Graduate/Undergraduate Level Courses:
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Expected preparation: MTH252, PH201.
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.
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.
Expected preparation: BI253, CH221.
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.
Expected preparation: an undergraduate biology course or permission of instructor.
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.
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. This is the same course as ESM533 and may be taken only once for credit.
Expected preparation: EC201
Cross Listed With: EC433
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
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
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.
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
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
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 ESM545 and may be taken only once for credit.
Recommended prerequisite: Upper-division or graduate level standing required and an undergraduate sequence in biology.
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.
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 ESM560 and may be taken only once for credit.
Expected preparation: ESM320
Cross Listed With: CE488
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
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.
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
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.
Prerequisite: Environmental Science or Studies major or BI357
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
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.
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
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 Corequisite: ESR475/575.
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.
Expected preparation: BI357.
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.
Expected preparation: senior or graduate standing.
Cross Listed With: CE479/579
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.
Expected preparation: ESM321
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
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.
Expected preparation: ESM321
Special Studies (Credit to be arranged.)
Consent of instructor and program director.
Research (Credit to be arranged.)
Consent of instructor and program director.
Thesis (Credit to be arranged.)
All aspects of research and thesis writing for master's students.
Cooperative Education/Internship (Credit to be arranged.)
Reading and Conference (Credit to be arranged.)
Special Projects (Credit to be arranged.)
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.
Practicum (Credit to be arranged.)
Selected Topics (Credit to be arranged.)
Consent of instructor.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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 STAT460.
Cross Listed With: CE566
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.
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.
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.
Ecosystem Services and Sustainability: Developing a Toolkit (4)
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. This course is the same as ESM690 and may be taken only once for credit.
Special Studies (Credit to be arranged)
Consent of instructor and program director.