covers field sampling, analysis, unit treatment processes and a remediation design project. Students are presented with state-of-the-art technologies for dealing with contamination.

Prerequisites: ESM 222 and ESM 223 or concurrent enrollment in ESM 223
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ESM 224Sustainable Watershed Quality Management  [4 units]  Keller
Integrates Environmental Science & Management to address sustainable watershed management. Learn the elements of a watershed management plan and become familiar with the development process that takes into consideration various issues and concerns and provides concrete actions to address them.

Prerequisites: ESM 202 & 203. Strongly recommended: ESM 222 and 234 or 235.
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ESM 225 - Water Policy  [4 units]  Wilkinson
Explores key water policy issues in the context of science, technology, and the practical management of water systems. If focuses on the nexus of science, economics, law, and social and political factors play in the policy process.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 226 - Groundwater Management [4 units] Brown
Examines the principles and tools for groundwater management and stewardship of groundwater resources in the US and includes examples drawn from global groundwater management challenges.

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ESM 229 - Science, Economics, & Policy of Climate Change  [4 units]  Kolstad & Tague
Natural and social science of climate change. Human causes, expected impacts and how systems might adapt. Greenhouse gas generation, possible mitigation strategies and policy actions, assessments of current and projected future change and strategies for ameliorating impacts. Use of an integrated assessment model.

Prerequisites: ESM 204
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ESM 230 - Strategic Planning for Non-Profit Ventures   [4 units]  Cotter (Chan)
This course is about strategic planning issues unique to non-profits. Provides an entrepreneurial perspective for charitable organizations, non-government organizations, social ventures and not-for-profit organizations. Topics include stakeholder analysis, the mission statement, strategic objectives and goals, board development, fiscal management and fundraising.

Prerequisites:(None)
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ESM 232 - Environmental Modeling  [4 units] Dozier 
Introduction to the development, evaluation, interpretation, and presentation of models as applied to environmental problems. Course will consist of theory and many practical examples building and interpreting models using computers. No previous computer experience required.

Prerequisites: Math 3ABC or equivalent
Normally offered every other year.
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ESM 233  - River Restoration  [2 units]  Dunne
Review of hydrologic, geomorphic, and engineering principles used in restoration of rivers, floodplains, and riparian zones for safety, land management, and ecosystem improvement. The course involves lectures and the analysis and reporting of general principles and case studies.

Prerequisites: ESM 203
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ESM 234  - River Systems  [4 units]  Dunne
Hydrologic and geomorphic basis of environmental management problems concerning large river systems. Analysis of the processes of flooding, sedimentation, and morphological change in channels, floodplains, deltas, and alluvial fans. Effects of climate, land use and engineering.

Prerequisites: ESM 203
Normally offered every other year. 
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ESM 235  - Watershed Analysis  [4 units]  Dunne
Hydrologic and geomorphic basis of environmental management problems concerning land surfaces and channels in small drainage basins, including the effects of land use and engineering. Emphasis placed in the use of theory and field methods.

Prerequisites: ESM 203
Normally offered every other year
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ESM 236 - The Mountain Snowpack  [3 units]  Dozier
Intensive field, laboratory, and classroom study of physical processes in the mountain snowpack. Snow accumulation and ablation, metamorphism, physical and chemical properties, and remote sensing. Role of snow in watershed hydrology, water resources, and recreation.

Prerequisites: ESM 203, intermediate skiing ability and consent of instructor.
Normally offered every other year over spring break. 
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ESM 237  - Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation  [4 units]  Tague
Global climate change may dramatically alter water resources and the ecosystems that depend upon them. This course will provide an overview of research on current and projected future hydro-ecological impacts of a changing climate at local to global scales.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 238  - Climate Change Agreements and Politics  [4 units]  Clemencon
The seminar will provide students with a basic introduction to climate change politics and policy, combining an international relations and comparative politics approach. It will trace the evolution of the complex international climate change agreement signed by countries in 1992 (UNFCCC) and discuss the difficult collective action problem related to agreeing on a comprehensive global climate agreement by December 2015. Political, technical and methodological questions will be covered, related to defining binding “common but differentiated responsibilities” (UNFCCC) between rich and poor countries, emissions trading (EU Emissions Trading System, CDM, REDD+, California ABS32), emission inventory reporting and verification, and international climate financing for developing countries for adaptation and mitigation. The second part of the course will explore national climate and energy policy approaches of key countries, with an objective to learn lessons from experiences with different public policy instruments and emission reduction projects. A look at sub-national and voluntary private sector and NGO initiatives on energy and climate will be included.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 240  - Climate Change Biology  [2 units]  Hannah
Biological changes in response to climate, their causes, emerging conservation responses and policy implications.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 241 - Environmental Politics and Policy  [2 units]  Anderson
The politics of environmental policymaking from agenda formation to the stages of implementation, assessment, and reforms. Emphasis on national and state level policymaking in the U.S. coupled with a consideration of interactions across levels of social organization and comparisons across socio-political systems.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 242 - Natural Resource Economics and Policy  [4 units]  Costello
Economic principles and policy issues in the use of exhaustible and renewable resources including fossil fuels, water, minerals, fisheries, forests, and biodiversity. Management of resource markets on a regional or international scale.

