The Environmental Theme Semester: Rethinking the Relationship

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and the School of Natural Resources and the Environment of the University of Michigan are jointly sponsoring the Environmental Theme Semester. Activities include a cluster of courses dealing with the natural environment and human relationships to it, forums on environmental topics, lectures by distinguished visitors, special exhibits by libraries and museums, a film series, a career day featuring apprenticeships and jobs dealing with the environment, appearances by visiting writers, an exhibit by local artists whose work deals with the environment, a creation of a sculpture on campus by installation artist Patrick Dougherty, events associated with the celebration of Earth Day 1998 and energizing student initiatives including a kickoff event and Teach-In. You will find information about these events on the Web at

Environmental issues of many kinds command wide attention now and will only increase in importance and urgency. Those responsible for planning the theme semester hope that it will stimulate productive dialogue on many of these issues and bring together members of the University and the surrounding community interested in exploring them. The Environmental Semester will provide opportunities for reassessing the progress of the last thirty years and for exploring new approaches and new perspectives appropriate to the next set of challenges, including the need to develop more sustainable lifestyles and to find relationships to the natural world that can be healing both for the environment and for those who participate in them. We invite you to join us in rethinking and reimagining our relationships to the natural world and the places in which we live.

Forty-nine classes in twenty-two departments are being offered within the Theme Semester. Course descriptions can be obtained for many of these courses in the departmental listing later in this Course Guide. Information also resides on the Web at

In the spirit of the Theme Semester, public lectures, films and performances are also being planned.

The following courses are being offered as part of the Environmental Theme Semester. These courses, from departments across the University, provide an opportunity to examine environmental issues from a variety of viewpoints and disciplines. We encourage you to investigate - and participate in as many of these courses as possible!

A Nature Study Article from Michigan Today about the Theme Semester

Articles from the University Record

College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

American Culture

496. Social Science Approaches to American Culture. (3). (Excl).
Section 001 History of the North American Environment.


Cultural 440. Cultural Adaptation. (3). (Excl).
Section 001 Cultural Adaptations: Political Ecology, Agriculture, and Deforestation.


100. Biology for Nonscientists. (4). (NS). (BS).

108. Introduction to Animal Diversity. (4). (NS). (BS).

255. Plant Biology: An Organismic Approach. (5). (NS). (BS).

483. Limnology: Freshwater Ecology. (3). (Excl). (BS). (QR/1).


105/AOSS 105. Our Changing Atmosphere. (3). (NS). (BS).


370/NR&E 470. Natural Resource Economics. (3). (Excl).

English Language and Literature

313. Topics in Literary Studies. (4). (HU).
Section 010 - Winter and Spring.

317. Literature and Culture. (3). (HU).
Section 001 Changing Attitudes Toward Nature. (Howes)

417. Senior Seminar. (4). (Excl).
Section 001 The Country and the City. (Goldstein)

484. Issues in Criticism. (3). (Excl).
Section 001 Romantic Nature. (Siebers)

Environmental Studies

123/Geol. 123/AOSS 123. Life and the Global Environment. (2). (NS). (BS).

240/RC Interdiv. 240. Big Questions for a Small Planet: Introduction to Environmental Studies. (4). (Excl).

356/NR&E 308. Homeplace: Life in the Huron Valley. (3). (Excl).
(Knott, Webb, Walker)

412. Alternative Patterns of Resource Utilization: The Amish in Twentieth Century America. (3). (Excl).

415/RC Nat. Sci. 415. Science and Politics. (4). (Excl). (BS).

Geological Sciences

123/AOSS 123/Environ. Stud. 123. Life and the Global Environment. (2). (NS). (BS).

135. History of the Earth. (3). (NS). (BS).
(Halliday, Smith)

206. How the Earth Works: the Water Cycle and Environment. (2). (NS). (BS).

222. Introductory Oceanography. (3). (NS). (BS).

223. Introductory Oceanography, Laboratory. (1). (NS). (BS). (QR/2).

265. How to Build a Habitable Planet. (3). (NS). (BS).
(van der Pluijm)

275. The Ice Ages: Past and Present. (3). (NS). (BS).

Germanic Languages and Literatures

German 326. Intermediate German. (3). (Excl).
Section 002 "Deutschlands ÷kologie: eine gr¸ne Zukunft?"


