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Environmental Studies B.A.

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  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 54 to 57
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
This is an interdisciplinary major under the authority of the vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean. The program is administered by the environmental studies program coordinator. Objectives: The environmental studies major is designed to serve those interested in a broad knowledge of the natural environment and the role of humans in it. Students acquire a foundation of knowledge in economics, policy, science, humanities, and statistics. Carefully chosen electives, a required practical internship or research experience, and a capstone seminar provide depth of experience and help students prepare for graduate and professional programs, as well as for careers in education, government service, and the private sector. Program Student Learning Outcomes: 1 - Environmental competency Awareness and understanding of one’s own impacts as well as broader human-environment interactions; ability to think critically about individual and collective choices and future consequences thereof. 2 - Environmental issues as multifaceted and multidisciplinary Understanding the underpinnings of modern environmental movements and problems, including but not limited to basic ecology, ethical principles, meaning(s) of nature, and ways of valuing (e.g. economic, intrinsic) our environment; ability to articulate diverse perspectives on major environmental challenges. 3 - Knowledge of major environmental challenges Ability to articulate and effectively address major intertwined challenges including climate change, loss of biodiversity, water pollution and scarcity, human security and environmental justice, and legacy pollution such as hazardous or nuclear waste sites. 4 - Research methods and creative expression Familiarity with several qualitative and quantitative methods germane to environmental studies; successful application of at least one such method in the context of a major assignment or project. 5 - Cultivating an understanding of place in global context Understanding of interactions among biophysical, economic, and social aspects of particular places or regions and connections to larger global forces or issues; for example, the relationships of various agricultural production systems to the biophysical, social and economic landscapes in western Minnesota and how these systems relate to state, national and global contexts of food policy, food production and distribution patterns, climate change, and other issues.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the general education requirements.
Program Requirements
Students are required to complete 2 semester(s) of any second language. with a grade of C-, or better, or S, or demonstrate proficiency in the language(s) as defined by the department or college.
Requirements for the major include successful completion of two elements: Element 1: The Environmental Studies Core Element 2: The Environmental Studies Elective Block Selection of electives must be intentional and done in close consultation with an environmental studies advisor. Students must submit an elective plan (preferably by the end of sophomore year), to be approved by the environmental studies program coordinator. Elective plans must be designed to ensure that there is sufficient depth of coverage in the chosen ENST electives. For many students, a second major (or minor) in a closely related discipline is desirable. Electives often can be selected in such a way that they also count toward the second major. Elective courses, other than those listed below, may be appropriate to add depth and provide more theoretical context for the environmentally focused coursework. Approval of alternative electives requires written consent of the course instructor and the program coordinator. No grades below C- are allowed. Courses may not be taken S-N, unless offered S-N only. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in the major to graduate. The GPA includes all, and only, University of Minnesota coursework. Grades of "F" are included in GPA calculation until they are replaced.
Element 1: The Environmental Studies Core
Students must successfully complete each of the following requirements in order to satisfy this element of the major. NOTE: If students choose to take the biology sequence instead of EnSt 2101, they must complete BOTH Biol 1111 and Biol 2101.
ECON 1111 - Principles of Microeconomics [SS] (4.0 cr)
ENGL 2106 - Topics in Writing: The Environmental Imagination: Reading and Writing about the Natural World [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
or PHIL 2114 - Environmental Ethics [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
ENST 1101 - Environmental Problems and Policy [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
ENST 2101 - Environmental Biology [SCI-L] (4.0 cr)
or BIOL 1111 - Fundamentals of Genetics, Evolution, and Development [SCI] (3.0 cr)
BIOL 2101 - Evolution of Biodiversity [SCI-L] (4.0 cr)
ENST 3988 - Environmental Studies Pre-Internship Seminar (1.0 cr)
ENST 3989 - Environmental Studies Post-Internship Seminar (1.0 cr)
ENST 4901 - Senior Capstone Experience (4.0 cr)
GEOL 1101 - Physical Geology [SCI-L] (4.0 cr)
STAT 1601 - Introduction to Statistics [M/SR] (4.0 cr)
or STAT 2601 - Statistical Methods [M/SR] (4.0 cr)
Element 2: Environmental Studies Elective Block
Students must successfully complete at least 24 credits from the electives listed below, subject to the following restrictions: 1. Courses used to satisfy this element may not be used to complete the Core element. 2. At least 16 credits must come from the Upper Division Electives Block. 3. At least 4 credits of the Upper Division Electives must come from Category A. 4. At least 4 credits of the Upper Division Electives must come from Category B.
