Molecular Environmental Biology

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

Bachelor of Science (BS)

The Molecular Environmental Biology (MEB) major is designed to expose students to the organization and function of biological organisms. Molecular approaches are expected to play an increasing role in environmental problem-solving in the near future, and their success will depend upon a sound understanding of biological principles from molecular through ecological levels. The program trains students in the organization and function of biological organisms and their integration into the environment.

Declaring the Major

Students should refer to the College of Natural Resources website for all pre-requisite courses and policies, and can meet with peer advisors or academic advisors for full guidance. 

  • There is a 3.0 GPA requirement to transfer into the College of Natural Resources from other colleges on campus.
  • Required pre-requisite courses to declare the Molecular Environmental Biology are: Chemistry 1A/L and 3A/L, one semester of Biology (1A/L or 1B), R1A and R1B, Math 1A/1B or 16A/B or 10A/B
    • ​It is recommended to complete the ESPM lower-division core courses.
  • Undeclared students must declare a major by the end of their fourth semester. Failure to declare a major by junior standing will result in a registration block, and you will not be able to enroll in any courses until you are declared. 
  • Current UC Berkeley students who entered as freshmen are expected to be able to graduate in a total of 8 semesters (summers excluded). Exceptions are rarely granted. Students should be progressing in major requirements each semester.
  • All major requirements must be taken for a letter grade.
  • Both halves of the Reading and Composition requirement must be completed by the end of the fourth semester.
  • Transfer students are declared into a major upon admission. Students wishing to change majors and/or colleges must meet with the major advisor for specific guidelines. Transfer students must meet all lower-division requirements and be on track to graduate in a total of four semesters at Berkeley. Transfer students may not apply to transfer colleges or change majors during their first semester, but are strongly encouraged to consult their intended major advisor while planning their schedule for the first semester. 

Honors Program

Students with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.6 or higher may enroll in the College of Natural Resources Honors Program (H196) once they have reached upper division standing. To fulfill the program requirements, students design, conduct, and report on an individual research project working with a faculty sponsor. For further information on registering for the Honors Symposium and on Honors requirements, please see the College of Natural Resources website.

Minor Program

There is no minor program in Molecular Environmental Biology.

Other Majors and Minors Offered by the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

Conservation and Resource Studies (Major and Minor)
Environmental Sciences (Major only)
Forestry and Natural Resources (Major and Minor)
Society and Environment (Major only)

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Major Requirements

In addition to the University, campus, and college requirements, listed on the College Requirements tab, students must fulfill the below requirements specific to their major program.

Structure of the MEB Major

The lower division coursework provides a strong foundation in biological principles, and the upper division areas introduce students to the organization and function of biological organisms at the molecular, cellular, organismal, and ecological levels. The major also offers specialization through six Areas of Concentration: (1) animal health and behavior, (2) biodiversity, (3) ecology, (4) environmental and human health, (5) insect biology, and (6) global change biology.

**The curriculum has been revised effective Fall 2016.  Students admitted prior to Fall 16 and following the previous curriculum should refer to the 15-16 Guide.

Lower Division Requirements

Breadth Requirement 

Select courses from L&S “7 Breadth” Caetgories

□ One course (3-4 units) in Arts & Literature, Historical Studies, or Philosophy & Values

□ One course (3-4 units) in Social & Behavioral Sciences or International Studies

Reading & Composition Requirement

Students must complete Reading & Composition by the end of sophomore year.

ESPM Environmental Science Core
Select one of the following:
Introduction to Environmental Sciences
The Biosphere
Environmental Biology
Environmental Issues
Introduction to Environmental Sciences
ESPM Social Science Core
Select one of the following:
ESPM C11Americans and the Global Forest4
ESPM C12/ENGLISH C77Introduction to Environmental Studies4
or ESPM 50AC Introduction to Culture and Natural Resource Management
or ESPM 60 Environmental Policy, Administration, and Law
CHEM 1A
1AL
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory
4
CHEM 3A
3AL
Chemical Structure and Reactivity
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
CHEM 3B
3B
Chemical Structure and Reactivity
and Chemical Structure and Reactivity
6
BIOLOGY 1A
1AL
General Biology Lecture
and General Biology Laboratory
5
BIOLOGY 1BGeneral Biology Lecture and Laboratory4
MATH 16AAnalytic Geometry and Calculus 13
MATH 16BAnalytic Geometry and Calculus 13
PHYSICS 8AIntroductory Physics 24
1

 For students in areas of concentration 2 (Biodiversity), 3 (Ecology), or 5 (Insect Biology/Anthropod Science), MATH 1A and MATH 1B can be substituted for MATH 16A and MATH 16B.

