To earn an Science and Global Change (SGC) Scholars Citation, you must:

Science and Global Change - Course Requirements

Requirement Checklist



_____ CPSG 100 (first-year colloquium I) in Semester I 1
_____ CPSG 101 (first-year colloquium II) in Semester II 1
_____ CPSG 200 (sophomore colloquium) in Semester III 1
_____ The Practicum (CPSG 230, 240, 250, CPSP 359G, or other course approved by Faculty Director) in Semester IV 1-3
_____ ENGL 101 (pref. ENGL 101S in Semster II) 3
_____ Supporting Course 1 (see list following) (by the end of Semester IV) 3-4
_____ Supporting Course 2 (see list following) (by the end of Semester IV) 3-4
_____ Supporting Course 3 (see list following) (by the end of Semester IV) 3-4
Total: 16-22

Citation Requirements in Matrix Format:

[Please Note: The Matrix Format gives a model for when to take which courses, but this is only one possible model. The courses in bold italics (CPSG classes) MUST be taken in the semester indicated; ENGL 101 may be taken in either Semester I or II (although the special SGC section is in Semester II); and supporting courses must simply be completed by the end of Semester IV.]

Semester I
Course Credits
CPSG 100 Colloquium 1
Supporting Course 13-4
Semester II
Course Credits
CPSG 101 Colloquium 1
ENGL 101S Composition
(if not exempt)
Supporting Course 2
(if not completed earlier)
Semester III
Course Credits
CPSG 200 Colloquium 1
Supporting Course 3
(if not completed earlier)
Semester IV
Course Credits
Practicum 1-3
Supporting Course 3(*)
(if not completed in Semester 3)


A printout of this information and a schedule of which courses should be taken when during your program is available in pdf format.)

SGC Supporting Course List: Must Complete Three (3) of these 3-4 Credit Classes by the End of their Fourth Semester

In this list, the parentheses after the course number and name lists the number of credits; and the GenEd distribution requirements (if any) this course also fulfills.


Not all classes are offered every semester. Additionally, some may have prerequisites. Please check the listings in the Schedule of Classes.

    All 100 or 200 level GEOL courses (3-4), including:
    • GEOL 100/110 Physical Geology/Physical Geology Lab (4; DSNL if lecture and lab are taken together)
    • GEOL 120 Environmental Geology (3; DSNS)
    • GEOL 123 Causes and Consequences of Global Change (3; DSNS, SCIS)
    • GEOL 124 Evolution of Life and Environment on Planet Earth (3; DSNS, SCIS)
    • GEOL 200 Earth's Fury: Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Tsumani (3; DSNS, SCIS)
    • GEOL 204 Dinosaurs, Early Humans, Ancestors, and Evolution: The Fossil Record of Vanished Worlds of the Prehistoric Past (3; DSNS, SCIS)
    AGNR 301 Sustainability (3)
    ANSC 277 Eating with Eyes Wide Open (3: DSNS, SCIS)
    ANTH 222 Introduction to Ecological and Evolutionary Anthropology (4; DSNL, DVUP)
    ANTH 240 Introduction to Archaeology (3; DSHS, DVUP)
    ANTH 241 Contraversies in Archaeology
    ANTH 265 Anthropology of Global Health (3; DSHS, DVUP, SCIS)
    ANTH 266 Changing Climate, Changing Cultures (3; DHSH, DVCC, SCIS)
    AOSC 123 Causes and Implications of Global Change (3; DSNS, SCIS)
    AOSC 200 Weather and Climate (3, DSNS, SCIS) or AOSC 200/201 Weather and Climate/Lab (4; DSNL, SCIS)
    All other 100 or 200 level AOSC courses (3-4)
    ARCH 289I Sustainability at College Park (3; DSNS or DSSP, SCIS)
    AREC 200 The Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem: Intersection of Science, Economics and Policy (3; DSNS or DSSP, SCIS)
    AREC 240 Introduction to Economics and the Environment (3; DSHS)
    AREC 241 Environment, Economics and Policy (4; DSHS, SCIS)
    AREC 365 World Hunger, Populations, and Food Supplies (3; DVUP)
    All 100 or 200 level ASTR courses (3-4)
    All 200 level BCHM courses (3-4)
    All 100 or 200 level BIOE courses (3-4)
    All 100 or 200 level BSCI courses (3-4)
    All 100 or 200 level CHEM courses (3-4)
    Any one (1) CMSC course numbered 106 or higher; however ONLY 1 CMSC course will be counted as a Supporting Course for SGC
    ENEE 131 Technology Choices (3; DSSP, SCIS)
    ENGL 255 Literature of Science and Technology (3: DSHU)
    ENMA 150 The Materials of Civilization (3; DSNS, SCIS)
    ENMA 289A Bigger, Faster, Better: The Quest for Absolute Technology (3; DSNS, SCIS)
    ENSP 101 Introduction to Environmental Science (3; DSNS)
    ENSP 102 Introduction to Environmental Policy (3; DSHS)
    ENST 140 Sustainability and History: The Maryland Experience (3; DSHS, SCIS)
    ENST 200 Fundamentals of Soil Science (4; DSNL)
    ENST 233 Introduction to Environmental Health (3; DSNS)
    GEOG 140 Natural Disasters: Earthquakes, Floods, and Fires (3; DSNS, SCIS)
    GEOG 201/211 Geography of Environmental Systems/Lab (4; DSNL)
    GEOG 330 As the World Turns: Society and Sustainability in a Time of Great Change (3; DSHS, DVUP, SCIS) GEOL 288 Field Studies I (1-2)
    GEOL 388 Field Studies II (3)
    HIST 141 Carbon: Element at the Center of History (3; DSHS, SCIS)
    HIST 204 Introduction to the History of Science (3; DSHS)
    HIST 205 Environmental History (3; DSHS or DSHU)
    HIST 206 Introduction to the History of Technology (3; DSHS)
    Any one (1) MATH course numbered 120 or higher OR PSYC200: however, ONLY 1 MATH course or PSYCH200 will be counted as a Supporting Course for SGC (FSMA)
    PHIL209B Investigating Darwin's Dangerous Idea (3; DSHS or DSHU or DSSP, SCIS)
    PHIL250 Philosophy of Science I (3; DSHU)
    PHYS 105 Physics for Decision Makers: The Global Energy Crisis (3; DSNS, SCIS)
    All other 100 or 200 level PHYS courses (3-4)
    PLSC 101 Introductory Crop Science (4; DSNL)
    PLSC 115 How Safe is Your Salad? The Microbiological Safety of Fresh Produce (3; DSNS, SCIS)
    PLSC 125 Feeding Nine Billion by 2050: Food Security and Crop Protection (3; DSNS, SCIS)
    PLSC 289I Greening Cities: Who Wins, Who Loses, and Who Cares? (3; DSSP, SCIS)
    PUAF 301 Sustainability (3)
    URSP 250 The Sustainable City: Opportunities and Challenges (3; DSSP, SCIS)

GenEd abbreviations:

    DSHS History and Social Sciences
    DSHU Humanities
    DSNL Natural Science Lab
    DSNS Natural Sciences
    DSSP Scholarship in Practice
    DVCC Cultural Competency
    DVUP Understanding Plural Societies
    FSAR Analytic Reasoning
    FSMA Math
    SCIS I-Series