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Sustainability Studies Minor

College of Food, Agri & Natural Resource Sciences
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
  • Program Type: Undergraduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2018
  • Required credits in this minor: 15 to 18
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One of the greatest challenges facing the 21st-century world is jointly sustaining the environment, as well as human health and well-being. The sustainability studies minor provides students from across the University with a unique opportunity to address this sustainability challenge. Students will explore the fundamental ecological, social, ethical, political, and economic forces that influence the long-term quality and viability of human society and the natural environment. The introductory core course provides a conceptual overview of various models for understanding sustainability, and uses case studies to demonstrate the challenges of putting sustainability into practice. Additional electives are chosen from courses that explore multiple disciplinary perspectives related to sustainability. Finally, the capstone experience allows students to synthesize and apply their knowledge to real sustainability problems. For this minor, students must complete 6 credits of required courses for the core and the capstone, and 9-12 restricted electives, for a total of 15-18 credits.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Core
SUST 3003 - Sustainable People, Sustainable Planet [ENV] (3.0 cr)
SUST 4004 - Sustainable Communities (3.0 cr)
Electives
Take three courses, not more than one from each of four categories. You may also petition for study abroad, summer, special topics, new, and other courses to count toward elective requirements. You may complete up to one online course as an elective. You may complete up to one 1xxx or 2xxx level elective, pending approval from the minor advisor or coordinator.
Take 3 or more course(s) from the following:
Economics and Policy
Take no more than 1 course(s) from the following:
· APEC 3611W - Environmental and Natural Resource Economics [ENV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· CEGE 5212 - Transportation Policy, Planning, and Deployment (3.0 cr)
· ESPM 3241W - Natural Resource and Environmental Policy [SOCS, CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· ESPM 3245 - Sustainable Land Use Planning and Policy [ENV] (3.0 cr)
· ESPM 3251 - Natural Resources in Sustainable International Development [GP] (3.0 cr)
· ESPM 3261 - Economics and Natural Resources Management [SOCS, ENV] (4.0 cr)
· ESPM 3602 - Regulations and Corporate Environmental Management (3.0 cr)
· ESPM 3603 - Environmental Life Cycle Analysis (3.0 cr)
· ESPM 3604 - Environmental Management Systems and Strategy (3.0 cr)
· ESPM 4242 - Methods for Environmental and Natural Resource Policy Analysis (3.0 cr)
· ESPM 5602 - Regulations and Corporate Environmental Management (3.0 cr)
· GCC 3001 - Grand Challenge: Can We Feed the World Without Destroying It? [ENV] (3.0 cr)
· GCC 3011 - Grand Challenge: Pathways to Renewable Energy [TS] (3.0 cr)
· GCC 5008 - Grand Challenge: Policy and Science of Global Environmental Change [ENV] (3.0 cr)
· PA 5232 - Transportation Policy, Planning, and Deployment (3.0 cr)
· Social Science and Humanities
Take no more than 1 course(s) from the following:
· ANTH 3041 - Ecological Anthropology (3.0 cr)
· ANTH 4053 - Economy, Culture, and Critique [SOCS, GP] (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3501 - Public Discourse: Coming to Terms with the Environment [LITR, ENV] (3.0 cr)
· ESPM 3011W - Ethics in Natural Resources [CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· GCC 3010 - Grand Challenge: The Global Climate Challenge – Creating an Empowered Movement for Change [CIV] (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 3376 - Political Ecology of North America [ENV] (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 3379 - Environment and Development in the Third World [SOCS, ENV] (3.0 cr)
· GLOS 3303 - Environment and Development in the Third World [SOCS, ENV] (3.0 cr)
· GLOS 3613W - Stuffed and Starved: The Politics of Eating [SOCS, GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
· GLOS 3613V - Honors: Stuffed and Starved: The Politics of Eating [SOCS, GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
· GLOS 4305 - Environment & Society: An Enduring Conflict [ENV] (3.0 cr)
· GLOS 4311 - Power, Justice & the Environment [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· HSCI 3244 - Nature's History: Science, Humans, and the Environment [HIS, ENV] (3.0 cr)
· HECU 3592 - Environmental Sustainability: Ecology and Socio-ecological Systems Change [SOCS] (4.0 cr)
· PHIL 3301 - Environmental Ethics [ENV] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3613W - Stuffed and Starved: The Politics of Eating [SOCS, GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
· SOC 3613V - Honors: Stuffed and Starved: The Politics of Eating [SOCS, GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
· SOC 4305 - Environment & Society: An Enduring Conflict [ENV] (3.0 cr)
