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ES 101: Seminar on Environmental Issues (SS)

An interdisciplinary course exploring the complex relationships between humans and ecosystems. Conservation biology, social science, and environmental ethics will be introduced to illuminate contemporary environmental issues (specific topics will vary). The course will facilitate critical questioning about the proper relationship between humans and the natural world, while providing an introduction to the field of environmental studies. Fall, fall interim, and spring semesters.

ES/Religious Studies 162: Religion and Nature (HU)


ES/English 243: Introduction to Nature Writing (HU)

An introduction to American nature writing from a variety of authors, with special attention to Terry Tempest Williams and Edward Abbey. The essays discuss the “sense of place,” the continuing relevance of Native American culture, anarchist environmentalism from desert solitude, “erotics of place” in the Utah desert, and responses by nature writers to contemporary American culture. The social, political, and religious dimensions of nature writing are emphasized along with deep sensitivity to one’s personal relationship with nature. Meets University  Humanities-Literature requirement. Every fall semester.

Prerequisite: WBIS 188.

ES/English 244: Japanese Nature Writing (HU) (NW)

An examination of selected Japanese literary works, with a focus on the significance of nature in Japanese literature. Although we will consider Japanese literature from 700 to the present, we will focus on one nature poet and one modern novelist: Matsuo Bashō (1644-1694), who wrote linked verse, haiku, haibun (poetic prose) and travel journals; and Kawabata Yasunari, a novelist who won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Throughout the course we will focus strongly on the vision of nature embodied in Japanese literature: the conception of nature, its value, the relationship between humans and nature, and the connection between nature's creativity and art. We also will consider the religious dimension of Japanese nature writing. All texts are in English translation. Meets University Non-Western and Humanities-Literature requirement. Every spring semester.

Prerequisite: WBIS 188.

ES/Biology 260: Environmental Science

3 cr. A core course for the Environmental Studies minor that will provide an overview of: 1) scientific principles on which studies of the environment are based; 2) current understandings of environmental problems from a scientific perspective; and 3) evaluation of scientific evidence. Prerequisite: 100-level science course (biology, chemistry, geography, or physics). Credit cannot be received for both Environmental Studies 260 and Biology and Microbiology 260. Fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite: Biology 105, Chemistry 103, Geography 121, or Geology 150.

ES/Political Science/Sociology 261: Environment and Society (SS)

Examines relationship between social structure, culture and natural environments; compares different modes of production and cultural systems. Examines economic, political and ideological structures of industrial and industrializing societies. Analyzes the impact of these structures upon natural environments and analyzes the impact of natural environment upon these structures. Credit cannot be received for both Environmental Studies 261 and Sociology 261 or Political Science 261. Fall and spring semesters.

ES 282: Environment, Community, and Values

An interdisciplinary humanities course which considers environmental themes and case studies in terms of religion, ethics, and aesthetics. Explores the commonalities and differences among these three disciplines as well as their powers and limits in dealing with environmental issues. Explores also the connections between the humanities and the social sciences and sciences in an environmental context. Particular attention is paid to the bioregional movement as a way to apply environmental philosophy and politics in a way that combines spirituality, ethics, politics, and science. Fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite: ES 162 or ES 243 or ES 244.

ES 300: Internship in Environmental Studies


ES 301: Internship in Environmental Science


ES/Sociology 313: Rural Sociology


ES/Biology 314: Principles of Wildlife Management


ES/Sociology 315: Population Problems


ES/Political Science 316: Environmental Law and Policy


ES/Biology 318: Wildlife Behavior & Conservation

This course is designed to teach the fundamental theory of behavioral ecology and then apply that theory to wildlife conservation. We will examine how environments shape organisms' lives and what that means for our efforts to manage and conserve species. The specif course objectives are to 1) gain a rigorous biological foundation in behavioral ecology, evolutionary biology, and related topics in order to understand how environments shape behavior; 2) provide a forum for discussion of current issues in conservation biology; 3) develop a framework for applying behavior ecological theory to wildlife conservation.

Prerequisites: Biology 105, ES/Biology 260, or consent of instructor.

ES 320: Campus Sustainability

In this course, we will examine the concept of sustainability at three levels: as a social issue facing the global community; as a guiding principle for the operations, teaching, research, and outreach at institutions of higher education; and as a set of specific challenges facing our own university. The course will be project based. Students will complete two group projects relating to campus sustainability. The first project will be in coordination with Recyclemania, a nation-wide recycling competition. The second, larger project will be the creation of materials designed to be used on campus to foster behavior change for sustainability, primarily in the Residence Halls.

ES/History 326: American Environmental History

A survey of the major topics and issues in North American environmental history from the early native American experience through the twentieth century.