2

 For pre-med students, PHYSICS 8B is required in addition to PHYSICS 8A.

Upper division Requirements

Select two courses from Area A and two courses from Area B. No more than one course from each category. Also complete the Senior Seminar (ESPM 192) and 12 units in Area of Concentration.

Area A

Biochemistry
MCELLBI 102Survey of the Principles of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology4
CHEM 135Chemical Biology3
MCELLBI 110Molecular Biology: Macromolecular Synthesis and Cellular Function4
Molecular Biology/Genetics
ESPM 108BEnvironmental Change Genetics3
PLANTBI 160Plant Molecular Genetics3
MCELLBI 104Genetics, Genomics, and Cell Biology4
INTEGBI 141Human Genetics3
INTEGBI 161Population and Evolutionary Genetics4
INTEGBI 162Ecological Genetics4
INTEGBI 164Human Genetics and Genomics (lab included)4
MCELLBI 140General Genetics4
Cell & Developmental Biology
MCELLBI 130Cell and Systems Biology4
MCELLBI 133LPhysiology and Cell Biology Laboratory4
MCELLBI 141Developmental Biology4
MCELLBI 137LPhysical Biology of the Cell3
PLANTBI C112General Microbiology4
PLANTBI C109Evolution and Ecology of Development3
PLANTBI C112LGeneral Microbiology Laboratory2
PLANTBI 150Plant Cell Biology3
PB HLTH 162APublic Health Microbiology3
PB HLTH 162LPublic Health Microbiology Laboratory1

Area B 

Organismal Physiology
ESPM 144Insect Physiology3
INTEGBI 132Survey of Human Physiology4
INTEGBI 140Biology of Human Reproduction4
INTEGBI 148Comparative Animal Physiology3
INTEGBI 150Evolutionary Environmental Physiology3
INTEGBI 151Plant Physiological Ecology4
INTEGBI 151LPlant Physiological Ecology Laboratory2
MCELLBI 136Physiology4
NUSCTX 103Nutrient Function and Metabolism3
PLANTBI/MCELLBI C116Microbial Diversity3
PLANTBI 135Physiology and Biochemistry of Plants3
Organismal Diversity
ESPM 106American Wildlife: Identification and Conservation (lab included)3
ESPM 108ATrees: Taxonomy, Growth, and Structures (lab included)3
ESPM 115BBiology of Aquatic Insects2
ESPM 132Spider Biology (lab included)4
ESPM C138/PLANTBI C114/MCELLBI C114Introduction to Comparative Virology4
ESPM 140General Entomology (lab included)4
INTEGBI 102LFIntroduction to California Plant Life with Laboratory4
INTEGBI 103LFInvertebrate Zoology with Laboratory5
INTEGBI 104LFNatural History of the Vertebrates with Laboratory5
INTEGBI 168
168L
Systematics of Vascular Plants
and Systematics of Vascular Plants with Laboratory
6
PLANTBI 113California Mushrooms (lab included)3
PLANTBI C110LBiology of Fungi with Laboratory (lab included)4
PLANTBI/MCELLBI C116Microbial Diversity3
PLANTBI 120
120L
Biology of Algae
and Laboratory for Biology of Algae
4
Ecology
ESPM 102ATerrestrial Resource Ecology (lab included)4
ESPM 110Primate Ecology4
ESPM 111Ecosystem Ecology4
ESPM 112Microbial Ecology3
ESPM 112LMicrobial Ecology Lab1
ESPM 113Insect Ecology3
ESPM 114Wildlife Ecology3
ESPM 115CFish Ecology (lab included)3
ESPM 116BRange Ecology, Improvements, and Management3
ESPM 116CTropical Forest Ecology3
ESPM 131Soil Microbial Ecology3
ESPM 137Landscape Ecology (Lab included)3
ESPM/INTEGBI C149Molecular Ecology4
INTEGBI 153Ecology3
INTEGBI 154
154L
Plant Ecology
and Plant Ecology Laboratory
5
INTEGBI 154LPlant Ecology Laboratory2
INTEGBI 157LFEcosystems of California4
INTEGBI 159The Living Planet: Impact of the Biosphere on the Earth System3
INTEGBI 181LPaleobotany - The 500-Million Year History of a Greening Planet4
Senior Seminar recommended Fall of senior year
ESPM C192Molecular Approaches to Environmental Problem Solving2