Prerequisites: ESM 204
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ESM 243 - Environmental Policy Analysis  [4 units]  Anderson
Developing and analyzing environmental policies involves balancing social, political, and economic considerations. Course covers this process, including problem identification, formation of alternative policy response, and methods of analyzing and selecting the most appropriate policy response, and effective communications of results to clients/policymakers.

Prerequisites: ESM 204 & ESM 241
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ESM 244 - Advanced Data Analysis  [4 units] Horst
Learn to use specialized data analysis techniques commonly employed in ESM. Topics include: environmental monitoring, incorporating methods for censored data and for time series; spatial data interpolation and prediction; and multi-criteria decision analysis.

Prerequisites: ESM 206A&B or equivalent
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ESM 245 - Cost-Benefit Analysis and Non-market Valuation  [4 units] Libecap 
Economic theory of environmental policy, with special emphasis on the role of cost-benefit analysis. Techniques for estimating economic values for nonmarket environmental resources. Case studies involving ecosystem protection, pollution control, and other topics to illustrate the necesarry analytical tools.

Prerequisites: ESM 204
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ESM 248 - Environmental Institutions  [4 units]  Potoski
Comparative study of management systems or regimes addressing natural resources and environmental concerns and operating at scales ranging from local to global. Topics include characterization of individual regimes and factors affecting the formation, evolution, and effectiveness of these institutional arrangements.

Prerequisites: (None)
Normally offered every other year.
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ESM 251 - Economics and Environmental Policy Analysis  [2 units] Plantinga
Design and evaluation of public policies for addressing environmental problems. Theory of environmental policy that arises from the study of markets, market failure, and economic efficiency as well as the broader scope of analysis that accounts for distributional concerns, sustainability, impact analysis, cost effectiveness, and multi-criteria analysis.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 254 - Coastal Marine Ecosystem Processes  [4 units] Miller
Examination of physical, chemical and geological processes in coastal ecosystems, including estuaries, that are influenced by human activities. Focus centers on dynamical processes that control biological communities and resources, and the relationship of the science to marine resource management and policy.

Prerequisites: ESM 201 & 203; 202 (may be concurrent)
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ESM 256A - Introduction to Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation  [2 units]  Cotter (Chan)
Introduction to entrepreneurship for students interested in launching a new product or service that offers an environmental and/or social benefit. Provides an entrepreneurial perspective and overview of the venture creation process. Emphasis on idea generation, opportunity recognition and initial concept development.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 256B -  New Venture Opportunity Analysis   [4 units] Cotter (Chan)
Development of the analytical and conceptual skills required to assess the feasibility of a new venture opportunity. Topics include industry analysis, concept development, market definition, customer discovery, elements of a business model and competitive analysis.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 257 - Coastal Marine Policy & Management   [4 units] Hastings
Conceptual approaches and analytical tools used in marine ecosystem management, marine biodiversity protection, and integrative watershed planning. Review of relevant international, federal and state marine policies and programs.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 260  - Applied Marine Ecology  [4 units]  Lenihan
The application of ecological principles and methods to environmental problems in marine ecosystems. Emphasis is placed on design and execution of field sampling and experiments to assess biological impacts of anthropogenic disturbances and restoration activities. Concepts illustrated with case studies

