Environmental and Sustainability Studies
College Of Humanities and Social Sciences and College of Science

Courses

The BA in environmental and sustainability studies is an interdisciplinary degree. As such, it draws on courses from across the university in environmental science, ecology, policy, sustainability, sociology adn business, among other disciplines.

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100-Level Courses

CLIM 101: Global Warming: Weather, Climate, and Society (3 (NR) Credits)

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Survey of the scientific and societal issues associated with weather and climate variability and change. Examines physical phenomena observed in the Earth’s weather and climate, providing sufficient scientific and technical background to enable students to critically examine arguments being discussed by policymakers and the public at large. Also reviews the current debate on climate change from a scientific point of view with a focus on those aspects that have the largest potential impact on global society. Designated a Green Leaf Course. Fulfills general education requirement in natural science (nonlab).

GOVT 103: Introduction to American Government (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

American government examined in light of basic concepts and institutions of democracy. Includes citizenship project, a first-hand observation or participation in and analysis of some public activity.

ECON 104: Contemporary Macroeconomic Principles (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Fall 2017 Summer 2017 Spring 2017 

Introduces macroeconomics in the context of current problems. National income analysis, money and banking, economic growth and stability, unemployment, inflation, and role of government.

ECON 105: Environmental Economics for the Citizen (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2017 

Introduction to economic concepts and how they can be applied to environmental policy issues such as air and water pollution, climate change, natural resource use, and sustainability. Focus is on concepts, policy, and case studies rather than formal modeling exercises. Designated a Green Leaf Course.

EVPP 110: The Ecosphere: An Introduction to Environmental Science I (4 (NR) Credits)

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Studies components and interactions that make up natural systems of our home planet. Teaches basic concepts in biological, chemical, physical, and earth sciences in integrated format with lecture, laboratory, and field exercises. Designated a Green Leaf Course.

EVPP 111: The Ecosphere: An Introduction to Environmental Science II (4 (NR) Credits)

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Studies components and interactions that make up natural systems of our home planet. Teaches basic concepts in biological, chemical, physical, and Earth sciences in integrated format with lecture, laboratory, and field exercises. Designated a Green Leaf Course.

GGS 121: Dynamic Atmosphere and Hydrosphere (4 (NR) Credits)

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Systematic study of weather, climate, energy, and hydrologic systems viewed from a geospatial and global perspective. Studies the spatial distribution and relationships of the Earth’s climate and hydrologic systems to other Earth systems, as well as the processes driving and changing them, including energy, climate, weather, and water resources. Designated a Green Leaf Course. Fulfills general education requirement in natural science (lab).

GOVT 132: Introduction to International Politics (3 Credits)

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Nature of international politics, approaches to study of international politics, state and nonstate actors in international system, patterns of action and interaction between nation-states, international institutions, and major global issues.

200-Level Courses

INTS 204: Leadership Theory and Practice (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Fall 2017 Spring 2017 

Examines historical and contemporary leadership theories and invites students to be reflective of their own leadership experiences through the lenses of those theories. Students develop critical lenses through which to evaluate their own self-awareness, effectiveness in groups, and ability to navigate structures and systems.

INTS 210: Sustainable World (4 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2017 Summer 2017 Fall 2017 

Covers basic issues in the natural and social sciences that underlie current environmental problems. Considers ethical matters such as equity as they pertain to global resource consumption, pollution, and climate change. Designated a Green Leaf Course.

PHIL 243: Global Environmental Ethics (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2017 Fall 2017 

Examines the global dimensions of environmental problems. Although environmental problems are global in reach, because different societies make different philosophical and ethical assumptions, they are understood in different ways. Examines several environmental problems, including climate change, population growth, and resource depletion, from a variety of scientific, policy, and cross-cultural perspectives. Designated a Green Leaf Course.

300-Level Courses

GGS 302: Global Environmental Hazards (3 (NR) Credits)

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Introduces applications of observational and modeling techniques to natural hazards and the threat they pose to the world, as well as a general introduction to global climate change and its effect on regional and local scales. Examples include topics of interest to different countries and regions of the world, such as earthquakes, sand and dust storms, slope failures, volcanoes, land slides, droughts and desertification, floods, hurricanes and typhoons, severe weather, wild fires (U.S., Indonesia, Africa, S. America), sea-level rise, and tsunamis. Covers Earth system science topics related to the above hazards and their coupling with anthropogenic hazards as well as how societies respond to natural disasters and mitigation. Designated a Green Leaf Course.

