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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).

400. Environmental Science and Policy Capstone Project (3)

Prerequisites: BIOL 350; ECON 462 or ECON 463 or ECON 464 or CE 406; ESP 200, ESP 300; GEOG 481; GEOL 300; or consent of instructor.
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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