Lower Division Electives
Take at most 8 credit(s) from the following:
· ANTH 1103 - People of the Past: Introduction to Archaeology [SS] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 1201 - Becoming Human: Introduction to Biological Anthropology [SCI-L] (5.0 cr)
· ANTH 2039 - Agro-Archeaology [SS] (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 1001 - Chemistry for the Curious Citizen: The Role of Chemistry in the Environment and Everyday Life [SCI-L] (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 1101 - General Chemistry I [SCI-L] (5.0 cr)
· CHEM 1102 - General Chemistry II [SCI-L] (5.0 cr)
· CMR 2102 - Communication and the Environment: Analysis and Criticism [HUM] (2.0 cr)
· ENGL 2106 - Topics in Writing: The Environmental Imagination: Reading and Writing about the Natural World [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2173 - The Nature Essay: Writing and Reading Creative Non-fiction about the Natural World [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· ENST 2201 - Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture (2.0 cr)
· GEOL 2001 - Natural and Unnatural Geologic Hazards [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 1812 - FIRE!: An introductory Seminar to American Environmental History [IC] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 2451 - The American West [HIST] (4.0 cr)
· IS 2039 - Understanding Cuba (Study-Abroad Course) {Proposal} (2.0 cr)
· PHIL 2114 - Environmental Ethics [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· PHYS 3004 - Atmospheric Physics [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· POL 1201 - American Government and Politics [E/CR] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 2201 - Sociology of Food [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENST 1201 - Mapping the Environment [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
or GEOL 2161 - GIS and Remote Sensing [SCI] (4.0 cr)
Upper Division Elective Courses
Take 16 or more credit(s) from the following:
Category A: Science and Mathematics Electives
Take 4 or more credit(s) from the following:
· BIOL 3131 - Ecology [SCI-L] (4.0 cr)
· BIOL 4071 - Flora of Minnesota (4.0 cr)
· BIOL 4131 - Vertebrate Natural History (4.0 cr)
· BIOL 4151 - Entomology (4.0 cr)
· BIOL 4172 - Plant Systematics (4.0 cr)
· BIOL 4191 - Freshwater Biology (4.0 cr)
· BIOL 4332 - Ecology of Agriculture and Forestry [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· BIOL 4333 - Biogeochemistry and Global Change (4.0 cr)
· BIOL 4334 - Forest Ecology (4.0 cr)
· BIOL 4351 - Conservation Biology (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 3101 - Analytical Chemistry [SCI-L] (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 3301 - The Chemistry of Sustainable Energy [SCI] (4.0 cr)
· ESCI 3301 - The Chemistry of Sustainable Energy [SCI] (4.0 cr)
· GEOL 3011 - Earth Resources [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· GEOL 3501 - Hydrology [SCI] (4.0 cr)
· Category B: Social Science Electives
Take 4 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ANTH 3251 - Health and Human Ecology [ENVT] (2.0 cr)
· ANTH 3704 - Anthropological Genetics (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 3761 - Human Fossil Record [SCI] (2.0 cr)
· ECON 3007 - Environmental and Natural Resource Economics I [ENVT] (2.0 cr)
· ECON 3008 - Environmental and Natural Resource Economics II [ENVT] (2.0 cr)
· ENST 3001 - Water Resources Policy [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· ENST 3101 - Industrial Ecology (4.0 cr)
· GEOG 3501 - Geographic Information Systems [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3361 - An Environmental and Geographic History of the United States [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3272 - Making Environmental Public Policy [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3355 - Environmental Political Theory [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3514 - Pyramids and Politics on the Nile [IP] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3131 - World Population [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· Category C: Humanities Electives
Take 0 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ENGL 3062 - Carbon Energy Literatures: The Politics of Energy, Climate, and Crisis in the 20th and 21st Century [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· ENST 3112 - Climate Change and Moral Responsibility [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· ENST 3201 - Environmental Justice [E/CR] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 3507 - Modern Studies: French for Sustainability [ENVT] (2.0 cr)
· IS 3053 - Irish Texts and Contexts [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
 
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ECON 1111 - Principles of Microeconomics (SS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Study of scarce resource allocation in a market economy. Supply and demand, consumer theory, theory of the firm, market structure, pricing of factors of production, income distribution and the role of government. prereq: high school algebra or instr consent
ENGL 2106 - Topics in Writing: The Environmental Imagination: Reading and Writing about the Natural World (ENVT)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Writing about the environment. Students learn to use the rich possibilities of language to express their responses to nature and convey to others the importance of close contact with the natural world. Readings in poetry and prose, discussion of technique, and experimentation with a variety of styles and literary forms. prereq: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv
PHIL 2114 - Environmental Ethics (ENVT)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Survey of fundamental theoretical debates in environmental ethics. General moral approaches are canvassed, as are the major positions in environmental ethics: anthropocentrism, sentientism, biocentric individualism, holism. Specific topics include: speciesism, the environmentalism-animal liberation debate, and the predation problem.
ENST 1101 - Environmental Problems and Policy (ENVT)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
An introduction to the ways in which state, national, and international political systems deal with environmental issues and goals. The development of environmental governance, the regulatory and economic tools of environmental policy, and the impact of institutions, culture, social movements, and historical development.
ENST 2101 - Environmental Biology (SCI-L)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to concepts in biodiversity, evolution, and ecology. Includes basic chemistry and concepts from cell biology, molecular biology, and genetics. A one-course gateway into upper division Biology courses normally requiring the Biol 1111-2101 sequence. (two 65-min lectures, one 180-min lab)[Note: credit will not be granted if credit has been received for Biol 2101]
BIOL 1111 - Fundamentals of Genetics, Evolution, and Development (SCI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to scientific methods and the history of biology, with an emphasis on mechanisms of inheritance, development, and descent with modification. Overview of pre-Darwinian scientific thought; the theory of evolution; a qualitative introduction to genetics and molecular biology; and a summary of developmental biology. (two 75-min lect) prereq: biol major/minor or chem major or any health sciences preprofessional program or ElEd or SeEd major with middle school science specialties or instr consent
BIOL 2101 - Evolution of Biodiversity (SCI-L)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Analysis of evolutionary trends using historical and contemporary evidence. Principles of classification and phylogenetic reconstruction. Includes laboratory survey of the major groups of organisms. (two 65-min lect, one 180-min lab) prereq: C- or better in 1101 or 1111 or instr consent
ENST 3988 - Environmental Studies Pre-Internship Seminar
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Prerequisites: 1101
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Preparation for the environmental studies internship, including attending and writing reflections on presentations by post-internship students, and developing ideas and opportunities for the ENST internship. Students should enroll in this course in fall of sophomore or junior year prior to completing the ENST internship. prereq: 1101
ENST 3989 - Environmental Studies Post-Internship Seminar
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Prerequisites: 3988 or #
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Culmination of the environmental studies internship. Includes preparing a final paper and delivering a public presentation on the internship experience. Assessment is based on the quality of the final products and on class participation. prereq: 3988 or instr consent
ENST 4901 - Senior Capstone Experience
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 3989 or 3996, sr status or #
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Students engage in an individual and/or group problem solving project on a multidisciplinary topic germane to Environmental Studies and present results in a public forum. prereq: 3989 or 3996, sr status or instr consent
GEOL 1101 - Physical Geology (SCI-L)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to the materials that make up the Earth and the structures, surface features, and geologic processes involved in its origin and development. Lab work includes study of the major constituents of the Earth's crust, including the important rocks and minerals; study of surface and geologic features using aerial photographs, topographic maps, and satellite imagery. (3 hrs lect, 3 hrs lab)
STAT 1601 - Introduction to Statistics (M/SR)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Scope, nature, tools, language, and interpretation of elementary statistics. Descriptive statistics; graphical and numerical representation of information; measures of location, dispersion, position, and dependence; exploratory data analysis. Elementary probability theory, discrete and continuous probability models. Inferential statistics, point and interval estimation, tests of statistical hypotheses. Inferences involving one and two populations, ANOVA, regression analysis, and chi-squared tests; use of statistical computer packages. prereq: high school higher algebra
STAT 2601 - Statistical Methods (M/SR)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Descriptive statistics, elementary probability theory; laws of probability, random variables, discrete and continuous probability models, functions of random variables, mathematical expectation. Statistical inference; point estimation, interval estimation, tests of hypotheses. Other statistical methods; linear regression and correlation, ANOVA, nonparametric statistics, statistical quality control, use of statistical computer packages. prereq: Math 1101 or Math 1021
ANTH 1103 - People of the Past: Introduction to Archaeology (SS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Survey of prehistoric and early historic cultures from around the world. Covers the development of hunting and gathering societies, origins of agriculture, and growth of urbanization and state-level societies.