· SOC 4311 - Power, Justice & the Environment [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· SUST 3017 - Environmental Justice [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· Biophysical Sciences
Take no more than 1 course(s) from the following:
· AGRO 3203W - Environment, Global Food Production, and the Citizen [GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
· AGRO 5321 - Ecology of Agricultural Systems (3.0 cr)
· ANSC 3203W - Environment, Global Food Production, and the Citizen [GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
· BIOL 1052 - Environmental Biology: Science and Solutions [ENV] (3.0 cr)
· BIOL 1055 - Environmental Biology: Science and Solutions with Laboratory [BIOL, ENV] (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 4601 - Green Chemistry [ENV] (3.0 cr)
· EEB 3001 - Ecology and Society [ENV] (3.0 cr)
· EEB 3407 - Ecology (3.0 cr)
· EEB 3408W - Ecology [WI] (4.0 cr)
· EEB 4609W - Ecosystem Ecology [ENV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· ESCI 3005 - Earth Resources (3.0 cr)
· ESCI 3402 - Science and Politics of Global Warming [ENV] (3.0 cr)
· ESCI 5402 - Science and Politics of Global Warming (3.0 cr)
· ESPM 3108 - Ecology of Managed Systems [ENV] (3.0 cr)
· FNRM 3101 - Park and Protected Area Tourism (3.0 cr)
· FW 4102 - Principles of Conservation Biology [ENV] (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 1403 - Biogeography of the Global Garden [BIOL, ENV] (4.0 cr)
· GEOG 3401 - Geography of Environmental Systems and Global Change [ENV] (4.0 cr)
· HECU 3591 - Environmental Sustainability: Sci, Public Policy, & Cmty Action Environmental & Climate Justice [ENV] (4.0 cr)
· HORT 3131 - Student Organic Farm Planning, Growing, and Marketing (3.0 cr)
· Design and Technology
Take no more than 1 course(s) from the following:
· ARCH 4561 - Architecture and Ecology [ENV] (3.0 cr)
· BBE 2201 - Renewable Energy and the Environment [TS] (3.0 cr)
· BBE 4733 - Renewable Energy Technologies [TS] (3.0 cr)
· CEGE 3501 - Introduction to Environmental Engineering [ENV] (3.0 cr)
· CEGE 4011 - Special Topics (1.0-4.0 cr)
· CEGE 4561 - Solids and Hazardous Wastes (3.0 cr)
· EE 1701 - Climate Crisis: Implementing Solutions [TS] (3.0 cr)
· ESPM 3601 - Sustainable Housing--Community, Environment, and Technology [TS] (3.0 cr)
· GCC 3005 - Grand Challenge: Global Venture Design - What Impact Will You Make? [GP] (3.0 cr)
· HSG 3482 - Sustainable Housing: Community, Environment, and Technology [TS] (3.0 cr)
· GCC 5005 - Grand Challenge: Global Venture Design - What Impact Will You Make? [GP] (3.0 cr)
· GCC 5501 - Knowledge to Impact: Creating Action with Your Grand Challenge Project Idea (3.0 cr)
· LA 1001 - Sustainability by Design [ENV] (3.0 cr)
· LA 3003 - Climate Change Adaptation (3.0 cr)
· LA 3004 - Regional Environmental Landscape Planning (4.0 cr)
· LA 3501 - Environmental Design and Its Biological and Physical Context [ENV] (3.0 cr)
· LA 3514 - Making the Mississippi [CIV] (3.0 cr)
· LA 4755 - Infrastructure, Natural Systems, and Space of Inhabited Landscapes [TS] (3.0 cr)
· LA 5514 - Making the Mississippi (3.0 cr)
· PA 5743 - Acara Impact Venture Launchpad - Moving Your Idea to Impact (1.5 cr)
· URBS 3751 - Understanding the Urban Environment [ENV] (3.0 cr)
 
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SUST 3003 - Sustainable People, Sustainable Planet (ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01345
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to interdisciplinary Sustainability Studies minor. Scientific, cultural, ethical, and economic concepts that affect environmental sustainability and global economic justice. Key texts. Participatory classroom environment. prereq: Soph or jr or sr
SUST 4004 - Sustainable Communities
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Students synthesize multiple disciplinary perspectives and integrate insights gained from various approaches/methods. Concepts/scholarship related to sustainability. Applying knowledge/experience to real sustainability problems. prereq: [3003 or GLOS 3304, [jr or sr] in sustainability studies minor] or instr consent
APEC 3611W - Environmental and Natural Resource Economics (ENV, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Concepts of resource use. Financial/economic feasibility. External effects, market failures. Resource use, environmental problems. Measuring impacts of resource development. Economics of alternative resource programs, environmental strategies. prereq: 1101 or ECON 1101 or 1101H or ECON 1101H
CEGE 5212 - Transportation Policy, Planning, and Deployment
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01862 - CEGE 5212/PA 5232
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Techniques of analysis and planning for transportation services. Demand-supply interactions. Evaluating transportation alternatives. Travel demand forecasting. Integrated model systems. Citizen participation in decision-making. prereq: 3201 or equiv, upper division CSE, or grad student
ESPM 3241W - Natural Resource and Environmental Policy (SOCS, CIV, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: ENR 3241W/5241
Typically offered: Every Spring
Political processes in management of the environment. How disagreements are addressed by different stakeholders, private-sector interests, government agencies, institutions, communities, and nonprofit organizations.
