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For a complete and most updated list of all ESM courses, please check PSU Bulletin

Note: Advising suggestions/comments indicated in italics. The information given below is for advising purposes only; please refer to the PSU Bulletin for the official version of courses and requirements. All required course requirements will be in bold and italics.

Syllabi Note: Syllabus linked below are the most recent editions for each course and for the sole purpose of student information. 

ESM101
Environmental Science I (4)
Introduction to the study of the environment and sustainability with a focus on natural processes. Topics will include physical processes and concepts related to air, water, and land as well as ecological processes and concepts including ecosystems, communities, biodiversity, population dynamics, agriculture, and conservation ecology. One two-hour laboratory. The laboratory projects will focus on urban streams, ecosystems of the Portland metropolitan region, and environmental impacts of land use. 
Corequisite: ESM 101L

ESM101-201509-Syllabus
ESM101-Addendum-2015
09-Syllabus
ESM101-Lab-201409-Syllabus

ESM102
Environmental Science II (4)
Introduction to the analytical study of the interaction between humans and the environment. This term will focus on issues of environmental degradation. Topics will include human population growth, pollution of the air and water, energy resource use, and social and economic basis for sustainability. One 2-hour laboratory. The laboratory projects will focus on impact of population growth, pollution, and resource conservation.
Corequisite: ESM 102L

ESM101 & 102 recommended for non-majors.
For students who are just entering the program may want to take this instead of 220 depending on background in science.  Please consult an advisor.
ESM101 & 102 can substitute for ESM220.

ESM102-201601-Syllabus
ESM102-Lab-201501-Syllabus

ESM150
Orientation to Environmental Sciences and Management (1)
Self-paced orientation that covers: virtual tour of PSU and ESM facilities, surveys of the two degrees, pre-requisite courses, UNST or Honors, Career Center, graduate programs, internships, creating a portfolio, student interviews, and steps to getting started.
ESM150-201601-Syllabus 

ESM199
Special Studies
(Credit to be arranged.)

ESM220
Introduction to Environmental Systems (4)
Introduction to the structure and function of terrestrial, aquatic, and atmospheric systems, including the human actions that affect them. Includes a lab section that introduces basic quantitative techniques for collecting and analyzing data from environmental systems; 2 lecture periods, one 3-hour lab. Expected preparation: STAT243 (may be taken concurrently).
Corequisite: ESM220L

Course intended for EVST and EVSC majors.
ESM101 recommended for non-majors.

ESM220-201601-Syllabus
ESM22L-201601-Syllabus

ESM221
Applied Environmental Studies: Problem Solving (4)
Environmental sampling, Sampling design, and measurement.
Prerequisite is ESM220 or both ESM101 and 102. 

Recommended prerequisites: ESM220; STAT243. 
Algebra skills recommended to the level of proficiency of MTH111, 112.

ESM221L-201601-Syllabus
ESM221-201601-Syllabus 

ESM222
Applied Environmental Studies: Policy Consideration (4)
Introduction to environmental laws and the regulations promulgated under them. Includes an examination of the genesis of these laws (e.g., NEPA, Clean Air and Water Acts, RCRA, Endangered Species Act) and their history of compliance and violation.
Recommended prerequisite: ESR220 and 221

ESM222-201509-Syllabus 

ESM230
Fundamentals of Environmental Chemistry I (4)
Basic concepts and principles of chemistry as it applies to environmental problems. This will include, the nature of matter and chemical reactions, water chemistry, water pollution, atmospheric chemistry, soil chemistry, toxicological chemistry and industrial ecology. Examples will be used that illustrate the social and economic importance of environmental chemistry. This is the first course in a sequence of two: ESM230 and ESM231 and must be taken in a sequence. 
Corequisite: ESM230R

ESM230-201509-Syllabus

ESM230R
Recitation for Environmental Chemistry I (0)
Corequisite: ESM230

ESM231
Fundamentals of Environmental Chemistry II (4)

Basic concepts and principles of chemistry as it applies to environmental problems. This will include, the nature and matter of chemical reactions, water chemistry, water pollution, atmospheric chemistry, soil chemistry, toxicological chemistry and industrial ecology. This is the second course in a sequence of two: ESM230 and ESM231 and must be taken in sequence.
Recommended prerequisite: ESM230

ESM231-201601-Syllabus

ESM320
Analysis of Environmental Systems I (4)

Structure and function of environmental systems, with an emphasis on physical processes and environmental system dynamics. MTH241 or 251, and four credits each in biology, chemistry, and physics or geology. Concurrent enrollment in ESM323 is required for majors and recommended for non-majors.
ESM320-201509-Syllabus

ESM321
Analysis of Environmental Systems II (4)

Introduction to the structure and function of environmental systems with an emphasis on ecological processes and human impacts. Includes a laboratory focusing on the use of quantitative techniques for whole system analysis; 3 hours lecture, one 3-hour lab. 
Recommended prerequisite: ESM320
Corequisite: ESM324 (required for majors and recommended for non-majors)

ESM321-201601-Syllabus

ESM322
Environmental Risk Assessment (4)

Overview of risk assessment applied to environmental problems, including the impact assessment process, application of cost-benefit analysis, hazard identification, risk characterization, risk assessment, and risk management. Concurrent enrollment in ESM325 is required for majors and recommended for non-majors.
Recommended prerequisites: ESM321, 323, and 324

ESM322-2011-Syllabus

ESM323
Environmental Systems Laboratory I (2)

Laboratory work to accompany Environmental Systems I (ESM320). One 4-hour laboratory period. Requires concurrent enrollment in ESM320.