Lab Requirement

Select two upper division courses which include a lab, as part of the Areas A or B or Area of Concentration requirements.Additionally, this requirement many be fulfulled by: (1) One 3-4 unit independent study lab (course numbered H196 or 199); Summer Forestry Field Camp; or the Moorea Field Study course.

Area of Concentration Requirement

Select 12 units from one concentration below. Up to four independent study units (e.g., ESPM 199, ESPM H196) may be applied to the concentration.

1. Animal Health & Behavior

ESPM C103/INTEGBI C156Principles of Conservation Biology4
ESPM 106American Wildlife: Identification and Conservation (lab included)3
ESPM 110Primate Ecology4
ESPM 114Wildlife Ecology3
ESPM C126/INTEGBI C144Animal Behavior4
ESPM 142Insect Behavior3
ESPM 146LMedical and Veterinary Entomology Laboratory1
ESPM 186Management and Conservation of Rangeland Ecosystems4
ESPM 188Case Histories in Wildlife Management2
INTEGBI 104LFNatural History of the Vertebrates with Laboratory5
INTEGBI C143A/PSYCH C113Biological Clocks: Physiology and Behavior3
INTEGBI C143B/PSYCH C116Hormones and Behavior3
INTEGBI 146LFBehavioral Ecology with Laboratory5
INTEGBI 148Comparative Animal Physiology3
INTEGBI 184LMorphology of the Vertebrate Skeleton with Laboratory4
PSYCH 121Animal Cognition3

2. Biodiversity

ESPM C103/INTEGBI C156Principles of Conservation Biology4
ESPM C105Natural History Museums and Biodiversity Science3
ESPM 106American Wildlife: Identification and Conservation (lab included)3
ESPM 108ATrees: Taxonomy, Growth, and Structures (lab included)3
ESPM 115BBiology of Aquatic Insects2
ESPM 132Spider Biology (lab included)4
ESPM 140General Entomology (lab included)4
ESPM 147Field Entomology (“Ants,” “Beetles,” and “Spiders” (1 unit each) SP. All three courses must be completed to equal one “lab course”)1
INTEGBI 102LFIntroduction to California Plant Life with Laboratory4
INTEGBI 103LFInvertebrate Zoology with Laboratory5
INTEGBI 104LFNatural History of the Vertebrates with Laboratory5
INTEGBI 160Evolution4
INTEGBI 166Evolutionary Biogeography4
INTEGBI 168
168L
Systematics of Vascular Plants
and Systematics of Vascular Plants with Laboratory
6
INTEGBI 173LFMammalogy with Laboratory5
INTEGBI 174LFOrnithology with Laboratory4
INTEGBI 175LFHerpetology with Laboratory4
INTEGBI 183LEvolution of the Vertebrates with Laboratory4
PLANTBI C110LBiology of Fungi with Laboratory4
PLANTBI 113California Mushrooms3
PLANTBI/MCELLBI C116Microbial Diversity3
PLANTBI 120
120L
Biology of Algae
and Laboratory for Biology of Algae
4

