Interdisciplinary Minor in Global Sustainability

The Minor is open to all UCI students. Course descriptions are available in the academic department sections of the Catalogue.  Courses in addition to ones already approved for the Minor (below) may be petitioned, and the list will be updated on annual basis to capture new classes.
The Interdisciplinary Minor in Global Sustainability teaches students about the changes that need to be made in order for the human population to live in a sustainable relationship with the resources available on Earth. Its goal is to provide broad, interdisciplinary training that will allow students to better understand and effectively deal with the serious environmental problems that they will face in the 21st century. The minor is open to all UCI students.
Requirements for the Minor: Completion of three approved introductory courses, completion of three relevant and approved elective courses(12 units), and completion of the Seminar (A), Directed Study (B), Independent Research and Writing components.

Completion of an introductory course anthology may include any three of the following in any order (one from each group): 
o    Earth System Science 1 (The Physical Environment), Earth System Science 3 (Oceanography), Earth System Science 5 (The Atmosphere), Earth System Science 15 (Introduction to Global Climate Change), University Studies 13 A (Environment I)

o    Biological Sciences 6 (Tropical Ecology:  Race to Save the Planet), Bio. Sci. 9K (Global-Change Biology; same as ESS 13), Bio Sci. 55 (Introduction to Ecology), Bio. Sci. 65 (Biodiversity and Conservation), Bio. Sci. 94 (From Organisms to Ecosystems), University Studies 13 B (Environment II), Planning, Policy and Design 131 (Environmental Sustainability I; same as ESS 180), Planning, Policy, and Design 132 (Environmental Sustainability II; same as ESS 182)

o   Anthropology 20A (People, Cultures, and Environmental Sustainability), Anthro. 30 A (Global Issues in Anthropological Perspective), Anthro. 41A (Origins of Global Interdependence), Social Ecology E8 (Introduction to Environmental Analysis and Design), University Studies 13 C (Environment III), Env. Health, Science and Policy 30 (Human Environments), Env. Health Science and Policy 60 (Environmental Quality and Health), Sociology 44 (Populations), Political Science 41A (Introduction to International Relations)
Three relevant elective courses (12 units): One elective course must be taken in each of the following three disciplines, and at least two of these must be upper division. While courses from the introductory course list (above) apply, the same course may not be used to both complete the introductory lower division sequence and the supplemental three courses.  As they arise, additional courses may be petitioned to fulfill this requirement as well as the lower division introductory category.  Students may select from the following list:
Biological Sciences:
o      Bio. Sci. 6 (Tropical Biology:  Race to Save the Tropics),  9K (Global-Change Biology; same as ESS 13), 55 (Introduction to Eology), 94 (From Organisms to Ecosystems), 65 (Biodiversity and Conservation), University Studies 13 B (Environment II), E106 (Processes in Ecology and Evolution), E118 (Ecosystem Ecology; same as ESS 164), E150 (Conservation Biology), E175 (Restoration Ecology), E178 (Ocean Ecology), E179 (Limnology and Freshwater Biology), E182 (Mediterranean Ecosystems), E186 (Population and Community Ecology), E189 (Environmental Ethics)
Physical Sciences:
o    Earth System Sciences 1 (The Physical Environment), ESS 3 (Oceanography), ESS 5 (The Atmosphere); ESS 13 (Global-Change Biology; same as Bio. Sci. 9K), ESS 15 (Introduction to Global Climate Change), ESS 25 (Introduction to Earth and Environmental Sciences), ESS 51 (Land Interactions), ESS 55 (Earth's Atmosphere), ESS 60A (Fundamental Processes in Earth and Environmental Studies), ESS 60B (Local and Regional Environmental Issues), ESS 60C (Global Environmental Issues), ESS 164 (Ecosystems Ecology; same as Bio. Sci. E118),  ESS 180 (Environmental Sustainability I; same as Planning, Policy and Design 131), ESS 182 (Environmental Sustainability II; same as Planning, Policy and Design 132), Public Health 90 (Natural Disasters), University Studies 13 A (Environment I)

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Social Sciences/Social Ecology:
o       Anthropology 2 (Introduction to Anthropology), 2A (Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology), Anthro. 20A (People, Cultures, and Environmental Sustainability), Anthro. 30A (Global Issues in Anthropological Perspective), Anthro. 41A (Origins of Global Interdependence), 125A (Economic Anthropology), 125B (Ecological Anthropology); Soc Eco. E8 (Introduction to Environmental Analysis and Design), University Studies 13 C (Environment III), Enviro. Health, Sci. and Policy E1 (Natural Disasters; same as Public Health 90), E3 (Human Environments; same as Public Health 30), E5 (Environmental Quality and Health; same as Public Health 60), E113 (Social Ecology of Peace; same as Intl. Studies 113), E176 (Ecosystems Ecology; same as Bio. Sci. E118 and  ESS 164); Planning, Policy, and Design 131 (Environmental Sustainability I, same as ESS 180), PPD 132 (Environmental Sustainability II, same as ESS 182), PPD 134 (Human Ecology); PPD 136 (Global Environmental Issues, same as Int. Studies 120 and Pol. Sci. 143D); Sociology 44 (Population), Political Science 41A  Introduction to International Relations
Senior Seminar on Global Sustainability I, II, III:  To fulfill the requirements for the Minor, students must complete Biological Sciences 191A-B-CW (same as Earth System Science 190A-B-CW and Social Ecology 186A-B-CW), which includes a seminar, directed study, and independent research in a relevant area. This work forms the basis for the senior research paper.
For details contact Dr. Peter A. Bowler, the Director of the Minor:
Dr. Peter A. Bowler, Director
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary                                Biology University of California, Irvine                                     Irvine, California, U.S.A.  92697-2525
Email:
pabowler@uci.edu   Phone (949) 824-0157                               Fax (949) 824-2181                                                                               Dr. Bowler's url is http://www.faculty.uci.edu/profile.cfm?faculty_id=2119
Dr. Bowler is the Director of the UCI Arboretum http://arboretum.bio.uci.edu/ , UC Natural Reserve System Faculty Manager of the UC Irvine Reserves http://nrs.ucop.edu/reserves/burns/burns.htm and http://nrs.ucop.edu/reserves/san_joaquin_marsh/san_joaquin_marsh.htm , Director of the Interdisciplinary Minor in Global Sustainability, and Senior Lecturer, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology