Environmental Policy & Politics

Environmental Policy & Politics

The Environmental Policy & Politics track provides students with an in-depth look at how environmental policies are created and implemented from a political science point of view. The track includes extensive courses in political science, environmental policy, and economics.

Preparatory Subject Matter Requirements

Course IDs Course Title Quarters Offered Units Notes
Written and Oral Expression
UWP 101, 102A-G, 104A-E Upper Division Writing I, II, III, IV 4 May test out of requirement
CMN 1, 3, or DRA 10 Public Speaking I, II, III, IV 4  
Biological/Physical Science (complete all)
BIS 2A or BIS 10 or 10V Essentials of Life on Earth or General Biology I, II, III, IV 4-5  
CHE 2A or CHE 10 General Chemistry or Concepts of Chemistry I, II, IV 4-5 CHE 10 offered in Fall only
PHY 1A Principles of Physics I, IV 3  
Biological/Physical Science (select one)
BIS 2B Principles of Ecology & Evolution I, II, III, IV 5  
CHE 2B General Chemistry II, III, IV 5  
PHY 1B Principles of Physics II 3  
Computer Science (select one)
PLS 21 Applications of Computers in Technology I, II, III 3  
SAS 18 GIS and Society   3  
Economics
ECN 1A Principles of Microeconomics I, II, III, IV 4 Need C- or better
ECN 1B Principles of Macroeconomics I, II, III, IV 4 Need C- or better
Environmental Science (select one)
ANS 1 Domestic Animals and People I 4  
ATM 60 Introduction to Atmospheric Science I 4  
GEL 1 The Earth I, II, III 4  
PLS 12 Plants and Society I, II, III 4  
WFC 51 Introduction to Conservation Biology III 3  
Environmental Studies
ESP 1 Environmental Analysis I 4  
Mathematics
MAT 16A, 17A, or 21A Calculus I, II, III, IV 3-4 Need C- or better
MAT 16B, 17B, or 21B Calculus I, II, III, IV 3-4 Need C- or better
Political Science
POL 1 American National Government Varies 4 POL 1 is generally offered twice a year
Statistics (select one)
STA 13 Elementary Statistics I, II, III, IV 4  
STA 32 Statistical Analysis through Computers II, III 3  

I = fall quarter, II = winter quarter, III = spring quarter, IV = summer session
*Course is offered in odd years only (2015, 2017, etc.)
**Course is offered in even years only (2016, 2018, etc.)


