2016-17 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs

Studies in Community and Environment

SCE Program Mission

The Studies in Community and Environment Program combines rigorous academic studies and meaningful practical experiences needed to understand and solve community and environmental problems in North Dakota, the Great Plains region, and other places throughout the nation and the world. Participating faculty strive to increase awareness and appreciation of human connections with the rest of nature and promote advocacy for sustainable behaviors and practices.

SCE Program Goals and Outcomes

Goal Outcome
Learn the Discipline (Knowledge)Learning basic concepts in sciences, arts, humanities, and social sciences, and how these concepts are used in concert to analyze and understand community and environmental issues at local, regional, and global scales.
Practice the Discipline (Application)Applying interdisciplinary knowledge and critical thinking skills through engagement in experiential learning focused on solving community and environmental problems at local, regional, and global scales.
Maintain the Discipline (Action)Fostering lifelong commitment to advocate for sustainable behaviors and ethical solutions to community and environ-mental problems by preparing individuals (students, faculty, and community members) for effective citizenship, continued study, and relevant career opportunities.

Bachelor of Art in SCE Degree Requirements

SCE Core Requirements
SCE 101Environments and Societies3
SCE 102Environments and Humanities3
SCE 103Environments and Sciences4
SCE 260Collaborative Study3
SCE 301Environmental Values & Ethics3
SCE 394Directed Research1-3
SCE 397Internship3
SCE 494Senior Capstone2
SCE Option
Complete one of the following options:24-30
Social Science Option
Humanities Option
Science Option
Choose two courses from each of the above Options you are not completing 12-14
Total Hours58-68

Social Sciences Option Courses

SOC 275Contemporary Community Issues3
SOC 325Environmental Sociology3
HIST 219Environmental History3
HIST 251Introduction to Public History3
GEOG 330Geography of Weather & Climate3
GEOG 360Perception of the Environment3
ECON 320Environ and Nat Resource Econ3
ACCT 415Energy Law3
HMS 260Introduction to Public Health3
HMS 333Transcultural Health Care3

Humanities Option Courses

COMM 324Community Relations3
COMM 411Communication Issues & Ethics3
COMM 211Communication & Popular Culture3
ART 312History of Architecture3
ENGL 299Special Topics 13
ENGL 470Advanced Seminar in Literary Criticism 13

Appropriate as per course content

Natural Sciences Option Courses

BIOL 127Enviromental Biology4
CHEM 127Chemistry of the Environment4
GEOL 127Environmental Earth Systems4
CHEM 227Principles of Environmental Chemistry4
GEOL 227Earth Materials and Analysis4
SCI 301Biogeochemical Cycles3
GEOL 323Global Climate Change3
Select one of the following:4
Introduction To Cellular Biology
General Biology II: Introduction to Zoology
Introduction To Botany
Second Major or Minor and/or Concentration(s)
Major, Minor or Concentration(s)24-30


SCE 101. Environments and Societies. 3 Hours.

Explores the intertwined relationships between communities and their environments at the local and global level from a social science perspective topics will include human impact on the environment and vice versa, the role of geography in human relations, historical perspectives on the role environment plays, resource use versus conservation, public and urban space issues, economic and ethical implications of environmental policy, and social problems related to environmental impacts that are unequally distributed among demographic groups of society.

SCE 102. Environments and Humanities. 3 Hours.

Students will be introduced to the basic underpinnings of environmental literature, ecocriticism, and place studies (with a focus on the US West), and will consider how place or nature intersect with race, class and gender. Student will also explore the basic underpinnings of environmental art, land art, eco-art, and public art. In addition, students will be introduced to environmental ethics, such as the duties to and rights of non-human species and responsibilities of humans to each other and the environment.

SCE 103. Environments and Sciences. 4 Hours.

Introduces students to environmental science, including environmental policies and the roles of science in policy development. Topics addressed include environmental systems, biodiversity, conservation and preservation, food and agriculture, environmental health, water and air pollution, global climate change, earth resources, energy, solid and hazardous wastes, and sustainability. The laboratory includes local field trips as well as laboratory investigations. Lecture 3 hours; laboratory 2 hours.

SCE 260. Collaborative Study. 3 Hours.

Collaborative investigation of a particular local community and environmental issue by a group of students using an interdisciplinary approach. Topic is set prior to the course based on student interests.

SCE 301. Environmental Values & Ethics. 3 Hours.

Introduces students to the field of inquiry that addresses values of nature and the ethical responsibilities of human to each other and to the environment with respect to community and environment issues. Different types of ethics will be studied and applied to concrete examples of community and environment problems. Examples of the different ethics include utilitarian ethics, deontic ethics, and concepts of justice. Also to be studied include whether duties or obligations exist to individuals-including nonhumans, other species as a group, ecosystems or the biosphere.

SCE 394. Directed Research. 1-3 Hour.

Investigation of a particular local community and environmental issue using an interdisciplinary approach. Topic is set prior to the course based on student interests and community needs. This course consists of an individual research project that is designed by the student with the help of a faculty mentor. It provides a platform for students to be engaged in research that is perhaps more focused on their particular field of interest, but that addresses a problem or issue of broader interest and that incorporates an appropriate level of interdisciplinary treatment. The research may be conducted under the direction of a single faculty member. In some cases, however, the nature of the project may require more than one faculty mentor. The research project may be an outgrowth of a SCE 291 Topics and Projects in SCE course, which is typically itself an outgrowth of SCE 101 Introduction to SCE. 3 hours per week per credit hour. May be repeated for credit.

SCE 397. Internship. 3 Hours.

An internship is a work-related learning experience for individuals who wish to develop hands on work experience in a certain occupational field or profession, or provide valuable service to a community and its citizens. An internship is an excellent way to determine if the field or profession is the best career option to pursue. Interns not only gain practical work experience and build experience in a given profession or field, they also have the opportunity to share their academic and scholarly knowledge with people in a given community.

SCE 494. Senior Capstone. 2 Hours.

Students, having completed their research or creative project on a particular community and environmental issue in SCE 394, write a thesis, give a public presentation, and defend their work to their thesis committee.