ESM324
Environmental Systems Laboratory II (2)

Laboratory work to accompany Environmental Systems II (ESM321). One 4-hour laboratory period. Requires concurrent enrollment in ESM321.
Corequisite: ESM321

ESM324-201601-Syllabus
ESM324-201601-Attendance and Rubric

ESM325
Environmental Risk Assessment Lab (2)

Provides an overview of the main techniques used for environmental risk assessment. Emphasis is on laboratory acute and chronic toxicity tests and field biological stream assessment. Concurrent enrollment in ESM322 is required for majors and recommended for non-majors.
Recommended prerequisites: ESM320, 321, 323, & 324

ESM325-2011-Syllabus

ESM330
Environmental and Ecological Literacy (4)

Introduces a broad range of thought about ecology and the environment, including supporters and critics such as Aldo Leopold, David Orr, Bjorn Lomborg, E.O. Wilson and Thomas Berry. Address the idea of ecological literacy as a key aspect in education and understanding the environment.
Recommended pre-requisites: ESM220, 221, 222

ESM330-201501-Syllabus

ESM333
Methods of Data Collection, Analysis, Representation, and Modeling for Environmental Managers (4)
Overview and review of main techniques for collecting modeling, and analyzing both scientific and social data; key activities for environmental managers.
Co-requisite: ESM344
Prerequisite: ESM220, 221, and 222

ESM334
Methods of Data Collection, Analysis, Representation, and Modeling for Environmental Managers (2)
Lab accompanying the lecture class: ESM333, provides practice and review of main techniques for collecting, modeling, and analyzing both scientific and social data; key activities for environmental managers.
Co-requisite: ESM333

ESM335
Introduction to Environmental Management (4)

Course will focus on environmental project management. Survey of agencies and entities that currently do management and under what authority. Introduction to general theory of environmental management and strategies that are being used. Case studies of local management project and issues.
Prerequisite: ESM222

ESM335-201603-Syllabus

ESM340
Research Methods in Environmental Science (4)

Integrates quantitative skills into environmental research. This course introduces research methods commonly used in environmental studies with emphasis on environmental study designs, data analyses, and data interpretations.
ESM340-201601-Syllabus

ESM342
Field Methods (2)

Presents crucial safety, field and research skills for environmental research. Presents different skill sets for different types of fieldwork for example in lakes, wetlands, forests or marine environments. Students may count two sections of this class towards the Methods requirement of the Environmental Studies degree. (May be taken twice.)
ESM342-201601-In Class Syllabus
ESM342-201601-Online Syllabus

ESM355U
Understanding Environmental Sustainability I (4)

Emphasizing sustainability, study of the scientific and ecological principles that govern human interactions with the physical and biological systems of the earth. Topics will include ecosystem properties, earth system properties, human population dynamics, and the roles of technological and ethical decisions. Not intended for science majors.
ESM335U-201501-Syllabus

ESM356U
Understanding Environmental Sustainability II (4)

Introduction to the concepts and principles necessary to understand the complex relationship between humans and environmental sustainability. Topics will include natural resources issues with a focus on nature's services, the global crisis in water, biodiversity and food; soil function, the fate of environmental toxins and public health, climate change, alternative energy, as well as ethics, governance, regulatory compliance, and community understanding. Not intended for science majors. Expected preparation: UNST224 or ESM335U

ESM356U-201603-Syllabus

ESM357 Business Solutions for Environmental Problems (4)
Environmental Science perspectives and business perspectives on environmental issues, focusing on smaller scale problems amenable to entrepreneurial solutions. Contextualization and analysis of issues using approaches and tools from both disciplines in search of local, sustainable, cost and scale-effective approaches. This is the same course as BA357 and may be taken only once for credit. 

ESM399
Special Studies (Credit to be arranged.)

ESM401
Research
(Credit to be arranged.)
Consent of instructor and program director.

ESM404
Cooperative Education/Internship
(Credit to be arranged.)
This requires a prior approval of a faculty advisor. For info review the Guidelines for Internships.

ESM405
Reading and Conference
(Credit to be arranged.)

ESM407
Environmental Seminar: Speaker Series
(1)
Weekly seminar series with guest speakers addressing current topical environmental issues. May be repeated for up to 3 credits.
Required for 1 term only, however the department encourages students to attend as often as possible.

ESM410
Selected Topics
(Credit to be arranged.)
Consent of instructor.

ESM450/ UNST 421
Case Studies in Environmental Problem Solving (6)

Evaluation of selected cases of environmental problems, including field studies and project work with government and private agencies.
Recommended preparation: ESM320, 321, 322.

ESM4590-201601-Syllabus 

Case Studies in ESM: Urban Backyard Restoration (6)
This class will involve students in monitoring the ecological impacts of backyard habitats that are near Portland parks. Students will work in teams in particular targeted neighborhoods. They will monitor some of the following: native and non-native plants, birds, and insects. They will learn about the ecology behind backyard restoration, the procedure for establishing backyard habitats, and assist as residents implement new habitats. They will develop presentations about benefits of restoration and promote the results of this work at neighborhood association meetings, at tables in Farmer’s markets and other venues to disseminate the information about the value of these habitats.
This course may be cross-listed with UNST as a UNST Capstone.
This course can count as one of the four 400-Level ESM required courses.