ESPM 3245 - Sustainable Land Use Planning and Policy (ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00361 - ESPM 3245/ESPM 5245
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Policies affecting land use planning at local, state, and federal levels. Ecosystem and landscape scale planning. Collaborative and community-based approaches to planning for ecological, social, and economic sustainability. Class project applies interdisciplinary perspectives on planning and policy, including information gathering techniques, conservation planning tools, and evaluation of planning options.
ESPM 3251 - Natural Resources in Sustainable International Development (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: ENR 3251/5251/LAS 3251
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
International perspectives on resource use and sustainable development. Integration of natural resource issues with social, economic, and policy considerations. Agriculture, forestry, agroforestry, non-timber forest products, water resources, certification, development issues. Global case studies. Impact of consumption in developed countries on sustainable development in lesser developed countries.
ESPM 3261 - Economics and Natural Resources Management (SOCS, ENV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00362 - ESPM 3261/ESPM 5261
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Microeconomic principles, their application to natural resource management problems. Tools to address market failure, project analysis. Economic/financial considerations. Benefit/cost analysis. Valuation/assessment methods for property/market/non-market benefits. Planning/management problems. Managing renewable natural resources. Case studies. prereq: MATH 1031 or MATH 1051 or MATH 1142 or MATH 1155 or MATH 1271 or ESPM 3012 or STAT 3011 or Soc 3811 or equiv
ESPM 3602 - Regulations and Corporate Environmental Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01081
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Concepts/issues relating to industrial ecology and industry as they are influenced by current standards/regulations at local, state, and national levels. prereq: APEC 1101 or ECON 1101 or 3261W
ESPM 3603 - Environmental Life Cycle Analysis
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01075
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Concepts/issues relating to inventory, subsequent analysis of production systems. Production system from holistic point of view, using term commonly used in industrial ecology: "metabolic system."
ESPM 3604 - Environmental Management Systems and Strategy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01076 - ESPM 3604/ESPM 5604
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Environmental problems such as climate change, ozone depletion, and loss of biodiversity.
ESPM 4242 - Methods for Environmental and Natural Resource Policy Analysis
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01230 - ESPM 4242/ESPM 5242
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Methods, formal/informal, for analyzing environmental/natural resource policies. How to critically evaluate policies, using economic/non-economic decision-making criteria. Application of policy analysis to environmental/natural resource problems. Recognizing politically-charged environment in which decisions over use, management, and protection of resources often occur. Prereqs: ESPM 3241W or ESPM 3271 and ESPM 3261, undergrads with jr or sr standing.
ESPM 5602 - Regulations and Corporate Environmental Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01081 - ESPM 3602/ESPM 5602
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Concepts, major issues relating to industrial ecology and industry as they are influenced by current standards/regulations at local, state, and national levels. prereq: APEC 1101 or ECON 1101
GCC 3001 - Grand Challenge: Can We Feed the World Without Destroying It? (ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02310 - GCC 3001/GCC 5001/HCol 3803H
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
In this course, we will seek solutions to the challenge of achieving global food security and sustainability. Together, we will work to answer the question, "Can we feed the world without destroying it?" The course begins with lectures and skills workshops, followed by a series of interactive panels with guest experts. We will also prepare group projects that are focused on finding innovative solutions to this grand challenge. We will learn about the fundamental changes occurring in the global food system, the environment, and our civilization as a whole. We will explore how to approach inherently interdisciplinary problems, how to identify solutions that are truly sustainable in the long term, and how science and technology can inform decision-making.
GCC 3011 - Grand Challenge: Pathways to Renewable Energy (TS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01002 - GCC 3011/GCC 5011
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
This interdisciplinary course will examine obstacles to energy transitions at different scales. It will explore the role of energy in society, the physics of energy, how energy systems were created and how they function, and how the markets, policies, and regulatory frameworks for energy systems in the U.S. developed. The course will closely examine the Realpolitik of energy and the technical, legal, regulatory, and policy underpinnings of renewable energy in the U.S. and Minnesota. Students will learn the drivers that can lead global systems to change despite powerful constraints and how local and institutional action enables broader reform. Students will put their learning into action by developing proposals for addressing a particular challenge: What would it take to get the University of Minnesota to invest significantly in solar energy? prereq: sophomore, junior, senior
GCC 5008 - Grand Challenge: Policy and Science of Global Environmental Change (ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00766 - EEB 5146/FNRM 5146/GCC 5008/P
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Through readings, lectures, discussions, written assignments, and presentations this course introduces the critical issues underpinning global change and its environmental and social implications. The course examines current literature in exploring evidence for human-induced global change and its potential effects on a wide range of biological processes and examines the social and economic drivers, social and economic consequences, and political processes at local, national, and international scales related to global change.