197. First-Year Seminar.
(3). (HU).
Section 003 - Environment and History in Europe. (Squatriti)

396. History Colloquium. (4). (SS).
Section 002 - History of the North American Environment. (Montoya)

College Honors

493. College Honors Seminar. (1-4). (Excl).
Section 001 Rethinking Agriculture in the Age of Ecology. (2 credits). (Jackson, Worster)

Lloyd Hall Scholars Program

110. Individual and Society I. Lloyd Scholars. (3). (Excl).
Section 001 Environmental Problem Solving. (Sherman)

Political Science

497. Undergraduate Seminar in Comparative and Foreign Government. (3). (Excl).
Section 001 The Political Economy of Natural Resources. (Ross)

498. Undergraduate Seminar in International Politics. (3). (Excl).
Section 001 Global Environmental Change and the State. (Jacobson)

Residential College

Humanities 242. Creative Adaptation: Fact Into Fantasy. (4). (CE).
Section 001 Creative Non-Fiction.

Humanities 322. Advanced Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults. (4). (CE).

Interdivisional 240/Environ. Studies 240. Big Questions for a Small Planet: Introduction to Environmental Studies. (4). (Excl).

Interdivisional 350. Special Topics. (1). (Excl).
Section 001 Environmental Education and a Sustainable Society. (Brechin)

Natural Science 415/Environ. Studies 415. Science and Politics. (4). (Excl). (BS).

Social Science 305. Society and the Environment. (4). (SS).


105. First Year Seminar in Sociology. (3). (SS).
Section 002 - People and Global Environmental Changes.

111/UC 111/AOSS 172/NR&E 111. Introduction to Global Change II. (4). (SS).

University Courses

111/Soc. 111/AOSS 172/NR&E 111. Introduction to Global Change II. (4). (SS).

Courses in Other Units

Architecture and Urban Planning

Urban Planning

502. Environmental Planning: Issues and Concepts. (3). (non-LS&A).

School of Education

Education D

474/NR&E 481. Environmental Education and Natural Resources. One course in English composition. (4). (non-LS&A).

College of Engineering

Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences

105/Chem 105. Our Changing Atmosphere. (3). (Non-LS&A)

111/UC 111/Soc. 111/NR&E 111. Introduction to Global Change II. (4). (non-LS&A).

123/Geol. 123/Environ. Studies 123. Life and the Global Environment. (2). (non-LS&A).

202. The Atmosphere. (3). (NS). (BS).

Natural Resources and Environment (NR&E)

111/AOSS 172/UC 111/Soc. 111. Introduction to Global Change II. (4). (non-LS&A).

210. Introduction to Environmental Policy Making. (3). (non-LS&A).

220. Conservation of Biological Diversity. Completion of AP Biology or Biology 154 or NRE 110/111 is recommended. (3). (non-LS&A).

270. Our Common Future: Ecology, Economics & Ethics of Sustainable Development. (4). (non-LS&A).

301. Ecological Issues. (4). (NS). (BS).
(Nowak, Diana)

306. Topics in Natural Resources. (1-4). (non-LS&A).
Section 003 Environmental Problem Solving. (3 credits). NRE 210 or introductory course in Political Science. (Sherman)
Section 004 Environmental Politics and Policy. (3 credits). NRE 210. (Rabe)
Section 045 Interdisciplinary Capstone Applications. (3 credits). Junior Standing. (West)
Section 093 Society and the Environment. (4 credits). Background in social sciences and environmental studies helpful. (Brechin)

308/Envir. Studies 356. Homeplace: Life in the Huron Valley. (3). (non-LS&A).
(Knott, Webb, Walker)

361. Conservation Behavior: Source Reduction and Recycling. (3). (non-LS&A).
(Irvine, Austin)

443. Applied Social & Behavioral Science. Introductory Sociology or Psychology. (3). (non-LS&A).

470/Econ. 370. Natural Resource Economics. (3). (Excl.)

481/Educ D474. Environmental Education and Natural Resources. One course in English composition. (4). (non-LS&A).

561. Conservation Behavior: Source Reduction and Recycling (3).
(Irvine, Austin)

School of Public Health

Environmental and Industrial Health

310. Environmental Chemicals and Disease. Introductory Biology. (3). (non-LS&A)

Health Behavior and Health Education

661. The Impact of Technological Disasters on Human Communities. Graduate standing or permission of instructor. (3). (non-LS&A).

690. Environmental Health Education Graduate standing or permission of instructor. (3). (non-LS&A).

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