ES/Business 328: Energy and Facilities Management


ES//Business 329: Sustainable Communities


ES/Business 330: Sustainability Management


ES 332: Radical Environmentalism

Radical environmental groups have drawn increasing attention as they engage in lifestyle activism, civil disobedience, sabotage, and violence in their efforts to prevent and reverse environmental degradation. This course explores cultural tributaries and diverse forms of such movements, examining the worldviews (ecological understandings, cosmologies, religious perceptions, and political ideologies) that animate their members, the reactions they engender, and their various impacts and likely, future prospects.

ES/English 342: Literature of the Romantic Era: Green Romanticism

Examines the important role romantic literature has played in the history of Western environmentalism and the role that environmental science and environmentalism have played in the romantic movements. Examines the relationships between people and how the landscape is imagined in poetry and prose, and how both literature and the land itself is structured by institutions of class, economics, gender, science and law.

Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor.

ES/English 343: Nature Writing

A course in reading and writing about the natural world. Writers discussed may include Henry David Thoreau, Aldo Leopold, Annie Dillard, and others. Student writing will represent a significant portion of the coursework. Writing assignments may include essays on natural history, journal entries, environmental advocacy pieces, eco-fiction, and others consistent with the focus of the course. Cross-listed: English 343/Environmental Studies 343. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. English 343/543.

Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor.

ES/History 345: History of American Wilderness


ES/History 355: Global Environmental History


ES/History 345: History of American Wilderness

Examines the history of changing American ideas about wilderness, the history of nature protection in the United States; explores current debates over the proper methods of wilderness preservation. Cross-Listed: History 345/Environmental Studies 345. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.

ES/Women’s Studies 365: Gender and Nature

This course offers an introduction to the connections between concepts of gender and nature in the West. It examines ecological feminist theories about the relationship between the domination of nature and the subordination of women as well as the impact of gender differences on ideas and experiences of nature. Topics include: scientific explantions of the nature of gender, the feminization of nature in Western thought, the roles of men and women in the environmental movement, and the gendered division of environmental rist, work, and benefits in contemporary political economies.

ES/Anthropology 368: Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conservation.


ES 370: Environmental Science, Policy & Problem Solving

Drawing on interdisciplinary sources that comprise contemporary environmental science research, this course examines the capability of these sciences to provide solutions to environmental problems and enhances student abilities to critically evaluate environmental management, policy and modeling tools. The influential role environmental scientists exert on local, regional, and national policies will be examined through case studies. Fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite: ES 260 and ES 261.

ES/Anthropology 372: Primate Behavior and Ecology


ES/Anthropology 380: Globalization


ES/Political Science 388: Global Environmental Politics


ES 390: Special Topics

Special Topics courses in Environmental Studies focus on current environmental issues. The disciplinary approach and subject matter will vary. In keeping with the interdisciplinary nature of the Environmental Studies program, the scientific, social, and moral dimensions of the issue at hand will be explored. Students will normally be expected to carry out an original, interdisciplinary research project.

ES 391: Special Topics in Environmental Science


ES 395: Field Studies

Focuses on specific environmental issues. The primary disciplinary approach and subject matter will vary. Each course will attend to the scientific, social, and moral dimensions of the environmental issue under scrutiny. Cost for travel and related expenses will vary. Examples include: the study of pollution and politics in the Fox-Wolf watershed; the social ecology of Northern Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area; grassroots environmentalism, the Wise Use movement, and conflict over natural resources in North America; and efforts to construct ecologically sustainable livelihoods in the Highlands of Southern Mexico. Consult the appendix and contact the Environmental Studies program for course details.

ES 396: Field Studies in Environmental Science


ES/Business 450: Environmental Management

This course introduces the natural environment and social responsibility as components of the business decision-making process in addition to the traditional economic focus. Topics include Triple Bottom Line supply chain management, energy, transparency, design, life cycle assessment, reverse logistics, facilities management, marketing and strategy. Cross-listed with Business 450.

Prerequisites: none.

ES 455: Environmental Communication

This course is an exploration into the ways we define the environment and how language use influences our interactions with the environment. Cross-listed with Communication 455.

Prerequisite: Communication 118 and 236 or Instructor Permission.

ES/Business 464: Sustainability Strategy and Innovation


ES 490: Environmental Senior Seminar

A capstone seminar for the Environmental Studies minor program that will examine the student's ability to integrate perspectives gained in previous environmental courses emphasizing science, society and values. Prerequisite: 18 units (crs.) toward the Environmental Studies minor (including Interdisciplinary 101) or consent of Environmental Studies Program Director. Every spring.

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