ANTH 1201 - Becoming Human: Introduction to Biological Anthropology (SCI-L)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
What is human nature, and how did we get this way? The class covers evolutionary theory, modern human biodiversity, our primate relatives, and human evolution. Includes a 90-minute lab session.
ANTH 2039 - Agro-Archeaology (SS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
An introduction to the history and pre-history of agriculture, drawing from the resources of the Tyrolean Alps. An examination of the impact of changes in agriculture on the social and religious realms.
CHEM 1001 - Chemistry for the Curious Citizen: The Role of Chemistry in the Environment and Everyday Life (SCI-L)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01985 - Chem 1001/Chem 1801
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
The central nature and relevance of chemistry to the environment and everyday life. Air quality, the ozone layer, global warming, energy resources, acid rain, and nutrition. Discussion and debate of current events related to these topics. Select readings on significant historical chemical discoveries in these areas that still resonate today. Basic chemistry lab principles and techniques. This course is intended for non-science majors. [Note: may not count toward chem major or minor]
CHEM 1101 - General Chemistry I (SCI-L)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Scientific method, measurements, nomenclature, stoichiometry, atomic and molecular structure, thermochemistry, chemical periodicity, introduction to chemical bonding, and properties of common elements and ions. Development of scientific reasoning and problem-solving skills. Laboratory exercises concomitant with these topics. (three 65-min lect, 180 min lab) prereq: Math 0901 or placement beyond Math 0901 using ACT/placement exam score
CHEM 1102 - General Chemistry II (SCI-L)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Continuation of Chem 1101. Chemical bonding, states of matter, solutions, acid-base chemistry, chemical equilibrium, oxidation-reduction reactions, kinetics, thermodynamics, quantum theory, nuclear chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. Lab exercises concomitant with these topics. (three 65-min lect, 180 min lab) prereq: 1101
CMR 2102 - Communication and the Environment: Analysis and Criticism (HUM)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Analyzes and critiques the communication of mediated information about the environment. Students examine what makes (and what has made) the environmental stories we tell about ourselves. Special emphasis on communicating about food and agriculture. Examine news stories about how and what we eat, advertising that helps us decide what food to buy, and labeling that informs us of what we are consuming. prereq: Engl 1601, soph or higher status or instr consent
ENGL 2106 - Topics in Writing: The Environmental Imagination: Reading and Writing about the Natural World (ENVT)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Writing about the environment. Students learn to use the rich possibilities of language to express their responses to nature and convey to others the importance of close contact with the natural world. Readings in poetry and prose, discussion of technique, and experimentation with a variety of styles and literary forms. prereq: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv
ENGL 2173 - The Nature Essay: Writing and Reading Creative Non-fiction about the Natural World (ENVT)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1601
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Students write creative non-fiction centered on the natural world and read the work of noted essayists in the field such as Henry David Thoreau, Gretel Ehrlich, Scott Russell Sanders, Kathleen Dean Moore, and Terry Tempest Williams. prereq: 1601
ENST 2201 - Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Hands-on practical experience on a sustainable farming operation. Topics may include fencing, composting, nutrient management, nutrition management, breeding, companion planting, plant propagation, pruning, pest management, viticulture, and others.
