Defending Mother Earth: Science, Energy, and Native Peoples

Fall 2016 quarter

Taught by

Native American studies, history, women's studies
physical and inorganic chemistry
  • UG

This introductory program brings together a variety of climate and energy issues occurring on Native American homelands. Students will explore the science and ethics of energy production and consumption, the environmental impacts of energy, and topics in alternative energy. For example, we will investigate impacts of hydropower on Native communities and cultures while learning the science associated with this energy source. Students will also examine contemporary Native American struggles to resist cultural and environmental devastation to their communities and their efforts to affirm tribal sovereignty and indigenous knowledge. Students will gain a solid understanding of both the science of energy and Native American tribal sovereignty in order to fully comprehend these issues. We will approach our learning through a variety of modes, including hands-on labs, lectures, workshops, field trips, group work, research papers, and weekly seminars on a variety of related topics.

Program Details

Fields of Study

chemistry physics writing

Preparatory For

chemistry, physics, Native American studies, environmentally-related fields, and science education.


Fall Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

First class meeting : Monday, September 26 at 10am (Sem II C1105)

Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning


2016-11-17Fee cancelled.
2016-06-01This introductory program now accepts students of all class levels.