The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the quantitative methods and hands-on skills utilized in the field of environmental science. The lab will focus on applications of biology, chemistry, and physics, as they relate to environmental science, with a strong emphasis on scientific inquiry. Upon successful completion of all course requirements, students will be able to: apply biology, chemistry, physics, and environmental science knowledge concepts in an experiential setting; utilize scientific inquiry processes to investigate environmental problems and solutions; collect and analyze environmental data using spreadsheets, graphs and basic statistics.
ENVS 223 Soil Ecology
Humans depend on healthy soil - it's necessary for food, clean air, and clean water. But how do you know if soil is healthy? And how can we ameliorate degraded soil? This course is an introduction to the properties, functions, and conservation of soil. Topics include belowground ecosystem services, soil biodiversity, soil biogeochemical cycles, human impacts to soils, soil conservation methods, and the socioeconomic implications of soil degradation in natural, agricultural, restoration, and industrial settings. The course is comprised of lectures, laboratory and field soil testing, field trips, and visits from local experts who employ novel solutions to modern challenges in the management of sustainable soils.
ENVS 137 - Foundations of Environmental Science
This is the first course in the 3-semester core sequence required for Environmental Science and Environmental Studies majors in the Institute of Environmental Science. It is a survey of modern environmental problems and solutions, emphasizing a deeper understanding of underlying scientific principles and processes to improve our understanding of the environment. A major component of this course is the Change of Life Activity Project, where students pledge to reduce their personal impact on the environment in a specific way for 6 weeks, track their behavior, and then calculate the exact environmental impact of their behavioral changes with respect to fossil fuel consumption, greenhouse gas emission, water consumption, waste production, etc.
UCSF 137 Scientific Basis of Environmental Issues
This is the foundational core science course for non-science majors. It is a survey of modern environmental problems and solutions, emphasizing a deeper understanding of underlying scientific principles and processes to improve our understanding of the environment. A great introduction to Environmental Science!