Global Change represents one of the most pressing scientific and societal issues of our times. When one contemplates the phrase "global change," topics such as global warming, human population, biodiversity, water resources, and the ozone hole come to mind, but also natural phenomena like earthquakes, volcanoes, and extreme weather increasingly affect our lives. Every day, the activities of billions of humans are altering the planet on which we live. Over the past century, through our ever-increasing population and mastery of technology, humans are changing the global environment at a pace unknown to natural history. The prospects of global warming, environmental degradation, and rapid population growth today constitute a series of changes that may drastically alter our way of life, and could even threaten the very survival of the human species.

Understanding the underlying processes of global change is one of the challenges facing us today. Since our world is increasingly pervaded, shaped and influenced by science and technology, all students require a knowledge of the natural world, the processes of science and social science, and an understanding of the role of human activity in shaping our world. Furthermore, since global change affects the citizens and the policy makers of every nation, there is a growing need for scientists working in the area of global change to learn to communicate their findings to the public and translate them into programmatic documents useful to policy makers.

The University of Michigan's Global Change curriculum is a model approach in undergraduate natural and social science education, offering an interdisciplinary, introductory course sequence that investigates the causes and potential impacts of global change, from physical and human perspectives, using a combination of traditional lecture-based and modern computer-based teaching methodologies, and hands-on exercises. Theoretical background, case studies, and computer simulations are used to explore various conditions for sustainability. These courses are aimed at first- and second-year students who want to understand the historical and modern aspects of Global Change, and paths to sustainability.

In order to develop our understanding of the processes that sustain life on Earth, it is necessary to draw on the knowledge and viewpoints of several schools and departments at the University of Michigan, including the Departments of Anthropology, Biology, Geology, Sociology in the College of LS&A, the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Science in College of Engineering, the School of Natural Resources and Environment, and the Ross School of Business.

Global Change Academic Minor

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.  

Global Change Academic Minor (Winter 2012-Summer 2012) +

Effective Date  Winter 2012 (course list update) through Summer 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.  

Global Change Academic Minor (Winter 2011-Fall 2011) +

Effective Date Fall 2006 (course list updated for Winter 2011) 

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.

 

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
    • ENVIRON 270
    • GEOSCI 284/ENVIRON 284
  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, 304, 335, 432, 467, 475
      • CHEM 467
      • ENVIRON 325, 341, 380, 442, , 479
      • ENSCEN 304, 467, 475
      • GEOSCI 325, 341, 380, 442, 446, 465, 475, 477, 478
    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. Courses not listed may be selected after approval of the Program Director is obtained.

 

Global Change Academic Minor (effective Fall 2006-Fall 2010) +

Effective Date Fall 2006-Fall 2010

An academic minor in Global Change is not open to students pursuing an academic minor in Biology or the 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 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
    • ENVIRON 270
    • GEOSCI 284/ENVIRON 284
  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 (or 355), 451, 455, 476, 481, 483, 498
      • ENVIRON 311, 337, 411, 432, 451, 453, 476
      • NRE 411, 451, 453, 476
    2. Geosphere
      • AOSS 300, 304, 335, 432, 467, 475
      • CHEM 467
      • ENVIRON 325, 341, 380, 467, 479
      • ENSCEN 304, 475
      • GEOSCI 325, 341, 380, 442, 446, 465, 475, 477, 478
    3. Sociosphere
      • ARCH 423
      • ECON 471, 472
      • ENVIRON 312, 360, 361, 370, 391
      • GEOG 432
      • NRE 571, 583
      • POLSCI 380
      • RCIDIV 391
      • SOC 305, 330
      • UP 423, 532

    One Field Studies course (Biological Station or Camp Davis) may be substituted, where appropriate. Courses not listed may be selected after approval of the Program Director is obtained.

 

Global Change Academic Minor (Effective through Summer 2006) +

 

Effective Date through Summer 2006 

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/, click gcminor".

Prerequisites to the Academic Minor: None.

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

1.   Global Change: ENVIRON 110, 111, and 212.

2.   Disciplinary Cognate courses: Two 300- or 400-level courses representing at least two disciplines listed below:

      A. Biosphere

T    BIOLOGY 390, 482

T    EEB 320, 355, 381, 451, 455, 476, 481, 483, 498

T    ENVIRON 311, 337, 411, 432, 451, 453, 476

T    NRE 411, 451, 453, 476

B. Geosphere

T    AOSS 300, 304, 335, 432, 467, 475

T    CHEM 467

T    ENVIRON 325, 341, 380, 467, 479

T    ENSCEN 304, 475

T    GEOSCI 325, 341, 380, 442, 446, 465, 477, 478

C. Sociosphere

  T    ARCH 423

T    ECON 471

T    ENVIRON 222, 312, 360, 361, 370, 391

T    GEOG 432

T    NRE 571

T    POLSCI 380

T    RCIDIV 391

T    SOC 305, 330

T    UP 423, 532

Field Studies (Biological Station, Camp Davis) may be counted, where appropriate. Courses (300-level and up) not listed may be selected after approval of Coordinator is obtained.


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