Food, Energy, & Water in Society Minor

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Date Posted: Aug. 30, 2018
Submitted by: Claire Pope
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Minor


The Food, Energy, and Water in Society (FEWS) minor, will provide integrated, multidisciplinary, learner-centered instruction in science and science-informed decision-making about FEW issues. The FEWS minor is designed to offer all UNL students experiences that will prepare them with the knowledge and skills to analyze complex, real- world problems from a systems perspective to make informed decisions regarding current and emerging food, energy, and water issues, and the interrelatedness of agriculture, natural resources, and society. The minor combines coursework on science-informed decision making, the scientific and human dimensions of food, energy, and water systems, and experiential learning. Broadly, the emphases of these courses are twofold: students will 1) develop understanding of core disciplinary science concepts and 2) identify and analyze social, political and economic factors associated with food, energy, and water systems in the US and globally. The courses involve a variety of methods and activities, including individual and team research, student presentations, readings, lectures, and guest speakers grounded in tenets of effective post-secondary STEM instruction.

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