MESM Specialization: EC

Faculty Advisors: Sangwon Suh (MESM 2019) and Kyle Meng (MESM 2020) Sabbatical W19

Specialization Description

Anthropogenic climate change has been called "the great moral challenge of our century," and the greenhouse gases emitted by our consumption of fossil fuels are its primary driver. Mitigating or adapting to climate change will require a fundamental transformation of humanity's systems of energy production and consumption. There will be a pressing need for professionals who can think holistically about, and develop integrated solutions to, the profound social, economic, and technological problems of this transformation. Students in the EC specialization will:

  • understand the complex connections between the Earth's climate and humanity's systems of energy production and consumption;
  • understand and measure the economic and societal costs and benefits of restructuring energy production and consumption in order to mitigate anthropogenic climate change
  • anticipate, evaluate, and help craft responses (adaptation) to environmental impacts of climate change

MESM students are required to take a minimum of 36 units of electives in their primary specialization. ESM courses are offered in the Bren School and most ESM courses are offered every year. Courses marked with an asterisk (*) will be offered every other year. Bren students also may take courses in other UCSB departments as electives or, with advisor’s approval, to satisfy specialization requirements. Courses used to satisfy a requirement in a given area may not be counted to satisfy multiple requirements within a single specialization; if a student is completing multiple specializations, a course may satisfy a requirement in both specializations.

EC Specialization Courses (12 units required)

  • ESM 229 Economics and Policy of Climate Change (4 units)
  • *ESM 237 Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation (4 units)
  • *ESM 239 Advanced Climate Science for Policy Makers (4 units)
  • *ESM 272 Energy and Resource Productivity (4 units)
  • ESM 288 Energy, Technology and the Environment (4 units)
  • ESM 293 Advanced Special Topics in Climate and Energy (1-2 units)

Technical Skills (8 units required)

ESM 212 Biological Community Survey & Analysis (4 units)
ESM 228 Monitoring and Evaluation (4 units)
ESM 232 Environmental Modeling (4 units)
ESM 244 Advanced Data Analysis (4 units)
ESM 246 Econometrics (4 units)
ESM 262 Computing for Environmental Science and Management (4 units)
ESM 263 Geographic Information Systems (4 units)
ESM 267 Advanced GIS (2 units)
ESM 269 Survey Design and Environmental Public Opinion (2 units)
ESM 271 Carbon Footprints and Carbon Accounting (4 units)
ESM 273 Life Cycle Assessment (4 units)

Environmental Economics, Policy and Law (4 units required)

ESM 225 Water Policy (4 units)
ESM 242 Natural Resource Economics (4 units)
ESM 243 Environmental Policy Analysis (4 units)
ESM 245 Cost Benefit Analysis (4 units)
ESM 248 Environmental Institutions (4 units)
ESM 257 Coastal Ocean Policy and Management (4 units)
ESM 275 Environmental Planning (4 units)
ESM 277 International Environmental Law (2 units)
ESM 278 Natural Resources Law and Policy (2 units)
ESM 289 Environmental Law in Practice (1 unit)

Additional Science (recommended)

ESM 211 Applied Population Ecology (4 units)
*ESM 213 Ecotoxicology (4 units)
*ESM 214 Biological Waste Treatment (4 units)
*ESM 215 Landscape Ecology (4 units)
*ESM 219 Microbial Processes in the Environment (4 units)
ESM 222 Fate and Transport of Pollutants in the Environment (4 units)
ESM 224 Sustainable Watershed Quality Management (4 units)
ESM 226 Groundwater Management (4 units)
ESM 235 Watershed Analysis (4 units)
*ESM 237 Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation (4 units)
*ESM 239 Advanced Climate Science for Policymakers (4 units)
*ESM 240 Climate Change Biology (2 units)
ESM 254 Coastal Marine Ecosystem Processes (4 units)
ESM 260 Applied Marine Ecology (4 units)
ESM 270 Conservation Planning & Priority Setting (4 units)
ESM 270P Conservation Planning Practicum (4 units)
*ESM 272 Energy and Resource Productivity
ESM 282 Pollution Prevention (4 units)
ESM 288 Energy, Technology and the Environment (4 units)
Or fill in relevant science course from other UCSB department

Environmental Management (recommended)

*ESM 230 Strategic Planning for Non-Profit Ventures (4 units)
ESM 279 Financial Management and Environmental Accounting (4 units)
ESM 281 Corporate Environmental Management (4 units)
ESM 283 Environmental Negotiation (4 units)

Advanced Special Topics (recommended)
Advanced Special Topics courses (variable units) are typically taught by Visiting Professors and Lecturers and may be offered during any quarter of the academic year.

ESM 293 Advanced Special Topics in Climate and Energy
ESM 294 Advanced Special Topics in Environmental Law
ESM 296 Advanced Special Topics in Environmental Management
ESM 297 Advanced Special Topics in Environmental Policy
ESM 299 Advanced Special Topics in Environmental Science
ESM 430 Workshops in Environmental Science and Management

Students may supplement their specialization with either the Eco-Entrepreneurship Focus or the Strategic Environmental Communication Focus.

Other Relevant Coursework (recommended)

ES 194GB Green Building Living Lab

Institute of Energy Efficiency

EC students should take advantage of opportunities provided by UCSB’s Institute of Energy Efficiency (IEE). The Institute presents the Energy Leadership Lecture Series, which is open to the public and features prominent leaders in energy efficiency and related fields.In addition, the Institute hosts the Santa Barbara Summit on Energy Efficiency, an annual event that brings together stakeholders in efficiency technologies, facilitating growth and collaboration across the sectors.