Graduate/Undergraduate Level Courses:

ESM416/516
Ecosystem Restoration (4)
Ecological theories and principles that guide restoration practices in a variety of ecosystems, including rivers, wetlands, forests, and prairies. Causes of ecosystem degradation, motivations for restoration, and factors that influence success in restoration. Interactions between science, philosophy, engineering, environmental management, policy, and politics in the dynamic world of ecosystem restoration. Also offered for graduate level credit as ESM 516 and may be taken only once for credit. 
Prerequisites: ESM355 or GEOG345 or BI357 or ESM321

ESM416-201509-Syllabus

ESM418/518
Landscape Ecology (4) 
Examines the structure, function, and change of natural and human-modified communities at the scale between individual communities and regional biomes. Focuses on spatial patterns and processes as they relate to patch mosaic of inter-acting ecological communities. Expected preparation: GEOG313 or BI357. Upper-division standing required. Also offered at graduate level as ESM518; this is the same course as GEOG418 and may be taken only once for credit. 
Cross Listed With GEOG418

ESM418/518-201601-Syllabus

ESM420/520
Ecological Toxicology (4)
Effects of environmental contaminants at the individual, population, and ecosystem level. Topics will include toxicity test methods, environmental fate of contaminants, and the physiological and ecological effects of selected heavy metals, chlorinated organics, and pesticides. Also offered for graduate credit as ESM520 and may be taken only once for credit.
ESM420/520-201509-Syllabus 

ESM424/524
Wetland Ecology (4)
Structure and function of wetland ecosystems, with an emphasis on the diversity of regional wetland systems. Topics also include wetland soils, plants, and hydrologic setting and requirements for wetland delineation. Also offered for graduate level credit as ESM524 and may be taken only once for credit.
ESM424/524-201603-Syllabus 

ESM425/525
Watershed Hydrology (4)
Study of the movement and storage of water in watersheds, emphasizing physical processes. Includes systems analysis of watersheds, precipitation, snowmelt, infiltration, evapotranspiration, groundwater flow, streamflow generation, open channel flow, hydrograph analysis and an introduction to watershed hydrologic modeling. Also offered for graduate level credit as ESM525 and may be taken only once for credit.
Recommended prerequisites: MTH252, PH201.

ESM425/525-201509-Syllabus

ESM426/526
Ecology of Streams and Rivers (4)

Evaluation of streams and rivers from an ecosystem perspective, including stream development, biological communities, ecological processes, and methods of assessment as applied to evaluation of common environmental problems. Also offered for graduate level credit as ESM526 and may be taken only once for credit.
ESM426/526-201601-Syllabus

ESM427/527
Watershed Biogeochemistry (4)

Study of the chemistry of watershed-based eco-systems, emphasizing physical and biological processes. Mechanisms of atmospheric input; rock weathering and soil development; physical and biological controls on the storage and flux of minerals, carbon, and nutrients in terrestrial ecosystems; and impacts of management on bio-geochemical processes in watershed-based eco-systems. Also offered for graduate level credit as ESM527 and may be taken only once for credit.
Recommended prerequisites: BI253, CH221.

ESM427/527-201503-Syllabus

ESM428/528
Urban Ecology (4)

Study of ecological processes in urban environments. Emphasis on responses of flora and fauna to changes in climate, hydrology, geomorphology, geochemistry, soils and available habitat in urban areas. Includes issues of species conservation, ecosystem management and sustainability in urban systems. Also offered for graduate level credit as ESM528 and may be taken only once for credit.
Recommended prerequisite: an undergraduate biology course or permission of instructor.

ESM428/528-201603-Syllabus

ESM429/529
Environmental Impact Assessment (4)
Environmental assessments and impact assessment techniques; regulatory and technical requirements of impact assessment. The National Environmental Policy Act, its implementation, implications and uses. Also offered for graduate level credit as ESM529 and may be taken only once for credit.
ESM429/529-201601-Syllabus 

ESM433/533
Natural Resource Economics (4)
An examination of the economic concepts and theories for analyzing natural resource use and related environmental pollution, including the economics of sustainability. Discussion of renewable and nonrenewable natural resource issues in the Pacific Northwest and policy alternatives. Also offered for graduate level credit as ESM 533; this is the same course as ES433 and may be taken only once for credit.
Recommended prerequisite: EC201
Cross Listed With: EC433

ESM434/534
Business Environmental Management Economics (4)
Examines the economic costs and benefits that affect the decisions of business firms to develop integrated environmental management systems. Analysis of policy options to foster business environmental management for public goods. Case studies of selected firms. Also offered for graduate level credit as ESM 534; this is the same course as EC434/534; course may be taken only once for credit.
Recommended prerequisite: EC201
Cross Listed With: EC 434

ESM435/535
Natural Policy and Management (4)
The impact of natural resource policy and management on regional and federal levels. Case studies will focus on the complex setting, difficult socioeconomic contexts and charged political environments. Also offered for graduate level credit as ESM535 and may be taken only once for credit. 
Prerequisite: ESM 335

ESM435/535-201509-Syllabus

ESM436/536
Environmental Institutions and Management (4)
Fundamental concepts of environmental management with case studies illustrating current management issues regarding human environment interactions. Participants will learn management theory and concepts and apply this knowledge through field work conducting institutional analysis and presenting a group management plan for a local site. Also offered for graduate level credit as ESM536 and may be taken only once for credit.
Prerequisite: ESM335

ESM443/543
Global Environmental Economics (4)
An examination of the economic forces and theories to understand the causes of global environ-mental problems, and to evaluate policy options to remedy serious problems. Analyses of the economic effects of global environmental agreements and the environmental effects of trade and global commerce in developed and developing countries. This course is the same as EC443/543; course may be taken only once for credit. Also offered for graduate level credit as ESM543.
Cross Listed With: EC443/543

