Faculty Profile

Maiko Arashiro

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies (2017)

Contact Information


Kaufman Building Room 130


  • B.A, Pomona College, 2009
  • B.S., Washington University, 2009
  • M.S.E.E., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2012
  • Ph.D., 2017

2017-2018 Academic Year

Fall 2017

ENST 252 Interdisciplinary Prob Solving
This course introduces students to the skills and methods of social science and natural science research as used in the field of environmental studies. Students will develop a set of analytical and textual interpretive skills that can be applied to environmental studies problems, regardless of the topic. This training will enhance students’ abilities to engage in close reading and interpretation of interdisciplinary environmental problems and solutions. Students will be introduced to field research methods and group learning techniques, develop the ability to design and analyze information, and communicate new knowledge in a variety of formats. Through lectures, discussions, group projects, presentations, and field and laboratory exercises, students will investigate environmental and societal dynamics, and critically assess ideas, scientific evidence, and popular arguments for possible solutions to current environmental problems. The course content will vary according to expertise of specific instructors. Four hours laboratory a week. Prerequisite: 161 and 162.

ENST 310 Environmental Health
This course will focus on the impact of the natural environment on human health. Major environmental health issues that we may discuss include air pollution and water pollution, pesticides and other industrial chemicals, climate change, and overuse of natural resources. This course includes a laboratory section which will focus on measurements of environmental toxicants and applications to risk assessment.

ENST 406 Seminar in Adv Top in Env St
A keystone seminar designed to integrate and apply students' past coursework, internships, and other educational experiences, and to provide a basis for future professional and academic endeavors. The course format varies depending on faculty and student interests, and scholarly concerns in the field. Course components may include developing written and oral presentations, reading and discussing primary literature, and defining and performing individual or group research. Students in this course will be particularly responsible for acquiring and disseminating knowledge. This course is not equivalent to an independent study or independent research course. Prerequisite: Senior standing or permission of the instructor. Normally offered in Spring semester.

Spring 2018

ENST 310 Air Pollution and Health
This course will focus on the sources and cause of air pollutants in ambient and indoor environments and its impact on public health. Other course topics include current and past environmental regulation and air pollution control technology. Laboratory and field studies and will focus on air pollution monitoring techniques and local air quality.