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The Honors Ecology and Legacy Integrated Minor focuses on the important topic of human relationships to their ecosystems, and how these complicated entanglements manifest across place, population and time.

Students pursuing a career in the sciences will be equipped with a more humanistic perspective on ecology and environmental issues, while students pursuing career paths outside of science will be able to engage with issues of ecology in their discipline and/or professional area, and will bring critical and systems-based thinking to their broader work.

The program is directed by Dr. Sylvia Torti, Dean, Honors College.

The Honors Ecology and Legacy Integrated Minor includes three distinct tracks: Patagonia (including a 6-week summer experience in Argentina, Montana, and the Great Basin), East Africa (including a 6-week summer experience in Kenya), and Utah.

If you are an incoming or current Honors College student and are interested, apply to the Honors Ecology and Legacy Integrated Minor (application includes a short essay).

 

Patagonia


Make comparisons between the ecologies of the Great Basin and Patagonian step. Study southern right whales and other marine life. Experience American and Argentine culture through politics, literature, and landscape art, while learning about the social and cultural dimensions to global environmental change.

Who: 15 Honors students, open to all majors

What: Download curriculum overview
1 course spring 2023: HONOR 2109 IT through an Ecological Lens

6-week summer intensive: HONOR 2110 IT through an Ecological Lens place based version + HONOR 2700 Comparative Ecology + HONOR 3820 Critical Landscapes

1 course fall 2023: HONOR 3200 Honors Research Writing

1 elective (any semester)

Where: Field work in Montana, Utah, and Patagonia, Argentina

Cost: $8,260 (includes flight, tuition, room and board), with scholarships available by need

PROGRAM FULL FOR 2022 ADMISSIONS. CHECK BACK IN 2023

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“To say this program changed my life is an understatement. Ecology and Legacy marks a pivot point for me because it redefined how I want to approach my career in materials science and engineering.”

– Danielle Beatty, Honors Bachelors of Science, Materials Science Engineering

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Utah


Utah has 3,000 species of plants, 1000 species of North American bees, and millions of migrating birds. We are also home to a growing, dynamic population, representing a wealth of historic and contemporary cultures. In this minor, students study Utah’s desert ecosystems and learn how Western culture, history, economy and ecology interact.

Who: 21 honors students, open to all majors

What: Download curriculum overview
3 courses Fall 2022: HONOR 2109 IT through an Ecological Lens + HONOR 2300 Wilderness with Honors: Outdoor Recreation and Leadership + HONOR 2700 Comparative Ecology

2 courses Spring 2023: HONOR 2110 IT through an Ecological Lens (Utah focus) + HONOR 2211/3200 Honors writing

1 elective (any semester)

Where: field work throughout Utah, one of the most biodiverse states in the country

Cost: $750 (includes travel and field costs), with need-based scholarships available

PROGRAM FULL FOR 2022 ADMISSIONS. CHECK BACK IN 2023

“When you open my journal from the Ecology and Legacy Minor, the first line of almost every entry is ‘Today was the best day of my life.’ As an undergraduate at such a large university, it is easy for education to become impersonal. This minor gave me a support system and a family at the University of Utah.”

– Jaya Muehlam

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East Africa


Experience Kenya’s Ewaso Ecosystem through ecology, culture and history, and study animal behavior with elephants, zebra, and giraffe while living and working alongside the region’s diverse ethnic communities.

Who: 15 honors students, open to all majors

What: Download curriculum overview
1 course spring 2023: HONOR 2109 IT through an Ecological Lens

6-week summer intensive: HONOR 2700 Comparative Ecology + HONOR 3602 IT: Africa + HONOR 4473 Art and Environment

1 course fall 2023: HONOR 3200 Honors Writing

1 elective (any semester)

Where: Fieldwork at the Mpala Research Centre and Nairobi, Kenya

Cost: $10,500 (includes flight, tuition, room, and board), with need-based scholarships available

SPOTS REMAINING – APPLICATION OPEN UNTIL FILLED

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“Ecology and Legacy wasn’t a class so much as a set of various lenses for looking into the world and coming back with a more comprehensive picture.”

– Xavier Matheson

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