Prerequisites: ESM 201  
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ESM 261 - Management of Scientific Data  [4 units]  Frew
Theory, techniques, and tools for managing heterogeneous scientific information, database architectures, and data models. Metadata standards and data characterization. Design and use of relational databases. Aspects of the science data life cycle: collection, storage, retrieval, analysis, and presentation.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 263  - Geographic Information Systems  [4 units]  Frew
Advanced introduction to GIS theory and technology, emphasizing spatial analysis and cartographic presentation. Typical algorithms and data structures. Role of GIS in environmental information management. Integration of GIS with other analytical tools.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 264  - Web Mapping/Publishing   [2 units]  Frew
Tools and techniques for publishing, accessing, and manipulating environmental information on the World Wide Web, including: web services; scientific and geographic markup languages; virtual globes; distributed geographic information systems; open-source tools; geographic mashups.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 266 - Remote Sensing of the Environment  [4 units]  Dozier
Advanced introduction to remote sensing theory, technology, and applications in Environmental Science & Management. Survey of principles and analytical methods throughout the electromagnetic spectrum. Integration of remote sensing with other tools.

Prerequisites: ESM 203
Normally offered every other year.
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ESM 269 - Survey Design and Environmental Public Opinion  [2 units]  Anderson
Issues of survey design, including sampling, questionnaire design, data collection and data processing. Students will design and field an original survey, analyze the survey data and report the results.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 270 - Conservation Planning & Priority Setting  [4 units] Halpern
Analytical approaches that can be used to direct energy and resources toward conservation that yields the greatest return on investment. Case studies of how government agencies, international multilateral institutions and non-governmental agencies identify where to invest their conservation efforts.

Prerequisites: ESM 201
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ESM 271  - Carbon Footprints & Carbon Accounting   [2 units]  Suh
Using the BSI’s PAS 2050, the WRI’s GHG Protocols, and the ISO14067, basic skills and knowledge necessary to establish corporate carbon accounts and to calculate carbon footprints will be covered.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 272 - Energy and Resource Productivity  [4 units]  Suh
Options for improving energy and resources productivity are evaluated from technology, economics, and policy point of view. Energy, housing, transportation and agro-food sectors will be elaborated, and energy-resource nexus will be discussed. 4 units

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 273 - Life Cycle Assessment  [4 units]  Geyer & Suh
Advanced introduction to life cycle assessment (LCA) tools and practice. Students will conduct an LCA according to ISO 14040/44 (2006) using professional LCA software. Goal and scope definition, parametric life cycle inventory modeling, impact assessment, sensitivity analysis, reporting.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 275  - Principles and Practice of Environmental Planning  [4 units] Jacobson
Principles, concepts, and techniques of environmental planning at the state, regional, and local government levels, with emphasis on emerging trends in addressing environmental problems. Green plans, sustainable communities, coastal planning, agricultural land preservation, smart development, new urbanism, and mitigation monitoring.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 276 - Ethical Decision-Making for the Environment  [2 units]  Harris
Ethical and legal issues surrounding environmental decision-making by individuals and in organizations. Environmental challenges facing public, non-profit and for-profit organizations. Analysis of behavior according to ethical standards; examination of opportunities for corporate social responsibility and initiatives; application of ethical frameworks to decision-making.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 279 - Financial Management and Environmental Accounting  [4 units] Edwards
Corporate financial management and reporting and environmental accounting. Function of stock markets, discounted cash flows, investment appraisal and decisions, valuation of bonds and stocks, the capital structure decision, the accounting model, management and control of enterprises, financial reporting and financial statement analysis.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 280 - Organizations and Environmental Leadership  [4 units] Jostes
Individuals play an important role in leading organizations toward environmental sustainability and implementing cross-sector initiatives. Getting results in today's complex world requires collectively influencing peers, managers and executives at a variety of organizational levels to bridge the gap between the values they hold and the conditions they face. Course participants learn about their own behaviors and build skills to more effectively influence environmental decision making within groups, organizations, networks and society. The course explores, theory, practice and skill-building.

Prerequisites: (None)

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ESM 281 - Corporate Environmental Management  [4 units] Potoski
Prepares students to use creatively conceptual tools and management strategies to improve the environmental performance of firms. Corporate, societal, and political barriers to implementing these innovative strategies will be analyzed and methods for overcoming these constraints discussed.

Prerequisites: ESM 210
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ESM 282 - Industrial Ecology  [4 units] Geyer 
Introduction to the study of material and energy flows in industrial and consumer activities and their effects on the environment. Explores the concept of industrial ecosystems and teaches tools like life cycle assesment and material flow analysis.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 283 - Environmental Negotiation  [4 units]  Jostes
Strategic negotiations take place daily. Their successful outcome depends on the competence of the negotiators. Using environmental case studies and negotiation exercises, course participants will gain a hands-on understanding of the negotiation process and how they can influence it.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 285 - Environmental Markets  [4 units]  Libecap
Environmental and resource problems are due to incomplete property rights. Defining rights and using environmental markets can be an alternative to regulation.  Emphasis on when this might be the case and analysis of markets in fisheries, water, land use, and emissions.

