Natural Resource Management

Why study Natural Resource Management?

The Natural Resource Management track has a strong social science focus. It assumes that most environmental problems are caused by mistakes in human behavior, and that better scientific information is but one of many factors affecting our ability to solve environmental problems. This track is geared towards those who are interested in working in policy-oriented roles in environmental affairs. Typical career tracks include working for federal, state or local natural resources agencies, environmental consulting firms, governmental liaison offices of private corporations, or non-profit organizations addressing environmental issues.

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)
Chemistry
CHE 2A or 2AH General Chemistry I, II, IV 5  
CHE 2B or 2BH General Chemistry II, III, IV 5  
CHE 2C or 2CH General Chemistry I, III, IV 5 Recommended, not required
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 ESP 1 or the equivalent 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 Units
Select three environmental policy courses
ESP 160 The Policy Process POL 1; ECN 1A; intermediate statistics III 4
ESP 165N Climate Policy ECN 1A, ESP 1, or consent of instructor III 3
ESP 166N** Ocean & Coastal Policy ESP 1 or consent of instructor II 3
ESP 167** Energy Policy ECN 1A; MAT 16B, 17B, or 21B; or consent of instructor III 4
ESP 168A Methods of Env Policy Evaluation ESP 1 or 10; STA 13 or 100; ECN 1A; ECN 100A recommended I 5
ESP 169** Water Policy & Politics POL 1 or ECN 1A recommended III 3
ESP 171 Urban & Regional Planning ESP 1 recommended III 4
ESP 172 Public Lands Management ECN 1A recommended I 4
ESP 179 Environmental Impact Assessment ESP 1 or the equivalent II, IV 4
SOC 160 Sociology of the Environment SOC 1, 2, or 3 recommended II 4
Select one environmental law course
ESP 161 Environmental Law Upper division standing;one course in environmental science;POL 1 and UWP 1 recommended III 4
HYD 150 Water Law ESM 100 or 121 or consent of instructor II 3
Complete
STA 103 Applied Stats for Business & Economics STA 13, 32, 100, or 102; MAT 16A-B I, II, III, IV 4
Select two biological processes courses
ENT 104 Behavioral Ecology of Insects Introductory biology or zoology II 3
ESM 141 Fire Ecology BIS 2A or PLS 2, BIS 2B or 2C II 4
ESM/PLS 144 Trees & Forests PLS 2 or BIS 2C I 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
PLB/EVE 117 Plant Ecology BIS 2A-C; PLB 111 recommended I 4
PLS 130** Rangelands: Ecology, Cons, & Restoration BIS 2C; intro ecology course & upper div standing recommended II 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
Select two physical processes courses
ATM 116 Climate Change UWP 1; Consent of instructor I 4
ESM 121 Water Science & Management PHY 10 or GEL 1 III 3
ESM 131 Air as a Resource CHE 2A or 10 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 remote sensing course
ESM 186 Environmental Remote Sensing MAT 16B; PHY 7C or 9B; ABT 150 rec.; upper division standing II 5
ESM 185 Aerial Photo Interpretation & Remote Sensing Upper division standing I 4

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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