The Sustainable Rivers program worked to increase student understanding of and interest in Earth science and sustainability by spreading sustainability content from InTeGrate throughout the undergraduate curriculum at the University of South Dakota. This broad interdisciplinary approach would also expose a larger number of women and underrepresented minority students to Earth science. To accomplish this, participants used the Missouri River as the common theme running through courses in biology, history, English, economics, education, anthropology, communication, Native American studies, as well as Earth science. The faculty members teaching courses associated with the program used InTeGrate materials to explore the connections between the river and their disciplines.Learn more about University of South Dakota's
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About the Program
The Department of Earth Sciences and the Sustainability Program at the University of South Dakota is increasing earth literacy across the liberal arts curriculum. Our approach employs place-based learning focused on the Missouri River, a vital part of South Dakota's people, history, economy, geography, and environment. Many students have a connection to the river, and faculty across the Vermillion campus are incorporating earth science and sustainability topics related to the river into their curriculum, thus helping students gain a better understanding of how those topics affect their lives.