Prerequisites: ESM 251 recommended
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ESM 288 - Energy, Technology and the Environment  [4 units]  Geyer
Covers the main physical principles of energy conversion and the environmental impacts related to it. Also explores the balance between resource availability and demand, and the relationship between energy use and technology.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 293  - Advanced Special Topics in Climate and Energy  [1-4 units]
Advanced topics in climate and energy.

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ESM 293-1W  - Pyrogeography and Policy--Wildfire and People on a Warming Planet  [2 units] Swetnam
Wildfire constitutes a set of “wicked problems” for human communities living within fire-prone landscapes, and increasingly for the global climate system.  The causes and consequences of these problems, and appropriate societal responses to them, vary tremendously from place to place. In this short course we will review and discuss the current state of relevant physical and ecological fire sciences and the historical/social circumstances of selected wildfire problems. We will focus on exemplars in the western U.S., including Southern California, Sierra Nevada and Southwestern landscapes.  We will also briefly consider global wildfire issues, including climate change, land uses, carbon dynamics and policies in boreal landscapes of Siberia, Canada and Alaska.

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ESM 293-1S- Climate & Energey [2 units] Flannery
Climate skepticism is growing, yet in democracies good policy depends upon an informed public. Strategies for funding, building, and operating climate education are discussed, with a particular focus on Australia's new crowd-sourced Climate Council.

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ESM 294 - Advanced Special Topics in Environmental Law  [1-4 units]
Advanced, special topics in environmental law. May be repeated for credit with changes in content.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 294-1W - Climate Justice [2 units] Zaelke & Picolotti
This course examines the goal and processes of climate justice within the broader context of international environmental law and environmental justice. Climate justice addresses the unequal burden climate change impacts imposes on vulnerable peoples (and places), including inhabitants of low-lying islands and coastal areas, and considers the rights-based approach of human rights versus the more standard regulatory approach of environmental law. The course will include lectures and group exercises.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 294-2W - Water Law [2 units] Daniels
The course will consider state and federal laws respecting water allocation, development, and conservation. More specifically, the course will address: California law governing the allocation of water rights; public rights in the use and conservation of water; allocation of water resources between the federal government and states, with a particular focus on the overlap between federal environmental law and state allocation of water rights.  The course will also highlight ways non-lawyers can influence legal and political outcomes relating to water law.  Students will have the option of completing a course paper or taking a final examination for the course.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 294-1S - Natural Resources Law and Policy [2 units] Salzman
This course examines the law and policy of how we use nature's resources -- from forests and fisheries to biodiversity and parks. We pay special attention to the historical and political origins of our competing ideas of why nature matters and what we should do with it, from economically productive use and outdoor recreation to preserving the natural world for its own sake. We also consider the complicated interplay of science and law.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 296 - Advanced Special Topics in Environmental Management  [1-4 units]
Advanced, special topics in environmental management. May be repeated for credit with changes in content.

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ESM 296-1W - Confronting Models with Data: State of the Art Hydrologic Modeling [1 unit] Tague
This short workshop in hydrologic modeling will offer an intensive look at some cutting edge practices in the design and application of hydrologic models. We will begin with an overview of hydrologic modeling - reviewing the evolution that lead to the different types of hydrologic models currently available, as well as new state of the art initiatives. We will then focus on a central issue in hydrologic modeling - confronting models with data. We will address this issue in two ways: 1) how we use data to improve models; and 2) how we use data to define model uncertainty and incorporate that uncertainty into model predictions. The course will combine lectures with two in-class exercises. Exercises will involve the use of R statistical software. We will guide students through the necessary R steps required for the exercises. However, if you are new to R, we recommend going through a short introductory R tutorial prior to the class. 

