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Environment and Sustainability Minor

Geography, Urban, Environmental & Sustain Studies
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2015
  • Required credits in this minor: 24
The environment and sustainability minor complements any degree program concerned with the natural world and social world and how one impacts the other. The focus is the impact of humans on the environment. The minor augments degrees in anthropology, biology, education, environmental education, geography, geology, law, philosophy, political science, and sociology.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Environment and Sustainability Core (15 cr)
ES 1001 - Introductory Seminar (2.0 cr)
ES 2803 - Issues in Global Ecology [LE CAT5, LEIP CAT05, SUSTAIN] (3.0 cr)
ES 3100 - Sustainable Food Systems [SUSTAIN] (3.0 cr)
ES 3500 - Ecological Economics (3.0 cr)
ES 4010 - Seminar (4.0 cr)
Electives (9 cr)
Students propose at least three different elective courses above the 2xxx level. Courses already taken may or may not be accepted. One proposed course can be applicable to another field of study. Student must consult with an ES adviser before selecting their elective courses.
Take 3 or more course(s) totaling at most 9 credit(s) from the following:
See the ES website for the proposal form: http://www.d.umn.edu/geog/ES/main/about.php
· (Student proposes courses)
 
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ES 1001 - Introductory Seminar
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to the complexities of multidisciplinary environmental issues through research and literature review with emphasis on development of critical thinking skills.
ES 2803 - Issues in Global Ecology (LE CAT5, LEIP CAT05, SUSTAIN)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Holistic approach to current status and future prospects of Earth's life support systems.
ES 3100 - Sustainable Food Systems (SUSTAIN)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Historical and contemporary food systems within sustainability framework. Understands food within social, political, economic and environmental contexts. Looks at sustainable production, consumption and processing issues.
ES 3500 - Ecological Economics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Examine the basic principles and assumptions of Micro and Macro Economics, and their relevance in our modern global economic system. Examine the environmental/social consequences of deviations from these assumptions, and alternative economic models/analyses and policies consistent with sustainable development. prereq: [ES or URS major] and [Econ 1022 or Econ 1023] or instructor consent
ES 4010 - Seminar
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Critical discussion, research, and literature review of multidisciplinary environmental issues. prereq: ES major or minor, 90 credits; credit will not be granted if already received for 5001