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ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES (ENST)
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ENST 1101 - Environmental Problems and Policy (ENVT)
(4.0 cr; fall, spring, every year)
An introduction to the ways in which state, national, and international political systems deal with environmental issues and goals. The development of environmental governance, the regulatory and economic tools of environmental policy, and the impact of institutions, culture, social movements, and historical development.



ENST 1201 - Mapping the Environment (ENVT)
(4.0 cr; summer, offered periodically)
An intense immersion into the world of geographic information systems (GIS), with an emphasis on providing a foundation upon which future coursework and projects can be built. The first half of the course focuses on basic skills and functions; the second half is devoted to an environment-related mapping project. [Note: no elective cr for EnSt majors if credit has been received for Geol 2161]



ENST 2101 - Environmental Biology (SCI-L)
(4.0 cr; fall, every year)
Introduction to concepts in biodiversity, evolution, and ecology. Includes basic chemistry and concepts from cell biology, molecular biology, and genetics. A one-course gateway into upper division Biology courses normally requiring the Biol 1111-2101 sequence. (two 65-min lectures, one 180-min lab)[Note: credit will not be granted if credit has been received for Biol 2101]



ENST 2102 - Diversity of Agricultural Production Systems (ENVT)
(3.0 cr; summer, offered periodically)
Examination of agricultural production systems, including organic, alternative, and conventional systems. History of production systems and their implications for producer lifestyles, social and natural environments, and economics at local to global scales. Includes farm visits, producer interviews, group projects, and classroom presentations and debates in addition to lectures and readings. This multidisciplinary course is offered at the West Central Research and Outreach Center and the University of Minnesota, Morris campus.



ENST 3001 - Water Resources Policy (ENVT)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1101 or Pol 1201 or Pol 1401 or #; fall, odd academic years)
An examination of fundamental contemporary water resource challenges. Units on water quality (e.g., drinking water) and quantity (e.g., irrigated agriculture) encourage critical evaluation of local, national, and international water resources policy in the contexts of environmental quality, human health, and technology. (two 100 min discussions)



ENST 3101 - Industrial Ecology
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1101, 2101, Econ 1111, Geol 1101, Stat 1601, or #; fall, even academic years)
Systems thinking in the context of industrial/environmental issues. Methods or frameworks including life cycle analysis and design for disassembly, guide an examination of product design, material choice, and flows of energy and resources into, through, and from industrial cycles. [Note: no credit for students who have received cr for EnSt 4101]



ENST 3112 - Climate Change and Moral Responsibility (ENVT)
(4.0 cr; fall, offered periodically)
Students consider their individual contribution to the process of anthropogenic climate change and wrestle with arguments offered by moral philosophers and other scholars regarding matters such as: identifying (a) who is responsible for addressing climate change; (b) what specific obligations those parties have; and (c) why those parties have such obligations.



ENST 3201 - Theories of Environmental Justice (E/CR)
(4.0 cr; spring, offered periodically)
Environmental justice (EJ) has become a key frame for thinking about environmental threats. Core concerns such as pollution and climate change are now also understood to be social justice problems. Study of the development of theories of EJ and the EJ movement and some key contemporary environmental justice problems.



ENST 3301 - Social Values and Public Perspectives in Environmental Research (ENVT)
(4.0 cr; spring, offered periodically)
Environmental researchers must understand how public perspectives and values are relevant to their work. Not appropriately considering perspectives and values could obscure important aspects of problems. Study what values are relevant to research, what questions require appeals to value, and how values can be best incorporated into research.



ENST 3988 - Environmental Studies Pre-Internship Seminar
(1.0 cr; Prereq-1101; S-N only, fall, every year)
Preparation for the environmental studies internship, including attending and writing reflections on presentations by post-internship students, and developing ideas and opportunities for the ENST internship. Students should enroll in this course in fall of sophomore or junior year prior to completing the ENST internship.



ENST 3989 - Environmental Studies Post-Internship Seminar
(1.0 cr; Prereq-3988 or #; A-F only, fall, every year)
Culmination of the environmental studies internship. Includes preparing a final paper and delivering a public presentation on the internship experience. Assessment is based on the quality of the final products and on class participation.



ENST 3996 - Internship/Field Experience in Environmental Studies
(2.0 - 4.0 cr [max 4.0 cr]; S-N only, fall, spring, summer, every year)
An educational experience in a work, research, and/or field setting that provides practical application of the student's theoretical classroom learning experiences. A written plan of work must be approved by the Environmental Studies Internship Coordinator before registration. Prereq-Jr status or instr consent, approved internship proposal.



ENST 4901 - Senior Capstone Experience
(4.0 cr; Prereq-3989 or 3996, sr status or #; A-F only, spring, every year)
Students engage in an individual and/or group problem solving project on a multidisciplinary topic germane to Environmental Studies and present results in a public forum.



 
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