IEPG 8512 Quantitative Methods for Environmental Science and Policy
Monterey Institute of International Studies



This course introduces the use of quantitative methods in environmental analysis.  Students will learn how to apply basic principles of natural science to a variety of globally important environmental problems. Topics covered include estimation techniques and stock-flow modeling; population and resource use; biogeochemical cycles; acid deposition; climate change; stratospheric ozone depletion; toxic pollution and public health; and radiation and radioactivity.  The methods taught in this course have proven useful not only for aspiring environmental scientists and engineers, but also for those working in public policy, environmental law, ecological economics, international development, business, and journalism.

4 Credit hours

4 Lecture hours



Tuesday and Thursday 2:00 pm - 3:50 pm



INSTRUCTOR:   Mark Bishop

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John Harte, Consider a Spherical Cow: A Course in Environmental Problem Solving, University Science Books, 1988 (paperback).  (Available from publisher’s website)

Gilbert Masters and Wendell Ela, Introduction to Environmental Engineering and Science, 3rd ed., Pearson Education, 2008 (hard cover). 

John Harte et al., Toxics A to Z: A Guide to Everyday Pollution Hazards, U.C. Press, 1991 (paperback).



Daniel Botkin and Edward Keller, Environmental Science: Earth as a Living Planet, 6th ed., John Wiley & Sons, 2007 (hard cover).

An Introduction to Chemistry, Chemistry First by Mark Bishop

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International Energy Agency

International Energy Agency Publications


UN supported global initiative on Sustainable Energy for All


NASA's Earth Observatory Data 


Center for International Earth Science Information Network


Environmental Protection Agency


Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)


WHO Statistical Information System (WHOSIS)


Pacific Institute Web Site – The World’s Water


Millennium Ecosystem Assessment


World Resources Institute - Earthtrends database


U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization FAOSTAT database


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