ESM444/544
Forest Ecology (4)
 
Study of forested ecosystems, their biotic and abiotic drivers, and the theories and tools that we use to understand forest ecosystems and project how they will change. Forest ecology considers forest succession, carbon and nitrogen dynamics of forests, forest soils, climate and weather, water and energy balances, and disturbances. Also offered for graduate-level credit as ESM544 and may be taken only once for credit.
Pre-requisite: ESM320 and ESM321

ESM444/544-201203-Syllabus

ESM445/545
Old-growth Forest Ecology (4)
Exploration of the ecological characteristics of west-side-old-growth forests, including their outstanding biodiversity. Landscape level aspects of forest ecosystems, including the role of fire; plus the use of basic forestry measurements to contrast old-growth, second-growth, and plantation stands of trees. Emphasizing field study, this eight-day course is based at an off-campus location for easy access to forest ecosystems. Field site costs in addition to tuition. Also offered for graduate level credit as ESM 545 and may be taken only once for credit. 
Recommended prerequisite: Upper-division or graduate level standing required and an undergraduate sequence in biology.

ESM451/551
Project Management for Scientists (4)
Managing a science or environmental project is unique, requiring knowledge of the science discipline, project management, public participation and regulatory requirements. Topics include: defining project and tasks; understanding client or internal needs; establishing project organization, staffing, costs; public participation; satisfying regulatory requirements; adaptive management. Group work using case studies included. Also offered for graduate level credit as ESM551 and may be taken only once for credit.
Prerequisite: Upper-division standing. 

ESM451/551-201501-Syllabus

ESM460/560
Air Quality (4)
An overview of urban air quality issues facing cities in the US and globally. Examine effects of air pollution on public health and environment, as well as technologies and regulatory practices. Review pollution measurement and modeling techniques. This is the same course as CE488 and may be taken only once for credit. Also offered for graduate level credit as ESM 560 and may be taken only once for credit.
Recommended prerequisite: ESM320
Cross Listed With: CE488

ESM462/562
Climate Change Impacts, Adaptations and Responses: Geosphere and Anthrosphere (4)
Examination of the basis for human influenced global climate change, the interactions and feedbacks, the impact on urban and natural systems, and the management adaptation and solutions to these impacts. Also offered for graduate level credit as ESM562 and may be taken only once for credit.
Prerequisite: Senior or graduate level standing in ESM 

ESM462/562-201603-Syllabus

ESM463/563
Water Quality Policy & Management (4)
Review and assessment the efficacy of water quality laws, regulations, and policies. Focus on the Water Quality Standards for the State of Oregon for temperature, bacteria, chemical toxins and nutrients. Role of science in decisions protecting and restoring rivers from water pollution. Also offered for graduate level credit as ESM563 and may be taken only once for credit.
Prerequisite: ESM335

ESM463/563-201601-Syllabus

ESM464/564
Climate Adaptation: Managing Environmental Risks and Vulnerabilities (4)
Contribution to climate risk management will require an understanding of the fundamentals of adaptation planning, climate impacts, risk and vulnerability, and implementation. An adaptation-centered view focuses on the power of local actors to develop strategies that protect and facilitate human and environmental values under threat from global change. Also offered for graduate-level credit as ESM564 and may be taken only once for credit.
Prerequisite: ESM355 or equivalent 

ESM464/564-201601-Syllabus

ESM465/565
Investigating Ecological and Social issues in Urban Parks and Natural Areas (4)
Examines ecological and social aspects of urban forests. Emphasizes response of native plants to physical and introduced species impacts from urbanization. Students will collect ecological and visitor impact data in local parks, study issues pertaining to sustainability and management based on an understanding of short term and longer-term disturbances. Also offered for graduate level credit as ESM565 and may be taken only once for credit. ESM465/565-201303-Syllabus
Prerequisite: Environmental Science or Studies major or BI357

ESM471/571
Atmospheric Physics (4)
Cycles of trace gases in the Earth's atmosphere and their role in the environment. Emission, dispersal, and removal of natural and man-made trace constituents in the atmosphere that determine the Earth's climate and stratospheric ozone layer. Also offered for graduate credit as ESM571 and may be taken only once for credit; this course is the same as PH471/571, may only be taken once for credit.
Prerequisite: One year each of calculus and calculus-based physics
Recommended prerequisite: Introductory course in differential equations 
Cross Listed With: PH471/571

ESM473/573
Phytoplankton Ecology (4)
Examination of photosynthesis, nutrient uptake, regulation and cell growth processes in the con-text of algal growth in natural waters. Also offered for graduate credit as ESM573 and may be taken only once for credit.
Recommended prerequisites: BI251; ESR321 or BI357.

ESM475/575
Limnology and Aquatic Ecology (4)
Encompasses biological, physical, geological, and chemical aspects of freshwater environments. Overview of lake ecosystems, emphasizing fundamental interactions, processes, and ecology, as well as an appreciation of the impact of human activities on these waterbodies. A field trip is required. Also offered for graduate level credit as ESM575 and may be taken only once for credit.
Expected preparation: CH223.
Prerequisite: ESM321 or BI357

ESM475/575-201509-Syllabus

ESM477/577
Limnology Laboratory (2)
Techniques in field and laboratory analysis of freshwater systems. Also offered for graduate level credit as ESM577 and may be taken only once for credit. 
Recommended pre- or co-requisite: ESR475/575.