3. Ecology

ESPM 105ASierra Nevada Ecology4
ESPM 102ATerrestrial Resource Ecology4
ESPM C103/INTEGBI C156Principles of Conservation Biology4
ESPM 110Primate Ecology4
ESPM C104/ENVECON C115Modeling and Management of Biological Resources4
ESPM 111Ecosystem Ecology4
ESPM 112Microbial Ecology3
ESPM 113Insect Ecology3
ESPM 114Wildlife Ecology3
ESPM 115BBiology of Aquatic Insects2
ESPM 115CFish Ecology3
ESPM 116BRange Ecology, Improvements, and Management3
ESPM 116CTropical Forest Ecology3
ESPM 117Urban Garden Ecosystems4
ESPM 118Agricultural Ecology3
ESPM 119Chemical Ecology2
ESPM C130/GEOG C136Terrestrial Hydrology4
ESPM 131Soil Microbial Ecology3
ESPM 134Fire, Insects, and Diseases in Forest Ecosystems3
ESPM 146LMedical and Veterinary Entomology Laboratory1
ESPM 147Field Entomology1
ESPM/INTEGBI C149Molecular Ecology4
ESPM 152Global Change Biology3
ESPM 172Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing3
ESPM 173Introduction to Ecological Data Analysis3
ESPM 174Design and Analysis of Ecological Research4
ESPM C180Air Pollution3
ESPM 181AFire Ecology3
ESPM 188Case Histories in Wildlife Management2
PLANTBI 180Environmental Plant Biology2
INTEGBI 102LFIntroduction to California Plant Life with Laboratory4
INTEGBI 151Plant Physiological Ecology4
INTEGBI 153Ecology3
INTEGBI 154
154L
Plant Ecology
and Plant Ecology Laboratory
5
INTEGBI C155/ANTHRO C129DHolocene Paleoecology: How Humans Changed the Earth3

4. Environment & Human Health

ANTHRO 135Paleoethnobotany: Archaeological Methods and Laboratory Techniques (lab included)4
ESPM C126/INTEGBI C144Animal Behavior4
ESPM C138/PLANTBI C114/MCELLBI C114Introduction to Comparative Virology4
ESPM C148/NUSCTX C114Pesticide Chemistry and Toxicology3
ESPM 152Global Change Biology3
ESPM 158Biodiversity Conservation in Working Landscapes4
ESPM/NUSCTX C159Human Diet4
ESPM 162Bioethics and Society4
ESPM C167Environmental Health and Development4
INTEGBI 116LMedical Parasitology4
INTEGBI 117Medical Ethnobotany2
INTEGBI 117LFMedical Ethnobotany Laboratory2
INTEGBI 131General Human Anatomy3
INTEGBI 131LGeneral Human Anatomy Laboratory2
INTEGBI 137Human Endocrinology4
INTEGBI 140Biology of Human Reproduction4
INTEGBI C143A/PSYCH C113Biological Clocks: Physiology and Behavior3
INTEGBI C143B/PSYCH C116Hormones and Behavior3
MCELLBI 135ATopics in Cell and Developmental Biology: Molecular Endocrinology3
MCELLBI 150Molecular Immunology4
MCELLBI 165Neurobiology of Disease3
NUSCTX 103Nutrient Function and Metabolism3
NUSCTX 108AIntroduction and Application of Food Science3
NUSCTX 110Toxicology4
NUSCTX 160Metabolic Bases of Human Health and Diseases4
NUSCTX 166Nutrition in the Community3
PLANTBI/MCELLBI C103Bacterial Pathogenesis3
PLANTBI 180Environmental Plant Biology2
PB HLTH 103Drugs, Health, and Society2
PB HLTH 104AHealth Promotion in a College Setting2
PB HLTH 105Policy, Planning, and Evaluation of Health Promotion in a College Setting3
PB HLTH 116Seminar on Social, Political, and Ethical Issues in Health and Medicine3
PB HLTH 150BIntroduction to Environmental Health Sciences3
PSYCH 110Introduction to Biological Psychology3