PA 5232 - Transportation Policy, Planning, and Deployment
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01862 - CE 5212/PA 5232
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Development of transportation policy, making of transportation plans, deployment of transportation technologies. Lectures, interactive case studies, role playing.
ANTH 3041 - Ecological Anthropology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00001 - Anth 3041/Anth 5041
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Concepts, theories, and methods of ecological anthropology (cultural ecology). How humans interact with biophysical environment. Compares biological/cultural interactions with environment. Examines adaptive strategies cross-culturally. prereq: 1003 or instr consent
ANTH 4053 - Economy, Culture, and Critique (SOCS, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Anth 4053/8205
Typically offered: Every Fall
Systems of production/distribution, especially in nonindustrial societies. Comparison, history, critique of major theories. Cross-cultural anthropological approach to material life that subsumes market/nonmarket processes.
ENGL 3501 - Public Discourse: Coming to Terms with the Environment (LITR, ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course explores significant environmental issues (such as environmental justice, toxic chemicals, climate change) through the analysis of texts from diverse literary genres. It focuses as much on issues of language and meaning as it does on the subjects these texts concern. Students examine the formal dimensions of these texts, as well as their social and historical contexts. In addition, students are introduced to the underlying scientific principles, the limitations of technologies, and the public policy aspects of each of these issues, in order to judge what constitutes an appropriate response to them. Students also learn how to identify and evaluate credible information concerning the environment.
ESPM 3011W - Ethics in Natural Resources (CIV, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Normative/professional ethics, and leadership considerations, applicable to managing natural resources and the environment. Readings, discussion.
GCC 3010 - Grand Challenge: The Global Climate Challenge – Creating an Empowered Movement for Change (CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02373
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Students will explore ecological and human health consequences of climate change, the psychology of climate inaction, and will be invited to join us in the radical work of discovering not only their own leadership potential but that of others. We will unpack the old story of domination and hierarchy and invite the class to become part of a vibrant new story of human partnership that will not only help humanity deal with the physical threat of climate change but will help us create a world where we have the necessary skills and attitudes to engage the many other grand challenges facing us. Using a strategy of grassroots empowerment, the course will be organized to help us connect to the heart of what we really value; to understand the threat of climate change; to examine how we feel in the light of that threat; and to take powerful action together. Students will work in groups throughout the course to assess the global ecological threat posed by climate change, and they will be part of designing and executing an activity where they empower a community to take action. prereq:soph,jr,sr
GEOG 3376 - Political Ecology of North America (ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Social production of nature in North America related to questions of social/environmental justice. Economic, political, cultural, ecological relations that shape specific urban/rural environments, social movements that have arisen in response to environmental change. Importance of culture/identity in struggles over resources/environments.
GEOG 3379 - Environment and Development in the Third World (SOCS, ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Geog 3379/GloS 3303
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Concepts for analyzing relations between capitalist development and environment in Third World. Historical geography of capitalist development. Case studies. Likelihood of social/environmental sustainability. prereq: Soph or jr or sr
GLOS 3303 - Environment and Development in the Third World (SOCS, ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Geog 3379/GloS 3303
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Concepts for analyzing relations between capitalist development and environment in Third World. Historical geography of capitalist development. Case studies. Likelihood of social/environmental sustainability. prereq: Soph or jr or sr
GLOS 3613W - Stuffed and Starved: The Politics of Eating (SOCS, GP, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01131 - GloS 3613W/GloS 3613V/Soc 3613
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Food issues from a sociological perspective. Cross-cultural differences in how groups/societies think about and relate to food.
GLOS 3613V - Honors: Stuffed and Starved: The Politics of Eating (SOCS, GP, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01131 - GloS 3613W/GloS 3613V/Soc 3613
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Food issues from sociological perspective. Cross-cultural differences in how groups/societies think about/relate to food.
GLOS 4305 - Environment & Society: An Enduring Conflict (ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01846
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Examines how natural/built environments influence human behavior/social organization. Focuses on microenvironments/their influence on individuals. Impact of macroenvironments on societal organization. Environmental movements. prereq: SOC 1001 or environmental course or instr consent
GLOS 4311 - Power, Justice & the Environment (DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01182
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Global debates over how nature is produced, consumed, degraded, sustained, and defended. Analytics of race/class. Politics of North-South relations.
HSCI 3244 - Nature's History: Science, Humans, and the Environment (HIS, ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00421 - HSci 3244/5244
Typically offered: Every Fall
We examine environmental ideas, sustainability, conservation history; critique of the human impact on nature; empire and power in the Anthropocene; how the science of ecology has developed; and modern environmental movements around the globe. Case studies include repatriation of endangered species; ecology and evolutionary theory; ecology of disease; and climate change.
