Field Study Courses

Summer Field Study courses at UC Berkeley get you out of the classroom and provide a unique opportunity to experience what you are learning. You can literally get your hands dirty excavating in the field and study ecosystems while sitting in the middle of them.

The following field study courses are offered for Summer 2016:


Sierra Nevada Ecology
(ESPM 105A - 4 units) Ecology of forests, mountain meadows, montane chaparral, and riparian zones of the Northern Sierra Nevada. Major emphasis on ecology as a basis for resource management and the maintenance of biological diversity.

Forest Measurements
(ESPM 105B - 1 unit) This course teaches students how to use common forestry tools, maps, and various sampling methods to collect information about the forest environment.

Silviculture and Utilization
(ESPM 105C - 3 units) Introduction to silvicultural theory, forest operations, and utilization and manufacture of forest products. 

Forest Management and Assessment 
(ESPM 105D - 3 units) Develop skills in evaluating forests and developing management strategies to meet ownership objectives.



K-8 Teaching and Inquiry-Based Lesson Design in the Science and Mathematics Classroom
(UGIS 82 - 2 units) This course surveys basic approaches to K-8 science and math teaching through modeling inquiry-based teaching and discussion. Topics include inquiry-based pedagogy, assessment techniques, lesson plan design and revision, and child development. Students are placed in science and math learning environments with upper elementary and middle school children to practice teaching.