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ESM 296-2W - Ecodesign [1 unit] Lee
Life-cycle environmental impacts of a product is determined largely during the design phase of the product. Therefore designing a product to minimize its life-cycle environmental impact (ecodesign) is one of the most effective ways to reduce the environmental footprint of products. Increasingly more industries including Herman Miller, HP, and Boeing are practicing ecodesign, and various governmental entities have initiated ecodesign programs (see e.g., http://www.epa.gov/dfe/). In this course, ecodesign concepts and engineering design procedures are presented. Methods necessary for the implementation of ecodesign including product modeling, life cycle thinking (LCT), environmental quality function deployment (EQFD), and environmental benchmarking (EBM) are discussed. Procedures for deriving Ecodesign strategies and tasks, product specifications, function analysis, finding solutions, selecting conceptual design from the variants are also discussed. Student groups work on hands-on case studies using products of the group's choice.

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ESM 296-3W - Engaging the System [1 unit] Hsueh
This one-unit workshop will introduce the basic framework of systems thinking and system dynamics, and how they can be used to effect large-scale systemic change. This framework has been applied to numerous corporate and environmental systems, including fisheries and water resource management. The workshop will also focus on providing practical skills and tools for effective multi-stakeholder dialogue and facilitation, which can be very helpful for Bren's Group Project process. This will be a fun, highly participatory and experiential workshop.

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ESM 296-1S - Conservation Management in Practice [2 units] O'Connell
This short course uses case studies, discussion and lecture to examine the practice and realities of conservation management. Students will gain insight into the challenges faced in implementing conservation management and how to accomplish tangible results, and will leave with resources and ideas to help them pursue their goals. Different potential career paths will be discussed, with an emphasis on non-profit organizations and their activities. This course is designed for students considering a career in conservation who may not have extensive “real world” experience, or for those re-examining their career focus. Includes advance reading of two books – Forces for Good (required – ISBN 1118118804) and Whole Earth Discipline: The Eco-pragmatist Manifesto (suggested – ISBN 0670021210).
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ESM 296-2S - The Quiet (R)Evolution in Environmental Management: Ecosystem Services, Systems Thinking, and the Next Wave in Public & Private Sector Environmental Performance [2 units] Waage
This two-day workshop provides a brief overview of the emergence of ecosystem services concepts, current scientific thinking on the topic and their relationship to biodiversity concepts. The workshop will describe key emerging decision-making aids and current examples of integrating ecosystem services concepts into public sector decision-making as well as corporate environmental management processes, based on ongoing research conducted by the instructor in her capacity as lead in Business for Social Responsibility’s (BSR's) Ecosystem Services Working Group (www.bsr.org/en/our-work/working-groups/ecosystem-services-tools-markets). This workshop will also include a series of interactive sessions, to provide students with 'hands on' decision-making experiences. Workshop participants will gain a strong grounding in the rationale for this current shift in thinking and its implications for environmental decision-making processes in public and private sector settings.​

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ESM 296-3S- Equity & the Managed Environment [1 unit] Anderson & Lenihan
Issues of equity in environmental management take many forms including distributional impacts in environmental markets, access to clean water, and the sourcing and manufacturing of global products. This five-session lecture/discussion series invites experts in environmental management fields to describe issues of equity in their experience and research. Topics are chosen for relevance to a broad range of Bren specializations.

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ESM 297 - Advanced Special Topics in Environmental Policy  [1-4 units] 
Advanced, special topics in environmental policy. May be repeated for credit with changes in content.

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ESM 297-1S- Environmental Persuasion in Action [2 units] Potoski
In this course we will explore the use of message framing and persuasion in public environmental communications. The course will consist of three classroom lecture and discussion sessions covering topics on environmental psychology, persuasion, and framing, all with a focus on public media and communication. Students will then attend local government or community group meetings to see how these ideas are used in real world settings. The class will conclude with a wrap up session during finals week in which students will share how motivation, communication and persuasion can help solve environmental problems in public settings.

ESM 297-2S - Motor Vehicle Regulatory Policy and the Environment [2 units] Raney
This course provides a history of and evaluation of current trends inregulatory policy for motor vehicles, focusing on emission,s and fuel economy controls. Current case studies, such as California’s zero-emissions vehicle mandate and new Federal CO2/Fuel Economy standards, will be presented. Students will gain an awareness of the opportunities, challenges and constraints for advancing policy and industry toward a more sustainable future for transportation.

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ESM 298 - Advanced Special Topics: Eco-E Lab  [2 units]  Cotter (Chan)
Advanced, special topics in eco-entrepreneurship. May be repeated for credit with changes in content.

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ESM 299  - Advanced Special Topics in Environmental Science  [1 - 4 units]
Advanced, special topics in environmental science. May be repeated for credit with changes in content.

