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Environmental Inquiry Minor

Intercollege Program (ENV I)

This intercollege minor is designed for students across the disciplines who wish to prepare for addressing environmental issues or problems as professionals or citizens. The minor is available to all undergraduates regularly enrolled in a degree program at the University. The objectives are to allow students to gain the multiple perspectives necessary for understanding environmental issues as well as to increase skills in collaborating with those from very different disciplinary backgrounds to find acceptable solutions. Students will be challenged to move beyond the channels of thinking characteristic of their own discipline to new ways of knowing, new sensitivities, and new analytical approaches. The program will engage students actively in learning experiences outside their major course of study. This minor is intended not to replace existing minors but to be a true intercollege, interdisciplinary minor. A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

Advising for students in this minor and approval of curriculum exceptions will be available through the Environmental Inquiry Adviser designated within each participating college.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)


ADDITIONAL COURSES (15-16 credits)

Introductory course: The introductory course offers a broad overview of a topic that relates to an environmental theme. It is designed as a preface to learn about the many disciplines and approaches used to study the environment.
Select one course (3-4 credits) from the following list:

AGECO 121 GN(3), ANTH 045 GS;US;IL(3), BI SC 003 GN(3), BIOL 120A GN;US;IL(3), BIOL 120B GN;US(3), BIOL 120C GN;IL(3), BIOL 110 GN(4), CED 152(3), E R M 210 GN(3), EARTH 002 GN(3), EARTH 100 GN(3), EARTH 101 GN;US(3), EARTH 111 GN;US(3), EGEE/MATSE 101 GN(3), EGEE 102 GN(3), EM SC/S T S150 GN;IL(3), ENGL 180 GH(3), ENT 202 GN(3), ENVST 100 GS(3), FD SC/S T S 105 GHA(3), GEOG 030 GS;IL(3), GEOG 110 GN(3), GEOG 123 GS;IL(3), GEOSC 021 GN(3), GEOSC 040 GN(3), HIST/S T S 151 GS;US(3), HORT 101 GN(3), HORT 150 GN(3), INTAG 100 GS;IL(3), MATSE 081 GN;IL(3), PHIL 118 GH(3), PL SC/S T S 135 GS(3), R SOC/AGECO 134 GN(3), SOC 023 GS(3), SOILS 071 GN;IL(3), SOILS 101 GN(3), W F S 209 GN(3) (Sem: 1-4)

Cluster course selections: Select 9 credits from one of the following clusters. (Students may not use a course from their major in their chosen cluster). In all cases/clusters, students may substitute up to 3 credits of research topics, internship, or independent studies courses focused on a relevant environmental topic in consultation with an adviser. (Sem: 1-8)

A. Biodiversity and Ecosystems
This specialization prepares a student to learn about the importance of biodiversity in ecosystems. Over the last 100 years, humans have dramatically reduced the biodiversity on the earth primarily through loss of habitat. To reduce the pressure on the world's biological resources will take political will, scientific research and creativity in planning. A central focus is on developing effective understanding of land management practices that can enhance the prospects for biological diversity.

BIOL 127(3), BIOL 220W GN(4), BIOL 417(4), BIOL 435(3), BIOL 448(3), BIOL 482(3-4), BIOL 499A(3), C E 370(3), CHEM 020(3), CHEM 301(3), CHEM 402(3), ENT 202 GN(3), FOR 308(3), FOR 401(3), FORT 100S(1), GEOG 110 GN(3), GEOG 111 GN(3), GEOG 123 GS;IL(3), GEOG 310W(3), GEOSC 021 GN(3), HORT 101 GN(3), INTAG 100 GS;IL(3), LARCH 341(3), METEO 451(3), PPEM 120 GN(3), S T S 201 GN(3), S T S/BIOL 424(3), SOILS 101 GN(3), SOILS 412W(3), W F S 430(3)/FOR 430(3)

B. Environment and Society
This specialization provides insights into the debates and challenges about the distribution and utilization of the world's environmental resources. All people deserve to live in a safe environment regardless of their income, skin color, religion or gender. Yet, many of the poorest people in the world live in unsafe environmental contexts. Research in many different fields of social science, as well as ethical research, is required to understand how to promote and achieve environmental justice.

