Courses

Social-Ecological Network Analysis

HES 597, 3 credits

Instructor(s): Vicken Hillis

Agent Based Modeling of Human-Environment Systems

HES 620, 3 credits, Spring
Cross listed with: BIOL/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.

Complex Systems and Sustainability

HES 220, 3 credits, Spring
Cross listed with: Bio/Anthro/Geo

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.

Landscape Ecology

HES 610, 3 credits, Spring
Cross listed with: BIOL/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.

Human-Environment Systems Seminar

HES 598, 1 credits, Fall

Instructor(s): Jodi Brandt, Vicken Hillis

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 610, 3 credits, Fall
Cross listed with: BIOL/PUBADM/GEOS

Instructor(s): Jodi Brandt, Neil H Carter, 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.

Foundations in Human-Environment Systems Science

HES 400/500, 3 credits, Fall
Cross listed with: BIOL

Instructor(s): Neil H Carter

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.