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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 45 GS;US;IL(3), BISC 3 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), ERM 210 GN(3), EARTH 2 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), EMSC/STS 150 GN;IL(3), ENGL 180 GH(3), ENT 202 GN(3), ENVST 100 GS(3), FDSC/STS 105 GHA(3), GEOG 30 GS;IL(3), GEOG 110 GN(3), GEOG 123 GS;IL(3), GEOSC 21 GN(3), GEOSC 40 GN(3), HIST/STS 151 GS;US(3), HORT 101 GN(3), HORT 150 GN(3), INTAG 100 GS;IL(3), MATSE 81 GN;IL(3), PHIL 118 GH(3), PLSC/STS 135 GS(3), RSOC/AGECO 134 GN(3), SOC 23 GS(3), SOILS 71 GN;IL(3), SOILS 101 GN(3), WFS 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), CE 370(3), CHEM 20(3), CHEM 301(3), CHEM 402(3), ENT 202 GN(3), FOR 308(3), FOR 401(3), FORT 100(1), GEOG 110 GN(3), GEOG 111 GN(3), GEOG 123 GS;IL(3), GEOG 310W(3), GEOSC 21 GN(3), HORT 101 GN(3), INTAG 100 GS;IL(3), LARCH 341(3), METEO 451(3), PPEM 120 GN(3), STS 201 GN(3), STS/BIOL 424(3), SOILS 101 GN(3), SOILS 412(3), WFS 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.

AGEC/CEDEV 430(3), ANTH 456(3), CED 152(3), CED 230(3), CED 309(3), CED 410(3), ERM 411(3), CED  201(3), CED 429(3), CED 431W(3), EARTH 101 GN;US(3), EMSC 101 US;IL(3), ECON 428(3), GEOG 124 GS;IL(3), GEOG 438(3), GEOSC 109 GN(3), GEOSC 310(4), GEOSC 402 IL(3), HIST 453(3), INTAG 100 GS;IL(3), MNG 400 IL(3), NUTR/STS 497(3), PHIL 132 GH(3), RSOC 11 GS;US(3), RSOC/AGECO 134 GN(3), STS 201 GN(3), STS 420(3), SOC 423(3), SOC 450(3), SOILS 71 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), AMST 50 GH(3)
CED 429(3) BIOL 427(3) or GEOSC 427(3) COMM 408(3) or STS 408 (3)
CED 431W(3) BIOL 435(3), BIOL 436(3), BIOL 444(3), BIOL 446(3) COMM 411(3), COMM 459(3)
ANTH 40(3), ANTH 146 GS;US(3)
BIOL 450(3-5), BIOL 461(3), BIOL 499A IL(3)
CED 410(3)
ANTH 152(3), ANTH 451(3), ANTH 456(3)
CHEM 20(3), CHEM 301(3), CHEM 402(3)
EMSC 150 GN;IL(3) or STS 150 GN;IL(3)
CED 410(3)
EMSC 121 GN(3)
ENGL 88 GH(3), ENGL 233 GH;GN(3)
ECON 428(3)
EARTH 106 GN(3)
ENGL 402(3), ENGL 404(3),
FDSC 280 GH(3) or PHIL 280 GH(3) ERM 300(3)
ENGL 430(3)
GEOG 20 GS;US;IL(3), GEOG 333(3), GEOG 430(3) FOR 308(3) FDSC 280 GH(3) or PHIL 280 GH(3)
GEOSC 451(3)
GEOG 110 GN(3), GEOG 115 GN(3)
GEOG 434(3), GEOSC 310(4)
LARCH 65 GA;US;IL(3) GEOSC 10 GN(3), GEOSC 20 GN(3), GEOSC 303(3)
HIST 428(3) or STS 428(3)
NUTR 497(3) or STS 497(3) GEOSC 320(3), GEOSC 340(3)
HIST 453(3)
PLSC 412(3), PLSC 420(3)
RSOC 134 GN(3) or AGECO 134 GN(3) MNG 400 IL(3) PHIL 13 GH(3), PHIL 132 GH(3), PHIL 403(3)
STS 430 IL(3) or NUTR 430 IL(3)
PPATH 120 GN(3)
RSOC 134 GN(3) or AGECO 134 GN(3)

SOC 422(3)

RSOC 134 GN(3) or AGECO 134 GN(3)
SOC 449(3)
TURF 425(3)
WFS 408(3), WFS 430(3) or FOR 430(3)
WFS 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), EMSC/STS 150 GN;IL(3), ENGL 88 GH(3), ENGL 430(3), ENVE 460(3), FDSC/PHIL 280 GH(3), GEOG 123 GS;IL(3), GEOG 434(3), HIST 110 GH;IL(3), HIST/STS 428 IL(3), HIST 453(3), LARCH 60 GA;US;IL(3), NUTR/STS 497(3), PHIL 403(3), STS 100 GH(3), STS 101 GH(3), SOC 449(3), SOC 450(3), SOILS 71 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.

ASM 217(3), ASM 327(3), BE 307(3), BIOL 220W GN(4), BIOL 435(3), CE 370(3), CE 371(3), CE 461(3), CE 475(4), ERM/WFS 450(3), EARTH 111 GN;US(3), EMSC 440(3), ENVE 411(3), ENVE 415(3), FOR 470(3), GEOG 431(3), GEOSC 40(3), GEOSC 440(3), GEOSC 445(4), GEOSC 452(3), METEO 451(3), WFS 422(3), WFS 424(2), WFS/ERM 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 431(3), AMST 50 GH(3), ANTH 45 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/STS 408(3), COMM 411(3), CED 230(3), CED 309(3), CED 409(3), EARTH 101 GN;US(3), EARTH 106 GN(3), ENGL 88(3), ENGL 402 GH(3), FDSC/PHIL 280 GH(3), GEOG 20 GS;US;IL(3), GEOG 333(3), GEOG 436(3), GEOSC 109 GN(3), LARCH 60 GA;US;IL(3), LARCH 65 GA;US;IL(3), METEO 4 GN(3), MNG 400 IL(3), NUTR/STS 497(3), SOC 449(3), SOILS 71 GN;IL(3), WFS/ERM 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), AGEC/ERRE 201(3), CED 429(3), CED 431(3), EGEE/MATSE 101 GN(3), EGEE 102 GN(3), EGEE 401(3), EGEE 464(3), EMSC 101 US;IL(3), EMSC/STS 150 GN;IL(3), GEOSC 451(3), MATSE 81 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), ERM 430(3), GEOG 412(3), GEOG 430(3), GEOG 436(3), GEOSC 451(3), MNG 400 IL(3), NUTR/STS 497(3), SOC 422(3), STS 420(3), SOILS 422(3), WFS/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



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