Effective Date  Fall 2012

An academic minor in Global Change is not open to students pursuing an academic minor or concentration in Biology, Plant Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, or Environment, nor to students in the School of Natural Resources and Environment.

Students wishing to pursue an academic minor in Global Change must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with Prof. Ben van der Pluijm (e-mail: vdpluijm@umich.edu) of the Program in the Environment.

The academic minor in Global Change provides a broad understanding of the problems and challenges that humanity faces as it wrestles with the urgent need to develop a more sustainable relationship with the Earth and its resources, the complex issues involved in global change and global sustainability, as well as exposure to some of the approaches and strategies for effective economic development and resource management.

Details at: http://globalchange.umich.edu/globalchange_minor.

Prerequisites to the Academic Minor: None.

Academic Minor Program: Five courses totaling at least 17 credits, to be chosen from the following three categories as stated:

  1. Global Change: ENVIRON 110 and 111.
  2. One 200-level course from the four below:
    • ANTHRCUL 256/ENVIRON 256
    • BIOLOGY 281/ENVIRON 281
    • EARTH 284/ENVIRON 284
    • ENVIRON 270
  3. Two 300- or 400-level courses from two of the areas of Biosphere, Geosphere, and Sociosphere that are selected in consultation with the Program Coordinator. Example courses:
    1. Biosphere
      • BIOLOGY 482
      • EEB 320, 381, 390, 436, 451, 455, 476, 481, 483, 498
      • ENVIRON 311, 381,  451, 453, 476
      • NRE 436, 451, 453, 476
    2. Geosphere
      • AOSS 300, 467, 475
      • CHEM 467
      • EARTH 325, 341, 380, 442, 446, 465, 475, 477, 478
      • ENVIRON 325, 341, 380, 442, , 479
      • ENSCEN  467, 475
    3. Sociosphere
      • ARCH 423
      • ECON 471, 472
      • ENVIRON 312, 360, 361, 370, 391
      • NRE 571, 583
      • POLSCI 380
      • PSYCH 384, 385
      • RCIDIV 391
      • SOC 305, 330
      • UP 423, 532

    One Field Studies course (Biological Station or Camp Davis) may be substituted, where appropriate. 

    Contact the Program Director for approval of Category 3 electives.  


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