2020 Environmental Studies Summer Courses


    Natural History of the UCSC Campus (2 credits)

  • ENVS 15

    Session 1

    Introduces students to the range of natural species and communities occurring on the UCSC campus. All class time is spent outside, and each week a different area of campus is visited. Course 24 is recommended. 

    Proposed Instructor - Tod Haddow


  • Natural History Illustration (5 credits)

  • ENVS 18

    Session 1

    Students gain proficiency in illustration media, and acquire training in the essential skills needed to create natural-history inspired illustrations. Students create illustrations and paintings by studying organisms in the Norris Center for Natural History collections, as well as those living on and around campus. Some experience in basic drawing and/or natural-history sketching is recommended. Students are billed a $60 materials fee. (General Education Code(s): PR-C.) 

    Proposed Instructor - Emily Underwood


  • Environmental Policy & Economics (online) (5 credits)

  • ENVS 25

    Session 2

    Introduces the policy and economic dimensions of some pressing environmental challenges. Case studies may include, biodiversity conservation, waste, water, climate change, and other topics to examine the drivers and policy responses to environmental problems and the trade-offs in different policy solutions. (General Education Code(s): PE-E.)

    Proposed Instructor - Sikina Jinnah


  • Introduction to Fresh Water: Processes and Policy (online) (5 credits)

  • ENVS 65

    Session 1 

    Online only class.

    Introduction to freshwater resources from multiple scientific and policy perspectives. After a review of basic concepts, water issues affecting cities, farms, open space, and multiple-use landscapes are studied. Students cannot receive credit for this course if they have previously received credit for course 165. (General Education Code(s): PE-E.) 

    Course video

    This course will be hosted online in Canvas at canvas.ucsc.edu. It will be available on or before the Friday before class starts. Be sure to check your UCSC email for specific instructions!

    Proposed Instructor - Kelsey Forbush


  • Ecosystems of California (online) (5 credits)

  • ENVS 125

    8-Week

    Online only class.

    A survey of the diversity, structure, and functioning of California's ecosystems through time and the ways they have influenced and responded to human activities and stewardship. Topics include: ecosystem drivers such as climate, soils, and land-use history; human and ecological prehistory; comparative marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystem dynamics; and managed ecosystems such as range, fisheries, and agriculture. (Also offered as Biology:Ecology & Evolutionary 125. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Prerequisite(s): previous or concurrent enrollment in courses ENVS 100 and 100L. (General Education Code(s): PE-E.)

    UCSC students who have not satisfied ENVS 100/L, please use this form to petition for enrollment: https://forms.gle/cfyv1sMy5er8z8uV8

    Course Video

    Visiting students - use this form to petition for enrollment: https://forms.gle/cfyv1sMy5er8z8uV8

    Proposed Instructor - Erika Zavaleta


  • Sustainable Development: Economy, Policy, and Environment (5 credits)

  • ENVS 143

    Session 1

    Considers whether and how global poverty can be alleviated without irreparably damaging the environment. Examines interactions among population, economic growth, poverty, global consumption ethos, property rights systems, global economy, state capacity, and environmental damage. Scrutinizes impact of various developmental strategies adopted during the past 50 years on poverty, governance, and the environment. Prerequisite(s): Previous or concurrent enrollment in courses 100 and 100L, or by permission of instructor. 

    UCSC students who have not satisfied ENVS 100/L, please use this form to petition for enrollment: https://forms.gle/cfyv1sMy5er8z8uV8

    Visiting students - use this form to petition for enrollment: https://forms.gle/cfyv1sMy5er8z8uV8

    Proposed Instructor - Adam French


  • Writing in the Natural Sciences (5 credits)

  • ENVS 157

    Session 2

    Guided practice in writing effectively about science and natural history for a variety of audiences. Assignments emphasize reporting first-hand observations, explaining processes and phenomena, understanding scientific papers, and writing about scientific and technical subjects for a general audience. Enrollment priority will be given to students who have not taken course 156. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements and previous or concurrent enrollment in courses 100 and 100L, or by permission of instructor.

    UCSC students who have not satisfied ENVS 100/L, please use this form to petition for enrollment: https://forms.gle/cfyv1sMy5er8z8uV8

    Visiting students - use this form to petition for enrollment: https://forms.gle/cfyv1sMy5er8z8uV8

    Proposed Instructor - Myra Finkelstein


  • Political Ecology and Social Change (5 credits)

  • ENVS 158

    Session 1

    The object is to provide a rigorous grounding in the method of political ecology and to demonstrate how this approach has been used in environmental analysis and problem solving by environmental social movements. Prerequisite(s): Previous or concurrent enrollment in courses 100 and 100L, or by permission of instructor.

    UCSC students who have not satisfied ENVS 100/L, please use this form to petition for enrollment: https://forms.gle/cfyv1sMy5er8z8uV8

    Visiting students - use this form to petition for enrollment: https://forms.gle/cfyv1sMy5er8z8uV8

    Proposed Instructor - Alejandro Artiga-Purcell


  • Environmental Risks and Public Policy (5 credits)

  • ENVS 172

    Session 2

    Introduces students to the dilemmas in public policy relating to the management of environmental risks, and discusses their underlying philosophical underpinnings. Explores emergent alternatives, such as the precautionary principle and alternatives assessment, and examines the relationship between experts and the lay public in public controversies. (Formerly Science, Policy, and the Environment.) Prerequisite(s): previous or concurrent enrollment in courses 100 and 100L, or by permission of instructor. 

    UCSC students who have not satisfied ENVS 100/L, please use this form to petition for enrollment: https://forms.gle/cfyv1sMy5er8z8uV8

    Visiting students - use this form to petition for enrollment: https://forms.gle/cfyv1sMy5er8z8uV8

    Proposed Instructor - Stephanie Webb


  • Capstone Course: Environmental Problem Solving (5 credits)

  • ENVS 190

    Session 2

    A synthetic course that draws on the knowledge and skills students bring from other courses in the major. Focuses on written and oral individual and group projects in which students must take the initiative. Emphasizes developing skills critical for students in their future careers. Prerequisite(s): course 100; Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment is restricted to senior environmental studies majors and the combined majors with Earth sciences, biology, and economics.

    Proposed Instructor - Katie Monsen