ESM478/578
Aquatic Vascular Plants (4)
Classification, biology, ecology, and management of aquatic vascular plants. Course will focus on freshwater systems and include a laboratory featuring field identification and laboratory experimentation. Also offered for graduate level credit as ESM578 and may be taken only once for credit. 
Recommended prerequisite: BI357.

ESM479/579
Fate and Transport of Toxics in the Environment (4)
Chemical, physical, and biological principles that govern the behavior of toxic materials such as heavy metals and synthetic organic com-pounds in the environment. Course emphasizes practical ways to represent chemical processes in models of pollutant behavior. Topics include: adsorption of pollutants on soils and sediments; transport across sediment-water and air-water interfaces; bioamplification of pollutants; multiphase fugacity models of organics; case studies of contaminated surface water, sediment and groundwater. Also offered for graduate level credit as ESM579; this course is the same as CE479/579; course may be taken only once for credit.
Recommended prerequisite: senior or graduate standing.
Cross Listed With: CE479/579

ESM480/580
Coastal Marine Ecology (4)
Introduces the relationships between marine species and their environment, intra- and inter-specific interactions, and factors structuring marine communities. Community structure and distribution presented in the context of both oceanography and coastal zone ecology. Marine conservation issues, including fisheries, addressed. A field trip is required. Also offered for graduate level credit as ESM580 and may be taken only once for credit.
Recommended prerequisite: ESM321

ESM480/580-201503-Syllabus

ESM483/583
Marine Conservation and Management (4)
This course will be divided into three sections. We will begin by discussing the state of the oceans, and ecological differences between marine and terrestrial/aquatic systems. The second part of the course will discuss the major threats to ocean systems. The third part of the course will focus on solutions in terms of protected areas, management and policy strategies, and various aspects of the human dimension. Also offered for graduate level credit as ESM583 and may be taken only once for credit.
Recommended prerequisite: ESM355

ESM483/583-201601-Syllabus

ESM485/585
Ecology and Management of Bio-Invasions (4)
Invasive, or nonindigenous, species present us with global ecological and economic problems and have been ranked as second only to habitat destruction as a threat to our natural areas and native species. These invasive species are a concern because they restructure ecosystems, affect the evolutionary trajectory of native species, lead to the extinction of species, and impact local industries. Also offered for graduate level credit as ESM585 and may be taken only once for credit.
Recommended prerequisite: ESM321

ESM485/585-201509-Syllabus

ESM499
Special Studies
(Credit to be arranged.)
Consent of instructor and program director.

ESM501 
Research (Credit to be arranged.)
Consent of instructor and program director.

ESM503
Thesis (Credit to be arranged.)
All aspects of research and thesis writing for master's students.

ESM504
Cooperative Education/Internship (Credit to be arranged.) 

ESM505
Reading and Conference (Credit to be arranged.)

ESM506
Special Projects (Credit to be arranged.)

ESM507
Seminar: Speaker Series (Credits to be arranged.)
Weekly seminar series on topical environmental issues. May be repeated for up to 3 credits for M.S. or M.E.M students. 

ESM509
Practicum (Credit to be arranged.)

ESM510
Selected Topics (Credit to be arranged.)
Consent of instructor.

ESM552
Environmental Regulation and Non-regulatory Approaches (3)
Understanding environmental regulations and the interaction between governmental agencies and business is critical. Course provides basics of major environmental regulations, how local, state and the federal governments are responding to regulatory issues, and interaction with businesses through innovation and performance based approaches. Case studies and group work included.

ESM554
Graduate Research Toolbox (4)
Students will develop experimental design, research, grant writing, oral presentation, thesis preparation, peer review, library, and time management skills relevant to their graduate degree.
ESM554-201509-Syllabus

ESM555
Science Communication (1)
Students will outline objectives involved in presenting scientific information to different audiences, including the role of the speaker, visual presentation data, written and mixed media. This is the same course as ESR655 and may be taken only once for credit.
Cross Listed With: ESR655

ESM556
Advanced Science Communication Skills (1)
Students will explore more advanced topics on presentation and proposal preparation. All students will prepare a mocked up poster based on cognitive and graphic design principles. They will create an extended outline for a research proposal. Peers in class will critique posters and proposals. This is the same course as ESR656 and may be taken only once for credit. 
Prerequisite: G610 Writing Skills or ESM555 
Cross Listed With: ESR656

ESM557
Science, Media, and the Public: Working with the Media to Create Effective Scientific Messages (1)
Scientists need to explain their studies to the public through mass media. Topics include; audience, different media, the reporters’ process, editor's view of science stories, and how inaccuracies get perpetuated. Students will evaluate a wide variety of mass media materials, interview practice, and guests' description of various media. This is the same course as ESR657 and may be taken only once for credit. 
Cross Listed With: ESR657 

ESM566
Environmental Data Analysis I (4) 
Application of probabilistic and statistical models to the description of environmental data with a focus on hydrology and water quality. Graphical and quantitative techniques of exploratory data analysis, selection and fitting of appropriate probability distributions, simple and multiple and multivariate regression and their applications to analysis and modeling, and detection of changes and trends in environmental time series. This is the same course as CE566 and may be taken only once for credit.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing and STAT243 or 244 or STAT260.
Cross Listed With: CE566

ESM566-201601-Syllabus

ESM567
Multivariate Analysis of Environmental Data (4)
Biological and environmental data are usually complex, consisting of many observations and variables. This course provides an overview of the main techniques of multivariate data analysis that are relevant and useful in ecology and environmental sciences. Emphasis is on ordination and cluster analysis.
Prerequisite: one college-level statistics course.

