(College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences)
Randy Southard, Chairperson
Department Office. 1110 Plant and Environmental Sciences Building; 530-752-1130; http://lawr.ucdavis.edu
The Major Program
The Environmental Science and Management (ESM) major is designed for students who are interested in solving environmental problems from an interdisciplinary perspective linking the natural and social sciences.
Students who choose this major will study the interaction of physical, biological, and social components of environmental problems. Students completing the program will understand the scientific basis for environmental decision making and the legal, economic, and political issues involved in
The Program. Courses in biology, chemistry, physics, economics, geology, and calculus
(a) Ecology, Biodiversity, and Conservation
(b) Natural Resource Management
(c) Climate Change and Air Quality
(d) Geospatial Information Science
(e) Watershed Science
(f) Soils and Biogeochemistry
A capstone course is required for all seniors and serves to integrate the science, policy/management and biology aspects of the ESM major. All students gain practical experience through field courses and a required internship. Selected students may also pursue an honors thesis in their senior year.
The ESM major is jointly administered by the Departments of Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) and Land,
Careers. Graduates from this program are prepared to pursue careers as practicing environmental scientists, resource
Major Advisors. Marcel Holyoak (Environmental Science and Policy) and Terrance Nathan (Land,
Advising centers for the major, including peer advising, are located in both the Environmental Science and Policy and Land, Air and Water Resources departments. Students whose last names begin with the letters A-L, please see Melissa Whaley in 2134 Wickson Hall. Students whose last names begin with the letters M-Z, please see Lacole Brooks in 1150 Plant and Environmental Sciences.