GGS 304: Populations Dimensions of Global Change (3 (NR) Credits)

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Spatial distribution of population, its causes and effects, and changing patterns resulting from population mobility. Emphasizes spatial characteristics of variables such as age, sex, race, education, and income. Designated a Green Leaf Course. Fulfills general education requirement in synthesis. Fulfills writing intensive requirement in the major.

INTS 304: Social Movements and Community Activism (4 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2017 

Examines how citizens, individually and collectively, accomplish social change in society through case study analysis. Considers advantages and limits of social change strategies from communication and social movement theory perspectives. Surveys topics including how leaders maintain momentum in face of opposition; how movements and organizations use slogans, symbols and music to inspire followers; and how participants construct persuasive media campaigns and political arguments to facilitate policy change.

GGS 305: Economic Geography (3 (NR) Credits)

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Analyzes pattern of distribution of world economic activity, spatial economics behind this pattern, and influence of distribution on other spatial systems.

PHIL 305: Business Ethics (3 Credits)

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Examines some moral problems that arise with regard to the responsibilities of various segments of the business community, including employers, management, stockholders; to one another; to the consumer; and to society at large.

ECON 306: Intermediate Microeconomics (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Fall 2017 Summer 2017 Spring 2017 

Basic factors of price and distribution theory: analysis of demand, costs of production and supply relationships, and price and output determination under various market structures.

GGS 307: Sustainable Development (3 (NR) Credits)

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Explores the concepts, applications, and tools for analysis and decision making in support of environmentally sustainable development. Case studies and problem-solving exercises will be used to stimulate learning and provide practical experience in addressing sustainable development issues. Designated a Green Leaf Course.

GGS 309: Meteorology and Climate (3 (NR) Credits)

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Elements of meteorology; analysis of world distribution of meteorological controls as bases of regional climatic variations.

GGS 312: Physical Climatology (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Quantitative description of nature and theory of the climate system, dynamics of atmosphere-ocean-land surface, internal interactions and response to external forcing, description of the climate record and simple climate models.

SOCI 313: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (4 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2017 Fall 2017 

Fundamentals of applied statistics as used in behavioral science to include descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, correlation regression, analysis of variance, factor analysis, nonparametric statistics, and practical experience with calculators in applying statistical analysis to actual problems of the behavioral sciences.

GGS 314: Severe and Extreme Weather (3 (NR) Credits)

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Behavior of weather events ranging from small scale (e.g., thunderstorms and tornadoes) to mesoscale (e.g., fronts and hurricanes). Introduces the dynamical and physical processes, atmospheric boundary layer processes, and coupling between different spatial scales that create and shape severe and localized weather events. Designated a Green Leaf Course.

SOCI 320: Social Structure and Globalization (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2017 Fall 2017 

While focusing on nature and process of change in human society, considers social impact of political, economic, and environmental change and how lives are shaped by complexities of global social forces. Examines specific global issues such as conflict and security; economic disparity; ecological deterioration; populations and migration; legitimization of commerce; diffusion of innovations; and impact of class, status, and power in modern societies. Designated a Green Leaf Course.

EVPP 322: Business and Sustainability (3 (NR) Credits)

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Examines the types of approaches businesses can take to take to respond to sustainability concerns, Designed to prepare students for assisting organizations to incorporate sustainability considerations into their strategic decision-making. Designated a Green Leaf Course.

GGS 322: Issues in Global Change (3 (RD) Credits)

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Provides the basis for evaluating existing and emerging issues in the environmental sciences at the regional and global scale, using interdisciplinary scientific principles. Combines activities designed to provide an understanding of the following: first principles underlying regional/global issues in the environmental sciences, with attention to links among the disciplines of atmospheric sciences, biology, ecology, hydrology, oceanography, geology, human health, toxicology, and mathematical modeling; concepts of systems control, feedbacks, modeling, and hierarchical scales (spatial and temporal); role of retrospective analyses in developing a scientifically sound basis for evaluation and analysis; and studies of specific issues of interest on a regional to global scale. Designated a Green Leaf Course.

INTS 331: The Nonprofit Sector (4 Credits)

Scheduled for Fall 2017 Spring 2017 

Readings, classroom discussions and activities, and practical experience reveal historical, legal, and socioeconomic forces that define and influence the American nonprofit sector. Explores structures, issues that affect nonprofit management, governing, and financial systems.