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ESM 299-1S - Biological Community Survey & Analysis [2 units] Davis
Design and execution of field sampling campaigns to characterize, map, and inventory plant and animal communities. Includes review of basic sampling theory, measurements for terrestrial vegetation, vertebrate and invertebrate survey methods, multivariate analysis of community data, vegetation and species habitat mapping and modeling.

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ESM 401A  - Masters Group Project  [4 units]
1st quarter of a year-long group study of an environmental problem. Includes in-class training sessions to develop skills necessary to efficiently and effectively conduct the study.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 401B - Masters Group Project  [4 units]
2nd quarter of a year-long group study of an environmental problem.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 401C - Masters Group Project  [4 units]
Final quarter of a year-long group study of an environmental problem. Requires completion of a final report, policy brief, poster, and defense, and public presentation.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 402A  - Masters Eco-E Project: New Venture Formation  [4 units] Cotter (Chan)
This course teaches students how to pursue opportunities for new ventures and transform them into real enterprises, focusing on development of viable business models.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 402B - Masters Eco-E Project  [4 units]
2nd quarter of a year-long team project to develop a new environmental venture.

Prerequisites: (None)
(Eco-E Project)
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ESM 402C - Masters Eco-E Project  [4 units]
3rd and final quarter of a year-long team project to develop a new environmental venture. Requires completion of a final report, marketing communication materials and public presentation.

Prerequisites: (None)
(Eco-E Project)
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ESM 410 - Internship Practicum  [1 unit]
Students complete a summer internship, prepare a short paper, and present internship experiences to the Bren School community through an informal presentation.

Prerequisites: Completion of a summer internship.
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ESM 425 - Workshops in Communication  [0.5 - 1 unit]
Special workshops to help Bren students strengthen communication skills.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 425-1W - Applied Communications Tools for Conservation Initiatives - Meeting with Policymakers  [1 unit] - Sikich

This workshop will help students hone their communications skills for success in conservation policy, with a focus on meeting with policymakers. Students will learn tactics for planning and carrying out communications and meetings policymakers. The workshop will include guest speakers from local legislative offices and conservation organizations to share firsthand perspectives and tips for conducting legislative meetings. It will be an active, practical workshop involving mock legislative meetings and other in-class exercises based on applied case studies.

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ESM 425-1S - Applied Communications Tools for Conservation Initiatives - Written Communication for the Media [1 unit] Sikich
This is the third workshop in a series of three communication workshops taught by Sarah Sikich (MESM 2005), and is designed to help students advance their written communication skills targeted for the media.It willinvolve case-studies and applied in-classexercises that focus onwritten, media-related communication, such as letters to the editor, opinion editorials, and press releases. Students will learn strategies for, and practice preparing writtenmediapiecesrelated toenvironmental policy. While the communication workshops are designed as a series, students may choose take any of the individual workshops and are not required to enroll in all three.