GEOL 2001 - Natural and Unnatural Geologic Hazards (ENVT)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Examination of the more significant interactions between humans and geologic environments and processes. Earthquake and volcanic hazards, river flooding, mass movements and slope stability, coastal hazards, and water resources and pollution. Lectures and problems sets emphasize the quantitative approaches used to determine the likelihood and frequency of natural hazards, assess associated risks, and mitigate damage. prereq: 1001 or 1101
HIST 1812 - FIRE!: An introductory Seminar to American Environmental History (IC)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
One of the primary ways in which people have manipulated their environments has been through the burning of fossil fuels. Indigenous people, for instance, used fire to clear land, to improve soil quality, and to drive game. Coal powered the Industrial Revolution and oil provided the energy necessary for the Automobile Age. The impact of using energy in this way is today obvious. This course is organized around the topic of fire and uses this theme to examine core issues in American Environmental History. Topics might include: American Indian peoples and fire, burning and early agriculture, coal and industrialization, the Age of the Automobile, incineration and the problem of waste, and forest arson as a mode of political protest. prereq: new college student in their first semester of enrollment at UMM
HIST 2451 - The American West (HIST)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01839 - Hist 3451/Hist 2451
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Overview of the history of the American West up to the 21st century. While many scholars have argued that the "West" was merely a necessary process of national expansion, others argue that it is a very significant region--the most culturally and ecologically diverse region in the country. Discussion of these major historical interpretations of the American West and examination of how people have understood this vast region as a cultural icon of national identity. Work through various definitions of the West and identify how political issues of the environment, international borderlands, and gender and race relations have significantly influenced the United States for many generations. Through lectures, readings, and discussion, examine Western history chronologically while also covering other major themes including federalism, the mythic West, tourism, ranching and agriculture, urban and suburban areas, film, and religion.
PHIL 2114 - Environmental Ethics (ENVT)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Survey of fundamental theoretical debates in environmental ethics. General moral approaches are canvassed, as are the major positions in environmental ethics: anthropocentrism, sentientism, biocentric individualism, holism. Specific topics include: speciesism, the environmentalism-animal liberation debate, and the predation problem.
PHYS 3004 - Atmospheric Physics (ENVT)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Introduction to atmospheric physics with an emphasis on thermodynamics. Atmospheric thermodynamics including gas laws, phase transitions, laws of thermodynamics, two-component systems, atmospheric stability; radiative transfer including atmospheric optics and remote sensing; some aspects of atmospheric chemistry such as aerosols, chemical cycles, traces gases; cloud microphysics including nucleation and growth; and atmospheric dynamics including equations of motion for fluid flow; applications to weather systems. (4 hrs lect) [Note: no credit for students who have received cr for Phys 2301] prereq: 1092 or 1102, Math 1102
POL 1201 - American Government and Politics (E/CR)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Analysis of principles, organization, procedures, and powers of government in the United States. The federal system, national constitution, civil and political rights, party system; nature, structure, powers, and procedures of legislative, executive, and judicial departments of the national government.
