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www.globe.iastate.edu

Gail R. Nonnecke, Faculty Coordinator
Supervisory Committee: David Acker, Richard Hall, Arne Hallam, Jeffery Iles, Kendall Lamkey, Ruth MacDonald, and Robert Martin

Global Resource Systems is a cutting-edge, interdisciplinary, college-wide major that prepares students to make a difference in the world. This major is offered by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The major emphasizes global and cross-cultural engagement while equipping students with a strong technical competency in a resource area of their choice. The interdisciplinary program is designed to prepare students to work on complex global resource issues through leadership positions in global businesses, governmental agencies engaged in international trade and development, non-governmental organizations and globally engaged foundations, educational institutions, and volunteer organizations. It aims to produce systemic thinkers and problem solvers with a global perspective who are trained in resource issues and able to lead teams representing high levels of cultural diversity. Students interested in this major are encouraged to contact the Faculty Coordinator at globe@iastate.edu.

Undergraduate Study

The Global Resource Systems undergraduate major employs a truly interdisciplinary and systemic approach to understanding complex global resource issues. The major allows students to develop a core set of technical competencies in a resource area selected from among the 23 minors and certificates offered by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Students choose a world region in which to specialize, develop competency in a relevant world language, participate in a significant cross-cultural living and working immersion experience in their chosen world region, and carry out a senior project related to their resource specialization within the context of the world region.

Multidisciplinary themes will be developed in the context of the physical, biological and sociological factors affecting global resource systems. In this context, resource systems will include agricultural (including crops, livestock and aquaculture), food, fuel, natural, environmental, biological, financial, governmental, institutional, human, knowledge, and other resources. Graduates of this program will have developed transnational leadership skills and will be successful integrators of various specializations on a team. They will be skilled in developing a systemic perspective and accomplished at solving complex global resource systems problems.

Courses primarily for undergraduate students

Globe 110. Orientation.. (1-0) Cr. 1. F.An introduction to Global Resource Systems (GRS) program, development of student and professional skills, participation in GRS Learning Community and service learning project.

Globe 201. Global Resource Systems. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.A comparative analysis of global resources and the various natural and human systems affecting those resources.

Globe 211. Issues in Global Resource Systems. (1-0) Cr. 1. Repeatable. F.S.Prereq: credit or enrollment in 201. Discussion of topics of current importance in global resource systems. A maximum of 3 credits of 211 may be used towards degree requirements.

Globe 221. Apprenticeship. Cr. R. Repeatable. F.S.SS.Prereq: Approval by the Global Resource Systems Faculty Coordinator. Practical work experience in approved domestic or international settings such as with a company, research laboratory, governmental agency or non-governmental organization. Satisfactory-fail only.

Globe 290. Independent Study. Cr. 1-2. Repeatable. F.S.SS.Prereq: Permission of the instructor and approval by the Global Resource Systems Faculty Coordinator. Independent study on topics of special interest to the student. Comprehensive report required. Intended primarily for freshmen and sophomores.
H. Honors

Globe 301. Resource Systems of Industrialized Nations. (2-2) Cr. 3. F.Prereq: 201, Econ 101 or 102. In-depth analysis of the opportunities, constraints and consequences of the resource systems common in industrialized nations. Topics integrate natural resources with land tenure, societal structure, food security, agriculture, shelter, energy and wealth dynamics.

Globe 302. Resource Systems of Developing Nations. (2-2) Cr. 3. S.Prereq: 201, ECON 101 or 102. In depth appraisal of resource systems common throughout the developing world. Topics integrate natural resources with land tenure, societal structure, food security, agriculture, shelter, energy and wealth dynamics.

Globe 321. Internship - Global. Cr. 3-6. Repeatable.Prereq: Junior or Senior and enrollment in Global Resource Systems major; permission of the instructor and approval by the Global Resource Systems Faculty Coordinator. A supervised learning experience including an analysis of an international location's resource system via immersion in a foreign culture lasting at least five weeks. The experience should focus on the region consistent with the student's degree track. A maximum of 12 credits of 321 and 322 may be used for degree requirements.

Globe 322. Internship - United States. Cr. 3-6. Repeatable.Prereq: Junior or Senior and enrollment in Global Resource Systems major; permission of the instructor and approval by the Global Resource Systems Faculty Coordinator. A supervised learning experience including an analysis of a domestic location's resource system via immersion in a different culture within the United States lasting at least five weeks. Designed for international students and for students who are not in a position to leave the United States. A maximum of 12 credits of 321 and 322 may be used for degree requirements.

Globe 401. Senior Project. Cr. 3. F.S.Prereq: Senior classification in Global Resource Systems. Research project in collaboration with faculty that complements and furthers a student's experiences from Globe 321 and 322 while simultaneously bringing into focus entire four-year experience. Student will write a research report and make either an oral or poster presentation
H. Honors

Globe 402. Responses to Global Resource System Challenges. (1-4) Cr. 3. S.Capstone analysis of critical challenges facing global resources and, especially, identification of alternative solutions.

Globe 446. International Issues and Challenges in Sustainable Development. (Cross-listed with Agron, IntSt). Cr. 4. S.Prereq: 3-credit biology course, Sophomore or higher classification, permission of Instructor. Mullen. Interdisciplinary study and analysis of agricultural, biophysical, environmental, sociological, economical, political, and historical factors affecting sustainable development of communities and countries from art and science perspectives. International field experience with foreign language training required. A program fee is charged to students for international study abroad.

Globe 490. Independent Study. Cr. 1-4. Repeatable. F.S.SS.Prereq: Permission of the instructor and approval by the Global Resource Systems Faculty Coordinator. Independent study on topics of special interest to the student. Comprehensive report required. Intended primarily for juniors and seniors. A maximum of 4 credits may be used for degree requirements.
E. Entrepreneurship
H. Honors Z. Service Learning

Globe 495. Global Resource Systems Study Abroad Course Preparation. Cr. R. Repeatable. F.S.Prereq: Permission of instructor. Global resource systems topics will include the agricultural industries, climate, crops, culture, economics, food, geography, government, history, livestock, marketing, natural resources, public policies, soils, and preparation for travel to locations to be visited. Students enrolled in this course intend to register for Globe 496 or 497 the following term.

Globe 496. Global Resource Systems Study Abroad. Cr. 2-4. Repeatable. F.S.SS.Prereq: Permission of instructor. Extended field trips abroad to study global resource systems. Location and duration of trips will vary. Pre-trip sessions arranged through Globe 495. Trip expenses paid by students.

Globe 497. Deans Global Ag and Food Leadership Program. Cr. 1-4. Repeatable. F.S.SS.Prereq: Permission of instructor. An integrated agricultural and food production and policy program that allows students to assess, analyze and evaluate complex, country-specific situations and to develop their skills, knowledge and abilities via team-oriented projects that involve complex issues such as development of effective foreign food aid and agricultural and food production systems, drivers of world hunger, sustainable resource management and efficacy of policy, and the role of the USA and the United Nations and other development agencies in these systems. International location and duration of program will vary. Pre-trip sessions arranged through Globe 495. Trip expenses paid by students.

Globe 499. Undergraduate Research. Cr. arr. F.S.Prereq: Permission of the instructor and approval by the Global Resource Systems Faculty Coordinator. Research projects in collaboration with faculty.