ESM567-201601-Syllabus

ESM570
Citizen Environmental Science (4)
Overview of the purpose and scope of citizen science. Provides an educational framework for the range of possible citizen programs, methodology for planning and training participants, and methods of assessment of outcomes. Student will be expected to participate in practical experience working with one or more programs. 

ESM588
Environmental Sustainability (4)
Sustainability in natural and human-influenced ecosystems, with a focus on processes of regeneration, maturity, collapse and renewal. Topic areas include natural provisioning of ecosystem services, processes of change in ecological systems, interactions among ecological and social systems, economic valuation of ecosystem services, and ecosystem management. This course is the same as EC433/533; course may be taken only once for credit.
Recommended prerequisite: EC201

ESM590
Ecosystem Services and Sustainability: Developing a Toolkit (4)
Sustainability in natural and human-influenced ecosystems, with a focus on processes of regeneration, maturity, collapse and renewal. Topic areas include natural provisioning of ecosystem services, processes of change in ecological systems, interactions among ecological and social systems, economic valuation of ecosystem services, and ecosystem management. 

ESM599
Special Studies
(Credit to be arranged) 
Consent of instructor and program director.

ESM690
Ecosystem Services and Sustainability: Developing a Toolkit (1)
Ecosystem services provide a conceptual framework for addressing ecological, social and economic sustainability. Students will learn to use an interdisciplinary toolbox of methods and techniques useful for assessing various aspects of ecosystem services. Students will develop a project proposal on a real-world application of ecosystem services assessments and valuation. Also offered for credit as ESM590 and may be taken only once for credit.

Environmental Science and Resource Courses:

ESR407
Environmental Seminar (Credits to be arranged)
Weekly seminar series involving student-led discussion of topical environmental issues. May be repeated for up to 3 credits. 

ESR507
Seminar
(Credits to be arranged)
Weekly seminar series on topical environmental issues. May be repeated for up to 3 credits. 

ESR601
Research
(Credits to be arranged)
Research that is not normally part of the thesis. 

ESR602
Independent Study (Credits to be arranged)

ESR603
Dissertation (Credits to be arranged)
All aspects of thesis including thesis research and writing the dissertation.

ESR604
Cooperative Education/Internship (Credits to be arranged) 

ESR605
Reading and Conference (Credits to be arranged)
Scholarly examination of literature including discussion between student and professor. 

ESR606
Project (Credits to be arranged)

ESR607
Seminar (Credits to be arranged)
Environmental Sciences Seminar. Consent of instructor. Pass/no pass only. 

ESR610
Selected Topics (Credits to be arranged) 

ESR630
Introduction to Transdisciplinary Modes of Critical Inquiry and Science in Environmental Research (3)
This course draws on representatives from research groups in the School to present the many ways to formulate questions and different forms of science that are being actively used to address environmental problems. We will explore curiosity- and problem-based approaches from social, physical and biological sciences.
Prerequisite: PhD Student or MS with permission of instructor  

ESR655
Science Communication (1)
Students will outline the objectives involved in presenting scientific information to different audiences, including the role of the speaker, visual presentation of data, written and mixed media. This is the same course as ESM555 and may be taken only once for credit.
Cross Listed With:  ESM555

ESR655-201509-Syllabus

ESR656
Advanced Communication Skills for Doctoral Students (1)
Students will explore more advanced topics on presentation and proposal preparation. All students will prepare a mocked up poster based on cognitive and graphic design principles. They will create an extended outline for a research proposal. Peers in class will critique posters and proposals. This is the same course as ESM556 and may be taken only once for credit.
Cross Listed With: ESM556

ESM656-201503-Syllabus

ESR657
Science, Media, and the Public: Working with the Media to Create Effective Scientific Messages (1)
Scientists need to explain their studies to the public through mass media. Topics include; audience, different media, the reporters’ process, editor's view of science stories, and how inaccuracies get perpetuated. Students will evaluate a wide variety of mass media materials, interview practice, and guests' description of various media. This is the same course as ESM557 and may be taken only once for credit. 
Cross Listed With: ESM557 

ESR692
Foundations of Ecosystem Services (4)
Learn key ecological, social, economic and philosophical theories that underlie ecosystem services science and management. Examine ecological processes, policy and governance in managing these systems, as well as impacts of changing climate, human demographics, etc. This is the same course as SOC692 and may be taken only once for credit.
Cross Listed With: SOC692

ESR699
Special Studies
(Credits to be arranged)

Center for Science Education Courses (Offered by ESM):

SCI199
Special Studies (Credits to be arranged) 

SCI201/UNST 286
Natural Science Inquiry (4)
This is the University Studies Sophomore Inquiry course that serves as the gateway to the Science in the Liberal Arts curriculum. The course aims to introduce students to the knowledge-making strategies of science. The curriculum is taught using small group and class projects that engage students in various science inquiry activities. Students gain experience in gathering and understanding scientific information, data management, interpretation and presentation, making and defending knowledge claims, working collaboratively, writing technically, and communicating scientific results.
SCI201/UNST286-201603-Syllabus

SCI311U
Teaching Everyday Science (4)
Two-term sequence designed to immerse potential mathematics and science teachers in laboratory and thinking experiences that they can use as a foundation for their own understanding of the physical sciences and related mathematics and curriculum development in future teaching experiences. In addition to experiences in the laboratory, environmental impact issues will be investigated. Includes laboratory and/or fieldwork. This is the first course in a sequence of two: SCI311 and SCI312.
Recommended prerequisite: Natural Science Inquiry 

