The GLOBAL CHANGE MINOR
at the University of Michigan
.... is no longer offered.
"To become better
equipped to contribute to the important debates
concerning global environmental change, resource management
and societal adaptation strategies ."
The academic minor in Global Change
provides a broad understanding of the environmental challenges that humanity
is facing today and our need to develop a sustainable relationship with our
planet and its resources. The GC minor explores the history of global
environmental change and the interconnected issues involved in modern global
change and global sustainability, as well as exposes students to strategies
for effective economic development and resource management. The
three-semester, interdisciplinary course sequence “Introduction
to Global Change” is an inquiry-based undergraduate curriculum that forms the core of the
University of Michigan's Global Change minor. Development of the
program has benefited from the support of the Provost, various Deans, the
Vice President for Research, the Whitaker Fund and CRLT, and from external
funding from the National Science Foundation and the W&F Hewlett Foundation.
Recently it became part of the new Program in the Environment.
seamlessly crossing NS and SS disciplinary boundaries.
Provide a broad understanding of
the complex issues involving global change and global sustainability
(Earth as a dynamic system). Enable students to use quantitative tools in
approaching global change issues, including Stella (dynamic modeling),
ArcView (spatial analysis), spreadsheets and interactive modules.
A “front-loaded” minor, to
engage motivated students in their first years of study.
I. Introduction to Global Change I
(Environ110): Physical Processes (4cr) (NS) and
Introduction to Global Change
II (Environ111): Human Impacts (4cr) (SS)
II. One 200-level elective from Bio-, Geo-
Sociosphere (3-4 cr)
III. Two 300 or 400-level electives from Bio-, Geo-,
Sociosphere (6-8 cr)
The GCminor requires 17 credits (typically 5 classes, of which one may count toward both the GCminor and the
major). The Global Change minor has been approved
in the following schools and colleges: the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, the College of Engineering,
The Ross School of Business, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Natural
Resources and Environment. Contact academic advisors for
degrees in other schools and colleges (e.g, the School of Music, the School of Architecture & UP, and
the School of Art & Design).
General Academic Minor Information
Global Change Minor - COURSES
Environ 110 Global Change 1: Physical
Processes (4cr; NS)
Environ 111 Global Change 2: Human Impacts
256 - Culture, Adaptation and the Environment
BIOLOGY/ENVIRON 281 - General Ecology
ENVIRON 270 - Our Common Future
GEOSCI/ENVIRON 284 - Geology, Environment and Society
(Select 2 electives from 2 of the 3
categories Biosphere, Geosphere, Sociosphere)
The course list below is not complete and only shows the types of classes that meet the GCminor goals; many others are allowed. Note that you must receive U-M credit and a letter grade for courses toward the minor. Contact the GCminor Program Director with your course suggestions by sending an email that includes the course descriptions and/or links to the classes' websites. At any time you should feel free to arrange a meeting to discuss the GCminor and its requirements. Examples of suitable courses in each area are:
EEB 320, 381, 390, 436, 451, 455, 476, 481, 483, 498
ENVIRON 311, 381, 451, 453, 476
NRE 436, 451, 453, 476
Director (300-level up)
AOSS 300, 304, 335, 432, 467, 475
ENVIRON 325, 341, 380, 442, , 479
ENSCEN 304, 467, 475
GEOSCI 325, 341, 380, 442, 446, 465, 475, 477, 478
Director (300-level up)
ECON 471, 472
ENVIRON 312, 360, 361, 370, 391
NRE 571, 583
PSYCH 384, 385
SOC 305, 330
UP 423, 532
Permission Director (300-level up)
courses, including field and overseas courses, can be used.
Contact Program Director Ben van der Pluijm for
questions and/or permissions.