ESE Courses

Environmental Science and Engineering students take courses in environmental science, engineering, economics and law.

Course requirements consist of core courses, elective courses, environmental science and engineering seminars, written and oral communications courses and Problems Course enrollment.

All students take courses in air pollution, water quality, applied ecology, environmental toxicology, environmental engineering, water quality control systems, environmental economics, environmental law and analytical tools and methods.

In addition, students take 4 breadth courses chosen from the wide variety of environmental courses offered by UCLA departments such as Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Economics, Environmental Health Sciences, Geography, Policy Studies, Law and Urban Planning. Students typically devote full time to coursework during their first year, taking 10-12 courses, and finish their coursework the second year.


Environmental Science (4 courses)

  • EHS 212 Applied Ecology
  • EHS 225 Atmospheric Transport and Transformations of Airborne Chemicals
  • EHS 240 Environmental Toxicology
  • EHS 264 Transport and Fate of Organic Contaminants in the Aquatic Environment;

Environmental Engineering (3 courses)

  • CEE 153 Introduction to Environmental Engineering Science
  • CEE 155 Water Quality Control Systems
  • An approved environmental engineering elective

Environmental Management, Law, and Policy (2 courses)

  • ENV M134 Environmental Economics
  • UP M264 A/B Environmental Law (same as Law 290)

Analytical Tools and Methods (2 courses)

Two approved electives that introduce students to the tools and methods required for interdisciplinary research such as probability and statistics, decision analysis, geographical information systems (GIS), numerical analysis and experiment and survey design. Two courses approved by the program faculty. Suggested courses are: Biostats 100A/B, 110A, CEE 103, 110, EEB C219, ENV 297A, Geog 299A/B/C/D/E/F, Management 217A, Public Policy 203, Stats 100A/B, 101A, Urban Planning M206A/B

Environmental Science and Engineering Seminar.

  • While completing core and elective requirements, full-time students must attend the equivalent of two quarters of weekly seminars in the general area of environmental science and engineering, either by enrolling in a seminar course or attending 16 separate departmental seminars each year.

Technical Writing and Oral Communication (4 courses)

  • All students must enroll in ENV M412 in their first year
  • During their second year students take ENV M413, M414 and M415 (note: these are currently numbered ENV M410B, M410A and M410C)

Problems Course Enrollment

  • During their second year students enroll in three quarters of ENV 400.

Credit for Prior Work

Entering Environmental Science and Engineering students may already have completed some of the required courses in their undergraduate and graduate work. Three of the 11 core courses can be waived based on prior coursework. Any other course requirement satisfied by previous work must be replaced with an elective in any field of environmental science and engineering that is pertinent to the goals of the student. Thus, a minimum of 12 core and elective courses must be completed after admission to the program. A minimum of 10 core and elective courses must be taken at UCLA or another University of California campus.

ESE News

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North America’s salamanders could soon face an apocalypse — from a deadly pathogen making its way here through the pet trade.

But who’s leading the charge to protect them through quick action? ESE doctoral student Tiffany Yap, who credits the program with helping her interdisciplinary approach to the problem — and the frame for her new article in Science that’s getting lots of press. Read more »

For more info contact

Myrna Gordon
ESE Program Administrator

2015-2016 Fellowship Awardees

Eugene Cota Robles Fellowship

Jeniffer Aleman-Zometa

Dr. Ursula Mandel Fellowship

Michelle Angela Thompson

Malcolm R. Stacey Fellowship

Aanchal Kohli

Jordan Rosencranz

National Water Research Institute

Khadeeja Abdullah

UCLA Competitive Edge

Jeniffer Aleman-Zometa