AG EC/CEDEV 430(3), ANTH 456(3), CED 152(3), CED 230(3), CED 309(3), CED 410(3), E R M 411(3), CED  201(3), CED 429(3), E RRE/AG EC 431W(3), EARTH 101 GN;US(3), EM SC 101 US;IL(3), ECON 428(3), GEOG 124 GS;IL(3), GEOG 438W(3), GEOSC 109H GN(3), GEOSC 310(4), GEOSC 402Y IL(3), HIST 453(3), INTAG 100 GS;IL(3), MNG 400 IL(3), NUTR/S T S 497G(3), PHIL 132 GH(3), R SOC 011 GS;US(3), R SOC/AGECO 134 GN(3), S T S 201 GN(3), S T S 420(3), SOC 423(3), SOC 450(3), SOILS 071 GN;IL(3)

C. Environmental Explorations
This specialization scrutinizes the range of debates, practices and possibilities guiding discussions of how to achieve equitable and sustain able development. Global and national discussions are beginning to probe how we can move toward a future where resources are more effectively utilized and the environment is maintained while achieving well being for the whole world. A cross-disciplinary approach is necessary to promote an understanding of these broad discussions.
Students must take 3 credits each of social science, natural science, and arts and humanities courses:

Social Science
Natural Science
Arts and Humanities
CED 201(3) BIOL 220W GN(4), AM ST 050 GH(3)
CED 429(3) BIOL 427(3) or GEOSC 427(3) COMM 408(3) or S T S 408 (3)
AG EC 431W(3) or CED 431W(3) BIOL 435(3), BIOL 436(3), BIOL 444(3), BIOL 446(3) COMM 411(3), COMM 459(3)
ANTH 040(3), ANTH 146 GS;US(3)
BIOL 450W(3-5), BIOL 461(3), BIOL 499A IL(3)
CED 410(3)
ANTH 152(3), ANTH 451(3), ANTH 456(3)
CHEM 020(3), CHEM 301(3), CHEM 402(3)
EM SC 150 GN;IL(3) or S T S 150 GN;IL(3)
CED 410(3)
EM SC 121 GN(3)
ENGL 088 GH(3), ENGL 233 GH;GN(3)
ECON 428(3)
EARTH 106 GN(3)
ENGL 402(3), ENGL 404(3),
FD SC 280H GH(3) or PHIL 280H GH(3) E R M 300(3)
ENGL 430(3)
GEOG 020 GS;US;IL(3), GEOG 333(3), GEOG 430(3) FOR 308(3) FD SC 280H GH(3) or PHIL 280H GH(3)
GEOSC 451(3)
GEOG 110 GN(3), GEOG 115 GN(3)
GEOG 434(3), GEOSC 310(4)
LARCH 065 GA;US;IL(3) GEOSC 010 GN(3), GEOSC 020 GN(3), GEOSC 303(3)
HIST 428(3) or S T S 428(3)
NUTR 497G(3) or S T S 497G(3) GEOSC 320(3), GEOSC 340(3)
HIST 453(3)
PL SC 412(3), PL SC 420(3)
METEO 004 GN(3)
R SOC 134 GN(3) or AGECO 134 GN(3) MNG 400 IL(3) PHIL 013 GH(3), PHIL 132 GH(3), PHIL 403(3)
S T S 430 IL(3) or NUTR 430 IL(3)
PPATH 120 GN(3)
R SOC 134 GN(3) or AGECO 134 GN(3)

SOC 422(3)

R SOC 134 GN(3) or AGECO 134 GN(3)
SOC 449(3)
TURF 425(3)
W F S 408(3), W F S 430(3) or FOR 430(3)
W F S 440(3)

D. Ideas About the Environment
This specialization engages the philosophical and political challenges underpinning concerns of modern environmentalism. People have always contemplated the meaning of the world around them and the ways in which their reality is shaped by the environment. The meaning and value of the "environment" therefore depends on a person's range of understandings, ideas, and representations about the physical world. To operate effectively, civil society must be based on open discussions including environmental concerns, and this requires basic levels of ecological literacy.

