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Environmental Management and Forestry course catalog



MATTHEW FOCKLER, Assistant Professor (Geography & Environmental Studies)
B.A., M.S., University of Nevada; Ph.D. Montana State

REUBEN A. HEINE, Associate Professor (Geography)
B.A., St. Cloud; M.S., Ph.D., Southern Illinois (Carbondale)

RAFAEL MEDINA, Assistant Professor (Biology)
B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

MICHAEL REISNER, Assistant Professor, Director of Upper Mississippi Studies Center
B.S., Montana State; J.D., Ph.D., Oregon State



The world faces pressing environmental, social, and economic sustainability challenges. Augustana College’s Environmental Studies Program equips students with the tools they need to understand and solve these challenges.

  • We believe that sustainability demands improving human well-being for present and future generations while ensuring the resilience of the Earth’s ecosystems
  • We believe that sustainable stewardship of social-ecological systems requires that such systems continue to provide the ecosystem services necessary to ensure human and community well-being of present and future generations.
  • We believe that solving complex sustainability challenges requires using an interdisciplinary framework to evaluate interactions between the human and environmental dimensions of social-ecological systems.
  • We believe that students should be capable of addressing complex, context-dependent problems that involve contested values, complex systems, and high uncertainty
  • We believe that students should solve problems practically, contextually, and cooperatively in ways that serve society’s common interests
  • We believe that the knowledge, skills, and values consistent with this vision are best taught by bringing students, to the degree possible in each course, into the real world of complex environmental problem solving.

Consistent with this vision, our program emphasizes the process of synthesis, integration, and analysis across disciplines to create new knowledge in the form of practical, effective solutions to sustainability challenges.

Graduates of the program will be able to make a substantial contribution towards solving complex, pressing problems within the context of helping a community address a sustainability challenge. Students will be capable of using an interdisciplinary, problem-based, solution-oriented perspective that integrates a diverse array of disciplinary knowledge, perspectives, methods, and skills Students will be able to collaborate with academic colleagues, disciplinary professionals, and a diverse array of stakeholders to formulate alternative solutions to such problems. Students will construct knowledge and collectively apply this constructed knowledge, perspectives, methods, and skills within the context of real world sustainability problem solving.

MAJOR IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES. 35 credits, distributed among Core Courses (20 credits) and Supporting Courses (15 credits).

MINOR IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES. 26 credits, distributed among Core Courses (11 credits: ENVR 100, 200, 201,202, and 380) and Supporting Courses (15 credits).

Core Courses (20 credits)

ENVR 100 3 credits

ENVR 200, ENVR 201, and ENVR 202 5 credits

ENVR 380 3 credits

ENVR 300, ENVR 401, and ENVR 402 5 credits

ENVR 451, ENVR 452 4 credits


Supporting Courses (15 credits)

6 credits: BIOL200 (PN) General Zoology or BIOL220 General Botany BIOL180 (3 credits); and Fundamentals of Ecology or BIOL380 General Ecology (3 credits)

3 credits: GEOG101 (PN), Global Weather and Climate Systems; GEOG102 (PN), Landforms and Landscapes; GEOG103 (PN), Water and Land Resources; GEOG104 (PN), Natural Hazards & Soc; GEOL101 (PN), Physical Geology; GEOL105 (PN), Physical Geology in Rocky Mountains; GEOL115 (PN), Environmental Geology; GEOL116 (PN) Energy Resources and the Environment; or CHEM121 (PN), General Chemistry I

3 credits: GEOG121 (PS,G), Geography of the Global Economy; GEOG210 (PS,G), Cultural Geography; GEOG325 (PS); Urban Design and Sustainable Cities; ANTH100 (PS,G), Intro to Anthropology; SOC100 (PS,D); RELG325 (PH), Environmental Ethics; POLS336 (PS) Politics of Environmental Policy

3 credits: GEOG305, Water Resources Management; GEOG306, Soil Science; GEOG307 Environmental Conservation and Development; GEOG308 Land Resources Management; ENGL315 Environmental Literature; GEOG373, Geographic Info Systems & Remote Sensing; GEOG374, Intro to GIS with Soc Sci & Bus Appl; GEOG473, Urban and Regional Planning; GEOG475, Advanced GIS; or ECON221, Environmental Economics & Policy

As an alternative to completing the Supporting Courses, students may design their own Program of Study that must consist of at least 15 credits. The Program of Study must be approved by the Environmental Studies Advisory Committee prior to the student’s completion of ENVR200.

Grade Point Average Notation: All courses listed in the catalog as required courses for any major and/or minor, including those courses outside of the department or with a different subject coding, are considered part of the major and will count in the grade point average. Recommended supporting courses that are optional and not required may also count in the major depending on the program. For more information see your department chair or the degree requirements for Bachelor of Arts and information on Majors/Minors