Ecology, Biodiversity, and Conservation

Why study ecology, biodiversity, and conservation??

The Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation Track gives students a broad ecological training in preparation for careers in field ecology, or as biodiversity or conservation specialists. Beyond general environmental science the course provides a comprehensive training in different areas of ecology, some knowledge of organisms and their environments, and relevant conservation and policy courses. Courses include upper division statistics, physical environmental sciences, public policy, evolution, genetics, biogeography, and a field course for hands on field experience of hypothesis testing in nature. UC-Davis has more ecologists than any other institution in the World, and this track draws on this rich human resource.

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
Select one physical processes course
ATM 60 Introduction to Atmospheric Science MAT 16A or 21A, PHY 7A, or PHY 9A I 4
ATM 116 Climate Change UWP 1 and Consent of instructor I 4
ATM 133 Biometeorology One biological course and MAT 16B or consent of instructor II 4
ESM 121 Water Science & Management PHY 10 or GEL 1 III 3
ESM 131 Air as a Resource CHE 10 II 3
ESP 152 Coastal Oceanography Acceptance into the Bodega Marine Lab summer program IV 3
GEL 134 Env Geology & Land Use Planning One course in Geology or consent of instructor   3
SSC 100 Principles of Soil Science CHE 2A-B, PHY 1A-B, BIS 2A; GEL 50, BIS 2C recommended I 5
Select one environmental policy course
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
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
Complete
EVE 100 Introduction to Evolution BIS 2A-C; BIS 101; MAT 16A-C or equiv; STA 13 or 100 I, II, III, IV 4
Complete
WFC 154 Conservation Biology EVE 101 or ESP 100 or equivalent I 4
Select one field experience course
BIS 124 Coastal Marine Research Acceptance into the Bodega Marine Lab summer program IV 3
ENH 160/L Restoration Ecology & Fieldwork PLB/EVE 117 or EVE 121 or PLS 147 or equivalent III 3/1
ESP 123** Intro to Field & Lab Methods in Ecology ESP 100 or equivalent; STA 102 or equivalent III 4
EVE 180A* Exp Ecology & Evolution in the Field EVE 100; ESP 100 or EVE 101; ENT 105 II 4
PLS 147/L California Plant Communities & Fieldwork PLS 2 or BIS 2C III 3/1
WFC 100 Field Methods in Wildlife, Fish, & Cons. Bio EVE 101 or ESP 100 or equivalent; consent of instructor III 4
Select one population ecology course
ESP 121 Population Ecology BIS 2B-C; MAT 16A-B II 4
WFC 122 Population Dynamics and Estimation MAT 16A-B; STA 13 or equivalent; consent of instructor III 4
Select one community ecology course
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
EVE 181** Animal-Plant Interation BIS 2B and 2C, BIS 2C may be taken concurrently I 4
PLB/EVE 117 Plant Ecology BIS 2A-C; PLB 111 recommended I 4
WFC 155† Habitat Conservation & Restoration ESP 100 or EVE 101; WFC 154 and ENH 160 recommended   3
ESP 151 Limnology Upper division standing; BIS 2A III 4
Select one ecosystems course
ENH 160 Restoration Ecology PLB/EVE 117 or EVE 121 or PLS 147 or the equivalent III 3
EVE 147** Biogeography BIS 2B I 3
PLS 162 Urban Ecology Course in general or plant ecology II 3
Select one biome level 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 151 Limnology Upper division standing; BIS 2A III 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
EVE 138* Ecology of Tropical Latitudes One course in BIS, ENT, WFC, or GEO, or consent of the instructor III 5
PLS 130** Rangelands: Ecology, Cons, & Restoration BIS 2C; intro ecology course & upper div standing recommended II 3
Select one organismal biology course
ENT 103** Insect Systematics Introductory course in zoology or entomology0 III 3
ENT 116 Freshwater Macroinvertebrates BIS 2B or equivalent III 3
EVE 112** Biology of Invertebrates BIS 2B-C; courses in systematics, ecology, & evolution recommended II 4
EVE 114 Experimental Invertebrate Biology Acceptance into the Bodega Marine Lab summer program IV 3
PLB/PLS 102‡ California Floristics PLS 2 or BIS 2C or equivalent III 5
PLB 116‡ Plant Morphology & Evolution BIS 2A-C; plant anatomy (e.g.: PLB 105) recommended II 5
PLB/EVE 119‡ Population Bio of Invasive Plants & Weeds BIS 2A-C; elementary statistics course recommended III 3
WFC 110 Biology & Conservation of Wild Mammals BIS 2A-C; EVE 101 or ESP 100 or equivalent III 3
WFC 111 Biology & Conservation of Wild Birds BIS 2A-C; EVE 101 or ESP 100 or equivalent I 3
WFC 120 Biology & Conservation of Fishes BIS 2A-C I 3
WFC 134* Herpetology BIS 2A-C; EVE 101, ESP 100 or equivalent rec. II 3
Select one biome or organismal biology lab course
ENT 116L Aquatic Insect Collection High school biology recommended III 2
ESP 151L Limnology Laboratory ESP 151 concurrently III 3
ESP 155L Wetland Ecology Laboratory Summer Abroad Only IV 3
EVE 112L** Biology of Invertebrates: Lab EVE 112 concurrently II 2
EVE 180B* Exp Ecology & Evolution in the Field EVE 180A, EVE 100; ESP 100 or EVE 101; ENT 105 III 4
WFC 110L Biology & Cons of Wild Mammals Lab WFC 110 (may be concurrent); consent of instructor III 3
WFC 111L Biology & Conservation of Wild Birds Lab WFC 111 (may be concurrent); consent of instructor I 3
WFC 120L Biology & Cons of Fishes Lab WFC 120 (may be concurrent) I 2
WFC 134L* Herpetology Laboratory EVE 134 concurrently II 2

‡These are combined lecture and lab courses, an additional lab is not required if you complete one of these courses
†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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