INTS 334: Environmental Justice (4 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2017 Fall 2017 

Examines historical and contemporary sociopolitical and socioeconomic conditions that have given rise to the environmental justice movement. Analyzes how individuals contribute to environmental justice or injustice through everyday decisions. Considers how environmental justice movement responds to these issues. Designated a Green Leaf Course.

ECON 335: Environmental Economics (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2017 Fall 2017 

Microeconomic analysis of environmental problems. Topics include externalities and market failure, alternative solutions and policies, problems in monitoring and enforcement, economic analysis of development of legislation and regulation, and applications to current policy issues. Designated a Green Leaf Course.

EVPP 336: Human Dimensions of the Environment (3 (NR) Credits)

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Overview of current knowledge regarding human and environment interactions and human ecology. Topics include basic theoretical and conceptual issues, relationship between social and biological sciences, human causes and consequences of environmental change, and contemporary perspectives on environmental issues. Designated a Green Leaf Course.

INTS 336: Poverty, Wealth and Inequality in the US (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Explores the social, cultural, political, and spiritual implications of poverty, wealth, and inequality in the United States. Examines the ways in which class identity informs one's views of the world and its politics; how socioeconomic status affects one's access to education and other social goods; and how dominant discourses and stereotypes related to poverty influence mass perception regarding a range of social issues, from educational policy to welfare.

EVPP 337: Environmental Policy Making in Developing Countries (3 (NR) Credits)

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Overview of environmental policy process in developing countries around the world. Major focus on understanding distinctive problems and dynamics of environmental policy making in poor countries to generate better policy decisions and management.

INTS 337: Social Justice Consciousness and Personal Transformation (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Fall 2017 

Explores the many spaces at which the quest to strengthen social justice consciousness interacts with processes and commitments for personal transformation. Analyzes through the lens of the activist and in the spirit of bringing mindfulness to activism, how we come to see and experience the world. Examines how socialization informs consciousness.

EVPP 338: Economics of Environmental Policy (3 (NR) Credits)

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Introduction to environmental, resource, and ecological economics for non-economist undergraduates. Covers basic theories of scarce resource allocation and examines conditions under which market allocations are efficient and sustainable. Includes graphical and verbal presentation of theory. Designated a Green Leaf Course.

INTS 338: Animal Rights and Humane Education (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Summer 2017 

Explores a combination of critical theories, experiential learning, and dialogical practices to examine the ways in which non-human animals are exploited for human profit. Examines the ramifications of this exploitation ecologically, as a question of sustainability, and spiritually, as a question of the impact of animal abuse on the human spirit. Discusses the use of animals in entertainment, factory farming, animal testing, and sport or trophy hunting; and how individuals and organizations are fighting these practices. Designated a Green Leaf Course.

PHIL 343: Topics in Environmental Philosophy (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2017 

An in-depth examination of selected environmental issues from a philosophical perspective. Such issues might include the value of nature, the moral status of animals, duties to protect wilderness areas, economics and environmental protection, environmental justice, and environmental aesthetics. Designated a Green Leaf Course.

GOVT 353: Social Entrepreneurship (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Introduces students to the different steps that social entrepreneurs work through to drive social change: identifying problem to address, developing a strategy to address the social need, fundraising, growing the organization, tracking results, and maximizing impact.

GGS 353: Observations of the Earth and its Climate (3 (NR) Credits)

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Provides a general introduction to observations of the Earth and its climate, focusing on regional and global aspects. Introduces remote sensing and other Earth-observing techniques, as well as providing a survey of some of the physical and mathematical aspects of remote sensing at a very high level. Concepts and foundations of remote sensing in addition to different approaches and techniques are discussed. Covers several key Earth system science topics such as El Niño, carbon dioxide increase, climate change including sea rise, ozone depletion, and the energy budget of the Earth. Designated a Green Leaf Course.

SOCI 355: Social Inequality (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2017 Fall 2017 

Studies class structures and implications for individuals and groups in modern society. Explores issues of race and ethnicity, language and immigration status, sex and gender, social class, age, and sexual orientation. Examines critically the theory and research that explore the construction, experience, and meaning of such differences.

ECON 360: Economics of Developing Areas (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2017 Fall 2017 Summer 2017 

Economic growth characteristic of developing countries. Economic development, obstacles to development, policies, and planning.

ECON 361: Economic Development of Latin America (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Fall 2017 

Economic development, institutions, and problems of Latin America.