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ESM 430 - Workshops in Environmental Science & Management  [0.5 - 1 unit]
Workshops to develop professional skills for careers in Environmental Science & Management.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 430-1S - CEQA/NEPA Workshop [1 unit] Willis
The objective of the workshop is to provide you with a basic understanding of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). These are two regulatory frameworks that govern the practice of environmental impact assessment, the most important tool used by environmental planners to identify and evaluate the potential environmental consequences of proposed policies or activities. NEPA applies to the federal government, while CEQA applies to state and local agencies within California. The intent is to provide you with a sound basic understanding of these two important regulatory frameworks, so focus will not be on the details of these processes; rather, the workshop will provide background on the history and objectives of the environmental review process in the U.S., and a broad overview of the NEPA and CEQA processes, focusing on their similarities and key differences.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 436 - Legal Issues in Environmental Problem Solving  [0.5 - 1 unit]
May be repeated for credit with changes in content. Workshops to expose students to a range of technical and business writing.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 437 - Writing Skills for Environmental Professionals  [2 units] Kayfetz
This course is an intensive analysis of the principles of excellent academic writing for graduate students preparing a range of texts including research papers, group project proposals, posters, requests for funding, dissertations. In-class discussion focuses on the central role of rhetorical positioning in the development of clear, interesting, and rigorous text for the appropriate audience. We also discuss the significance of audience and purpose, genre, narrowing the problem space, construction of logical arguments, and reporting of data, as well as other important concepts including reader-oriented writing, precision, tone, and strategies useful for developing content and approaches to redrafting and editing.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 440-1S - Advanced Environmental Communication  [2 units] Leombruni
Students pursuing the Strategic Environmental Communication and Media Focus must take both sections of ESM 440.
This course will focus on strategic communication about environmental issues with the ultimate goal of optimizing communication to target audiences such as the general public, policymakers, business leaders, NGOs, and funders.In order to get the message right, effective environmental communication requires an understanding of the intended audience, their real values and attitudes, and recognitionof the complexity of decision making, including how reason, emotion, and social influence work.Effective environmental communication also involves strategy--who you will target, why, and how--and a deep understanding of the convoluted scientific "message landscape" that our own messages compete in for attention.Finally, since every form of communication requires you to think clearly, organize your thoughts, and deliver a streamlined, concise message, this short course will also focus intensively on writing. Homework assignments will challenge you to apply the skills we discuss in class and create your own tailored, effective, and strategic environmental messages.
ESM 440-1S is open to first year MESM students who intend to pursue the Strategic Environmental Communication and Media Focus.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 440-2S - Advanced Environmental Communication  [2 units] Hutton
Students pursuing the Strategic Environmental Communication and Media Focus must take both sections of ESM 440.
This course will focus on strategic communication about environmental issues with the ultimate goal of optimizing communication to target audiences such as the general public, policymakers, business leaders, NGOs, and funders.In order to get the message right, effective environmental communication requires an understanding of the intended audience, their real values and attitudes, and recognitionof the complexity of decision making, including how reason, emotion, and social influence work.Effective environmental communication also involves strategy--who you will target, why, and how--and a deep understanding of the convoluted scientific "message landscape" that our own messages compete in for attention.Finally, since every form of communication requires you to think clearly, organize your thoughts, and deliver a streamlined, concise message, this short course will also focus intensively on writing. Homework assignments will challenge you to apply the skills we discuss in class and create your own tailored, effective, and strategic environmental messages.
ESM 440-1S is open to first year MESM students who intend to pursue the Strategic Environmental Communication and Media Focus.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 441 - Introduction to Environmental Media Production [2 units] Hanrahan
This hands-on course is designed to give students the core skills needed to conceptualize, capture, edit, and deliver short-form environmental documentaries. The basic tools of filmmaking -- cinematography, lighting, sound, and editing -- are covered.

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ESM 442 - Grassroots Organizing, Outreach, & Campaigning [2 units]
Reviews the role and effectiveness of grassroots environmental efforts on local, statewide, and national scales. Leaders from several local environmental groups will train students on strategy, campaigning, working with community members, engaging in local politics, and tailoring their efforts to achieve different objectives.

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ESM 444 - Writing about the Environment for the Public [2 units] Ross
Explores written genres for scientists to educate and influence public audiences. Students will analyze and practice message/story development with emphasis on interviewing, analyzing and framing environmental issues in news. Students will complete course with media-ready work.

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ESM 445 - Social Media and the Environment [2 units] Alario
Students will learn about and use different social media tools to engage and activate social networks to generate environmental awareness and action.

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ESM 449 - Environmental Communication Practicum [4 units] Alario
This capstone course will give students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and communication skills in a practical setting. Working in teams with diverse skills, students will develop and implement their own information campaign in association with an environmental firm, organization, local or regional government, or other institution. Students may choose to use the environmental issue(s) explored in their Group Project or Eco-Entrepreneurship Project, or another topic.

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ESM 595A-Z  - Group Studies: MESM/PhD  [1 - 4 units]
Seminars in selected fields of Environmental Science & Management. Open to master and PhD students. May be repeated for credit with changes in content.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 595AA-ZZ  - Group Studies: PhD Level  [1 - 4 units]
Seminars in selected fields of Environmental Science & Management. Open only to PhD students. May be repeated for credit with changes in topic.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 595AA PhD Seminar: Seminar in Hydrology and Geomorphology   [2 units]  Dunne

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ESM 595CC - PhD Seminar: Aquaculture  [2 units]  Lenihan

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ESM 595EE - PhD Seminar: Managing Spatial Marine Resources  [2 units] Costello and Wilson
This PhD seminar will introduce students to the science of spatial marine resource management. Our focus will be on developing, interpreting, and analyzing models to answer applied resource management questions. Examples of topics that will be covered include: marine reserve design, spatial fisheries management, data-poor stock assessment using spatial gradients, fishermen behavior, and tradeoff analysis of spatial policies. Weekly readings will be accompanied by class discussion, lectures, and guest speakers. Students will develop and present a research proposal in the final two weeks of class.

