Undergraduate Students

If you are interested in the environment, search for Environment Theme courses within OneStop.

*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

    *ESPM 3601: Sustainable Housing: Community, Environment, and Technology

    This course will focus on how sustainable housing practices build community, how community growth has impacted the environment and how natural events impact our communities, and what science and technology is required to build high performance houses.

    GCC 1907: Environmental Grand Challenges: What Impact Will You Have?

    This online course students will address questions about sustainability science and effective leadership within complex grand challenges (both social and environmental). Students will be able to interrogate abstract conceptions of sustainability through site visits and interviews with sustainability leaders.

    GCC 1909: Introduction to Ecosystem Health: Challenges at the Intersection of Human, Animal, and Environmental

    This course will focus on the emerging discipline of Ecosystem Health, and associated approaches and technologies that support solutions to grand challenges of health at the interface of humans, animals, and the environment; introduce a toolset for approaching, defining, and responding to these grand challenges, including systems thinking, complexity science, and integrative leadership; interrogate the conflicts that exist between differing conceptions of health, through the study of several complex cases.

    GCC 3011: 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: 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 3016: 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 3025: Living the Good Life at the End of the World: Sustainability in the Anthropocene

    This course will attempt to answer questions of how to live “the good life” in a time of rapid climate changes, mass extinction of plant and animal species, and the increasing pollution of our oceans, atmosphere, and soil, how to to live sustainably, as individuals and societies, in what scientists are calling the Anthropocene, and whether or not sustainability requires that we sacrifice the gains humanity has made in our quality of life.

    GCC 3031: 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 3043: 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 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.

    SUST 3003: Sustainable People, Sustainable Planet

    Students will explore the scientific, cultural, ethical, and economic concepts that affect environmental sustainability and global economic justice.

    SUST 3017: Environmental Justice

    The course focuses on understanding the interconnections between health, economic, and environmental disparities as it applies to environmental justice.

    SUST 4004: Sustainable Communities

    Students will learn public processes and metrics, engage with community members, and make a tangible difference in the Twin Cities Metro Area with their class projects.

    SUST 4096: Sustainability Internship & Leadership Projects

    Students will be part of a supportive cohort for developing professional and leadership skills & exploring strategies for leading social change in regards to sustainability through leadership projects and internships.

    Fall 2020

    ENGL 3071: The American Food Revolution in Literature and Television

    This class will trace the American food revolution with the intent of understanding how our current system came to be and thinking through the ethical implications of our daily actions.

    *ESPM 3601: Sustainable Housing: Community, Environment, and Technology

    This course will focus on how sustainable housing practices build community, how community growth has impacted the environment and how natural events impact our communities, and what science and technology is required to build high performance houses.

    GCC 3003: 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 3024: 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: Power Systems Journey: Making the Invisible Visible and Actionable

    This course is designed for any student in a STEM, health, or design-related major that is interested in how topics in their field move from theory to an actual, broader impact in the world.

    GCC 3005/5005: 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 while developing the tools, mindsets, and skills that can help them become leaders in addressing any complex grand challenge. This course will focus on seeking ways to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impact in meaningful ways. 

    PA 4790: Science to Action: How Does Science and Technology Inform Policy?

    This course is designed for any student in a STEM, health, or design-related major that is interested in how topics in their field move from theory to an actual, broader impact in the world.

    SUST 3003: Sustainable People, Sustainable Planet

    Students will explore the scientific, cultural, ethical, and economic concepts that affect environmental sustainability and global economic justice.

    SUST 4004: Sustainable Communities

    Students will learn public processes and metrics, engage with community members, and make a tangible difference in the Twin Cities Metro Area with their class projects.

    SUST 4096: Sustainability Internship & Leadership Projects

    Students will be part of a supportive cohort for developing professional and leadership skills & exploring strategies for leading social change in regards to sustainability through leadership projects and internships.

    Summer 2020

    *BIOL 3700-003: Bioinspired approaches to pandemics

    We will dig into the relevant scientific literature and evaluate the engineering feasibility of possible solutions to current pandemics.

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

    In this project-based course, students will work in interdisciplinary teams to develop entrepreneurial responses to current social and environmental problems while developing the tools, mindsets, and skills that can help them become leaders in addressing any complex grand challenge. This course will focus on seeking ways to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impact in meaningful ways. 

    *SUST 3480: 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.

    GCC 5005: Global Venture Design: What Impact Will You Make?

    Upper-level undergrads and grad students work on multidisciplinary teams of 4–5 students to develop scalable venture solutions to address a global environmental or social challenge with a specific focus on specific challenges in India, Uganda and Nicaragua.