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Environmental Studies 320a, In the Field

Summer 2013 in Catalina
Instructors: Dr. David Ginsburg  & Dr. Lisa Collins
Dates: July - August, 2013 University Campus and Catalina Island

ENST 320a In the Field is a special section of the Water and Soil Sustainability course (currently taught on the University Park Campus), and one of several courses included in the Summer 2012 Problems Without Passports program.  ENST 320a In the Field will be conducted on the USC Dornsife Catalina Campus with enhanced research, lab and field studies.  Additionally, human population growth will be examined as we examine the requirements for maintaining an ecologically sustainable balance among island residents, visitors, and the environment itself.  Students will explore this issue by visiting the city of Avalon on Catalina, the largest population center on any of the Channel Islands, and speaking with community leaders and resource managers in the waste, power, and water fields.

About the instructors:

Dr. Lisa E. Collins (Ph.D. in Earth Sciences) is a Lecturer and Undergraduate Advisor in the USC Dornsife Environmental Studies Program.

Dr. David W. Ginsburg (Ph.D. in Marine Environmental Biology) is a Lecturer and Graduate Advisor in the USC Dornsife Environmental Studies Program.

Learn more about this course by visiting the Fall 2011 ENST-320a course blog

Program Costs:

Tuition: $5892

Travel, food, and lodging expenses on Catalina: $1000 (approximate)

Total: $6892*

*SURF funding for some majors in USC Dornsife College and exceptional funding for USC Merit Scholars might be available

Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis through March 23, 2013. For further information on this course, or to request an application, contact Professor Lisa Collins at 213.740.0124 or send an email to, or contact Professor Ginsburg at 323.865.3703 or send an email to