CSP 1: California Environment Semester Registration
Explore the biology, economics, and geology of our environment in classes and on field trips throughout the state. Curiosity about the natural world and our relation to it is the only prerequisite.
Join a group of first-year students and three faculty learning about natural science, economics, and the environment of California. The spectacular California landscape will be our laboratory as we investigate the geology, biology, and economics of our environment through data collection, laboratory and computer analysis, critical thinking and writing, and classroom learning. Multi-day field trips during the school week introduce you to your fellow CES classmates while hiking and camping in State and National Parks throughout California. All of your coursework in Fall semester will be taken with your CES peers.
Learn more about California Environment Semester.
How to Appy
Even if you intend to apply for CES, admission to it is not guaranteed, so you should have a backup list of 8 to 10 seminars, ranked in the order of your preference.
- Write a brief (100-150 words) application in response to the following prompt: “Please tell us why you would like to be part of the California Environment Semester.”
- Send this by email to Prof. Bevin Ashenmiller (email@example.com) at any time after May 20 between June 19 (no later than 5pm PDT). The three instructors of CES will select a seminar of no more than 34 individuals from these applications, and you will be contacted with the result before Monday, June 23.
Note: If you want to apply for CES but will be unable to send or receive email between June 19 and 22, please contact Prof. Ashenmiller well in advance to arrange for alternative forms of communication.
If you are selected for CES, you are done with the CSP registration process. You will be enrolled in CSP 1, Geology 105, Biology 110 and Economics 101 for the fall semester. Please note that this is your entire fall semester’s course load, and you will not be able to add any more 4-unit courses to your schedule (you may add up to two more units of fractional courses when you arrive in August, if you wish). You will receive further information about the CES schedule from the three professors later in the summer.
If you are not selected for CES, you may ask to be placed on a wait list. If you wish to do this, contact Prof. Ashenmiller directly. Whether or not you choose to be placed on the wait list, you will need to register for a conventional 4-unit CSP seminar. Follow the steps described next and prepare a list of CSP preferences by 8 a.m. PDT on Monday, June 23.
Note: If available seats remain in CSP 1 (CES) after June 20, they will appear as open. If you decide at this point that you would like to enroll in CES, you may do so on a first-come, first-serve basis. Remember that if you enroll in CSP 1, you will also be enrolled in Geology 105 (with lab), Biology 110 (with lab) and Economics 101. You may not take CSP 1 without taking these corequisites. This will constitute your full load of 4-unit courses for the fall semester.
- Download: New Student Packet PDF
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- phone: 323.259.2918