Ecosystem Sustainability Curriculum

The Ecosystem Sustainability program includes core study in biophysical/ecosystem science and applications to global change and sustainability issues. Maintaining ecosystem services in the face of global challenges such as climate change, population growth, globalization, land use intensification, and invasive species requires core competency in ecosystem science coupled with the ability to effectively communicate and work with experts from a variety of disciplines. Our program will provide students with the training to develop and implement solutions to global problems related to water resources, food supplies, energy, greenhouse gas management, land use change, and climate change.

A minimum of 30 credits are required to complete the MS program.

A minimum of 72 credits are required to complete the Ph.D. program with 42 additional credits allowed from the following:

  • A maximum of 30 credits accepted from a master’s degree
  • Additional courses not previously taken from the areas listed below
  • Additional credits completed under ESS 798 or ESS 799
CourseTitleCredits
Required Courses:
ESS 501Principles of Ecosystem Sustainability3
ESS 692Seminar1
Choose a minimum of 20 credits from the four areas listed below:
Ecosystem Science (at least one course [2-3 credits] with an ESS prefix):
ESS 524Foundations for Carbon/Greenhouse Gas Management3
ESS/ATS 543Current Topics in Climate Change2
ESS/F 625Ecology of Forest Production3
ESS 660Biogeochemical Cycles in Ecosystems3
ATS 753Global Hydrologic Cycle3
ATS 760Global Carbon Cycle3
BZ 572Phytoremediation3
BZ 642Plant Metabolism3
ECOL 505Foundations of Ecology2
ECOL 600Community Ecology3
ECOL 620Applications in Landscape Ecology4
F 510Ecophysiology of Trees3
F 624Fire Ecology3
FW 555Conservation Biology3
HORT 571Soil-Plant-Water Relations/Water Stress3
RS 531World Grassland Ecogeography3
RS 630Ecology of Grasslands and Shrublands3
RS 651Primary Production and Decomposition3
SOCR 522Micrometeorology3
SOCR 540Soil-Plant-Nutrient Relationships3
WR 574Advanced Snow Hydrology4
WR 616Hillslope Hydrology and Runoff Processes3
Ecosystem Sustainability (at least one course [2-3 credits] with an ESS prefix):
ESS 542Greenhouse Gas Policies2
AGRI 500Advanced Issues in Agriculture3
AGRI 521Emerging Issues and Challenges for Global Agriculture3
AGRI 602Bioenergy Policy, Economics, and Assessment3
AGRI 632Managing for Ecosystem Sustainability3
AGRI 635Integrated Forage Management3
AGRI 637Understanding Policy and Emerging Issues3
AGRI 638Ecosystem Services on Agricultural Lands3
ANTH 529Anthropology and Sustainable Development3
ANTH 530Human-Environment Interactions3
ANEQ 548Issues in Manure Management4
AREC 542Applied Advanced Water Resource Economics4
AREC/SOC 566Contemporary Issues in Developing Countries3
ECOL 592Interdisciplinary Seminar in Ecology3
NR 515Natural Resource Policy and Biodiversity3
NR 535Action for Sustainable Behavior3
NR 550Sustainable Military Lands Management3
PHIL 565Seminar in Environmental Philosophy3
POLS 670Politics of Environment and Sustainability3
POLS 709Environmental Politics in U.S.3
POLS 729Political Theory and the Environment3
POLS 739International Environmental Politics3
POLS 749Comparative Environmental Politics3
POLS 759Environmental Policy and Administration3
RS 565Riparian Ecology and Management3
SOC 564Environmental Justice3
SOC 666Globalization and Socioeconomic Restructuring3
SOC 668Environmental Sociology3
SOC 669Global Inequality and Change3
WR 510Watershed Management in Developing Countries2
Quantitative Methods (at least one course [2-3 credits] with an ESS prefix):
ESS 545Applications in Greenhouse Gas Inventories4
ESS 565Niche Models4
ESS 575Models for Ecological Data4
AREC/ECON 535Applied Econometrics3
AREC/ECON 540Environmental and Natural Resource Economics3
ECOL 620Applications in Landscape Ecology4
F 521Advanced Quantitative Methods in Forestry II3
GEOL 551Groundwater Modeling3
GEOL 562Statistical Data Analysis in Earth Resources3
LAND 520Geographic Information Systems3
NR/GR 503Remote Sensing and Image Analysis4
NR 504Computer Analysis of Remote Sensing Data4
NR 505Concepts in GIS4
NR 512Spatial Statistical Modeling-Natural Resources3
NR/STAT 523Quantitative Spatial Analysis3
NR/ANTH 554Ecological and Social Agent-based Modeling4
NR 565Principles of Natural Resources Ecology3
RS 532Rangeland Ecosystem Sampling2
SOCR 620Modeling Ecosystem Biogeochemistry3
SOCR 670Terrestrial Ecosystems Isotope Ecology3
STAA 551Regression Models and Applications2
STAA 552Generalized Regression Models2
STAA 553Experimental Design2
STAA 554Mixed Models2
STAA 561Probability with Applications2
STAA 562Mathematical Statistics with Applications2
STAA 565Quantitative Reasoning1
STAA 566Data Visualization Methods1
STAA 567Computational and Simulation Methods1
STAA 571Survey Statistics2
STAA 572Nonparametric Methods2
STAA 573Analysis of Time Series2
STAA 574Methods in Multivariate Analysis2
STAA 575Applied Bayesian Statistics2
STAA 576Methods in Environmental Statistics2
STAT 511ADesign and Data Analysis for Researchers I: R Software3
STAT 511BDesign and Data Analysis for Researchers I: SAS Software3
STAT 512Design and Data Analysis for Researchers II3
STAT 521Stochastic Processes I3
STAT 525Analysis of Time Series I3
STAT 540Data Analysis and Regression3
STAT/ERHS 544Biostatistical Methods for Quantitative Data3
STAT/CIVE 547Statistics for Environmental Monitoring3
STAT 560Applied Multivariate Analysis3
STAT 570Nonparametric Statistics3
STAT 600Statistical Computing3
STAT 605Theory of Sampling Techniques3
STAT 640Design and Linear Modeling I4
STAT 645Categorical Data Analysis and GLIM3
STAT 650Design and Linear Modeling II3
WR/CIVE 524Modeling Watershed Hydrology4
WR 575Snow Hydrology Field Methods1
WR 674Data Issues in Hydrology3
Communication/Collaboration (at least one course [1-3 credits] from the following):
ECOL 693Research Seminar1
JTC 614Public Communication Campaigns3
JTC 660Communication and Innovation3
JTC 661Information Design3
JTC 662Communicating Science and Technology3
NR 501Leadership and Public Communications3
Research and Thesis or Dissertation
ESS 698 or 798Research3
ESS 699 or 799Thesis or Dissertation3