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Fall 2017 Sustainability Courses

This fall you have the opportunity to take a sustainability course in a number of departments, from Biology to Religious Studies. Explore how sustainability plays a role in changing environmental systems, business management, law-making, and more. Below you will find information on each course. Please contact the professors if you have questions about the curriculum.

BIOL 109/ ENVR 109 Intro to Ecology

WF 9:00-10:15, Olson

Introduction to causes and consequences of ecological patterns at all scales: individuals, species, communities, and ecosystems. Terrestrial, aquatic, and marine systems are studied, as well as theories and the mathematical and graphical models used to understand them. Some labs require work outside. Will not serve as basis for further work in science nor meet entrance requirements for any health profession. Three lecture and three laboratory hours per week. Same as Environmental Studies 109.

BIOL 199 Coastal Marine Ecology

TR 10:30-11:45, Boone

BIOL 199 Biodiversity & Conservation

WF 10:30-11:45, Smallwood

BIOL 199 Astrobiology

MW 10:30-11:45, Treonis

Lab- R 1:30-4:20

BIOL 199 Mesoamerican Ethnobotany

TR 9:00-10:15, Hayden

Lab- R 1:30-4:20

Plants are important to the people of Mesoamerica, both past and present, as a platform for consideration of: 1) the nature of the scientific process; 2) the myriad connections among scientific disciplines and human culture; 3) sustainability of human life; and 4) basic elements of botanical science.

BIOL 202 Integrated Biological Principles II

MW 9:00-10:15, Hilliker

MWF 10:30-11:20, Quintero

TR 10:30-11:45, Gomez

Lab- T 1:30-4:20, Warrick

Lab- T 6:00-8:50, Quintero

Lab- W 1:30-4:20, Gomez

Second of a two-part series on the fundamental principles of biology. Examines organismal physiology and ecology within the context of biological evolution. Builds upon the competencies and skills learned in BIOL 199 and 200 Serves as preparation for upper level biology courses and beyond. Intended for majors in biology and biochemistry and molecular biology. Three lecture and three laboratory hours per week.

BIOL 382 Conservation Biology

WF 10:30-11:45, Smallwood

Lab- R 1:30-4:20

Study of biological diversity (species, habitats, ecosystems) and efforts to conserve it. Specific topics may include ecological models of population regulation, coexistence, maximum sustainable harvest rates and minimum viable population size. Study of local, national and/or international policies for the conservation of biodiversity. Three lecture hours per week.

BUAD 202 Statistics for Business and Economics


Theory, methodology, and applications of statistics to contemporary business and economics problems. Includes descriptive statistics, probability theory, probability distributions, one- and two-population statistical inference, analysis of variance, correlation, and regression.

BUAD 392 Ethical, Social, Legal Responsibility of Business


Ethical and legal issues in business world are discussed and analyzed from a philosophical, historical, legal, and behavioral approach. Current ethical and legal cases serve to highlight changing value choices and resulting consequences, as well as legal problems experienced by business people.

CLSC 220 Introduction to Archaeology


This course spends several class meetings looking at how past humans affected their environment, how environmental changes have affected human societies, and what lessons can be learned from past.

ECON 101 Principles of Microeconomics



Provides students with the analytical perspective to think critically about the market system and social objectives it may serve. Topics include supply and demand, market structure, production, market failure (e.g., pollution), and benefits and costs of government intervention.

ENVR 201 Intro to Environmental Studies

MWF 1:30-2:30, Abrash

Overview of contemporary environmental issues, including species extinction, resource depletion, and pollution. Students examine behavior leading to environmental degradation, the scientific, ethical, and economic aspects of the resulting problems, and study policies intended to provide solutions.

ENVR 250 Introduction to Earth Systems and Physical Geography


Basic concepts of earth systems science and physical geography. Includes earth-sun relationships, weather and climate, environmental hydrology, landforms and geomorphology, climate change, and human-environment interactions.

ENVR 269 Environmental Ethics

TR 3:00-4:15, McWhorter

MWF 1:30-2:20, Davis

Introduces students to the moral issues and ethical approaches that characterize interaction with our natural environment. Topics will vary but will typically include issues such as our moral obligation to nonhuman species and to future human generations, and ethical analysis of contemporary environmental issues such as climate change and species extinction.

ENVR 322 Global Impact of Climate Change

T 6:30-9:10, Kitchen

Rapid climate change is causing an increase in the temperature of the atmosphere and oceans. This is a truly global problem that requires international research and collaboration to resolve. The USA is a major producer of the atmospheric "greenhouse" gases that make a significant contribution to this global "anthropogenic" warming. The aim of this course is to introduce students to the global environmental impact of anthropogenic climate change, and to challenge students to think about the possible impact of the way we live in the USA on poor, marginalized and at risk communities around the world. Same as Geology 322U.

ENVR 324 Environmental Law and Policy

M 6:00-8:40, TBA

Survey of issues involved in the field through examination of major cases that have shaped the implementation of major federal environmental statutes since their passage beginning in the 1960s. Topics covered include the common law basis for environmental protection, constitutional and statutory authority to protect the environment, standing to bring environmental cases, the rules of judicial review, and substantive issues involving major environmental statutes and their implementing regulations. The cases are predominantly federal, but Virginia cases are used where appropriate. Same as LA 320U.