Prerequisites: (None)  
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ESM 595GG - PhD Seminar: Ecological Sustainability  [2 units]  Davis

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ESM 595II - PhD Seminar: Science, Policy, and the Environment   [2 units]  Young

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ESM 595JJ - PhD Seminar: Environmental Microbiology  [2 units]  Holden

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 595MB - Field Experiments for the Social Sciences [2 units] Buntaine
This seminar is an introduction to the experimental methods used in the social sciences to understand how individuals and organizations respond to stimuli in their environments, including policies, programs, persuasion, monitoring, and information. Field experiments have two core components: (1) subjects are randomly exposed to stimuli under the control of the researcher and/or partners and (2) behavioral responses are measured in the subjects’ actual environment. This seminar will explore design principles for field experiments and design field experiments to support the research goals of the participants.

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ESM 595PBPhD Seminar - Collaborative Interdisciplinary Research  [2 units in winter or spring] Anderson & Tague
Students will learn how to conduct interdisciplinary collaborative research by working on a research paper that engages different disciplinary perspectives. The co-instructors will contribute their expertise in two or more disciplines (science, management, policy, economics, business, law, etc.) to explore a research question in the field of environmental science. Instructors and students will collaborate to develop a multi-authored paper that addresses the research question. Students will learn and practice techniques for comprehensive literature review, excellent group writing, oral presentation, peer review, and appropriate referencing. Required for 1st or 2nd year PhD students, optional for other graduate students.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 595RRPhD Seminar - Research Conduct and Ethics [1 unit] Suh
Research conduct and ethics provide a guidance on what is the right thing to do as a researcher in the course of performing and reporting scientific research. In this course, the following topics will be discussed: (1) Basics in research conduct and ethics; (2) Plagiarism, authorship and peer-review; (3) Falsification and fabrication of data; (4) Human subjects; and (5) Financial interests. We will review historical cases of research misconduct including Soman and Felig case (1978), Hwang and Schatten case (2004, 2005), Bjørn Lomborg case (2003), and the case of cold fusion. Finally, we will review the institutional mechanisms in place at UCSB for prevention research misconducts.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 595SB - PhD Seminar - Proposal Writing  [2 units - in fall quarter] Keller & Melack
Students will learn about funding opportunities for interdisciplinary research and how to write effective proposals. Each student will select a research question based on his/her intended research. The instructors will guide students through the proposal writing process, including formulating research questions, literature review, development of hypotheses, approach, expected outcomes, broader significance, budgeting, project timeline, etc. Proposals written by students must meet all of the guidelines (e.g., required sections, length, formatting, etc.) for a real funding opportunity (e.g., NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, etc.). Peer review at several stages of the process will encourage critical thinking. Required for 1st year PhD students, optional for other graduate students.

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ESM 595SSPhD Seminar - Faculty Research Speaker Series [1 unit] Plantinga
Students will learn about interdisciplinary research conducted by Bren School faculty and will be exposed to diverse perspectives about the process of conducting interdisciplinary research. Students will attend research seminars given by four faculty members, read manuscripts or published papers on this research, and have discussions with the faculty members about their approaches to research. Required for 1st year PhD students, optional for other graduate students. First year students should take 1 unit in fall and 1 unit in spring.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 596Directed Readings and Research  [1 - 12 units]  Staff
Independent study under the supervision of a Bren School faculty member (a faculty member from another department cannot supervise an ESM 596 course). Registration requires an ESM 596 Petition approved and signed by the supervising faculty member and the Assistant Dean before the start of the quarter. No petitions will be accepted after the 3rd week of the quarter. The ESM 596 Petition can be found on the Bren School website on the Class Schedule page. Registration in ESM 596 requires an “instructor code” that can be found on the Bren School website under Class Schedule or on GOLD. ESM 596 may be taken for a letter grade or S/U (as agreed upon by the instructor and the student). ESM 596 is a variable unit course; MESM students may apply a maximum of 4 units of ESM 596 towards their MESM degree requirements.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 597 - Individual Study for Ph.D. Examinations  [1 - 12 units]  Staff
Instructor should be students major professor or chair of the doctoral committee. Instructor approval required to finalize enrollment.

Prerequisites: Instructor approval required to finalize enrollment.
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ESM 599 - Ph.D. Dissertation Research and Preparation  [1 - 12 units]  Staff
Instructor should be students major professor or chair of the doctoral committee. Instructor approval required to finalize enrollment.

Prerequisites: (None)
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