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Health and Environment

This Option considers the direct impact of global issues on the life on our planet.  As intercontinental travel makes nearly every epidemic already global today, the more and more the health of individuals is directly connected to the health of the globe.  Growing populations, aging demographics, increasing pollution, and decreasing food resources present new challenges for global human health.  Similarly the global cycles of climate change and crisis force us to reconsider both natural processes and anthropogenic influences, examining the philosophy and history of human's place in nature. Some of the themes on which this Option focuses include: the relationship between local resources and global geopolitics; cultural, economic, and social effects of global climate change; pollution and conservation; environmental movements; and evolution and extinction.

Health and Environment

Course Number

  Course Title

AFAM 302

Diversity and Health

AFR 105

Environments of Africa: Geology and Climate Change

AFR 306

Health and Illness in African and Black Diaspora: Cultural Anthropology

ANTH 455

Global Processes and Local Systems

ANTH 456

Cultural Ecology


Our Place in Nature

CAS 453

Health Communication Theory and Research

CED 152

Community Development Concepts and Practice


The Earth System and Global Change

ECON 428

Environmental Economics

ENGL 180

Literature and the Natural World

HIST 110

Nature and History

HIST 109

Introduction to US Environmental History

HIST 111

American Food System: History, Technology, and Culture

HIST 453

American Environmental History

PHIL 013

Philosophy, Nature and the Environment

PHIL 118

Introduction to Environmental Philosophy

PHIL 403

Environmental Ethics

PLSC 135

The Politics of the Ecological Crisis

PLSC 464

Globalization, Extractive Industries, and Conflict in Africa


Psychology in a Sustainable World

SOC 023

Population and Policy Issues

SOC 422

World Population Diversity

SOC 468

Mood-Altering Substances in Society*

SOC 497D

The Global Impact of Education*


Intermediate Grammar and Composition for Students in Medical-Related Fields

SPAN 300B 

Advanced Grammar and Composition for Students in Medical-related Fields

Courses Outside the College of the Liberal Arts

BB H 305

Introduction to Global Health Issues

BB H 407

Global Health Equity

BI SC 003

Environmental Science


Ethical Dimensions of Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems

CED 450

International Development, Renewable Resources, and the Environment

E B F 200

Introduction to Energy and Earth Sciences Economics

E B F 301

Global Finance for the Earth, Energy, and Materials Industries


Earth in the Future: Predicting Climate Change and Its Impacts Over the Next Century


Water, Science, and Society

EGEE 101

Energy and the Environment

EGEE 401

Energy in a Changing World

GEOG 030

Geographic Perspectives on Sustainability and Human-Environment Systems

GEOG 130

Environment, Power and Justice


Introduction to Global Climatic Systems

GEOG 314

Biogeography and Global Ecology



Climatic Change and Variability

GEOG 430

Human Use of the Environment

GEOG 436

Ecology, Economy, and Society

GEOG 439

Property and the Global Environment 

H P A 401

Comparative Health Systems

NUTR 425

Global Nutrition Problems: Health, Science, and Ethics

 ****400 level courses with asterisks do not have prerequisites. ****

Majors should select 21 credits in the Option courses. 

-15 credits of these 21 will be in a single Option concentration (no more than 6 credits towards the Option completion are to be from courses in a single department).

-6 credits of these 21 are from other Options.

-At least 12 credits must be taken at the 400 level or higher.