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Consumption, Resources and Sustainability

What does Consumption, Resources and Sustainability mean?

Sustainability lies at the intersection of unlimited human wants and desires and limited natural resources. Until the 1800s, the average standard of living had changed only slightly for several thousand years. Since then we have witnessed tremendous, though uneven, growth. However, as a byproduct of that growth, resources such as clean water, energy and carbon sinks show signs of strain. This theme investigates the complex and dynamic interrelationships between consumption, resources, and sustainability, which highlights the conflicts between present and future demands. Examples of issues that could be considered under this theme are as diverse as climate change, economic development, international relations, equity and the connection between generations. This theme is central to majors and minors such as Anthropology, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Environmental Studies, Forestry, Geography, Geosciences, Global Public Health, Health and Human Performance, History, International Business, Management, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Resource Conservation, Sociology, and Wildlife Biology.

General Education Courses

GLI Fellows should plan to take at least 3 General Education courses that relate to their Theme and Topic. For courses that address the issues of Consumption, Resources and Sustainability, please consult the list below.

Course Number Course Name
ANTY 101H Anthropology and the Human Experience
ANTY 251H Foundations of Civilization
ANTY 326E Indigenous Peoples and Global Development
BIOB 160N Principles of Living Systems
BIOB 170N Principles of Biological Diversity
BIOB 171N Principles of Biological Diversity Lab
BIOE 172N Introductory Ecology
BIOM 135N Biology of Yellowstone Hot Springs
BIOO 101N Survey of Montana Wildlife and Hab
BIOO 105N Introduction to Botany
CCS 103X Introduction to Climate Change: Science and Society
CHMY 121N Intro to General Chemistry
CHMY 141N College Chemistry I
CHMY 143N College Chemistry II
ECNS 101S Economic Way of Thinking
ECNS 201S Principles of Microeconomics
ECNS 202S Principles of Macroeconomics
ECNS 217X Economic Development
GEO 101N Introduction to Physical Geology
GEO 102N Introduction to Physical Geology Lab
GEO 105N Oceanography
GEO 106N History of Life
GEO 108N Climate Change
GEO 304E Science and Society
GPHY 121S Introduction to Human Geography
GPHY 141S Geography of World Regions
GPHY 335 Water Policy (upper-division writing)
GPHY 433 Cultural Ecology (upper-division writing)
M 115 Probability and Linear Math
NASX 303E Ecological Perspectives in Native American Tradition
NRSM 121S Nature of Montana
PHL 112E Introduction to Ethics and the Environment
PHSX 205N College Physics I
PHSX 206N College Physics I Laboratory I
PHSX 215N Fundamentals of Physics with Calculus
PHSX 216N Physics Laboratory I with Calculus
PTRM 217S Wildland Recreation Management
SOCI 460 Capstone: Rural and Environ Chg (upper-division writing)
THTR 107A Theatre Production I: Construction Crew
WILD 105N Wildlife and People

Elective Courses

If Fellows are unable to find General Education courses that meet their needs, elective courses may also be used. For elective courses that address the issues of Consumption, Resources and Sustainability, please consult the list below.

Course Number Course Name
ANTY 349 Social Change in Non-Western Societies
ARTH 433 Art of the Ancient Americas
BCH 380 Biochemistry
BCH 480 Advanced Biochemistry I
BCH 482 Advanced Biochemistry II
CHMY 442 Aquatic Chemistry
CHMY 541 Environmental Chemistry
CCS 291 The Science of Climate Change
ECNS 310 Health Economics
ECNS 431 International Trade
ECNS 433 Economics of the Environment
ECNS 445 Intl. Environmental Econ and Climate
ECNS 450 Advanced Topics in Economic Development
GEO 151 Introduction to Fossil Fuels
GEO 211 Earth's History and Evolution
GEO 226 Rocks, Minerals and Resources
GEO 228 Earth Surface Processes
GEO 305 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
GEO 309 Sedimentation and Stratigraphy
GEO 311 Paleobiology
GEO 315 Structural Geology
GEO 320 Global Water
GEO 420 Hydrogeology
GEO 421 Hydrology
GEO 433 Global Tectonics
GEO 436 Subsurface Imaging in Archaeology
GEO 439 Applied Magnetics
GEO 443 Sedimentary Petrology
GEO 451 Petroleum Geology
GEO 460 Process Geomorphology
GEO 482 Global Change
GEO 488 Snow, Ice and Climate
GPHY 323 Economic Geography of Rural Areas
GPHY 336 Exploration and Discovery
GPHY 421 Sustainable Cities
GPHY 432 The Human Role in Environmental Change
GPHY 434 Food and Famine
GPHY 465 Planning Principles and Processes
GPHY 466 Environmental Planning
GPHY 535 Seminar in Water Resources
GPHY 560 Seminar in Planning
GPHY 564 Planning Design
HSTR 364 Environmental History
HTH 430 Health and the Mind/Body/Spirit Relationship
KIN 205 Foundations of Health and Human Performance
KIN 248 Principles of Optimal Performance
KIN 440 Foundations in Sport and Exercise Psychology
LIT 420 Ecocriticism
M 414 Deterministic Models
NASX 260 Sustained Indigenous Community Development in Mexico, Canada and the U.S.
NASX 403 Contemporary Tribal Resource Issues
PHL 422 Environmental Philosophy
PHL 455 Philosophy of Society and Culture
PSCI 324 Sustainable Climate Politics
PSCI 463 Development Administration
SOCI 355 Population and Society
SOCI 470 Environmental Sociology
STAT 216 Intro to Statistics
WILD 275 Wildlife Conservation