SOC 2201 - Sociology of Food (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Introduces students to the sociological study of food and society. Examines the complexities of food, health, and power relations as well as the intersections of food with race, class, gender, and sexuality. Explores patterns of consumption and embodiment. Applies a sociological lens to food in relation to globalization, systems of inequality, and social change. prereq: 1101 or instr consent
ENST 1201 - Mapping the Environment (ENVT)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Summer
An intense immersion into the world of geographic information systems (GIS), with an emphasis on providing a foundation upon which future coursework and projects can be built. The first half of the course focuses on basic skills and functions; the second half is devoted to an environment-related mapping project. [Note: no elective cr for EnSt majors if credit has been received for Geol 2161]
GEOL 2161 - GIS and Remote Sensing (SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to design, development, and application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS); overview of acquisition and utility of satellite data and imagery; emphasis on applications in Earth and environmental sciences; lab component focuses on practical aspects of GIS development and use and involves original semester projects designed and implemented by individual students. prereq: 1101 or Biol 1101 or Biol 1111 or instr consent
BIOL 3131 - Ecology (SCI-L)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Basic principles and models of population biology, community structure and function, and ecosystem dynamics. Lab exercises emphasize field work, techniques for characterizing local plant and animal communities, and experimental investigation of topics such as competition and behavioral ecology. (two 65-min lect, one 180-min lab and field study; weekend field trip required) prereq: C- or better in Biol 2101 or EnSt 2101, Stat 1601 or Stat 2601, or instr consent
BIOL 4071 - Flora of Minnesota
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01800 - Biol 1071/Biol 4071
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Identification, ecology, and conservation of vascular plants found in Minnesota. Labs and field trips emphasize plant identification and anatomy. prereq: Biol 2101
BIOL 4131 - Vertebrate Natural History
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Survey of vertebrates, including their evolution, systematics, and ecological relationships. (two 65-min lect, one 180-min lab or field study) prereq: Biol 2101 or EnSt 2101 or instr consent
BIOL 4151 - Entomology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Structure, life histories, habits, and classification of common families of insects, including their economic significance. (two 65-min lect, 180-min lab) prereq: Biol 2101 or EnSt 2101 or instr consent
BIOL 4172 - Plant Systematics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Survey of vascular plant taxa, with an emphasis on the flowering plant families and their evolutionary relationships. Lab emphasizes use of keys for identification of Midwestern plant families and genera. (two 65-min lect, 180-min lab) prereq: 2101 or EnSt 2101 or instr consent
BIOL 4191 - Freshwater Biology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Structure, function, and biota of freshwater ecosystems, including lakes, streams, and wetlands. Lab emphasizes independent research and field study in local habitats. (two 65-min lect, one 180-min lab; all day field trip required) prereq: Biol 2101 or EnSt 2101, 2111 and prereq or coreq Stat 1601 or 2601 or instr consent
BIOL 4332 - Ecology of Agriculture and Forestry (ENVT)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 3131 or #
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Global and regional aspects of agriculture, forestry, and biofuel production in the context of community and ecosystem ecology. Nutrient cycling, carbon management, biodiversity, and the ecological challenges of feeding and providing energy to 9-12 billion people in the face of global climate change. Emphasis on analysis of primary literature. Short local field trips required. prereq: 3131 or instr consent
BIOL 4333 - Biogeochemistry and Global Change
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 3131 or #
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Cycling of elements vital to life, particularly, nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and carbon (C). Focus on understanding the feedback between physical and ecological processes and the biologically driven coupling of nutrient cycles. Analysis of humans as drivers of change in the biogeochemistry of ecosystems. Heavy emphasis on current primary literature. prereq: 3131 or instr consent
BIOL 4334 - Forest Ecology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
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Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Study of forests and forest dynamics at the individual to landscape scale, with an emphasis on analysis of primary literature. Topics include response of forests and forest trees to environmental change, the impact of invasive species, individual and population growth models, community assembly, stand- and landscape-level management, paleoecology, and theoretical consideration of the forces that cause and maintain forest species diversity. prereq: 3131 or instr consent
BIOL 4351 - Conservation Biology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Conservation theory and practice, including threats to biodiversity and approaches to overcoming them. Topics include: habitat loss and fragmentation, overexploitation, climate change and invasive species, population viability analysis using demographic and genetic models, reserve design and management and ex situ measures. Emphasis on primary literature. (two 65-min lect, one 180-min lab). prereq: Biol 2101 or EnSt 2101, Biol 3131 or instr consent
