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Complex Systems and Sustainability

HES 220, 3 credits, Spring
Cross listed with: ANT / GEOS

Instructor(s): Vicken Hillis

Introduces the fundamentals of complexity science and systems thinking. May include dynamics, chaos, emergence, information theory, networks and evolution. Students use modeling exercises to apply course concepts to sustainability and human-environment systems.

Foundations in Human-Environment Systems Science

HES 400/500, 3 credits, Spring

Instructor(s): Kelly Hopping

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.

Vertically Integrated Project: Environmental Sustainability

VIP 200-025; 400-025; 500-025, 1 or 2 credits, Fall/Spring
Instructor(s): Vicken Hillis, Kelly Hopping, Jodi Brandt

Our interdisciplinary team is tackling sustainability challenges across the planet – from rangelands to wetlands, from Boise to Bhutan. Students will work with Human-Environment Systems faculty to address these real-world challenges, while simultaneously building skills in mapping, data analysis, and collaboration. Each student will be matched with a project based on individual interests. More details on VIP courses here.

Social Network Analysis

HES 597, 3 credits, Fall
Cross listed with: DATA-LA 420 / ANT 597

Instructor(s): Vicken Hillis

Introduces and applies concepts and empirical methods of network analysis in a field-base project. Social networks influence learning, economic behavior, and adoption of new products and organizational innovations.

Human-Environment Systems Seminar

HES 598, 1 credit, Fall

Instructor(s): Jodi Brandt, Vicken Hillis, Kelly Hopping

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, and networking and developing an internet presence.

Research Methods in Human-Environment Systems Science

HES 600, 3 credits, Fall
Cross listed with: PUBADM/GEOS

Instructor(s): Jodi Brandt, Matthew Williamson, Vicken Hillis

Trains students to design interdisciplinary research. Introduces methods employed in human-environment systems science. Includes spatial analysis, social science approaches, and agent-based modeling.

Landscape Ecology

HES 610, 3 credits, Spring
Cross listed with: GEOS

Instructor(s): Jodi Brandt

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.

Agent Based Modeling of Human-Environment Systems

HES 620, 3 credits, Spring
Cross listed with: GEOS

Instructor(s): Neil H Carter

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.