Conservation Management

Conservation Management

The Conservation Management track provides students with an in-depth understanding of how living biological resources are managed both locally and globally. This track includes courses on water politics and policy, ocean and coastal policy, ecology, and international conservation and development.

Preparatory Subject Matter Requirements

Course IDs Course Title Quarters Offered Units Notes
Written and Oral Expression
UWP 101 or any 102 or 104 Upper Division Writing I, II, III, IV 4 May test out of requirement
CMN 1, 3V, 3Y, or DRA 10 Communication I, II, III, IV 4  
Biological/Physical Science (complete all)
BIS 2A or 2B or 10 Essentials of Life on Earth or General Biology I, II, III, IV 4-5 Can’t use BIS 2B both here and below
CHE 2A or 10 General Chemistry or Concepts of Chemistry I, II, IV 4-5 CHE 10 offered in Fall only
PHY 1A Principles of Physics I, II, IV 3  
Biological/Physical Science (select one)
BIS 2B or 2C Principles of Ecology & Evolution I, II, III, IV 5 Can’t use BIS 2B both here and above
CHE 2B General Chemistry II, III, IV 5  
PHY 1B Principles of Physics II, III 3  
Computer Science (select one)
CMN 12Y Data Visualization I, II, III 4  
PLS 21 or 21V Applications of Computers in Technology I, II, III 3  
Economics
ECN 1A or 1AV or 1AY Principles of Microeconomics I, II, III, IV 4 Need C- or better
ECN 1B or 1BV 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  
AVS 13 Birds, Humans, & the Environment I 3  
GEL 1 The Earth I, II, III 4  
GEL 134* Environmental Geology II 3  
PLS/SAS 12 Plants and Society I, II, III 4  
Environmental Studies
ESP 1 Environmental Analysis I, IV 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 (2023, 2025, etc.)
**Course is offered in even years only (2022, 2024, 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 or 17B or 21B; BIS 2A or 10 recommended II 4
ESP 160 The Policy Process POL 1; ECN 1A and STA 13 recommended III 4
ESP 168A Methods of Environmental Policy Analysis ESP 1 or 10; STA 13 or 100; ECN 1A; ECN 100A recommended I 5
ESP 168B Methods of Environmental Policy Evaluation ESP 168A II 4
Environmental Law
ESP 161 Environmental Law Upper division standing and one course in env science; POL 1 and UWP 1 recommended I, III 4
Environmental Impact Assessment
ESP 179 Environmental Impact Assessment ESP 1 or the equivalent II, IV 4
Research Design
ESP 178 Applied Research Methods ARE 106 or SOC 106 or STA 100 or 103 or 108 or equivalent II 4
Select one Quantitative Methods Course
SOC 106 Intermediate Social Statistics SOC 46B or SOC 56 or consent of instructor I, II 5
STA 100 Applied Statistics for Biological Sciences MAT 16B or 17B or 21B; all with a C- or better I, II, III, IV 4
STA 103 Applied Statistics for Business & Economics “STA 13 or 32 or 100; MAT 16B or 17B or 21B with a C- or better I, II, III, IV 4
STA 108 Applied Stat Methods: Regression Analysis STA 13 or 32 or 100 with a C- or better I, II, III, IV 4
Select one Microeconomics Course
ARE 100A Intermediate Microeconomics ECN 1A and 1B; MAT 16C or 17B or 21B; All with C- or better I, II, III, IV 4
ECN 100A Intermediate Micro Theory ECN 1A and 1B; MAT 16B or 17B or 21B; all with a C- or better I, II, III, IV 4
Select one Resource Economics Course
ARE/ESP 175 Natural Resource Economics ARE 100A or ECN 100A or ECN 100 with a C- or better III 4
ARE 176 Environmental Economics ARE 100A or ECN 100A or ECN 100 with a C- or better I 4
ECN 125 Energy Economics ARE 100A or ECN 100A or ECN 100 Varies 4
Select one Environmental Data Science Course
ABT/LDA 150 Introduction to GIS None I, II, III 4
ESP 106 Environmental Data Science STA 13 or 32 or 100 (can be concurrent) II 4
Strongly recommended but not required: Select one advanced GIS or remote sensing course
ABT 181N* Concepts & Methods in GIS LDA 150 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; LDA 150 recommended 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
*Course is offered in odd years only (2023, 2025, etc.)
**Course is offered in even years only (2022, 2024, etc.)


Track 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 two environmental policy courses
ESP 166 Ocean & Coastal Policy ESP 1 or consent of instructor I 3
ESP 169** Water Policy and Politics ECN 1A or POL 1 recommended III 3
ESP 172 Public Lands Management ECN 1A recommended I 4
ESP 174 Environmental Justice Policy & Practice ESP 1 or the equivalent recommended III 4
Select one ecology course
ENH 160 Restoration Ecology ESP 100 or EVE 101 or equivalent course in ecology III 3
ESM 141** Fire Ecology BIS 2A or PLS 2; BIS 2B or 2C II 4
ESM/PLS 144 Trees & Forests BIS 2C or PLS 2 I 4
ESP 100 General Ecology BIS 2A-C; MAT 16B or 17B or 21B; STA 13 recommended I, II, IV 4
ESP 121 Population Ecology BIS 2B; MAT 16B or 17B or 21B II 4
ESP 124 Marine & Coastal Field Ecology Acceptance into the Bodega Marine Lab summer program IV 3
EVE 115* Marine Ecology ESP 100 or EVE 101 or BIS 2B or consent of instructor II 4
WFC 126* Conservation in Working Landscapes BIS 2B or consent of instructor, ESP 100 or EVE 101 recommended I 4
WFC 151 Wildlife Ecology BIS 2B or the equivalent I 4
WFC 152* Ecology of Human-Wildlife Conflicts BIS 2B or the equivalent II 3
WFC 154 Conservation Biology BIS 2B or the equivalent II 4
WFC 155 Wildlife Habitat Ecology & Conservation ESP 100 or EVE 101 or the equivalent I 4
Select one international development course
AAS 176 The Politics of Resources AAS 12 or 110 Varies 4
AAS 177 Politics of Life in Africa None Varies 4
ANT 103 Indigenous People & Nat Resource ANT 2 or GEL 1 or ESP 30 recommended Varies 4
ARE/ECN 115A Economic Development ECN 1A and 1B I, II, III 4
ASA 114 Asian Diasporas None Varies 4
CHI 112 Globalization, Transnational Migration, and Chicana/o and Latina/o Communities CHI 10 Varies 4
CRD 153A, B, or C International Community Development Summer abroad IV 4
NAS 161 CA Indian Environmental Policy I None Varies 4
NAS 162 CA Indian Environmental Policy II None Varies 4
SOC145A Sociology of Third World Development SOC 1 or 2 or 3 recommended Varies 4
IRE/SOC 104 The Political Economy of Int’l Migration SOC 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 recommended Varies 4

I = fall quarter, II = winter quarter, III = spring quarter, IV = summer session
*Course is offered in odd years only (2023, 2025, etc.)
**Course is offered in even years only (2022, 2024, etc.)