AG 160 GH(3), CED 450 IL(3), BIOL 419 (3), BIOL 438(3), BIOL 461(3), ECON 428(3), EM SC/S T S 150 GN;IL(3), ENGL 088 GH(3), ENGL 430(3), ENVE 460(3), FD SC/PHIL 280H GH(3), GEOG 123 GS;IL(3), GEOG 434(3), HIST 110 GH;IL(3), HIST/S T S 428 IL(3), HIST 453(3), LARCH 060 GA;US;IL(3), NUTR/S T S 497G(3), PHIL 403(3), S T S 100 GH(3), S T S 101 GH(3), SOC 449(3), SOC 450(3), SOILS 071 GN;IL(3)

E. Water Resources
This specialization emphasizes basic literacy required to understand the debates surrounding water as a resource and offers insights into what people can do to protect and maintain its integrity on a worldwide basis. Water and water resources are central to human life, and yet modern industrialization and human settlement patterns are creating untenable competition for water between humans, and other flora and fauna. Basic science is required to ascertain problems of supply. Social science understanding is required to understand challenges facing water supply and utilization and the search for wise utilization of the world's water resources.

A S M 217(3), A S M 327(3), B E 307(3), BIOL 220W GN(4), BIOL 435(3), C E 370(3), C E 371(3), C E 461(3), C E 475(4), E R M/W F S 450(3), EARTH 111 GN;US(3), EM SC 440(3), ENVE 411(3), ENVE 415(3), FOR 470(3), GEOG 431(3), GEOSC 040(3), GEOSC 440(3), GEOSC 445(4), GEOSC 452(3), METEO 451(3), W F S 422(3), W F S 424(2), W F S/E R M 435(3)

F. Human Settlements
This specialization examines human settlement patterns and their interaction with the environment. Particular emphasis is placed on patterns of development, human movement and migration patterns, as well as environmental impacts. As population increases worldwide, land is increasingly taxed beyond proper capacity. Zoning regulations, suburban sprawl, and uneven settlement that replaces fertile agricultural land have all become major issues within the policy spectrum that must be dealt with to ensure a positive future for the entire world population.

CED 431W(3), AM ST 050 GH(3), ANTH 045 GS;US;IL(3), ANTH 285 GS;IL(3), ANTH 451(3), ARCH 316 GA(3), BIOL 120A GN;US;IL(3), BIOL 120B GN;US(3), BIOL 120C GN;IL(3), COMM/S T S 408(3), COMM 411(3), CED 230(3), CED 309(3), CED 409(3), EARTH 101 GN;US(3), EARTH 106 GN(3), ENGL 088(3), ENGL 402 GH(3), FD SC/PHIL 280H GH(3), GEOG 020 GS;US;IL(3), GEOG 333(3), GEOG 436(3), GEOSC 109H GN(3), LARCH 060 GA;US;IL(3), LARCH 065 GA;US;IL(3), METEO 004 GN(3), MNG 400 IL(3), NUTR/S T S 497G(3), SOC 449(3), SOILS 071 GN;IL(3), W F S/E R M 450(3), TURF 425(3)

G. Energy Resources
This specializatio0n offers a glimpse into the emerging technology that exists in the energy sector. As the worldwide supply of fossil fuels diminishes, and the demand for those fuels increases, new energy technology must be developed to power our planet. In recent years, energy sustainability and the use of infinite resources have been considered serious options for the first time. Thus, this cluster option employs an interdisciplinary strategy with the goal of educating individuals on a broad-range of emerging technologies in relation to energy resources.

CED 450 IL(3), AG EC/E RRE 201(3), CED 429(3), CED 431W(3), EGEE/MATSE 101 GN(3), EGEE 102 GN(3), EGEE 401(3), EGEE 464W(3), EM SC 101 US;IL(3), EM SC/S T S 150 GN;IL(3), GEOSC 451(3), MATSE 081 GN;IL(3)

Final course:
This is the capstone course of the minor which allows students to explore more deeply and recap their study within the minor's curriculum. (Sem: 5-8)
Select one course (3 credits) from the following list:
BIOL 419(3), BIOL 461(3), CED 410(3), E R M 430(3), GEOG 412W(3), GEOG 430(3), GEOG 436(3), GEOSC 451(3), MNG 400 IL(3), NUTR/S T S 497G(3), SOC 422(3), S T S 420(3), SOILS 422(3), W F S/FOR 430(3)

Select one 400-level course (3 credits) from a cluster option other than the one you have chosen. Field experience courses are encouraged. (Sem: 1-8)


Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2009

Blue Sheet Item #: 37-01-043

Review Date: 8/26/08

UCA Revision #1: 8/4/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/27/07