CHEM 3101 - Analytical Chemistry (SCI-L)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
The application of chemical equilibria to chemical analysis with emphasis on the fundamental quantitative aspects of analytical chemistry. Acid-base, oxidation-reduction, and complexometric titrations, introduction to electrochemical and spectrophotometric analyses and separations. (3 hrs lect, 3 hrs lab) prereq: 1102
CHEM 3301 - The Chemistry of Sustainable Energy (SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01758 - Chem 3301/ESci 3301
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Same as ESci 3301. The fundamental chemical concepts underlying energy sources. Topics include: energy basics, fossil fuels, "sustainable" energy sources, biomass, solar voltaics, hydrogen fuel cells, and nuclear energy. prereq: 2302 or 2304 or instr consent
ESCI 3301 - The Chemistry of Sustainable Energy (SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01758 - Chem 3301/ESci 3301
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Same as Chem 3301. The fundamental chemical concepts underlying energy sources. Topics include: energy basics, fossil fuels, "sustainable" energy sources, biomass, solar voltaics, hydrogen fuel cells, and nuclear energy. prereq: Chem 2302 or instr consent
GEOL 3011 - Earth Resources (ENVT)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Geology of mineral (base metals, precious metals, and non-metals), energy (fossil fuels, uranium, and alternatives), and other (water and soil) resources; overview of techniques for resource identification, delineation, and extraction; discussion of issues (e.g., environmental, political, and social) surrounding resource identification, extraction, and use; global resource distribution, historical trends, and future outlook. prereq: any 1xxx or 2xxx Geol course or instr consent
GEOL 3501 - Hydrology (SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
An examination of the hydrological cycle; evapotranspiration and precipitation; processes of infiltration; rainfall-runoff relationships and the generation of overland flow; response of the drainage basin to storm events; flood-frequency analysis; elements of groundwater flow and evaluation of aquifer characteristics; water quality, contamination, and contaminant transport. (three 65-min lect) prereq: Math 1021 or Math 1101 or instr consent
ANTH 3251 - Health and Human Ecology (ENVT)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02378 - Anth 3251/Anth 3206
Per Jennifer Rothchild, this course will count as a partial-content elective in the GWSS major and minor.
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Exploration of human ecology with an emphasis on human health and demographics, the relationship between socio-environmental factors and human health/demographics, and the evolution of human adaptations. prereq: any Anth 1xxx course
ANTH 3704 - Anthropological Genetics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Genetic variation in Homo sapiens, links between genes and behavior, and environmental effects on gene expression. Inheritance, "race," and population genetics. Genetics as a data source in paleoanthropology, including DNA recovered from fossil hominins. Human genetic change since the development of agriculture. Basic bioinformatic methods. prereq: 1201 or Biol 1111
ANTH 3761 - Human Fossil Record (SCI)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
In-depth exploration of the human evolution through the fossil record, from the last common ancestor with chimpanzees (around 6 million years ago) up to the extinction of the last pre-modern human (sub)species. prereq: 1201
ECON 3007 - Environmental and Natural Resource Economics I (ENVT)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
An overview of "brown" pollution and "green" sustainability issues in environmental and natural resource economics. Emphasis on the role of market failures in causing environmental problems and on the design of market mechanisms and incentive regulations to solve those problems. Analysis of current federal policy in the areas of water and air pollution. prereq: 1111 or instr consent
ECON 3008 - Environmental and Natural Resource Economics II (ENVT)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
The economic analysis of sustainability, focusing on market designs to discourage over-exploitation of both renewable and exhaustible natural resources. Topics include markets for water, fisheries, and energy. prereq: 3007 or instr consent
ENST 3001 - Water Resources Policy (ENVT)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1101 or Pol 1201 or Pol 1401 or #
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
An examination of fundamental contemporary water resource challenges. Units on water quality (e.g., drinking water) and quantity (e.g., irrigated agriculture) encourage critical evaluation of local, national, and international water resources policy in the contexts of environmental quality, human health, and technology. (two 100 min discussions) prereq: 1101 or Pol 1201 or Pol 1401 or instr consent
ENST 3101 - Industrial Ecology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1101, 2101, Econ 1111, Geol 1101, Stat 1601, or #
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Systems thinking in the context of industrial/environmental issues. Methods or frameworks including life cycle analysis and design for disassembly, guide an examination of product design, material choice, and flows of energy and resources into, through, and from industrial cycles. [Note: no credit for students who have received cr for EnSt 4101] prereq: 1101, 2101, Econ 1111, Geol 1101, Stat 1601, or instr consent
GEOG 3501 - Geographic Information Systems (ENVT)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