HECU 3592 - Environmental Sustainability: Ecology and Socio-ecological Systems Change (SOCS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
How power dynamics and a global free market impact efforts to promote sustainability. The state's role in regulating resources and distributing environmental benefits. How social movements develop a collective future and mobilize actors to realize it. prereq: concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 3591, concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 3593, concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 3594, dept consent
PHIL 3301 - Environmental Ethics (ENV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Philosophical basis for membership in moral community. Theories applied to specific problems (e.g., vegetarianism, wilderness preservation). Students defend their own reasoned views about moral relations between humans, animals, and nature.
SOC 3613W - Stuffed and Starved: The Politics of Eating (SOCS, GP, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01131 - GloS 3613/Soc 3613
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Food issues from a sociological perspective. Cross-cultural differences in how groups/societies think about and relate to food. prereq: Soc majors/minors must register A-F
SOC 3613V - Honors: Stuffed and Starved: The Politics of Eating (SOCS, GP, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01131 - GloS 3613W/GloS 3613V/Soc 3613
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Food issues from sociological perspective. Cross-cultural differences in how groups/societies think about/relate to food.
SOC 4305 - Environment & Society: An Enduring Conflict (ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01846 - GloS 4305/Soc 4305
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Examines how natural/built environments influence human behavior/social organization. Focuses on microenvironments/their influence on individuals. Impact of macroenvironments on societal organization. Environmental movements. prereq: 1001 or environmental course recommended, [soc majors/minors must register A-F]
SOC 4311 - Power, Justice & the Environment (DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01182 - GloS 4311/Soc 4311
Prerequisites: SOC 1001 recommended
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Global debates over how nature is produced, consumed, degraded, sustained, and defended. Analytics of race/class. Politics of North-South relations. prereq: SOC 1001 recommended
SUST 3017 - Environmental Justice (DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
With a focus on understanding environmental justice, including interconnections between health, economic and environmental disparities, this course shows students how they can take action for sustainability. Students synthesize multiple disciplinary perspectives and participate in small group collaborative activities, service learning, and digital mapping, all related to contemporary challenges.
AGRO 3203W - Environment, Global Food Production, and the Citizen (GP, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Agro/AnSc 3203/AgUM 2224
Typically offered: Every Spring
Ecological/ethical concerns of food production systems in global agriculture: past, present, and future. Underlying ethical positions about how agroecosystems should be configured. Decision cases, discussions, videos, other media.
AGRO 5321 - Ecology of Agricultural Systems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00275 - Agro/Ent 5321
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Ecological approach to problems in agricultural systems. Formal methodologies of systems inquiry are developed/applied. prereq: [3xxx or above] course in [Agro or AnSc or Ent or Hort or PlPa or Soil] or instr consent
ANSC 3203W - Environment, Global Food Production, and the Citizen (GP, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Agro/AnSc 3203/AgUM 2224
Typically offered: Every Spring
Ecological/ethical concerns of food production systems in global agriculture: past, present, and future. Underlying ethical positions about how agroecosystems should be configured. Interactive learning using decision cases, discussions, videos, other media.
BIOL 1052 - Environmental Biology: Science and Solutions (ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course explores the science behind environmental topics. It delves into the interface of science and policy, environmental decision-making and ethics. Topics include biodiversity, environmental toxicology, food production, and global climate change. Students looking to fulfill the liberal education requirement-Biological Sciences with Lab in this topic should take Biology 1055.
BIOL 1055 - Environmental Biology: Science and Solutions with Laboratory (BIOL, ENV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02040 - Biol 1050/Biol 1055
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Explores science behind environmental topics. Delves into the interface of science and policy, environmental decision-making and ethics. Topics include biodiversity, env. toxicology, food production, and climate change. In lab students conduct the work of biologists, proposing hypotheses, conducting experiments, and analyzing/interpreting data. This course is intended to engage non-biology majors in the work of biology, studying current biological knowledge through evidence-based discussions of what is currently known, and by addressing science that is unknown to the students (and, at times to the biological community) through the generation and testing of hypotheses, collection and analysis of data, and practice of making data-informed conclusions.
CHEM 4601 - Green Chemistry (ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Survey key aspects of green chemistry in modern research and development both in academia and industry, as well as relevant implications for the environment, technology, and public policy. prereq: [2302, 4501] or equiv
EEB 3001 - Ecology and Society (ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Basic concepts in ecology. Organization, development, function of ecosystem. Population growth/regulation. Human effect on ecosystems. prereq: [Jr or sr] recommended; biological sciences students may not apply cr toward major
EEB 3407 - Ecology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00005
Typically offered: Every Fall
Principles of ecology from populations to ecosystems. Applications to human populations, disease, exotic organisms, habitat fragmentation, biodiversity and global dynamics of the earth. prereq: [Math 1142, 1241, 1271 or equivalent]
EEB 3408W - Ecology (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00005
Typically offered: Every Spring
Principles of population growth/interactions, communities and ecosystem function applied to ecological issues. Regulation of populations, dynamics/impacts of disease, invasions by exotic organisms, biodiversity, global change. Lab. Scientific writing. Quantitative skill development (mathematical models, data analysis, statistics and some coding in R). prereq: [One semester college biology or instr consent], [MATH 1142 or MATH 1271 or Math 1272 or Math 1241 or Math 1242 or MATH 1281 or Math 1282 or equiv]
EEB 4609W - Ecosystem Ecology (ENV, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Regulation of energy and elements cycling through ecosystems. Dependence of cycles on kinds/numbers of species within ecosystems. Effects of human-induced global changes on functioning of ecosystems. prereq: Biol 3407 or instr consent
ESCI 3005 - Earth Resources
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Geologic aspects of energy/material resources. Resource size/life-times. Environmental consequences of resource use. Issues of international/public ethics associated with resource production, distribution, and use.
