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Students: Explore Climate Action Through a California American Indian Perspective!

Available to students across participating campuses, our listing of courses open to students from other universities for cross-enrollment integrate Indigenous perspectives through expert guest speakers, curated readings, and hands-on activities. Learn more about course offerings and enrollment on today's blog!


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Did you know that there are 109 Federally-recognized Tribal Nations in California? Are you ready to enhance your environmental and cultural understanding through a California American Indian framework?


Launched in 2023, the Collaborative of Native Nations for Climate Transformation and Stewardship (CNNCTS) brings together Tribal partners, non-Tribal partners, and academic institutions to advance a collaborative model of Indigenous-led land stewardship. These high-impact learning opportunities honor, elevate and incorporate Indigenous wisdom to the curriculum, reflecting both the cultural and biological diversity of Southern California.


Available to students across participating campuses, our listing of courses open to students from other universities for cross-enrollment integrate Indigenous perspectives through expert guest speakers, curated readings, and hands-on activities.


See enrollment details and course information below.


Course offerings

These courses provide students with a strong foundation in applied climate science and action with a place-based focus on California American Indian knowledge, history, and experience.


San Diego State University:

  • CAL400: Transnational Approaches for Sustainable Food Systems" (Spring ‘25)

  • BIOL530: Plant Systematics" (Spring ‘25)

  • AMIND 350: American Indian Environmental Management (Fall ‘24)

  • AMIND 420: Indian Peoples of California (Spring ‘25)

  • AMIND 470: American Indian Worldviews and Cosmologies

  • AMIND 498: American Indian Community Service (Offered every semester, Fall, Spring, and Summer)


University of California Riverside:

  • BIOL 110: Biology of Human Problems (Summer ‘24, Fall ‘24, Winter ‘25, Spring ‘25. Check with instructor for topic)

  • BIOL 116: Ecology and Conservation Biology (Online: Summer ‘24, In person: Fall ‘24, Winter ‘25, Spring ‘25)

  • BIOL 166: Global Change Biology (Summer & Fall ‘24 online)

  • BPSC 165: Restoration Ecology (Winter ‘25)


CSU Long Beach: 

  • AIS 336: American Indian Studies, Indigenous Philosophies of Sustainability

  • AIS 497 & 499: American Indian Studies, Independent Study

  • CE 435: Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering

  • ERTH 191: See Air & Water Pollution

  • ESP 400: Environmental Science and Policy Capstone Project


How to Enroll

Enrolling in these selected courses varies by campus. The information below will help you navigate your campus' cross-enrollment protocols.


  • SDSU students interested in taking a course at a California Community College (CCC), California State University (CSU), or University of California (UC) campus through the cross enrollment program should contact and request approval from the campus they would like to attend. 

Current students who want to enroll in a course offered by a UC, CSU, or community college submit this form to SpecialEnrollment@sa.ucsb.edu.


 

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