ENVR 360/ GEOG 360 GIS

TR 10:30 am-11:45 am, Browne

TR 01:30 pm-02:45 p, Browne

Concepts of image acquisition, image interpretation, and satellite remote sensing. Includes electromagnetic spectrum concepts, acquisition of image data, visual characteristics of vegetation and landforms, image interpretation, classification and transformation, and integration of remotely sensed imagery into other spatial analysis systems. Student research projects.

FYS 101 Expansion of Europe and Asia in Africa


The course is a critical examination of the main ideas that underlay the expansion, first of Europe into the New World (notably in Africa), and today of Asia (China and India) in quest on natural resources. The course examines the nature of subsequent relationships that result(ed) from these encounters.

GEOG 210 Geographic Dimensions and Human Development

MW 10:30-11:45, Brook

MW 12:00-1:15, Brook

Introduction to geographic approaches to study of cultural, societal, economic, political, and environmental change. Topics include: spatial analysis techniques and theories; population distributions and migration; cultural geographies; global economic development and its distribution; urbanization; political geography; and human-environment relations. (Same as International Studies 210.)

GEOG 260 Intro to Geographic Info Systems

TR 10:30-11:45, Browne

TR 1:30-2:45, Browne

Concepts of mapping and spatial analysis using the ArcGIS software package and ArcGIS Online. Includes map analysis, vector and raster data creation and presentation, cartography, and analysis of spatial relationships. In-depth look at concepts including scale, coordinate systems, projections, and metadata. Practice with data acquisition using mobile GPS technology. Demonstration of real-world applications of GIS technology. (Same Environmental Studies 260).

GEOG 345 Society, Economy, and Nature

MW 1:30-2:45, Salisbury

Applies geography's human-environment tradition to examine social, cultural, and economic dimensions of sustainability and sustainable development. Examinations into foundations and theories behind the concept of sustainable development, discussions and debates about its real-world applicability, and explorations into case studies addressing relationships and contradictions between human desires for material well-being, environmental protection, and maintenance of cultural and/or social traditions.

GEOG 370 Geography, Economic Development, and Globalization

TR 1:30-2:45, Brook 

Geographic perspectives on economic development and spatial analysis of trends in the global economy. Topics include: natural resource location and distribution; commodity flows and chains; technological change and diffusion; international trade; entrepreneurship and innovation; industrial location theory; social and cultural dimensions of development; geographies of labor; and regional development theories and trends.

IS 290 Perspectives on International Studies

Introduces methods and questions of the international studies field through regionally diverse case studies and analyses. Topics may include identity, culture, geopolitics, war, environment, health, media, migration, and inequality.

LAIS 303 Spanish in the Media


Development of aural, oral, and written communication skills through a focus on mass media in Spanish and Latin American culture. Spanish will be taught through direct contact with newspapers, journals, TV programming, and films. Students are expected to participate actively in class debates and presentations, complete written assignments on a regular basis, and view all programs and films assigned by the instructor.

LDST 450 Leadership Ethics


Application of moral theory to the values and assumptions of leadership, focusing especially on the ethical challenges of leaders past and present, group behavior, and leadership theory. Topics include self-interest, power, charisma, duty, obedience, and the greater good.

MGMT 348 Environmental Management

TR 1:30-2:45, Sutton

Study of various challenges being faced by today's organizations created by heightened concern for the protection of our natural environment. Topics studied include such issues as air and water pollution, waste management, and global warming.

PLSC 260 Introduction to Public Policy


Contemporary social and economic problems in America, public policies adopted or proposed to deal with them, and ways of analyzing those problems and policies.

PLSC 362 Environmental Law and Policy

Examines legal aspects, both regulations and case law, of environmental policy. Central issues are whether legal responses (1) effectively address the needs of the parties most affected; (2) properly weigh such facts as economic efficiency, protection of nonhuman species, and the possibility of unintended consequences; and (3) are diluted by the political process. (Same as Environmental Studies 362.)

PPEL 261 Seminar in Theory and Public Policy


Aims to bring into contact and conflict various normative theories developed by philosophers, political scientists, and economists - that is, their different accounts of what makes acts right, outcomes good, or societies just - with significant attention paid to the implications these theories have for some issue of public policy such as climate change healthcare reform, or global poverty reduction.

RELG 269 Ethics, Religion, and the Environment

MWF 1:30-2:20, Davis

Moral and religious issues that attend our life in and interaction with the environment. Through the detailed analysis of text and argument the course seeks to provide an overview of on-going issues and to foster the ability to read and assess arguments from a variety of positions.

SOC 335 Feast and Famine: Inequalities in the Agrifood System

MW 1:30-2:45, Ransom

Analyzes the socio-economic, political, and cultural construction of food systems. Topics include global institutions that impact the flow of food around the world; regional relationships pertaining to food trade; and local relationships between producers, retailers, and consumers.

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