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International Science Studies

This interdisciplinary minor in International Science Studies will introduce College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences students to global issues, which affect their major disciplines in the current world, and also provide an opportunity to gain first hand experience abroad when appropriate. The goal of this minor is to enable our college students to develop greater international competence and to enhance their employability.

The minor assumes that the student will have a major in the sciences, and that classes taken under one of the three tracks in the minor will contribute depth to the existing major or establish depth in a selected additional field of study.

Students will be expected to work closely with an academic advisor in developing an intellectually coherent program of the study. A minimum of 18 units of upper division work is required. Only a single course can be counted toward both major and minor and no course can be used to satisfy the requirements of more than one minor.

Requirements: 

23-25 units

Global issue course requirement
Focusing on broad range of global issues and their impacts on ecological and environmental resources and biodiversity, in addition to international policy and economics. Beyond the courses taken under each track. 

  • Choose two courses (7-8 units)  
    • ATM 116 Modern Climate Change (3 units)
    • PLS 150 Sustainability and Agroecosystem Management (4 units)
    • ARE 115B Economic Development (4 units)
       

Choose one of the following tracks 
​Education Abroad Program courses taught overseas and relevant international internship activities will count towards the minor requirement with advisor's approval. For each track, students can take a maximum of three units from EAP courses, with a valid transcript, and three units from relevant international internship activities. The international internship activities would require a pre-approved study plan with the academic advisor before the maximum of three units can be awarded. Language and culture related courses are encouraged, but not required for the minor.

  • (1) Ecological, Environmental, and Energy Studies Track (16-17 units)
    • Choose 16-17 units
      • ANT 103 Indigenous Peoples and Natural Resource Conservation (4 units)
      • ARE 147 Resource and Environment Policy Analysis (3 units)
      • ATM 116 Modern Climate Change (3 units)
      • ATM 133 Biometeorology (4 units)
      • ESM 030 World Ecosystems & Geography (3 units)
      • ESM 100 Principles of Hydrologic Science (4 units)
      • ESM 121 Water Science and Management (3 units)
      • ESM 131 Air as a Resource (3 units)
      • ESM 144 Trees and Forests (4 units)
      • ESM 120 Global Environmental Interactions (4 units)
      • ESP 100 General Ecology (4 units)
      • ESP 116 The Oceans (Discontinued) (3 units)
      • ESP 151 Limnology (4 units)
      • EVE 147 Biogeography (4 units)
      • SSC 109 Sustainable Nutrient Management (4 units)
      • HYD 143 Ecohydrology (4 units)
  • (2) Policy and Management Focus Track (16-17 units)
    • Choose 16-17 units
      • ARE 115A Economic Development (4 units)
      • ARE 115B Economic Development (4 units)
      • ARE 138 International Commodity and Resource Markets (4 units)
      • IRE 190 Topics in International Relations (4 units)
      • CRD 156 Community Economic Development (5 units)
      • CRD 180 Transnational Community Development (4 units)
      • IAD 160 Agroforestry: Global and Local Perspectives (3 units)
      • IAD 162 Field Course in Tropical Ecology and Sustainable Agricultural Development (Discontinued) (8 units)
      • IAD 170 Program Development for International Agriculture (4 units)
      • ESP 102 Cultural Ecology (Discontinued) (4 units)
      • ESP 175 Natural Resource Economics (4 units)
  • (3) Agriculture, Food, and Fiber Systems Track (16-17 units)
    • Choose 16-17 units
      • ANT 103 Indigenous Peoples and Natural Resource Conservation (4 units)
      • ANT 130 Gender and Sexuality (Discontinued) (4 units)
      • ATM 133 Biometeorology (4 units)
      • CRD 153A International Community Development: Asia (4 units)
      • CRD 153B International Community Development: Europe (4 units)
      • ESM 121 Water Science and Management (3 units)
      • ESM 131 Air as a Resource (3 units)
      • EVE 138 Ecology of Tropical Latitudes (5 units)
      • HYD 124 Plant-Water-Soil Relationships (4 units)
      • PLS 150 Sustainability and Agroecosystem Management (4 units)
      • PLS 160 Agroforestry: Global and Local Perspectives (3 units)
      • FST 108 Food Processing Plant Sanitation (Discontinued) (2 units)
      • FST 109 Principles of Quality Assurance in Food Processing (3 units)
      • NUT 119A International, Community-Based Nutritional Assessment (1 unit)
      • NUT 119B International, Community-Based Nutritional Assessment (6 units)
      • TXC 174 Introduction to World Trade in Textiles and Clothing (4 units)

Total = 23-25 units

Minor Advisors

Shu-Hua Chen (Land, Air and Water Resources)
shachen@ucdavis.edu
(530) 752-1822