ESS MGMA Curriculum

Required Coursework for MGMA

CourseTitleCredits
ESS 501Principles of Ecosystem Sustainability3
ESS 524Foundations for Greenhouse Gas Management and Accounting3
ESS 542Greenhouse Gas Policies2
ESS 543Current Topics in Climate Change2
ESS 545Applications in Greenhouse Gas Inventories4
ESS 587Internship4
STAT 511Design and Data Analysis for Researchers I4
ElectivesQuantitative Methods3
Greenhouse Gas Specialization6
Technical Tools and Skills6
PROGRAM TOTAL37

Suggested Course Sequencing for Program Completion

Semester 1Semester 2Semester 3Semester 4
ESS 501
ESS 524
STAT 511
1 Elective Course
ESS 542
ESS 543
ESS 545
1 Elective Course
3 Elective CoursesESS 587 (optional summer)

Course Descriptions

Offered Fall.  Prerequisites: Upper division coursework in biology, ecology, or chemistry.  Principles of ecosystem sustainability and threats to sustainability.  Students will investigate and develop case studies.

Offered Fall.  Prerequisites: Upper division coursework in biology, ecology, or chemistry.  Foundations for understanding greenhouse gas emissions management and accounting.

Online offering! Visit the CSU Online ESS 524 course web page for more information.

Offered Spring.  Prerequisite: ESS 524.  Rules, regulations, and standards for greenhouse gas management and accounting.

Offered Spring.  Prerequisite: Upper division coursework in biology, ecology, or chemistry.  Climate fundamentals and current topics in climate change.

Offered Spring.  Prerequisites: ESS 524; STAT 511.  Required field trips.  Overview of methods for estimating greenhouse gas emissions and mitigation potential for agriculture and forestry activities.

Offered Fall. Spring and Summer.  Prerequisite: None.

Offered Fall.  Prerequisite: STAT 301 or STAT 307 or STAT 311 or STAT 315.  Statistical methods for experimenters and researchers emphasizing design and analysis of experiments.

Elective Options

Select one of the following courses:

  • ANTH/NR 554: Ecological and Social Agent-based Modeling (Offered spring, odd years.)
  • AREC/ECON 540: Environmental and Natural Resource Economics (Offered spring.)
  • ESS 575: Models for Ecological Data (Offered spring.)
  • ESS/ENGR 581A1: Life Cycle Assessment for Sustainability (Offered fall.)
  • NR 676: Ecological Models (Offered spring.)
  • SOCR 620: Modeling Ecosystem Biogeochemistry (Offered fall, odd years.)

Select two of the following courses:

  • AGRI 601: Bioenergy Technology (Offered fall.)
  • AGRI 602: Bioenergy Policy, Economics, and Assessment (Offered spring.)
  • ANEQ 548: Issues in Manure Management (Offered fall, even years.)
  • ANEQ 626: Animal Nutrition, Emissions, and Management (Offered fall and spring.)
  • AREC/ECON 444: Economics of Energy Resources (Offered spring.)
  • ESS/F 625: Ecology of Forest Production (Offered spring, even years.)
  • SOCR 400: Soils and Global Change: Science and Impacts (Offered fall.)
  • SOCR 401: Greenhouse Gas Mitigation, Land Use, and Management (Offered fall.)

Select two of the following courses:

  • GR/NR 503: Remote Sensing and Image Analysis (Offered fall.)
  • NR 504: Computer Analysis of Remote Sensing Data (Offered spring.)
  • NR 506: GIS Methods for Resource Management (Offered spring.)
  • NR 512: Spatial Statistical Modeling – Natural Resources (Offered fall.)
  • NR/STAT 523: Quantitative Spatial Analysis (Offered spring.)
  • NR 621: Design of Geographic Information Systems (Offered fall.)
  • MGT 476: Negotiation and Conflict Management (Offered fall and spring.)
  • SPCM 408: Applied Deliberative Techniques (Offered fall and spring.)