5. Insect Biology/Arthropod Science

ESPM 140General Entomology (ESPM 140 required for Insect Biology concentration.)4
ESPM C105Natural History Museums and Biodiversity Science3
ESPM 113Insect Ecology3
ESPM 132Spider Biology4
ESPM 134Fire, Insects, and Diseases in Forest Ecosystems3
ESPM 142Insect Behavior3
ESPM 144Insect Physiology3
ESPM 147Field Entomology1
ESPM C148Pesticide Chemistry and Toxicology3
ESPM 172Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing3
6. Global Change Biology
CIV ENG 107Climate Change Mitigation3
ECON C102Natural Resource Economics4
ENE,RES 101Ecology and Society3
ENE,RES 102Quantitative Aspects of Global Environmental Problems4
ENVECON C175The Economics of Climate Change4
EPS 102History and Evolution of Planet Earth4
EPS 115Stratigraphy and Earth History4
ESPM 152Global Change Biology3
ESPM C167Environmental Health and Development4
ESPM C170Carbon Cycle Dynamics3
GEOG 142Climate Dynamics4
GEOG 143Global Change Biogeochemistry3
GEOG C139Atmospheric Physics and Dynamics3
INTEGBI 154Plant Ecology3
INTEGBI 154LPlant Ecology Laboratory2
INTEGBI 159The Living Planet: Impact of the Biosphere on the Earth System3
LD ARCH 110Ecological Analysis3
LD ARCH 110LEcological Analysis Laboratory2
LD ARCH C188Geographic Information Systems4
PLANTBI 122Bioenergy2
PLANTBI 180Environmental Plant Biology2
UGIS 162EPolitical Science: Environmental Policymaking and the Politics of Climate Change4
UGIS 176BGreen Governance4
ANTHRO C129DHolocene Paleoecology: How Humans Changed the Earth3

College Requirements

General Guidelines

  1. All courses taken to fulfill the major requirements below must be taken for graded credit, other than courses listed which are offered on a Pass/No Pass basis only. Other exceptions to this requirement are noted as applicable.

  2. A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required.

  3. A minimum GPA of 2.0 in upper division major requirements is required.

  4. At least 15 of the 36 required upper division units must be taken in the College of Natural Resources (except for students majoring in Environmental Economics and Policy; please see the EEP major adviser for further information).

  5. A maximum of 16 units of Independent Study (courses numbered 97, 98, 99, 197, 198, and 199) may count toward graduation, with a maximum of 4 units of Independent Study per semester.

  6. No more than 1/3 of the total units attempted at UC Berkeley may be taken Pass/No Pass. This includes units in the Education Abroad Program and UC Intercampus Visitor or Exchange Programs.

  7. A maximum of 4 units of Physical Education courses will count toward graduation.

Reading and Composition

In order to provide a solid foundation in reading, writing and critical thinking all majors in the College require two semesters of lower division work in composition. Students must complete a first-level reading and composition course by the end of their second semester and a second-level course by the end of their fourth semester. 

Foreign LanguageEEP Majors only

The Foreign Language requirement is only required by Environmental Economics and Policy (EEP) majors. It may be satisfied by demonstrating proficiency in reading comprehension, writing, and conversation in a foreign language equivalent to the second semester college level, either by passing an exam or by completing approved course work.

Quantitative ReasoningEEP Majors only

The Quantitative Reasoning requirement is only required by Environmental Economics and Policy (EEP) majors. The requirement may be satisfied by exam or by taking an approved course.

Undergraduate Breadth

Undergraduate breadth provide Berkeley students with a rich and varied educational experience outside of their major program. Breadth courses are built into CNR major requirements. The EEP major is the only CNR major that requires the entire 7 course breadth. As the foundation of a liberal arts education, breadth courses give students a view into the intellectual life of the University while introducing them to a multitude of perspectives and approaches to research and scholarship. Engaging students in new disciplines and with peers from other majors, the breadth experience strengthens interdisciplinary connections and context that prepares Berkeley graduates to understand and solve the complex issues of their day. 

High School Exam Credit

CNR students may apply high school exam credit (Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, A-Level Exam) towards many College and Major Requirements. See AP Exam Equivalency Chart and Higher Level IB Exam Equivalency Chart in the CNR Student Handbook for more information.

Units Requirements

Students must complete at least 120 semester units of courses subject to certain guidelines:

  • At least 36 units must be upper division courses, including a minimum of 15 units of upper division courses in the College of Natural Resources. 
  • A maximum of 16 units of Special Studies coursework (courses numbered 97, 98, 99, 197, 198, or 199) is allowed towards the 120 units; a maximum of four is allowed in a given semester.
  • A maximum of 4 units of Physical Education from any school attended will count towards the 120 units.
  • Students may receive unit credit for courses graded P (including P/NP units taken through EAP) up to a limit of one-third of the total units taken and passed on the Berkeley campus at the time of graduation.

​Semester Unit Minimum

All CNR students must enroll in at least 13 units each fall and spring semester. 

Semester Unit Maximum

To request permission to take more than 19.5 units in a semester, please see the major adviser.

