Minor in Environmental Systems and Society

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Overview of Environmental Systems and Society Minor

Environmental and sustainability concerns are increasingly part of numerous professions outside of environmental science. Businesses go green, governments integrate sustainability in their operations, and individual people are looking to eco-friendly technology like electric cars, renewable energy and organic food.

The Environmental Systems and Society minor gives students in any major a leg up on these realities. It augments their study with courses that address the relationships between environmental sciences and social and political issues. The minor gives students a deeper understanding of environmental systems related to air, land, water and biological resources—providing them with a foundation for sound decision-making as a professional and a citizen.

To complete the minor, students choose seven out of more than 40 available classes, with topics such as:

  • Major events in the history of life
  • Air pollution
  • Conservation of biodiversity
  • Environmental politics
  • Water management
  • Business and the natural environment
  • Environmental justice
  • Good food for everyone

Environment Course Schedule  2022-23

FALL 2022 Course   Environ Systems & Society Minor
140 Foundations of Environmental Policy and Regulation   Elective; Week 2 of 2nd pass
M147 Critical Analysis of Strategies toward Environmental Justice   Elective
155  (New!) Energy and Society in a Time of Climate Change: Moving Toward a Just Transition   Elective
166 Leadership in Water Management   Elective
       
       
       
WINTER 2023 Course   Environ Systems & Society Minor
10 Introduction to Environmental Science   LD Elective
M153 Introduction to Sustainable Architecture and Community Planning   Elective
M167 Environmental Justice through Multiple Lenses   Elective

175

(also in Spring!)

Programming with Big Environmental Datasets   Elective
       
185B   Sustainability Action Research   Elective
185C      Sustainability Action Research Leaders   Elective
       
SPRING 2023 Course   Environ Systems & Society Minor
150 Environmental Journalism, Science Communications, and New Media   Elective

157

(Returning!)

Energy, Environment, and Development     Elective

175

(also in Winter!)

Programming with Big Environmental Datasets   Elective
       
185B   Sustainability Action Research   Elective
185C      Sustainability Action Research Leaders   Elective
188A Special Courses:  Geoengineering and Human Rights   Elective