ESCI 3402 - Science and Politics of Global Warming (ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01702 - Geo 3402/Geo 5402
Typically offered: Every Spring
Detection/attribution of global warming using concepts of radiation, climate system, and carbon cycle. Effects on society/biodiversity. National/global efforts/controversy over responses/consequences.
ESCI 5402 - Science and Politics of Global Warming
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01702 - Geo 3402/Geo 5402
Typically offered: Every Spring
Detection/attribution of global warming using radiation, climate system, and carbon cycle. Effects on society/biodiversity. National/global efforts. Controversy over responses/consequences.
ESPM 3108 - Ecology of Managed Systems (ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01229 - ESPM 3108/ESPM 5108
Typically offered: Every Fall
Ecology of ecosystems that are primarily composed of managed plant communities, such as managed forests, field-crop agroecosystems, rangelands and nature reserves, parks, and urban open-spaces. Concepts of ecology and ecosystem management. prereq: BIOL 1001 or BIOL 1009 or HORT 1001 or instr consent
FNRM 3101 - Park and Protected Area Tourism
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00410 - FNRM 3101/FNRM 5101
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Tourism is a significant industry locally, nationally, and internationally. Park and protected area attractions are among the most visited but also the most vulnerable attractions. This course is designed to familiarize you with the basic concept of park and protected area tourism, including cultural and ecotourism, and then develop your expertise to plan and evaluate sustainable tourism development and operations. Accordingly, you will complete assignments that apply the knowledge gained to planning and evaluation activities. This course is offered partially on-line. COURSE OBJECTIVES By the end of the class you will be able to: 1.Differentiate and appreciate the complexities involved with defining and developing nature, eco, heritage, geo-, park and protected, cultural and "sustainable tourism." 2.Identify specific social, economic, and environmental impacts associated with park and protected area tourism, how to measure them, and methods to minimize the negative and maximize the positive impacts. 3.Analyze domestic and international case studies of park and protected area tourism. 4.Critically evaluate park and protected area tourism services and effective management and planning. 5. Create elements of a business plan for park and protected area tourism operations that emphasize sustainability.
FW 4102 - Principles of Conservation Biology (ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: introductory biology course
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to themes/concepts of diverse, dynamic, and interdisciplinary field. Biological/social underpinnings of conservation problems/solutions. prereq: introductory biology course
GEOG 1403 - Biogeography of the Global Garden (BIOL, ENV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02180
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
The geography of biodiversity and productivity, from conspicuous species to those that cause human disease and economic hardship. The roles played by evolution and extinction, fluxes of energy, water, biochemicals, and dispersal. Experiments demonstrating interactions of managed and unmanaged biotic with the hydrologic cycle, energy budgets, nutrient cycles, the carbon budget, and soil processes.
GEOG 3401 - Geography of Environmental Systems and Global Change (ENV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Geog 3401/5401
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Geographic patterns, dynamics, and interactions of atmospheric, hydrospheric, geomorphic, pedologic, and biologic systems as context for human population, development, and resource use patterns.
HECU 3591 - Environmental Sustainability: Sci, Public Policy, & Cmty Action Environmental & Climate Justice (ENV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Examine ecological and physical processes that underlie environmental degradation and learn to set up ecological monitoring through in-depth case studies of adaptive management projects. prereq: concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 3592, concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 3593, concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 3594, dept consent
HORT 3131 - Student Organic Farm Planning, Growing, and Marketing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Organic fruit and vegetable production has been one of the fastest growing segments of the US economy for almost two decades, stimulating an overwhelming number of biological and ecological innovations to produce food using organic approaches. This course aims to increase student?s knowledge of ecological concepts as applied to managing organic systems, with an emphasis on soil nutrient cycles and plant-soil-microbe interactions that serve as the cornerstone of organic systems. Students in this course will learn tools needed to manage an organic diversified vegetable operation. The course consists of two components: a classroom session two times each week for 50 minutes, and a laboratory session that meets before class on Tuesdays for two hours. The classroom session is designed to help students think about concepts and principles that are useful in planning and managing production strategies on organic farms. We spend a significant amount of our time reviewing soil nutrient cycling and its critical importance for organic farms, including how to effectively use soil and organic nutrient inputs such as cover crops, manure and fertilizers, to provide vegetable crops with the nutrients they need to grow. We also learn about successful marketing strategies for organic produce. Finally, near the end of the semester we will discuss pest management, including both weeds and disease/insect pests, and compare different tillage options available to organic producers. What we learn is then applied to planning next year?s season of the UMN student organic farm. Throughout, we will use case studies, guest speakers, games, and active learning discussion approaches to move these classroom sessions "beyond the lecture" and allow students to engage with the material in a meaningful way. The lab is designed to allow a space to put into action some of the concepts students learn in lecture, including soil organic matter analysis, microgreen propagation, calculation of organic fertilizer rates, and operation of driven and walk-behind tractors.
