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The following is the gateway to courses and course material we teach at UC Davis.

Energy and the Environment

ESM 198 or SSC 198/298 | Energy and the environment are inextricably linked. The primary goal of this course is to equip students with the foundational knowledge of energy systems and their interaction with the environment. Additionally, this course is strategically designed to develop critical thinking skills and increase student employability in the energy and environment sectors. 3 units. 

Upcoming Enrollment: Spring 2018

Ecosystem Biogeochemistry

ECL 219/SSC 219 | Multi-disciplinary analysis of energy and nutrient transfers within and across Earth's ecosystems. Examination of processes and inter- and intra-system interactions between the atmosphere, biosphere, lithosphere, and hydrosphere. Laboratory discussion focuses on the topical scientific literature, biogeochemical simulation modeling and meta-analysis techniques, and general scientific scholarship activities. 4 units. 

Upcoming Enrollment: Spring 2019

Previously Taught: Spring 2017




Coming Soon: Winter 2018

Co-Taught and Guest Lecturer Courses


Environmental Interactions

ESM 120 | To gain understanding of the interplay between climate, hydrology, vegetation distribution, soil processes, and biogeochemical cycles in diverse habitats and systems that comprise the Earth system. Emphasis on interactions among physical, chemical, and natural biological processes, and human activities at the global-scale. Prerequisites: One quarter of college chemistry and one quarter of college biology.

Professors: Rebecca R. Hernandez and Benjamin Z. Houlton

Taught: Winter 2018

Physical Geography

Geo 211 | This survey course features discussion of the physical science tradition in geography from a variety of physical geography faculty. Topics include key concepts and current research in climatology, geomorphology, soils geography, biogeography, climate change, watershed science, and coastal studies. Research paradigms, programs, and methods as used by physical geographers will be discussed.

Guest Lecturer: Rebecca R. Hernandez 

Taught: Spring 2017