MESM Core Courses Waiver Policy

ESM 201 Waiver Process

Students wishing to waive ESM 201 must pass a written 1-hour examination that tests the student’s knowledge of some basic terms, theory and models in applied ecology. The exam is administered in the quarter preceding the quarter in which ESM 201 is to be taken. The professor will send out an announcement over email about the date and time of the test.

If the professor approves a waiver, the student must submit a complete Bren School petition signed by the professor to the Student Affairs Coordinator. The student does not earn units for a waived class.

If a waiver is not approved the student will be required to take the course. The student has the right to appeal the decision to the MESM Program Committee for review.

 

ESM 202 Waiver Process

To get a waiver from ESM 202, a student needs to do two things. First, the student must provide the instructor with his transcript and the syllabi from the previous courses, so that the instructor may determine whether the student has had exposure to the relevant material. Second, the student must complete one of the midterm or final exams from a prior year’s class, which will be provided by the instructor. The student must achieve a score of at least 85% on the exam to be able to waive the class.

If the professor approves a waiver, the student must submit a completed Bren School petition signed by the professor to the Student Affairs Coordinator. The student does not earn units for a waived class.

If a waiver is not approved the student will be required to take the course. The student has the right to appeal the decision to the MESM Program Committee for review.

 

ESM 203 Waiver Process

Students wishing to waive ESM 203 must schedule a 30-minute interview with Professors Dozier and Dunne prior to the beginning of the course. In the interview they will explore the student’s background in Earth system science – previous course work, experience, and knowledge – and make the decision whether or not to grant a waiver. In some cases, partial waivers can be granted, whereby the professors agree that the student can waive the requirement, but must still attend specific lectures that cover material that has not been learned elsewhere. In preparation for the interview, the student should look over previous examinations from ESM 203 that are currently posted on the course web page.

If the professors approve a waiver, the student must submit a complete Bren School petition signed by the professors to the Student Affairs Coordinator. The student does not earn units for a waived class.

If a waiver is not approved, the student will be required to take the course. The student has the right to appeal the decision to the MESM Program Committee for review.

 

ESM 204 Waiver Process

Students may be exempt from taking 204 if they have taken an appropriate upper level undergraduate environmental economics class or majored in economics as an undergraduate.

To obtain a waiver from ESM 204, a student needs to do two things. First, the student must provide the instructor with his transcript and, if applicable, the syllabus from a previous relevant course, so that the instructor may determine whether the student has had exposure to the relevant material. If the background is deemed sufficient, the student will be examined orally on his or her previous coursework.

If the professor approves a waiver, the student must submit a completed Bren School petition signed by the professor to the Student Affairs Coordinator. The student does not earn units for a waived class.

If a waiver is not approved the student will be required to take the course. The student has the right to appeal the decision to the MESM Program Committee for review.