Sustainability Focused

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This course is sustainability-focused because it concentrates on sustainability, including its social, economic and environmental dimensions, or examines an issue or topic using sustainability as a lens. The course provides valuable grounding in the concepts and principles of sustainability.  Fifty percent or more of the course content focuses on at least one of the enumerated sustainability criteria. 

Fundamental Processes in Earth and Environmental Studies

An introduction to the physical environment, biological systems, and human-environment interactions. Explores physical principles such as fluid transport and reaction rates using environmental examples as well as principles of populations, ecosystems, carrying capacity, and sustainable use of resources.
Department: 
EARTHSS

Global Change Biology

Addresses ways in which humans are altering the global environment, with consequences for the ecology of animals, plants, and microbes. Discussion on how these biologically oriented questions relate to human society, politics, and the economy. Same as Biological Sciences 9K.
Department: 
EARTHSS

Local and Regional Environmental Issues

Between 25-49% of the course content (e.g., readings, papers, tests, discussion or other assignments) focuses on at least one of the 13 sustainability criteria listed in the UCI sustainability curriculum definition.
Department: 
EARTHSS

Introduction to Global Climate Change

Introduction of scientific, technological, environmental, economic, and social aspects underlying the threat and understanding of global climate change. Human and natural drivers of climate. Impacts of climate on natural, managed, and human systems, including their vulnerability and ability to adapt.
Department: 
EARTHSS

Climate Change

Explores past, present, and projected changes in Earth’s climate. Topics include paleoclimate records and mechanisms of natural climate variability at a range of timescales (orbital to seasonal); General Circulation Models; and IPCC observations and projections of future climate change.
Department: 
EARTHSS

Evolution and the Environment

Seminar and lecture, three hours. Explores basic topics in ecology and evolutionary biology and applications to agriculture, conservation, environmental issues, and public health. Format involves discussion of scientific journal articles and other readings, with focus on learning to evaluate scientific evidence. Prerequisite or corequisite: Biological Sciences E106.
Department: 
BIO SCI

Economics of the Environment I

Surveys economic aspects of natural resources, pollution, population, and the environment. Examines the causes of pollution, e.g., air, water, noise, toxic waste, and nonoptimal utilization of certain resources, e.g., fisheries; analysis of public polices regarding these problems. Emphasis on micro-economic aspects of environmental problems. Prerequisites: Economics 15A-B and 122A or equivalent; Economics 100A-B or 105A.
Department: 
ECON

Economics of the Environment II

Applications of the tools covered in Economics 145E to such topics as global warming, destruction of the ozone layer, and emissions trading. Emphasis on independent research papers. Syllabus and classes include writing technique. Prerequisites: Economics 15A-B, 145E, and satisfactory completion of the lower-division writing requirement.
Department: 
ECON

Groundwater Hydrology

Topics include conservation of fluid mass, storage properties of porous media, matrix compressibility, boundary conditions, flow nets, well hydraulics, groundwater chemistry, and solute transport. Design projects and computer applications included. Prerequisites: CEE20; CEE170 or MAE130A; or consent of instructor. Concurrent with CEE 272. (Design units: 2)
Department: 
ENGRCEE

Computer Tools for Watershed Model

Basic principles of hydrologic modeling are practiced in detail. Concepts of watershed, floodplains delineation, hydrologic impact, design studies, and GIS tools are discussed. Focus on the USACE (HEC) software tools (HEC-HMS, and HECRAS) along with their associated GIS interfaces. Prerequisites: CEE176 and CEE170. Concurrent with CEE273
Department: 
ENGRCEE

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