Ecological Management & Restoration

(College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences)

Faculty. http://www.plantsciences.ucdavis.edu/plantsciences/databases/directory/faculty.aspx

The Major Program

This major is designed for students who are interested in understanding how to manage and restore wildland and rangeland plant communities. Courses are selected to provide an interdisciplinary background that encompasses ecology, applied plant biology, and the social sciences. Students will acquire a core understanding of natural and managed ecosystems and how they function, interact with the natural environment, are connected with human society and social change, and are restored and managed.

The Program. The curriculum provides depth in the ecological and botanical sciences directed toward an integrated understanding of how communities and ecosystems function and how this knowledge can assist in their management and restoration. Courses in environmental policy and law expose the students to the social drivers and constraints of ecosystem management. All students gain practical experience through practical field courses and a required internship. Students may also pursue an Honors thesis in their senior year.

Major Advisor. T.P. Young

Advising Center for the major, including peer advising, is located in 1220 Plant and Environmental Sciences 530-752-9770.

Career Alternatives. Graduates from this program are prepared to pursue a wide range of careers, including positions in ecological restoration and ecosystem management; rangeland and reserve management; environmental consulting; public, private, or non-profit agencies concerned with restoration and natural resource management; Cooperative Extension; teaching; information and communication services. Graduates are qualified to pursue advanced studies in fields such as ecology, agroecology, environmental studies, geography or weed science.


Preparatory Subject Matter
Units: 49-58
BIS 002A
Introduction to Biology: Essentials of Life on Earth (Active)
5
BIS 002B
Introduction to Biology: Principles of Ecology & Evolution (Active)
5
BIS 002C
Introduction to Biology: Biodiversity & the Tree of Life (Active)
5
CHE 002A
General Chemistry (Active)
5
CHE 002B
General Chemistry (Active)
5
PHY 001A
Principles of Physics (Active)
3
PHY 001B
Principles of Physics (Active)
3
or
PHY 007A
General Physics (Active)
4
PHY 007B
General Physics (Active)
4
PHY 007C
General Physics (Active)
4
MAT 016A
Short Calculus (Active)
3
MAT 016B
Short Calculus (Active)
3
or
MAT 017A
Calculus for Biology & Medicine (Active)
4
MAT 017B
Calculus for Biology & Medicine (Active)
4
or
MAT 021A
Calculus (Active)
4
MAT 021B
Calculus (Active)
4
PLS 120
Applied Statistics in Agricultural Sciences (Active)
4
SSC 100
Principles of Soil Science (Active)
5
PLS 101
Agriculture & the Environment (Active)
3
or
ESP 001
Environmental Analysis (Active)
4
Depth Subject Matter
Units: 54-69
ENH 160
Restoration Ecology (Active)
3
ENH 160L
Restoration Ecology Laboratory (Active)
1
PLS 176
Introduction to Weed Science (Active)
4
Choose one:
3-5
SSC 102
Environmental Soil Chemistry (Active)
3
SSC 105
Field Studies of Soils in California Ecosystems (Active)
5
SSC 111
Soil Microbiology (Active)
4
SSC 118
Soils in Land Use & the Environment (Active)
4
SSC 120
Soil Genesis, Morphology, & Classification (Active)
5
PLS 152
Plant Genetics (Active)
4
or
ENH 150
Genetics & Plant Conservation: The Biodiversity Crisis (Active)
3
Choose two ecology courses:
5-8
ESP 155
Wetland Ecology (Active)
4
PLB 117
Plant Ecology (Active)
4
PLS 131
Identification & Ecology of Grasses (Active)
2
PLS 144
Trees & Forests (Active)
4
PLS 147
California Plant Communities (Active)
3
WFC 156
Plant Geography (Active)
4
WFC 157
Coastal Ecosystems (Active)
4
Choose one:
4-5
EVE 100
Introduction to Evolution (Active)
4
PLB 108
Systematics & Evolution of Angiosperms (Active)
5
PLS 102
California Floristics (Active)
5
PLS 116
Plant Morphology & Evolution (Active)
5
Choose four restoration/conservation courses:
11-16
PLS 130
Rangelands: Ecology, Conservation & Restoration (Active)
3
PLS 135
Ecology & Community Structure of Grassland & Savannah Herbivores (Active)
3
PLS 150
Sustainability & Agroecosystem Management (Active)
4
ESM 141
Role of Fire in Natural Ecosystems (Active)
4
ESP 127
Plant Conservation Biology (Active)
4
ESP 155L
Wetland Ecology Laboratory (Active)
3
WFC 154
Conservation Biology (Active)
4
WFC 155
Habitat Conservation & Restoration (Active)
3
WFC 155L
Habitat Conservation & Restoration Laboratory (Active)
2
Choose one:
3-4
ESM 100
Principles of Hydrologic Science (Active)
4
HYD 143
Ecohydrology (Active)
4
HYD 147
Runoff, Erosion & Water Quality Management (Active)
3
HYD 151
Field Methods in Hydrology (Active)
4
Choose one:
3-4
PLS 171
Principles & Practices of Plant Propagation (Active)
4
or
ENH 120
Management of Container Media (Active)
3
Choose one:
3
PLS 100C
Environmental Interactions of Cultivated Plants (Active)
3
or
PLS 163
Ecosystem & Landscape Ecology (Active)
4
Choose one:
3-4
PLB 111
Plant Physiology (Active)
3
or
PLS 100A
Metabolic Processes of Cultivated Plants (Active)
3
Environmental Science and Policy, choose one:
4-5
ESP 160
The Policy Process (Active)
4
or
ESP 161
Environmental Law (Historical)
4
or
ESP 171
Urban & Regional Planning (Active)
4
or
ESP 172
Public Lands Management (Active)
4
or
ESP 179
Environmental Impact Assessment (Active)
4
Internship:
2
Must be selected in consultation with master advisor.
 
PLS 164
Practicum in Ecological Restoration (Active)
1
PLS 192
Internship (Active)
1-12
In addition to the required coursework listed above, students might consider taking some of the following courses:
 
ENT 107
California Insect Diversity (Active)
5
HYD 124
Plant-Water-Soil Relationships (Active)
4
LDA 150
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (Active)
4
PLS 135
Ecology & Community Structure of Grassland & Savannah Herbivores (Active)
3
PLS 141
Ethnobotany (Active)
4
PLS 158
Mineral Nutrition of Plants (Active)
4
PLS 162
Urban Ecology (Active)
3
SAS 018
GIS & Society (Active)
3
SSC 109
Sustainable Nutrient Management (Active)
4
Total: 103-127