Environment and Sustainability

Environment Graduate Courses

200A-200B. Issues and Methods in Environment and Sustainability. (4-4) Seminar, four hours. Course 200A is requisite to 200B. Examination of interdisciplinary case studies that approach problems in environment and sustainability as issues with scientific, social, economic, political, philosophical, ethical, historical, cultural, and policy dimensions. Case studies illustrate use of qualitative and quantitative methods of analysis drawn from natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Emphasis on conceptual frameworks for defining environmental problems and implementation of research results in solving real-world problems. S/U or letter grading.

240. Food, Energy, and Water Systems Management Seminar. (1) Seminar, one hour. Designed for students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) field interested in nexus of food, energy, and water systems (FEWS) management and sustainability. Discussion of issues of science, technology, policy, economics, and law with experts in industry, academia, and government. Career development activities including presentation skills, conflict resolution, business and entrepreneurship. S/U grading.

241. Food, Energy, and Water Systems Management in Urban Systems Field Lab. (4) Fieldwork, four hours. Designed for students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) field interested in nexus of food, energy, and water systems (FEWS) management and sustainability. Weekly visits to facility related to FEWS, and discussion of issues of science, technology, policy, economics, and law in written report. S/U or letter grading.

250. Tools for Sustainability Assessment. (4) Lecture, three hours. Recommended preparation: introductory course in industrial ecology, ecological economics, environmental economics, business and management, or public policy analysis. Public discourse about implications of current patterns of production and consumption of energy and various goods and services suggests such patterns are unsustainable. What is meant by sustainability and how is it quantified? Focus on concepts and tools to assess sustainability at micro-level of individuals, products, or firms using various techniques, including lifecycle assessment, input-output analysis, and cost-benefit analysis. Exploration of sustainability at macro-level for one entire economy or nation. Discussion of usefulness and limitations of various metrics as guide for public and private decision making. S/U or letter grading.

260. Information, Technology, Business, and Society. (4) Seminar, three hours. Interdisciplinary research seminar to bring sound social sciences methods to latest technology developments to design effective information-based solutions to social problems. Topics include selection and framing of research questions, developing measurements, designing appropriate methods (e.g., surveys, experiments, using available data), ethical issues, and writing up research proposals. S/U or letter grading.

277. Leaders in Sustainability. (4) Lecture, three hours. Common course for all students participating in Leaders in Sustainability Program, including those from engineering, law, management, public affairs, public health, natural and social sciences, and others. Creation of environment for academically based discussions on various sustainability-related themes, capitalizing on wide mix of disciplines represented among participating students. Sessions feature UCLA faculty members, external speakers, and leadership skills to help students learn more about how to best put their interests in sustainability to use. Letter grading.

290. Seminar in Environment and Sustainability. (2) Seminar, 90 minutes. Seminars sponsored by Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and other units. Planning and execution of presentations on topics of choice. Emphasis on development of communication skills. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.

297A-297B. Advanced Topics in Environment and Sustainability. (4-2) Seminar, four hours (course 297A) and two hours (course 297B). Advanced study and analysis of variable current topics in environment and sustainability. Consult Schedule of Classes for topics and instructors. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor. S/U or letter grading.

375. Teaching Apprentice Practicum. (1 to 4) Seminar, to be arranged. Preparation: apprentice personnel employment as teaching assistant, associate, or fellow. Teaching apprenticeship under active guidance and supervision of regular faculty member responsible for curriculum and instruction at UCLA. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.

400. Environmental Science and Engineering Problems Course. (8) Seminar, eight hours. Primarily designed for environmental science and engineering doctoral students. Multidisciplinary technical and socioeconomic analysis and prognosis of significant current environmental problems. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.

M412. Effective Technical Writing. (2) (Same as Environmental Health Sciences M412.) Seminar, two hours. Essentials of grammar, punctuation, syntax, organization, and format needed to produce well-written journal articles, research reports, memoranda, letters, and résumés. Development of technical writing skills using critique, exercises, and examples. S/U grading.

M413. Advanced Technical Writing. (2) (Formerly numbered 410B.) (Same as Environmental Health Sciences M414.) Seminar, two hours. Development of advanced technical writing skills, with exercises focused on preparation of manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journal. S/U grading.

M414. Effective Oral Presentation. (2) (Formerly numbered 410A.) (Same as Environmental Health Sciences M414.) Seminar, two hours. Introduction to oral presentations. Development of oral presentation skills, including content structure, visual aids, delivery, and audience interaction. S/U grading.

M415. Advanced Oral Presentation. (2) (Formerly numbered 410C.) (Same as Environmental Health Sciences M415.) Seminar, two hours. Development of advanced oral presentation skills. Preparation for oral qualifying examination. S/U grading.

501. Cooperative Program. (2 to 8) Tutorial, to be arranged. Preparation: consent of UCLA graduate adviser and graduate dean, and host campus instructor, department chair, and graduate dean. Used to record enrollment of UCLA students in courses taken under cooperative arrangements with USC. S/U grading.

596. Directed Individual or Tutorial Studies. (2 to 8) Tutorial, to be arranged. Supervised investigation of advanced environmental problems. S/U grading.

599. Doctoral Dissertation Research. (2 to 12) Tutorial, to be arranged. Limited to students who have advanced to doctoral candidacy. May not be applied toward any degree course requirements. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.