Climate Change and Air Quality

Why study climate change and air quality?

The climate change and air quality track aims to train students in the physical and biological processes associated with global climate change and air quality, and to provide them with the necessary policy background to be able to understand the implications of global warming and climate change. Courses cover foundations of climatology and atmospheric science, air quality, hydrology, interaction between vegetation and the atmosphere, biogeography and evolution, biomes, and environmental policy making. This track would prepare students for a broad range of environmental and policy positions in the public and private sectors, such as the California Air Resource Board, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, various county Air Quality Management Districts, environmental consulting firms, and graduate school in a broad range of environmental topics.

Preparatory Subject Matter Requirements

Course IDs Course Title Quarters Offered Units Notes
Written and Oral Expression
UWP 101, 102A-G, 104A-F 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 Sciences
BIS 2A Essentials of Life on Earth I, II, III, IV 5  
BIS 2B Principles of Ecology and Evolution   I, II, III, IV 5  
BIS 2C Biodiversity and the Tree of Life I, II, III, IV 5  
Geology
choose one of the following
GEL 1 The Earth I, II, III 4  
GEL 50 Physical Geology I, II, III 3 (recommended)
Physics
Complete either 1AB or 7ABC
Physics 1A General Physics I, II, IV 3  
Physics 1B General Physics II, III 3  
Physics 7A General Physics I, II, III, IV 4  
Physics 7B General Physics I, II, III, IV 4  
Physics 7C General Physics I, II, III, IV 4  
Economics
ECN 1A Principles of Microeconomics I, II, III, IV 4  
Mathematics
MAT 16A, 17A, or 21A Calculus I, II, III, IV 3-4 Mat 17AB recommended
MAT 16B, 17B, or 21B Calculus I, II, III, IV 3-4  
Environmental Science and Policy
ESP 1 Environmental Analysis I 4  

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


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
Global Environment
ESM 120 Global Environmental Interactions One college-level chemistry and biology course II 4
Ecology
(Choose one of the following)
ESP 100 General Ecology BIS 2A-C and MAT 16A-B, STA 13 recommended I, III 4
EVE 101 Introduction to Ecology BIS 2A-C and MAT 16A-B or the equivalent I, II, III, IV 4
Policy
ESP 162 Environmental Policy ECN 1A II 4
Statistics
(Choose one of the following - Statistics 100 recommended)
STA 13 Elementary Statistics Two years of high school algebra or equivalent in college I, II, III, IV 4
STA 100 Applied Statistics for Biological Sciences MAT 16B or the equivalent I, II, III, IV 4
Environmental Monitoring
(Choose one of the following)
ESM 108 Environmental Monitoring Entry level course in the environmental sciences III 3
ESP 179 Environmental Impact Assessment Upper division standing, one course in environmental science II, IV 4
GIS Technology
ABT/LDA 150 Introduction to GIS PLS 21 or equivalent with consent of instructor I, III 4
Internship
ESM/ESP 192 Internship Upper division standing, permission of instructor

Variable unit – must take at least 3 units of internship
May complete internship in a different area with prior approval
(e.g.: PLS, SSC, ATM)

I, II, III, IV 3
Capstone
ESM 195 Integrating Env Science & Management Senior standing; Environmental science major (e.g.: ESM, EPAP, ETX, WFC) III 2
Honors Thesis (Optional)
ESM 194H Senior Honors Thesis Senior standing, Overall GPA of 3.50 or higher

Consent of the master adviser

  2-6

 

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


Required Courses

NOTE: Courses taken for the depth subject matter or track cannot be used to fulfill more than one major requirement.
Course IDs Course Title Prerequisites Quarters Offered Units
Complete
ATM 60 Introduction to Atmospheric Science MAT 16A or 21A, PHY 7A, or PHY 9A I 4
Select three climate science and meteorology courses
ATM 116 Climate Change UWP 1 and consent of instructor I 4
ATM 133 Biometeorology One biological course; MAT 16B; or consent of instructor II 4
ATM 160* Intro to Atmospheric Chemistry CHE 2B II 4
ESM 131 Air as a Resource CHE 10 or CHE 2A II 3
GEL 108 Earth History: Paleoclimates GEL 1 or ESP 116 and CHE 2A, or consent of the instructor III 3
ATM 115† Hydroclimatology ATM 60   3
Select two water and soil processes courses
ESM 100 Principles of Hydrologic Science CHE 2B; MAT 16B; PHY 7A, or PHY 9A I 4
ESM 121 Water Science & Management PHY 10 or GEL 1 III 3
ESP/GEL 116N Oceanography GEL 1, 2, 16, or 50 II 3
HYD 143** Hydrological Processes in Ecosystems HYD 141 or ESM 100 II 3
SSC 100 Principles of Soil Science CHE 2A-B, PHY 1A-B, BIS 2A; GEL 50, BIS 2C recommended I 5
Select one biological processes course
ESM/PLS 144 Trees & Forests PLS 2 or BIS 2C I 4
ESP 150C Biological Oceanography Acceptance into the Bodega Marine Lab summer program IV 4
ESP 155 Wetland Ecology ESP 100 or PLB 117; ESP 110 or 151 recommended I 4
EVE 115* Marine Ecology ESP 100, EVE 101, or BIS 2B II 4
PLS 130** Rangelands: Ecology, Cons, & Restoration BIS 2C; intro ecology course & upper div standing recommended II 3
ESP 151 Limnology Upper division standing; BIS 2A III 4
Select one biogeography and evolution course
EVE 147** Biogeography BIS 2B I 4
EVE 149* Evolution of Ecological Systems ESP 100 or equivalent; EVE 100 or equivalent I 4
Select two environmental policy courses
ESP 163** Energy & Env Aspects of Transportation ECN 1A I 4
ESP 165N Climate Policy ECN 1A, ESP 1, or consent of instructor III 3
ESP 167** Energy Policy ECN 1A III 4
ESP 171 Urban & Regional Planning ESP 1 III 4
ESP 172 Public Lands Management ECN 1A I 4
ESP 179 Environmental Impact Assessment Upper division standing; one course in environmental science II, IV 4
SOC 160 Sociology of the Environment Upper division standing in Sociology strongly recommended II 4

†Future availability unknown
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.)

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