Science, Society and the Environment of Africa

The continent of Africa has the greatest accumulation of natural resource wealth of any region of the world, yet its people and societies are among the poorest and least integrated with the global economy. This interdisciplinary minor enables students to integrate fundamental aspects of the social, physical, and technical sciences that have contributed to this paradox.  It provides a complement to elective and required coursework in both the humanities and the sciences, including degree programs in Political Sciences, Earth Sciences, Environmental Resource Management, Engineering, and/or African and African-American Studies. Students in this program will learn to apply fundamental concepts from diverse disciplines towards an integrated understanding of African resource management. This minor provides excellent preparation for students planning careers in development, law, international relations, international business, resource management, engineering and the physical sciences. Learning objectives for the minor include excellence in written and oral expression, the ability to collect and interpret data from a diversity of dynamic natural systems, and rigor in scientific thought.

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)


Select 6 credits of Introductory Coursework: AAA S 105 GN;IL(3), AAA S 110 GS;IL(3), AAA S 192 GH;IL(3), EARTH 105 GN;IL(3), E B F 200 GS(3), GEOG 030 GS:IL(3), GEOG 126 GS(3), GEOG 123 GS(3), GEOG 120 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 6 credits of Advanced Topical Coursework I: AAA S 403(3), AAA S 440 USI(3), AAA S 443 IL(3), AAA S 454 IL(3), PL SC 454 IL(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6 credits of Advanced Topical Coursework II: EM SC 470W(3-6), F SC 401(3), GEOG 438W(3), GEOG 420W(3), GEOG 444(3), GEOG 424(3) (Sem 5-8)

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