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ESCI Interest Areas

WHAT ARE YOU INTERESTED IN?

This list provides ideas for strategically clustering your coursework around specific topics of interest.

This list is intended to be a guide you can use along with the ESCI “tip sheet” and not a comprehensive list because courses are always changing.

Remember that ESCI majors can only count ONE class in THREE of the four core areas (Social Science, Policy, Humanities, and Sustainable Design and Practice) for their major requirements.


** Area 3A LS = Life Science | Area 3A EPS = Earth and Physical Science | ELP = Environmental Leadership Program **


Climate Change & Energy

DepartmentCourse #TitleMajor Area Requirement
ENVS350Ecology of Energy GenerationNatural Science (EPS)
GEOG321ClimatologyNatural Science (EPS)
GEOG361Global Environmental ChangeNatural Science (EPS)
GEOG421Advanced ClimatologyNatural Science (EPS)
GEOG430Long-Term Environ. ChangeNatural Science (EPS)
PS367Science and Politics of Climate ChangePolicy Elective

Ecosystem Dynamics & Landscape History

DepartmentCourse #TitleMajor Area Requirement
GEOG322GeomorphologyNatural Science (EPS)
GEOG323BiogeographyNatural Science (LS)
GEOG361Global Environmental ChangeNatural Science (EPS)
GEOG423Advanced BiogeographyNatural Science (LS)
GEOG433Fire and Natural DisturbanceNatural Science (LS)
GEOG461Environmental AlterationNatural Science (EPS)
ERTH315Earth PhysicsNatural Science (EPS)
ERTH462Environmental GeomechanicsNatural Science (EPS)
ERTH468Intro SeismologyNatural Science (EPS)
LA413Analyzing Land SystemsAnalytical Approaches
LA440Introduction to Landscape Planning Analysis Sustain. Design and Practice

Ecology

DepartmentCourse #TitleMajor Area Requirement
ANTH375Primates in Ecological CommunitiesNatural Science (LS)
BI306Pollination BiologyNatural Science (LS)
BI370Principles of EcologyNatural Science (LS)
BI432MycologyNatural Science (LS)
BI471Population EcologyNatural Science (LS)
BI472Community EcologyNatural Science (LS)
BI473Quantitative EcologyAnalytical Approaches
BI474Marine Ecology (OIMB)Natural Science (LS)
BI476Terrestrial EcologyNatural Science (LS)
BI 478/479Neotropical Ecology in EcuadorNatural Science (LS)
ENVS450Political EcologySocial Science
ENVS465Wetland Ecology and ManagementNatural Science (EPS)
ENVS427Environmental and Ecological MonitoringAnalytical Approaches
ENVS429ELPArea 5 or LS
LA441Principles of Applied EcologySustain. Design and Practice
LA465Landscape EcologyNatural Science (LS)

Natural Resource Management & Sustainability

DepartmentCourse #TitleMajor Area Requirement
BI307Forest BiologyNatural Science (LS)
ENVS335Allocating Scarce Environmental ResourcesPolicy
ENVS350Ecology of Energy GenerationNatural Science (EPS)
ENVS427Environmental and Ecological MonitoringAnalytical Approaches or LS
ENVS429ELPArea 5 or LS
ENVS450Political EcologySocial Science
ENVS455SustainabilitySocial Science
ENVS465Wetland Ecology and ManagementNatural Science (EPS)
GEOG341Population and EnvironmentSocial Science
GEOG360Watershed Science and PolicyNatural Science (EPS)
GEOG461Environmental AlterationNatural Science (EPS)
ERTH310Earth Resources and EnvironmentNatural Science (EPS)
PPPM442Sustainable Urban DevelopmentSustain. Design & Practice
PPPM443Natural Resource PolicyPolicy
PPPM444Environmental PolicyPolicy
PPPM445Green CitiesSustain. Design & Practice

Paleoecology & Petrology

DepartmentCourse #TitleMajor Area Requirement
ERTH304Fossil RecordNatural Science (EPS)
ERTH305DinosaursNatural Science (EPS)
ERTH311Earth MaterialsNatural Science (EPS)
ERTH331MineralogyNatural Science (EPS)
ERTH332Intro to PetrologyNatural Science (EPS)
ERTH334Sedimentology & StratigraphyNatural Science (EPS)
ERTH350Structural GeologyNatural Science (EPS)
ERTH425Geology of Ore DepositsNatural Science (EPS)
ERTH431Paleobotany I: Paleozoic Marine FossilsNatural Science (EPS)
ERTH433PaleobotanyNatural Science (EPS)
ERTH434Vertebrate PaleontologyNatural Science (EPS)
ERTH435PaleopedologyNatural Science (EPS)

Restoration & Conservation Biology

DepartmentCourse #TitleMajor Area Requirement
ANTH472Primate Conservation BiologyNatural Sciences (LS)
BI374Conservation BiologyNatural Sciences (LS)
BI375Biological Diversity Natural Sciences (LS)
BI442Systematic BotanyNatural Sciences (LS)
BI448Field BotanyNatural Sciences (LS)
BI471Population EcologyNatural Sciences (LS)
ENVS427Environmental and Ecological MonitoringAnalytical Approaches or LS
ENVS429ELPArea 5
ENVS465Wetland Ecology and ManagementNatural Sciences (EPS)

Water and Watershed Issues

DepartmentCourse #TitleMajor Area Requirement
ENVS427Environmental and Ecological MonitoringAnalytical Approaches or LS
ENVS429ELPArea 5 or LS
ENVS465Wetland Ecology and ManagementNatural Science (EPS)
GEOG360 Watershed Science and PolicyNatural Science (EPS)
GEOG425Hydrology and Water ResourcesNatural Science (EPS)
GEOG427Fluvial GeomorphologyNatural Science (EPS)
ERTH316Intro to HydrologyNatural Science (EPS)
ERTH451HydrogeologyNatural Science (EPS)

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

DepartmentCourse #TitleMajor Area Requirement
GEOG481/482/491GIScience I,II, AdvancedAnalytical Approaches or EPS
GEOG495Geographic Data AnalysisStatistics
GEOG485/486Remote Sensing I, IINatural Science (EPS)

Sustainable Agriculture

DepartmentCourse #TitleMajor Area Requirement
ENVS467Sustainable AgricultureSustain. Design & Practice
ENVS477Soil ScienceNatural Science (EPS)
GEOG425Hydrology and Water ResourcesNatural Sciences (EPS)
BI359Plant BiologyNatural Science (LS)
BI452Insect BiologyNatural Science (LS)