Semester Limit

Students admitted as freshmen must graduate within 8 fall/spring semesters at UC Berkeley. Students admitted as transfer students must graduate within 4 fall/spring semesters at UC Berkeley. Students who go on EAP and UCDC can petition for additional semesters. Summer session, UC Extension and non-UC study abroad programs do not count towards this semester limit. Students approved for double majors or  simultaneous degrees in two colleges may be granted an additional semester. CNR does not limit the number of total units a student can accrue.

Senior Residence Requirement

After reaching senior status (90 semester units earned), students must complete at least 24 of the remaining 30 units in at least two semesters in residence at the College of Natural Resources. To count as residence, a semester must consist of at least four passed units. Inter-campus Visitor, Education Abroad Program, UC Berkeley Washington Program, and UC Berkeley Extension units do not count toward this requirement.

Students may use Summer Session to satisfy one semester of the Senior Residence Requirement, provided that four units of coursework are completed.

Modified Senior Residence Requirement

Participants in the UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) or the UC Berkeley Washington Program may meet a modified Senior Residence Requirement by completing 24 of their final 60 semester units in residence (excluding UCEAP). At least 12 of these 24 units must be completed after senior status is reached.

Most students automatically fulfill the residence requirement by attending classes here for four years. In general, there is no need to be concerned about this requirement, unless students go abroad for a semester or year or want to take courses at another institution or through University Extension during their senior year. In these cases, students should make an appointment to see an adviser to determine how they can meet the Senior Residence Requirement.

Grade Requirements

  • A 2.0 UC GPA is required for graduation.
  • A 2.0 average in all upper division courses required of the major program is required for graduation.

Student Learning Goals

Mission

Molecular Environmental Biology (MEB) focuses on biological organisms and the hierarchy of life, from molecules and genes through cells, organisms, communities and ecosystems. The breadth of this biological science program provides an important perspective for students who have a passion for biology and are interested in the application of biological principles to understand how organisms function in their environment. Also a pre-medical or pre-health science major, the discipline offers an array of six areas of concentration within biology: microbiology, animal health and behavior, insect biology, ecology, biodiversity, and environmental and human health. 

