Course Offerings

Below is a listing of current and upcoming courses offered within the Environmental Studies program. Our faculty offer many more courses appropriate to Environmental Studies majors within their own departments. Please make sure to check the course listings on these other departments, or visit Classfinder

Common partnering programs: BiologyChemistryGeographyGeologyPhilosophyPolitical SciencePsychology, and Theology

Fall 2017 Courses

Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENVR 151 - 01 Environmental Challenges M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 JRC 401

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1055 - 1200

Location:

JRC 401

Course Registration Number:

41669 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Paul A. Lorah

A study of the interaction of humans and the environment over time and space; a broad introduction that integrates a variety of social-science perspectives into an understanding of the environment and the relations between humans and nature. Specific topics include ecology, population, economic development, resources and sustainable development.

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ENVR 298 - 01 Topics: Conservation Planning - T - - - - - 1800 - 2100 JRC 401

Days of Week:

- T - - - - -

Time of Day:

1800 - 2100

Location:

JRC 401

Course Registration Number:

42182 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Douglas T. Shaw

This course covers the why, where, how, and what of conservation planning by studying local and global issues in conservation, conservation history, and the laws that are currently being enforced by local and governmental agencies. Students learn about the history and necessity of wilderness, problem-solving theories, and the effects of natural resource use and climate change on wildlife. This course includes several Saturday field trips to local Nature Conservancy preserves.

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ENVR 298 - 02 Topics:Glob Energy Landscapes M - - - - - - 1800 - 2100 JRC 401

Days of Week:

M - - - - - -

Time of Day:

1800 - 2100

Location:

JRC 401

Course Registration Number:

42778 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Aditya Ranade

Throughout the human history, energy has always been critical for development. However in the 21st century, the energy industry is undergoing a particularly transformational change along three axes- climate change and decarbonization, digitization, and shifting geopolitics of fossil fuels. This course will teach students how to quantitatively analyze the economics and environmental impact of different energy technologies such as coal power, gas power, renewable energy, nuclear power, oil, and electric vehicles. The course will also equip the students with qualitative and quantitative tools for analyzing country/regional energy security, geopolitical trends and scenario development. Finally, the course will inform the students about possible career paths in the private, public, and non-profit sectors as well as provide networking opportunities with Minnesota based energy/environmental professionals.

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J-Term 2018 Courses

Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Spring 2018 Courses

Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENVR 151 - L01 Environmental Challenges M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 JRC 401

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0935 - 1040

Location:

JRC 401

Course Registration Number:

20098 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Paul A. Lorah

A study of the interaction of humans and the environment over time and space; a broad introduction that integrates a variety of social-science perspectives into an understanding of the environment and the relations between humans and nature. Specific topics include ecology, population, economic development, resources and sustainable development.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
ENVR 151 - L02 Environmental Challenges M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 JRC 401

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1055 - 1200

Location:

JRC 401

Course Registration Number:

22530 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Paul A. Lorah

A study of the interaction of humans and the environment over time and space; a broad introduction that integrates a variety of social-science perspectives into an understanding of the environment and the relations between humans and nature. Specific topics include ecology, population, economic development, resources and sustainable development.

Schedule Details

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ENVR 401 - D01 Field Seminar - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 JRC 401

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

JRC 401

Course Registration Number:

20397 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Staff

A capstone course that combines field experience with classroom seminar. Student teams will conduct collaborative broadly interdisciplinary analyses of selected environmental problems. Field-based projects are chosen by the students in consultation with course instructor. Classroom seminars are used for exchange of information between teams and for discussion of readings pertinent to individual research projects or, more broadly, to the interdisciplinary character of environmental problem-solving. Each team produces a major paper that examines the selected problems through humanities, natural-science and social-science lenses. This class is cross-listed with, and is equivalent to, GEOG 402. Prerequisite: 301 and 351 or permission of the instructor

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