Depth Subject Matter Requirements

NOTE: Students graduating with this major are required to attain at least a C average (2.0 GPA) in all courses taken at the university in Depth Subject Matter and pass all coursework. See requirements of the College of Agriculture & Environmental Science in the UC Davis General Catalog.
Course IDs Course Title Prerequisites Quarters Offered Units
Evaluation and Analysis
ESP 110 Principles of Environmental Science PHY 1A or 7A; MAT 16B, 17B, or 21B; BIS 2A II 4
ESP 160 The Policy Process POL 1; ECN 1A; intermediate statistics III 4
ESP 168A Methods of Environmental Policy Evaluation STA 13; ESP 1; ECN 1A; ECN 100 recommended I 5
ESP 168B Methods of Environmental Policy Analysis ESP 168A III 4
Environmental Law
ESP 161 Environmental Law Upper division standing and one course in env science; POL 1 and UWP 1 recommended III 4
Environmental Impact Assessment
ESP 179 Environmental Impact Assessment Upper division standing and one course in env science II, IV 4
Research Design
ESP 178 Applied Research Methods STA 103, SOC 106, or the equivalent II 4
Select one Quantitative Methods Course
ARE 106 Quantitative Methods in Agricultural Econ ARE 100A; STA 103 I, II, III, IV 4
SOC 106 Intermediate Social Statistics SOC 45B, STA 13, or the equivalent I, II 5
STA 100 Applied Statistics for Biological Sciences MAT 16A or the equivalent I, II, III, IV 4
STA 103 Applied Statistics for Business & Economics STA 13, 32, 100, or 102; MAT 16A-B I, II, III, IV 4
STA 108 Applied Stat Methods: Regression Analysis STA 13, 21, 100, or 102 I, II, III, IV 4
Select one Microeconomics Course
ARE 100A Intermediate Microeconomics ECN 1A-B; MAT 16C I, II, III, IV 4
ECN 100 Intermediate Micro Theory ECN 1A-B; MAT 16A-B or MAT 17A-B or MAT 21A-B; All with C- or better I, II, III, IV 4
Select one resource economics course
ARE/ESP 175 Natural Resource Economics ARE 100B, ECN 100, or the equivalent III 4
ARE 176 Environmental Economics ARE 100B or ECN 100 II 4
ECN 125 Energy Economics ECN 1A-B, MAT 16A-B and ECN 102 or consent of instructor Varies 4
Geospatial Information Systems (GIS)
ABT/LDA 150 Introduction to GIS PLS 21 or equivalent with consent of instructor I, III 4
Select one advanced GIS or remote sensing course
ABT 181N* Concepts & Methods in GIS LDA 150 or LDA 50 or consent of instructor II 4
ABT/HYD 182** Environmental Analysis with GIS LDA 150 or equiv GIS exp, bio and/or ecology courses rec. II 4
ESM 186 Environmental Remote Sensing MAT 16B; PHY 7C or 9B; or consent of instructor II 5
ESM 185 Aerial Photo Interpretation & Rmt Sensing Upper division standing I 4

 

I = fall quarter, II = winter quarter, III = spring quarter, IV = summer session


Required Courses

Note: The same course cannot be used to meet both a depth requirement and a track requirement at the same time.
Course IDs Course Title Prerequisites Quarters Units
Select one political institutions course
POL 100† Local Government and Politics POL 1 and upper division standing or consent of instructor Varies 4
POL 104† CA State Government and Politics POL 1 and upper division standing or consent of instructor Varies 4
POL 105† The Legislative Process POL 1 Varies 4
POL 107 Environmental Politics & Administration POL 1 or consent of instructor Varies 4
POL 109† Public Policy & the Governmental Process POL 1 Varies 4
Select two policy courses
ECI 165* Transportation Policy ECN 1A, ENG 106 recommended I 3
ESP 165N Climate Policy ECN 1A, ESP 1, or consent of instructor III 3
ESP 166N** Ocean and Coastal Policy ESP 1 or consent of instructor II 3
ESP 167** Energy Policy ECN 1A III 4
ESP 169** Water Policy & Politics POL 1 or ECN 1A III 3
ESP 170* Conservation Biology Policy ESP 1, ECN 1A; ECN 100 or ARE 100A recommended III 4
ESP 171 Urban & Regional Planning ESP 1 III 4
ESP 172 Public Lands Management ECN 1A I 4
POL 162† Elections and Voting Behavior POL 1 and upper division standing or consent of instructor Varies 4
POL 164 Public Opinion POL 1 or 5 and upper division standing or consent of instructor Varies 4
POL 165 Mass Media & Politics POL 1 Varies 4
POL 170 Political Psychology POL 51 or consent of instructor; upper division standing Varies 4
Select one policy methods course
ARE 106 Quantitative Methods in Agricultural Econ ARE 100A; STA 103 I, II, III, IV 4
ARE 176 Environmental Economics ARE 100B or ECN 100 II 4
ECI 153 Deterministic Optimization and Design MAT 21C, 22A, computer programming course; EAD 115 recommended I 4
ECN 130 Public Microeconomics ECN 100 or consent of instructor I, II, III 4
ESP/ARE 175 Natural Resource Economics ARE 100B, ECN 100, or the equivalent III 4

†Course is offered irregularly, check with department for information about availability
I = fall quarter, II = winter quarter, III = spring quarter, IV = summer session
*Course is offered in odd years only (2015, 2017, etc.)
**Course is offered in even years only (2016, 2018, etc.)