The theory and practice of Geographic Information Systems. Topics include data models, spatial statistics, and cartographic modeling. Special emphasis on social and environmental applications. (two 65-minute lect, one 120-minute lab session per week) prereq: any 1xxx course in social or natural sciences
HIST 3361 - An Environmental and Geographic History of the United States (ENVT)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
A broad examination of how humans interacted with their natural world throughout American history. Combined emphasis on cultural ecology (the study of how various cultural groups shaped the American landscape) with political ecology (the role of the nation's political economy in driving environmental change). Possible topics include: the Columbian Exchange, European and American Indian conflict, Thoreau and the creation of an environmental ethic, the slaughter of the bison as an ecological tragedy, urbanization and environmental racism, conservation as a political movement and the development of environmental policy, eco-feminism, American religion and the environment, the politics of global climate change. [Note: no credit for students who have received cr for Hist 2361]
POL 3272 - Making Environmental Public Policy (ENVT)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Exploration of the domestic and international politics of environmental and energy policy making. Focus on theoretical frameworks for policy making and political behaviors surrounding development of environmental and energy policies. Includes the applications of political dynamics and principles to specific areas of environmental and energy policy. Emphasis also given to politics of policy implementation. prereq: 1101 or 1201 or 1401
POL 3355 - Environmental Political Theory (ENVT)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
An examination of political understandings of the relationship between humans and the natural environment. Topics include Western and non-Western perspectives on the natural environment, technological optimism and survivalism, the tragedy of the commons, environmental direct action movements, the environmental justice movement, and theories of green democracy and citizenship. Readings cover a variety of political perspectives and ideologies including neoconservatism, libertarianism, ecoanarchism, ecosocialism, ecofeminism, social ecology, deep ecology, and postmodernism.
POL 3514 - Pyramids and Politics on the Nile (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Four-week study-abroad course on Egyptian political history with an emphasis on the environmental challenges of the Nile River Valley. Guided excursions, guest speakers, and individual exploration at significant political, historical, and cultural sites in the Cairo area and along the Nile Valley from Aswan to Alexandria. prereq: instr consent
SOC 3131 - World Population (ENVT)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Population theory and demographic method. Dynamics of fertility and mortality as the basis of population forecasting and its policy implications. Emphasis on the tie between Third World demographic trends and population issues in the rest of the world. prereq: 1101 or instr consent
ENGL 3062 - Carbon Energy Literatures: The Politics of Energy, Climate, and Crisis in the 20th and 21st Century (ENVT)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
The rapid rise of the fossil fuel industry has been a defining historical condition of the last century. As a consequence, we now face global climate change. In this context, study the relationship between energy production and consumption, labor and capital, and human environmental impact as they are represented in literature. Prereq: 2501; two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212 or instr consent
ENST 3112 - Climate Change and Moral Responsibility (ENVT)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 4 cr of EnSt or #
Typically offered: Every Spring
Considers the moral responsibilities that citizens have regarding climate change. Includes: 1) tours and discussion of local green infrastructure; 2) panel discussions by professionals and practitioners from the community who will share their expertise; and 3) discussion of the most recent work on climate ethics. prereq: 4 cr of EnSt or instr consent
ENST 3201 - Environmental Justice (E/CR)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 4 cr of EnSt or #
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Environmental justice has shifted the way that scholars, activists, and policy makers understand and address environmental problems. Core environmental concerns such as pollution and climate change are now also understood to be social justice problems. Considers development of the environmental justice movement and key contemporary environmental justice problems. prereq: 4 cr of EnSt or instr consent
FREN 3507 - Modern Studies: French for Sustainability (ENVT)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
France's engagement with sustainable development with regard to biodiversity, food systems, renewable energy, and air and water quality, especially as these intersect with social and economic disparities. The course draws upon UMM's unique institutional strengths and prepares students with the tools and skills they need in order to work in the sustainability sector in a global, bilingual setting. prereq: (or coreq) 3003, 3011 or instr consent
IS 3053 - Irish Texts and Contexts (ENVT)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
This study abroad course explores the intimate relationship between Irish literature and the spaces in which it developed, from the geographical features that gave prehistoric Irish myths their shape to the large estates that produced poets like William Butler Yeats. The course involves three weeks of travel to many different locations throughout Ireland.