Learning Goals for the Major

  1. Holistic interdisciplinary thinking, that understanding the “big picture"
    1. Interdisciplinarity: The ability to understand and work across different disciplines
    2. Multiple processes: Recognition that biology and the environment involve multiple processes as do solutions to modern problems
    3. Interconnectedness: Understanding that biology and the environment are interconnected at many spatial, temporal, and hierarchical levels
    4. Global and international approaches: Appreciating that the environment is necessarily global in nature and solutions to problems require international approaches
  2. Training in the hierarchy of biology
    1. Fundamentals of Science: Training in the cores areas of physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics
    2. Quantitative skills: Necessary tools for addressing biological problems
    3. Biochemistry: An understanding of the fundamentals of biological chemistry including the properties of intermediary metabolites, the structure and function of biological macromolecules, and the logic of basis of genetics and gene expression
    4. Molecular biology/Genetics: The molecular biology of bacterial, archaeal and eukaryotic cells and their viruses, mechanisms of DNA replication, transcription, translation, nuclear and organellar genome structure and function and regulation of gene expression heritability, measures of selection, etc.
    5. Cell and developmental biology: Cell structure and function, embryonic and post-embryonic development and growth, and gene expression
    6. Organismal physiology: Understanding of physiological function whether microbial, animal or plant, or comparison between different systems
    7. Organismal diversity: Emphasis on the nature of diversity whether plant, animal, fungus, protist, bacteria, or virus, the history of the lineages and life itself, and how diversity is distributed, global threats, etc.
    8. Ecology: The nature of interactions, biotic or abiotic, that dictate organismal distributions in space and time
    9. Laboratory experiences: Laboratory experiences allow students to gain hands-on experience in scientific approaches and methods
    10. Capstone seminar: The major ends with a senior seminar in Molecular Approaches to Environmental Problem-Solving. This course is highly interdisciplinary and is specifically intended to illustrate how all of the levels and approaches to biology are complementary and applicable to assessing or solving real-world problems especially as it relates to environmental issues
  3. Analysis and application for students that choose the Animal Health & Behavior area of concentration
    1. Interaction of health and environment: Understanding how the environment, whether internal or external, affects organism health and behavior
    2. Expertise in health: Examination of the health of organisms from either physiological or environmental perspectives
    3. Epizootics: An appreciation of the potential for diseases in animal populations to spill over into humans as is the case in avian influenza or even the origins of HIV
  4. Analysis and application for students that choose the Biodiversity area of concentration
    1. Biodiversity science: Detailed understanding of morphological and ecological diversity of a given organismic lineage
    2. Origins and evolution of life: Basic understanding of systematics and phylogenetics
    3. Quantifying biology: Knowledge of various sampling and species identification techniques to collect data
    4. Informatics:  Proficiency in database development and management
  5. Analysis and application for students that choose the Ecology area of concentration
    1. Principles of Ecology: Detailed understanding of ecological principles including energy flow, hydrologic, and mineral cycles, factors limiting species distribution and population size, and characteristics of species, populations, and communities
    2. Ecological interactions: Interactions relevant to different organismic groups.
    3. Biodiversity: Understanding of the biology of communities and ecosystems.
  6. Analysis and application for students that choose the Environment & Human Health area of concentration.
    1. Interaction of health and environment: Understanding of how the environment affects human health and well-being.
    2. Disease: Environmental epidemiology and the impacts of disease.
    3. Diet: Effects of nutrition and diet on human health.
  7. Analysis and application for students who choose the Insect Biology area of concentration.
    1. Insects and biodiversity science: Understanding of major insects groups, relationships, and diversity.
    2. Insects and environmental science: Knowledge of the impacts of insects (positive and negative) in the environment.
    3. Quantifying insects and biology: Skills in collecting and identifying insects.
  8. Analysis and application for students who choose the Microbiology area of concentration.
    1. Microbiology expertise: Expertise and competence in processes, patterns in microbiology, and the role of microbes in ecosystem function.
    2. Biodiversity: Understanding of microbial genetic and functional diversity, ecological factors impacting microbial spatial and temporal distribution.
    3. Microbiology and the environment: Microbiology in environmental science, including impacts on human health & well-being.
  9. Basic skills in research, analysis, communication.
    1. Reading carefully: Ability to read for detail and comprehension.
    2. Writing accurately: Ability to write succinctly, clearly, with coherence.
    3. Thinking critically: Critical thinking through the exposure and synthesis of biological knowledge from courses and lab work.
    4. Using theoretical and empirical knowledge: Ability to synthesize and apply information obtained through theory and observations.
    5. Quantitative skills: Obtaining the quantitative skills necessary for the subdisciplines.
    6. Analysis: Ability to perceive, tackle, and solve problems in environmental science.
    7. Research experience: Research experience to practice scientific approaches and methods. Work with a faculty mentor while participating in an undergraduate research program or designing an individual research project. Share research results or work in progress in the form of a paper, report, research poster, or public presentation.
    8. Communication: Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, to prepare for independent research work or team projects.
  10. Lifetime skills.
    1. Continuing appreciation for biological systems: To develop a passion for biology and its interconnections with the environment.
    2. Representing science: To become an advocate for the training and knowledge of science, particularly the biological disciplines. 

Advising

In the College of Natural Resources, we provide holistic, individual advising services to prospective and current students who are pursuing major and minors in our college. We assist with a range of topics including course selection, academic decision-making, achieving personal and academic goals, and maximizing the Berkeley experience.

If you are looking to explore your options, or you are ready to declare a major, double major, or minor, contact the undergraduate adviser for your intended major. Visit our website to explore all of our advising services.

Undergraduate Adviser, Molecular Environmental Biology
Elizabeth Storer
estorer@berkeley.edu
260 Mulford Hall
510-642-1986

Contact Information

Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

130 Mulford Hall

Phone: 510-643-7430

Fax: 510-643-5438

Visit Department Website

Undergraduate Staff Adviser

Elizabeth Storer

260 Mulford Hall

estorer@berkeley.edu

Undergraduate Student Advising

Office of Instruction and Student Affairs, CNR

260 Mulford Hall

Phone: 510-642-0542

Fax: 510-643-3132

cnrteaching@berkeley.edu

Department Chair, ESPM

George Roderick

145 Mulford Hall

Phone: 510-643-3326

roderick@berkeley.edu

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