Graduate Students

*Please note: Any online course (denoted with asterisk) can be taken by students from all campuses system-wide through the Multi-Institution Enrollment process.


    Spring 2021

    GCC 3011/5011: Pathways to Renewable Energy

    The course will closely examine the Realpolitik of energy and the technical, legal, regulatory, and policy underpinnings of renewable energy in the US and Minnesota.

    GCC 3013/5013: Making Sense of Climate Change: Science, Art, and Agency

    This course will examine climate change science, with a particular focus on how climate change is expected to affect key ecological systems such as forests and farms and resources for vital biodiversity such as pollinators.

    GCC 5016: Science and Society: Working Together to Avoid the Antibiotic Resistance Apocalypse

    This course provides an overview of how antibiotic use leads to antibiotic resistance, including in depth discussions of antibiotic resistant microorganisms and the impact of globalization on this exploding problem.

    GCC 3031/5031: The Global Climate Challenge: Creating an Empowered Movement for Change

    The course will use a strategy of grassroots empowerment to help students connect to the heart of what they really value; to understand the threat of climate change; to examine how they feel in the light of that threat; and to take powerful action together.

    GCC 3032/5032: Ecosystem Health: Leadership at the Intersection of Humans, Animals, and the Environment

    This class will focus on the emerging discipline of ecosystem health, and how these theories, methods and computational technologies set the stage for solutions to grand challenges of health at the interface of humans, animals, and the environment.

    GCC 5043: Regenerative Game Studio: Playing for the Future

    In this course, students will design games where winning is achieving multiple UN Sustainable Development Goals, which prepares them to become system teachers, leveraging organizations and networks for change.

    GCC 5008: Policy and Science of Global Environmental Change

    Through readings, lectures, discussions, written assignments, and presentations, this course introduces the critical issues underpinning global change and its environmental and social implications.

    GCC 5501: Knowledge to Impact: Creating Action with your Grand Challenge Project Idea

    This experiential course will help students learn the skills to develop solutions that address a specific problem that they have worked on in a previous GCC course or a similar project-based class. By the end of the course, students will create a design and implementation plan for a solution that could take many forms, depending on students’ interest and the nature of the problem.

    Fall 2020

    APSC 8280: Engaging Science with Humanistic Disciplines in Sustainability Transitions

    The seminar will explore some vehicles for transdisciplinary work to advance sustainability in “ecosocial” systems, such as food and agriculture. These vehicles are emerging as leading-edge approaches to making transformative changes in such systems.

    CEGE 5180: Design and Implementation of Environmental Field Studies

    This class will apply the fundamental aspects of environmental engineering, computer applications, hydrology, and chemistry to field studies – from the planning stages to the final data organization.

    ENGL 8090: Ecocriticism and the Environmental Humanities

    This course will explore efforts to counter the ongoing “crisis in the humanities” including the various subfields of ecocriticism as well as broader humanistic approaches to climate fiction, environmental justice, critical animal studies, and food studies etc.

    GCC 3003/5003: Grand Challenge: Seeking Solutions to Global Health Issues

    In this course, students will work in teams to examine the fundamental challenges to addressing complex global health problems in East Africa and East African refugee communities here in the Twin Cities.

    GCC 3054/5024: 11 Billion People: How Long Can the Planet Sustain Humanity?

    This course investigates the origins, development, and predictions for humanity’s ecological niche on the planet through a novel interdisciplinary fusion of the social and environmental sciences to give students i) the ability to see the environmental context of the present in an evolutionary light, as well as ii) the tools to evaluate possible remediation and sustainability approaches to control these problems at the local and global scale.

    GCC 3027/5027: Power Systems Journey: Making the Invisible Visible and Actionable

    This course explores the integration of science-based environmental education, with art-led, place-based exploration of landscapes and creative map-making to address this challenge.

    GCC 3052/5032: Ecosystem Health: Leadership at the Intersection of Humans, Animals, and the Environment

    This class will focus on the emerging discipline of ecosystem health, and how these theories, methods and computational technologies set the stage for solutions to grand challenges of health at the interface of humans, animals, and the environment.

    GCC 5005: Innovation for the Public Good: Design for a Disrupted World

    In this project-based course, students will work in interdisciplinary teams to develop entrepreneurial responses to current social and environmental problems.

    PUBH 6194: Climate Change and Public Health

    This online course will present a global public health perspective on climate change for students who are interested in assessing and responding to its threats.

    Summer 2020

    *GCC 3005/5005: Innovation for the Public Good: Post-Pandemic Venture Design

    This online project-based course will focus on developing entrepreneurial responses to COVID-19 pandemic related social, economic, and environmental problems from an interdisciplinary approach.


    *SUST 3480/5480
    : COVID-19 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Resilience, Connections, and Threats

    This course will lead students on an exploration of how sustainability is key to our resilience in the face of crises like COVID-19.

    January 2020

    PA 5790: Global Convergence Lab – Puerto Rico: Energy, Justice and Community Resilience

    During this course students explore development, environment, engineering, policy and infrastructure issues attached to Energy Transitions reciprocally between Puerto Rico and Minnesota. The course is a multidisciplinary approach to thinking about Energy Transition through a partnership with the School of Architecture and Humphrey School of Public Affairs.