2020 Environmental Studies Summer Courses


    Natural History Illustration (5 credits)

  • ENVS 18

    Session 1

    This course will consist of lessons and technique tutorials. Students will practice techniques and develop illustrations of natural history subjects. Students will be encouraged to create illustrations that explore and illustrate nature wherever they are, and also create illustrations of current natural history research topics. There will be a few online discussions or "critiques" where the students will share their work with each other. No materials fee this summer. Students will need to buy their materials. (General Education Code(s): PR-C.) 

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

  • ENVS 25

    Session 2

    Online only class.

    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.)

    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 - Sikina Jinnah

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  • 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

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  • 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. (General Education Code(s): PE-E.)  Cross listed course - BIOE 125

    Prerequisite(s): BIOE 20C. Enrollment is restricted to ecology and evolution, marine biology, plant sciences, and biology B.A. majors.

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer. Contact summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code to enroll.  

    Course Video

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

    Proposed Instructor - Erika Zavaleta

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  • 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 ENVS 100 and ENVS 100L, or by permission of instructor.

    UCSC students who have not satisfied ENVS 100/L, please use this form to petition for enrollment: https://goo.gl/forms/BEeHTig3SOO13lx12.

    Visiting students - contact envsadvi@ucsc.edu for permission to enroll.

    Proposed Instructor - Adam French

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  • 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 ENVS 100 and ENVS 100L, or by permission of instructor.

    Proposed Instructor - Myra Finkelstein

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  • 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 ENVS 100 and ENVS 100L, or by permission of instructor.

    UCSC students who have not satisfied ENVS 100/L, please use this form to petition for enrollment: https://goo.gl/forms/BEeHTig3SOO13lx12

    Visiting students - contact envsadvi@ucsc.edu for permission to enroll.

    Proposed Instructor - Alejandro Artiga-Purcell

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  • Environmental Risks and Public Policy (5 credits)

  • ENVS 172

    Session 2

    Environmental problems are complex and require scientific expertise, but that alone is not enough to infiltrate and establish public policy that prevents harm to nature and people. This course will expose students to the debates and dilemmas in public policy concerning environmental risks, the perceptions of risk, and the tradeoffs involved in attempting to eliminate those risks. This course will examine current and emerging topics concerning the public sphere: climate change, agriculture and food production, pollution and waste, biodiversity and conservation. We will use the three hour time frame for a variety of learning activities and modalities, guest speakers, breakout discussion groups, and in class working time for group projects. (Formerly Science, Policy, and the Environment.)

    Prerequisite(s): Previous or concurrent enrollment in ENVS 100 and ENVS 100L, or by permission of instructor.

    UCSC students who have not satisfied ENVS 100/L, please use this form to petition for enrollment: https://goo.gl/forms/BEeHTig3SOO13lx12.

    Visiting students - contact envsadvi@ucsc.edu for permission to enroll.

    Proposed Instructor - Stephanie Webb

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  • 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): ENVS 100 and ENVS 100L; 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

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