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300. Environmental Law and Policy (3)

Prerequisites: ESP 200 and upper division standing; or consent of instructor.
Property rights, federal and state roles in decision-making, rights and limits of both private parties and the broad public interest. Emphasis on science in decision-making, choices between regulations and incentives, and role of bureaucracy.
Letter grade only (A-F). (2 hrs lecture, 1 hr discussion).

330. California Ecosystems (3)

Prerequisites: GEOG 101 or GEOG 130 or GEOG 140 or ESP 200; AND GEOG 200 or STAT 108 or BIOL 260
Introduction to the ecology and biogeography of natural California landscapes, including field examination of habitats, collection and analysis of environmental data, and reporting of field or laboratory findings.
Letter grade only (A-F). Same course as GEOG 330. Not open for credit to students with credit in GEOG 330..
(2 hours lecture/activity, 2 hours field/laboratory)

392. Climate Action and Sustainability at CSULB (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of the entire Foundation curriculum along with one or more Explorations courses and upper-division standing
Students join CSULB’s efforts to achieve climate neutrality (zero net greenhouse gas emissions) and sustainability through service learning assignments working with staff, faculty and community partners. Provides opportunities for all majors to apply and develop skills through hands-on experience.
6 hours activity. Same course as GEOG 392. Not open for credit to students with credit in GEOG 392.

400. Environmental Science and Policy Capstone Project (3)

Prerequisites: BIOL 350 or ESP 330; ECON 306 or ECON 462 or ECON 463 or ECON 464 or CE 406; ESP 300; GEOG 481 or GEOL 473; GEOL 300; OR consent of instructor. In addition, students must have scored 11 or higher on the GWAR Placement Examination or completed the necessary portfolio course that is a prerequiste for GWAR.
An interdisciplinary evaluation of the physical, biological, social, economic, and legal dimensions of a local environmental issue. Examples include policies to control surface water run-off, policies for marine protected areas, dredging harbors, and developing, preserving, restoring wetlands and estuaries.
Letter grade only (A-F). (2 hrs lecture, 3 hr laboratory-field work).

490. Selected Topics in Environmental Science and Policy (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Topics of current interest in environmental science and policy selected for intensive development.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics in different semesters. Topics announced in the Schedule of Classes.

491. Senior Thesis/Project in Environmental Science and Policy (1-6)

Prerequisites: Senior standing and consent of instructor.
Final completion of a thesis or research project.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units in different semesters. Letter grade only (A-F).

495. Applied Internship (3)

Prerequisites: Upper division standing and consent of instructor. Open to majors only.
Practical experience in an appropriate business, government or community-based organization to enhance professional development.
Same course as GEOG 492. Not open for credit to students with credit on GEOG 492. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units; a second semester experience shall differ substantially from first semester experience. (6 hours activity/laboratory)

499. Environmental Science and Policy Directed Study (1-6)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Independent study under the supervision of a faculty member.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units in different semesters.

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