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Human Environment Systems (HES) Courses

HES 500 FOUNDATIONS IN HUMAN-ENVIRONMENT SYSTEMS SCIENCE (3-0-3)(F). Explores transdisciplinary and collaborative approaches in human-environment systems (HES) science to help solve complex environmental problems facing human society, such as global climate change and natural resource management. Provides students with a foundational understanding of the theories, methods, and applications of HES science.

HES 598 HUMAN-ENVIRONMENT SYSTEMS SEMINAR (1-0-1)(F). Introduces students to current applied topics in human-environment systems science. Students engage in professional development activities for future careers. May include oral presentations, academic writing, networking, and developing an internet presence. May be repeated for credit.

HES 600 RESEARCH METHODS IN HUMAN-ENVIRONMENT SYSTEMS SCIENCE (3-0-3)(F). Trains students to design interdisciplinary research. Introduces methods employed in human-environment systems science. Includes spatial analysis, social science approaches, and agent-based modeling.

HES 610 LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY (3-0-3)(S). Introduction to the history, theory, quantitative methods, and practical applications of the discipline of landscape ecology. Focuses on the interplay between spatial pattern and process, where it comes from, why it matters, and how it changes through time.

HES 620 AGENT BASED MODELING OF HUMAN-ENVIRONMENT SYSTEMS (3-0-3)(S). Students use agent-based models to understand and predict dynamics of human-environment systems. Focuses on agent-based approaches as powerful tools in ecological economics, land use science, political science, natural resource management, and sustainability sciences.

Refer to the University-wide Graduate Courses section in this catalog for additional course offerings.