2021 Remote Environmental Studies Summer Courses


    Natural History Illustration (5 credits)

  • ENVS 18-01

    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 materials fee. General Education Code PR-C

    Proposed Instructor - Juniper Harrower


  • Natural History Illustration (5 credits)

  • ENVS 18-02

    Session 2

    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 materials fee. General Education Code PR-C

    Proposed Instructor - Juniper Harrower


  • Environmental Policy & Economics (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. Students are billed a materials fee. General Education Code PE-E

    Proposed Instructor - Sikina Jinnah


  • Ecosystems of California (5 credits)

  • ENVS 125

    Session 1

    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. Cross listed course - BIOE 125. General Education Code PE-E

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

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    Proposed Instructor - Erika Zavaleta


  • Organizing for Water Justice in California (5 credits)

  • ENVS 136

    Session 1

    Investigates, imagines, and practices movement toward water justice in California using feminist, Indigenous, and critical race theory. The course includes collaborative projects with environmental justice organizers in the Central Valley, and offers new ways of thinking about water inequity and access through racial capitalism, settler colonialism, and critical theories of place. Crosslisted with CRES 136 and FMST 136. General Education Code PR-E

    Proposed Instructor - Vivian Underhill

    Pending CCI Approval


  • 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.

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

    Proposed Instructor - Myra Finkelstein


  • 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