SCI311U-201509-Syllabus

SCI312U
Teaching Everyday Science (4)
Two-term sequence designed to immerse potential mathematics and science teachers in laboratory and thinking experiences that they can use as a foundation for their own understanding of the physical sciences and related mathematics and curriculum development in future teaching experiences. In addition to experiences in the laboratory, environmental impact issues will be investigated. Includes laboratory and/or fieldwork. This is the second course in a sequence of two: SCI311 and SCI312.
Recommended prerequisite: Natural Science Inquiry 

SCI313U
Environmental Mathematical Modeling (4)
An introduction to differential and integral calculus, this course is intuitive in approach and emphasizes applications, especially with respect to environmental issues. The interested student may follow it with a more extensive and rigorous calculus sequence. Includes laboratory and/or fieldwork.
Recommended prerequisites: Natural Science Inquiry, MTH111

SCI314U
Environmental Statistics (4)
Explores a selection of mathematical topics in the context of environmental issues, using real data. Topics will include statistics, data display, data analysis, probability, and probability distributions. Includes laboratory and/or fieldwork. 
Recommended prerequisites: Natural Science Inquiry, MTH95

SCI321U
Energy and Society I (4)
Study of the generation and usage of energy, including the technical, economic, social, and political issues related to energy production and end uses. Examination of energy resources, methods of producing and converting various forms of energy, energy conservation, and environmental and economic implications of energy production and energy policies. Includes laboratory and possibly fieldwork. This is the first course in a sequence of two: SCI321 and SCI322
Recommended prerequisites: Natural Science Inquiry 

SCI322U
Energy and Society II (4)
Study of the generation and usage of energy, including the technical, economic, social, and political issues related to energy production and end uses. Examination of energy resources, methods of producing and converting various forms of energy, energy conservation, and environmental and economic implications of energy production and energy policies. Includes laboratory and possibly fieldwork. This is the second course in a sequence of two: SCI321 and SCI322.
Recommended prerequisite: Natural Science Inquiry 

SCI325U
Science of a Hydrogen Economy (4)
Hydrogen is considered as an ideal energy source. Explores various methods of hydrogen production, storage, delivery, and uses. Includes discussion of hydrogen's image as an abundant, clean, high energy output, easily obtainable, safe energy source. Considers safety issues and codes/standards from various related agencies and organizations that would have been necessary to have avoided such historical mishaps as those involving the Hindenberg and the space shuttle Challenger. 
Recommended prerequisite: Natural Science Inquiry

SCI327U
Oceans and Society (4)
Provides a working knowledge of how the physical, chemical and biological ocean environment impacts the development and distribution of marine communities. Discussions on how humans interface with marine systems, how marine systems impact global sustainability, the environmental, economic and ethical responsibilities humans have for our marine systems.
SCI327U-201506-Syllabus

SCI331U
AI: Urban Air Pollution (4)
Interaction of the atmosphere with other earth systems, chemical cycling, and the effect of humans on the atmosphere will be explored. The physical and chemical properties and interactions of the atmosphere will be investigated through laboratory investigations, fieldwork, and computer modeling. Topics will include urban air quality, global climate change, and the "management" of the atmosphere. Includes laboratory and/or fieldwork. This is the first course in a sequence of two: SCI331U and SCI332U.
Recommended prerequisite: Natural Science Inquiry

SCI332U
AI: Urban Air Pollution (4) 
Interaction of the atmosphere with other earth systems, chemical cycling, and the effect of humans on the atmosphere will be explored. The physical and chemical properties and interactions of the atmosphere will be investigated through laboratory investigations, fieldwork, and computer modeling. Topics will include urban air quality, global climate change, and the "management" of the atmosphere. Includes laboratory and/or fieldwork. This is the first course in a sequence of two: SCI331U and SCI332U.
Recommended prerequisite: Natural Science Inquiry

SCI335U
Water in the Environment I (4)
Studies of the unique properties of water in all of its roles, including a study of the water cycle, water resources, treatment of municipal water, and wastewater treatment. Special attention will be placed on natural waters as a resource, including natural and introduced constituents and the movements of natural waters. Includes laboratory and fieldwork. This is the first course in a sequence of two: SCI335U and SCI336U.
Recommended prerequisite: Natural Science Inquiry

SCI336U
Water in the Environment II (4)
Studies of the unique properties of water in all of its roles, including a study of the water cycle, water resources, treatment of municipal water, and wastewater treatment. Special attention will be placed on natural waters as a resource, including natural and introduced constituents and the movements of natural waters. Includes laboratory and fieldwork. This is the first course in a sequence of two: SCI335U and SCI336U.
Recommended prerequisite: Natural Science Inquiry

SCI338U
Investigating Forest Ecosystems (4)
Fundamental concepts of terrestrial ecology in the context of present unresolved forest management issues. Participants will learn an appropriate set of field skills in soil and vegetation monitoring and engage in a short-term research project at a local site. Socio-political context of Pacific Northwest forest management will be covered through guided controversies and guest speakers.
Prerequisite: One Ecology or one Environmental Science course. 

