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ENSC - Environmental Science

ENSC 135: Ecology, Evolution, and Society

This course introduces the mechanisms of biological evolution that have resulted in earth’s rich diversity of life. We will explore the ways in which populations change, species interact, communities are structured and ecosystems function through an evolutionary lens. Connections to global crises related to human-driven processes, such as climate change, land use change, and disease spread will make these basic concepts germane to our lives, and underscore the interdependence of human and environmental health. A weekly laboratory will provide opportunities to practice field ecology research and run evolutionary lab experiments.
Units: 6
Also listed as Biology 135

ENSC 191: Directed Study in Environmental Science

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98

ENSC 580: Environmental Science Junior Seminar

Students will build upon their understanding of the field of environmental science. A majority of the term will be devoted to exploring and discussing the scientific literature base, as students prepare for their senior capstone projects. By the end of the term students will have proposed a research topic, written a research proposal (including a literature review), and selected a research mentor for their senior projects.
Units: 3
Prerequisite: Declared major in Environmental Science and junior standing.

ENSC 620: Environmental Science Senior Capstone

Students will refine their understanding and appreciation for the filed of environmental science. A majority of the term will be devoted to discussion of literature relevant to student research interests and supporting students as they build on their junior seminar and subsequent work, ultimately producing a final paper and oral presentation.
Units: 3
Prerequisite: Declared major in Environmental Science and senior standing.