ARCH 4561 - Architecture and Ecology (ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01107 - Arch 4501/Arch 5501
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to theories/practices of ecological approaches to architectural design. Ecological context, implications/opportunities of architecture. Historical/theoretical framework for ecological design thinking. Issues studied at various scales: site/community, building, component.
BBE 2201 - Renewable Energy and the Environment (TS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Tired of high energy bills? Should you be investing in solar energy? Are you wondering what the connection is between climate and energy? What is wrong with our current energy system? What really is "renewable energy"? Can algae really be used for fuel? These and so many more topics are part of the discussion in this course. Throughout the semester we will cover various elements of renewable energy such as the technologies, relevant policies, and the social, environmental, and economic effects of using renewable and non-renewable sources. This course is completely online. Please check out the course website for more information and to find out what students have to say about it. bbe2201.cfans.umn.edu
BBE 4733 - Renewable Energy Technologies (TS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01676 - BBE 4733/BBE 5733/ChEn 5551
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Energy security. Environmental, economic, societal impacts. Current/emerging technologies for production/use, characteristics of renewable energy, key methods for efficient production. Current/probable future. Impact on sustainable development. prereq: Junior or senior
CEGE 3501 - Introduction to Environmental Engineering (ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
A quantitative approach to environmental problems, including the development of mass and energy balances and the application of fundamental principles of environmental chemistry and microbiology. Meets the University of Minnesota's liberal education environment theme through the incorporation of environmental function, problems, and solutions throughout the course. prereq: Chem 1062, Phys 1302, Math 1372 or equivalent
CEGE 4011 - Special Topics
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Topics/credits vary. prereq: Upper div CSE
CEGE 4561 - Solids and Hazardous Wastes
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course will serve as an introduction to the topics of solid and hazardous waste management. Classes will incorporate information about prevention, treatment options, and the regulations surrounding solid and hazardous waste. They will also provide an opportunity to observe different methods of waste treatment in action.
EE 1701 - Climate Crisis: Implementing Solutions (TS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Energy from renewables such as solar and wind to combat potentially catastrophic climate change resulting from our use of fossil fuels; electrifying our transportation; ways to increase energy efficiency and energy conservation; need for energy storage to increase the penetration of renewables; role of technology, societal benefits and the ethics. Note: EE 1701 and EE 1703 (the lab) need to both be taken to fulfill the Physical Science Core requirement. EE 1701 alone fulfills the Technology and Society theme requirement.
ESPM 3601 - Sustainable Housing--Community, Environment, and Technology (TS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00708 - ESPM 3601/Hsg 3482
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
How sustainable housing practices build community. How community growth has impacted the environment and how natural events impact our communities. Science and technology required to build high performance houses.
GCC 3005 - Grand Challenge: Global Venture Design - What Impact Will You Make? (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02315
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Students will work in teams developing sustainable business and technical solutions to address an environmental or social challenge in India. Teams may address a challenge related to water supply, energy availability, food/agriculture production, waste management, public health or a topic mutually agreed upon by the instructor and student teams. During the semester, a product or service must be designed, and a sustainable business model must be created around it. Technical and business development professionals based in the US and India will act as mentors to provide advice to each team. Each team will have one US-based mentor and one India-based mentor. The teams are expected to use a discovery process, design thinking, ideation and input from field research in solving the challenge. A primary focus of the course is up-front work to identify the "right" problem to solve. The model should be built around the customers' needs and wants, as they will need to pay for the product or service to achieve a scalable model.
HSG 3482 - Sustainable Housing: Community, Environment, and Technology (TS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00708 - ESPM 3601/Hsg 3482
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
How sustainable housing practices build community. How community growth has impacted the environment and how natural events impact our communities. Science and technology required to build high performance houses.