SCI341U
Biology Concepts and Applications I (4)
Two-term course focusing on four main topics: classical Mendelian and current molecular genetics, evolution and predator/prey interactions, growth and metabolism, and biomes and biodiversity. In each topic area students will participate in laboratory and or field components, discussion, and Internet exercises. Includes laboratory and/or fieldwork. This is the first course in a sequence of two: SCI341U and SCI342U.
Recommended prerequisite: Natural Science Inquiry

SCI341U-201509-Syllabus

SCI341L
Lab for BI341U (0)
Co-requisite: SCI341U

SCI342U
Biology Concepts and Applications II (4)
Two-term course focusing on four main topics: classical Mendelian and current molecular genetics, evolution and predator/prey interactions, growth and metabolism, and biomes and biodiversity. In each topic area students will participate in laboratory and or field components, discussion, and Internet exercises. Includes laboratory and/or fieldwork. This is the second course in a sequence of two: SCI341 and SCI342.
Recommended prerequisite: Natural Science Inquiry 

SCI342U-201601-Syllabus

SCI343U
Columbia Basin Plant Communities (4)
In this two-term course students will explore the relationships found in alpine, desert, forest, and grassland plant communities. They will gain an understanding of how these plant communities interact with their environment and why they exhibit certain characteristics and processes. Includes laboratory and fieldwork.  
Recommended prerequisite: Natural Science Inquiry 

SCI345U
Old Growth Forest Ecology and Management I (4)
Explores the ecological characteristics of old growth forests, including the outstanding biodiversity that exists at multiple levels, as well as the management paradigms that have impacted these systems in the Pacific Northwest (U.S. and Canada), including ethical, social, economic, and political aspects of forest management. SCI345U includes laboratory and local fieldwork plus projects involving: analysis of environmental impact statement alternatives, evaluation of management issues, and advisory statements for governmental activities. SCI 3456U involves more extensive fieldwork, data analysis, and presentations. This is the first course in a sequence of two: SCI345U and SCI346U.
Recommended prerequisite: Natural Science Inquiry 

SCI346U
Old Growth Forest Ecology and Management II (4)
Explores the ecological characteristics of old growth forests, including the outstanding biodiversity that exists at multiple levels, as well as the management paradigms that have impacted these systems in the Pacific Northwest (U.S. and Canada), including ethical, social, economic, and political aspects of forest management. SCI345U includes laboratory and local fieldwork plus projects involving: analysis of environmental impact statement alternatives, evaluation of management issues, and advisory statements for governmental activities. SCI346U involves more extensive fieldwork, data analysis, and presentations. This is the second course in a sequence of two: SCI345 and SCI346.
Recommended prerequisite: Natural Science Inquiry 

SCI347U
Science, Gender, and Social Context I (4)
Two-term course explores the strengths and limitations of science to describe and predict nature through laboratory and field investigations. These activities will illustrate the transition from a reductionist view of our natural environment to a systems-oriented view. It will place this historical shift in understanding and scientific practice in the contexts of gender, race, and class using selected case studies in environmental management. Includes laboratory and/or fieldwork. This is the same course as WS347U and may be taken only once for credit. This is the first course in a sequence of two: SCI347 and SCI348.
Recommended prerequisite: Natural Science Inquiry
Cross Listed With: WS347U

SCI348U
Science, Gender, and Social Context II (4)
Two-term course explores the strengths and limitations of science to describe and predict nature through laboratory and field investigations. These activities will illustrate the transition from a reductionist view of our natural environment to a systems-oriented view. It will place this historical shift in understanding and scientific practice in the contexts of gender, race, and class using selected case studies in environmental management. Includes laboratory and/or fieldwork. This is the same course as WS348U and may be taken only once for credit. This is the second course in a sequence of two: SCI347 and SCI348.
Recommended prerequisite: Natural Science Inquiry
Cross Listed With: WS348U

SCI351U
Northwest Wetlands: Conservation, Restoration, and Mitigation (4)
Focus on science and public policy issues in wetland conservation, restoration, and mitigation, especially in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.
Recommended prerequisite: Natural Science Inquiry or consent of instructor. 

SCI352U
Science and Policy of Climate Change (4)
Evaluates the scientific data and the policy statements concerning the potential for human impact of climate, and in particular the questions of the existence and impacts of global warming. The interaction between scientific analysis and policy analysis will be explored, and students will consider the roles that citizens, scientists, and policy make in developing local, regional, and global responses to climate change.
Recommended prerequisite: Natural Science Inquiry. 

SCI354U
Science and Politics of Columbia River Decisions (4)
Exploration of case studies of relationships between science and politics in making decisions about controversial Columbia River management issues. Students will identify a particular issue and its related stakeholders, define objectives, collect as well as analyze scientific data and political positions, and participate in role-playing decisions as stakeholder groups and as management committees.
Prerequisite: Natural Science Inquiry

SCI365U
The Science of Women's Bodies (4) 
The female human body is studied from a multidisciplinary perspective including anatomy, physiology, genetics, cell biology, endocrinology and human development, as well as biochemistry. Current social, cultural and political topics related to the science and policy of women's health are also discussed. This course is the same as WS365U; may only be taken once for credit. 
Cross Listed With: WS365U

SCI399
Special Studies
(Credits to be arranged) 

Univeristy Studies Courses (Offered byESM):

UNST224
Environmental Sustainability (5)
A sustainable human society is one that satisfies its needs without jeopardizing the opportunity of future generations to satisfy theirs. The challenge of how we achieve a sustainable society is a vital theme that unites the various disciplines within environmental studies. A balanced combination of natural and social sciences is required if an adequate understanding of human interactions with environmental systems is to be achieved. The course is designed to help you bridge the scientific approach to analyzing and solving environmental problems, the socioeconomic concerns involved in formulating and administering environmental policy, and the historic and philosophical basis of humanity’s relationship to ecosystems.  With the common goal of defining, characterizing and understanding environmental sustainability, the course identifies how each participating discipline can creatively contribute towards this end.
UNST224-201509-Syllabus