EVPP 361: Introduction to Environmental Policy (3 (NR) Credits)

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Environmental politics and policymaking since the 1970s. Primary focus on United States, with some discussion of global issues. Examines policy strategies and outcomes, ethical and economic debates, political controversies, lawmaking and enforcement, and role of key players. Designated a Green Leaf Course.

GOVT 361: Introduction to Environmental Policy (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Environmental politics and policy making since the 1970s. Primarily U.S. focus, with some discussion of global issues. Examines policy strategies and outcomes, ethical and economic debates, political controversies, lawmaking and enforcement, and role of key players. Designated a Green Leaf Course.

ECON 362: African Economic Development (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2017 

Issues of economic development as applied to Africa. Includes overview of early economic history in Africa and post-independence development, and contemporary development problems.

EVPP 362: Intermediate Environmental Policy (3 (NR) Credits)

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Examines environmental issues building on learning objectives from EVPP 361. Focuses on environmental and policy issues in the US and internationally, exploring the politics of nature and the interaction of environmental science and politics and resulting controversy. Risk and uncertainty loom large in most environmental issues. “Natural” disasters as well as direct “man-made” problems will be covered. Designated a Green Leaf Course.

EVPP 377: Applied Ecology (3 (NR) Credits)

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Introduces ecosystem concepts and applications to natural and managed ecosystems.

CONF 394: Human Rights and Inequality (3 (NR) Credits)

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Examines inequality, social justice, and human rights in an age of globalization. Topics may include international law and order, welfare-and social policy, regionalism and multilateralism, environmental protection, gender equality, terrorist and transnational criminal networks, human trafficking, modern slavery, world poverty, corporate military firms, governance of global financial institutions, security, and transnational social movements.

400-Level Courses

INTS 402: Plants and People - Sustenance, Ceremony, and Sustainability (6 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Examines the direct relationships between people and plants by integrating perspectives from both ethnobotany and economic botany. Provides students with an appreciation of the fundamental role of plants and plant-derived products in all aspects of human life in both industrialized and non-industrialized societies. Explores how plants and their uses have shaped both past and present cultures around the world. Designated a Green Leaf Course.

GEOL 420: Earth Science and Policy (3 (NR) Credits)

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Discusses Earth science issues that have policy implications. Course uses a broad definition of Earth science, from atmosphere to geosphere. Course taught seminar-style, with emphasis on discussion, reading, writing, critical analysis, and student oral presentations. Fulfills general education requirement in synthesis.

EVPP 432: Energy Policy (3 (NR) Credits)

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Overview of energy policy issues, including different energy sources, electricity generation, efficiency and conservation, energy economics, related energy issues, such as climate change, energy in a global context, transmission of power, and others. Updated yearly. One field trip is part of the course.

EVPP 436: The Human Dimensions of Global Climate Change (3 (NR) Credits)

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Social science investigation of humans’ role(s) in global climate change, including diversity of ecological, cultural and policy issues. Focuses on current science, causes and responses, human rights and social justice, vulnerability of marginalized populations, relevant issues associated with communication and behavior change, place of policy, and the multiple existing and potential roles of academic action. Discussion format.

GOVT 445: Human Rights (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Explores philosophical, legal, and political issues at heart of modern international human rights movement. Examines historical background legal architecture of modern human rights movement.

MGMT 451: New Venture Creation (3 Credits)

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Explains process of conceptualizing and creating new venture. Using central concepts of innovation, strategic opportunities, and globalization, students learn to evaluate new venture opportunities and consider external environment’s impact. Students gain greater understanding of entrepreneurial concepts by developing business plans that address critical issues, including management composition and structure, effective business and functional strategies, operational logistics, legal issues, financial projections, and financing options.

EVPP 480: Sustainability in Action (4 (NR) Credits)

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Provide students with valuable and tangible experience in practical aspects of realizing sustainability goals and to transfer theory into practice. Allows students to engage in real-world, sustainability-related projects that provide benefits for a target community. Identify and attempt to solve a sustainability-related problem or address a sustainability-related need in a specific target community. Designated a Green Leaf Course. Fulfills general education requirement in synthesis.

INTS 490: Internship (1-6 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2017 Fall 2017 Summer 2017 

Internship credit may be applied to 12 credits required in experiential learning.

IT 495: Turning Ideas into Successful Companies (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

This is a practical course in entrepreneurship. Each class session will focus on specific topics associated with building a business: team creation, business planning, market research, product development, financial planning, funding, people and organizations, competitive strategies, operations, growth and exit strategies, and more. Students will have reading assignments and will participate in competitive team assignments.

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