GCC 5005 - Grand Challenge: Global Venture Design - What Impact Will You Make? (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02315
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Students will work in teams developing sustainable business and technical solutions to address an environmental or social challenge in India. Teams may address a challenge related to water supply, energy availability, food/agriculture production, waste management, public health or a topic mutually agreed upon by the instructor and student teams. During the semester, a product or service must be designed, and a sustainable business model must be created around it. Technical and business development professionals based in the US and India will act as mentors to provide advice to each team. Each team will have one US-based mentor and one India-based mentor. The teams are expected to use a discovery process, design thinking, ideation and input from field research in solving the challenge. A primary focus of the course is up-front work to identify the "right" problem to solve. The model should be built around the customerâ¿¿s needs and wants, as they will need to pay for the product or service to achieve a scalable model. prereq: sophomore, junior, senior, graduate student
GCC 5501 - Knowledge to Impact: Creating Action with Your Grand Challenge Project Idea
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Do you want to learn how to design viable solutions to address a complex social or environmental challenge? Are you interested in taking a course with other motivated students from across the university who care about being changemakers and being mentored by 15 UMN faculty who will be supporting the students in the course? This hands-on course will help you learn the skills to develop solutions to a specific problem that you have worked on in a previous GCC course or a similar project-based class. By the end of the course, you will work with a team of students to create a design and implementation plan for a solution that could take many forms, depending on student interest and the nature of the problem (business or nonprofit plans, policy and advocacy plans, media and awareness campaigns and activism plans are all possible). Resources (funding, training and mentors) will be available for students who wish to pursue their project beyond the classroom into implementation. Learn more at gcc.umn.edu. Students should enter the class with a problem statement identifying the challenge they aim to address, a target location or community, and a proposed solution or intervention that they wish to develop. Student teams working on a project are welcomed to enroll in this class together. Student solutions should address a problem that is about a broadly defined Grand Challenge; examples of applicable areas include water, immigration and refugees, energy, housing, achievement gap, public health, food and sustainable agriculture. While it is important to have a project or theme idea to be placed into the appropriate COP, the first part of the class is an examination of student ideas and possible modification of ideas and possible student teams. By the end of class, students will create a plausible design and implementation plan for a solution that addresses their self-created Grand Challenge problem statement. This solution or intervention could take many forms, depending on student interest and problem statement. Business or non-profit plans, policy and advocacy plans, media and awareness, activism plans are all possible. Determining the correct path(s) is part of the learning objectives for the course. prereq: Prior completion of a GCC course
LA 1001 - Sustainability by Design (ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
How the Twin Cities region (as example of many metropolitan areas) can adapt to climate change, depleted energy resources, and other environmental impacts. How cities and places are designed, how places influence sustainable lifestyles. How to adapt the Twin Cities/other cities to a changing world.
LA 3003 - Climate Change Adaptation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01857 - LA 3003/LA 5003
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course will study nations, regions, cities, and communities that have adapted or are undergoing adaptation to climate change. The course will examine different approaches in planning, policy, economics, infrastructure, and building design that increase the adaptive capacity of human settlements. These approaches will vary in scale from the construction of new neighborhoods to the implementation of storm water gardens. The course will emphasize multi-functional strategies which couple climate change adaptation with other urban improvements. Learning Objectives: To understand role of climate adaptation in the reconfiguration of human settlements. To apply design thinking to the issue of climate adaptation in the context of an urban society.To apply knowledge to challenge-based coursework on managing climate risk, decreasing climate vulnerability, and building resilience to climate change.
LA 3004 - Regional Environmental Landscape Planning
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02271 - LA 3004/LA 5004
Typically offered: Every Spring
An exploration of critical regional landscape parameters affecting the growth and development of metropolitan areas. Students assess these parameters and prepare a multifunctional land use plan for a defined locale. prereq: prereq FR 3131 or Concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in FR 3131 or GEOG 3561 or Concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in GEOG 3561, or equivalent
LA 3501 - Environmental Design and Its Biological and Physical Context (ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Dynamic relationships between environmentally designed places and biological/physical contexts. Integration of created place and biological/physical contexts. Case studies, student design.
LA 3514 - Making the Mississippi (CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01687
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Environmental parameters affecting growth/development of metropolitan areas. Students assess these parameters and prepare a multi-functional land use plan for a defined locale.
LA 4755 - Infrastructure, Natural Systems, and Space of Inhabited Landscapes (TS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01745 - LA 4755/5755
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Seminar, cross-disciplinary. Urban infrastructural solutions to mitigate/reverse anthropogenic impacts on Earth. Design of sustainable urban infrastructure systems. Policy options, technologies. Criteria, design methods. prereq: Jr or sr
LA 5514 - Making the Mississippi
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01687
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Critical environmental parameters affecting growth/development of metropolitan areas. Students assess these parameters and prepare a multi-functional land use plan for a defined locale.
PA 5743 - Acara Impact Venture Launchpad - Moving Your Idea to Impact
Credits: 1.5 [max 1.5]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to design thinking, problem definition, communication, change management and leadership, non-profit and business models, and social entrepreneurship frameworks for purpose of developing idea to address environment or social problem. Presentation at end of class to panel of experts. Projects may be used in Acara Challenge competition. To register, students will submit project proposal.
URBS 3751 - Understanding the Urban Environment (ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Examine links between cities and the environment with emphasis on air, soil, water, pollution, parks and green space, undesirable land uses, environmental justice, and the basic question of how to sustain urban development in an increasingly fragile global surrounding.