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Fall 2018 Sustainability Courses

This fall there are sustainability courses being offered in many different departments, from Environmental Science to Healthcare Studies. Explore how sustainability plays a role in changing environmental systems, business management, history, and more. Below you will find information on each course, please contact the individual professors if you have questions about the curriculum.

BIOL 108 Environmental Biology with Lab

Basic ecological principles and selected topics in environmental science, including worldwide impact of growing human population, patterns of energy consumption, and issues of water quality, water management, land use, and biological resources. Application of the scientific method will be incorporated in laboratory component. Will not serve as basis of further work in science nor meet entrance requirements for any health profession. Three lecture and three laboratory hours per week.

Kwaku Aduse-Poku: TR 12:00, TR 1:30, F 1:30 L, F 9:00 L

BIOL 109 / ENVR 109 Introduction to Ecology with Lab

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.

Jennifer Ann Sevin: MW 10:30, W 1:30 L

BIOL 120 Biology of Plants

Scientific reasoning as applied in biology. Different sections may address different topics, but each one will study the nature of evidence and how knowledge is gained in biology through diligent observation or controlled experimentation. Assumes completion of high school chemistry and biology. Designed for students not majoring in the sciences. Does not satisfy biology requirements for graduate school or the health professions. Repeatable for credit if topics differ. Three lecture and three laboratory hours per week.

W. John Hayden: MW 9:00, W 1:30 L

BIOL 190 Integrated Quantitative Science

One of two courses taught fall semester as part of Integrated Quantitative Science program. Will integrate topics from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math and Computer Science and will include instructors from all five disciplines. Each semester of the course will be organized around a guiding principle that integrates several concepts. Along with co-requisite, will include ten hours for lecture and lab combination.

Michael G. Kerckhov: MWF 10:00, MWF 11:00, TR 1:30

BIOL 199 Introduction to Biological Thinking: Astrobiology with Lab

An introduction to how biologists pose questions, design experiments, analyze data, evaluate evidence, and communicate scientific information. Individual sections will have different topics and formats, but all sections will involve intensive student-directed investigation and include a laboratory component. Required for prospective biology majors. Three lecture and three laboratory hours per week.

Amy M. Treonis: TR 9:00, W 1:30 L

BIOL 202 Integrated Biological Principles II

Second of two-part series on the fundamental principles of biology. Examines genetics, cellular and molecular biology, and physiology 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. Lab component required.

Kristine Grayson: TR 10:30, T 1:30 L, TR 9:00, W 1:30 L

Emily J. Boone: MW 10:30, M 1:30 L

BUAD 202 Statistics for Business and Economics

This course covers the traditional content and procedures in a first statistics course. Much of this is individually paced for students through publisher's software. The above approach creates time for data analysis, sometimes in group projects. Much of these data are environmentally related.

Robert H. Nicholson: MW 9:30, MW 10:30, MW 1:30

Huyen Thanh Curtis: TR 3:00, TR 1:30

James W. Monk: TR 9:00, TR 10:30

Shital Ashok Thekdi: W 9:00, F 9:00, W 10:30, F 10:30, W 12:00, F 12:00

BUAD 392 Ethical, Social, and 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.

Richard S. Coughlan: WF 9:00, WF 10:30

Lindsey W. Sullivan: TR 12:00, TR 1:30, MW 12:00, MW 1:30

BUAD 497 Strategic Management

Analysis of the external environment and internal resources of a firm leading to the development of strategies and plans for implementing them. The course also provides opportunities for students to integrate knowledge from each of the functional business disciplines through case studies and other learning tools.

Jeffrey Scott Harrison: TR 12:00

Christopher Michael Courtney: MW 1:30, MW 3:00

Jeffrey Scott Harrison: TR 1:30

CLSC 220 Introduction to Archaeology

What can we learn about people and societies, past and present, from their material remains? Introduces archaeological method and theory, with special focus on sites of the ancient Mediterranean basin.

Elizabeth Paulette Baughan: TR 10:30

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.

Hoffer: TR 12:00

Floyd Duncan: TR 10:30

Other: TR 3:00

ECON 211 Economic Development in Asia, Africa, and Latin America

Comparative analysis of economic growth, income and wealth distribution, trade and finance, population, agriculture, and industrialization in Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

Alexander Deonarine: TR 12:00, TR 1:30

Curtis Persaud TR 12:00, TR 1:30

ECON 330 Environmental and Resource Economic Theory

A rigorous treatment of environmental and resource issues, with particular emphasis on problem of designing appropriate institutions and regulations under uncertainty. Topics include emission fees and marketable permits; enforcement, risk regulation, the economics and regulation of the fishery; depletion of nonrenewable resources; and forest use. (Same as Environmental Studies 330.)

Timothy L. Hamilton: MW 1:30

ENVR 201 Introduction to Environmental Studies

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.

Mary Finley-Brook: MW 10:30, MW 12:00

ENVR 269 Environmental Ethics

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.

Jeppe von Platz: WF 9:00, WF 12:00

ENVR 300 Energy Law

Selected topics about the environment.

Joel B. Eisen: MW 10:35

GEOG 210 Geographic Dimensions of Human Development

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.)

David Salisbury: MW 3:00

GEOG 250 / 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. (Same as Biology 250 and Environmental Studies 250.)

Todd Lookingbill: TR 3:00, F 9:00, F 1:30

GEOG 260 / ENVR 260 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Concepts of mapping and spatial analysis using the ArcView GIS software package. Includes map analysis, data presentation, analysis of spatial relationships, the creation of spatial and tabular data, and the introduction of ArcView software extensions. (Same as Biology 260 and Environmental Studies 260.)

Kimberley Britt Browne: TR 10:30, TR 1:30

GEOG 345 Global Sustainability: Society, Economy, Nature
Applies geography's human-environment tradition to examine environmental, 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 Economic Geography and Globalization

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.

Mary Finley-Brook: TR 1:30

GEOL 322 Global Impact & Climate Change

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.

David E. Kitchen: T 6:30

HCS 100 Introduction to Healthcare Studies

Part of the Healthcare, Environment, and Biomedicine SSIR program. The course surveys how health care is financed, organized, and delivered both in the U.S. and in other countries; major health policy areas and issues; and what constitutes the study of public health, health administration, health services and bioethics. Surveys the key stakeholders: those who pay for, provide and receive care. Contrasts the different ways that health care providers are paid, how and why reimbursement methods have changed over time, and their consequences for the quality, cost and accessibility of health care services. Finally, as a case study, the Affordable Care Act will be dissected for the purposes of illustrating the ways in which the U.S. health care system differs from those of other wealthy countries. No particular disciplinary background is assumed, nor is any special familiarity with the field of health care required.

Rick Mayes: WF 10:30

LAIS 303 Spanish in the Media

Development of Spanish reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills via contact with Spanish language media, including current events (news) and entertainment, One (2-week) module on global warming and sustainability.

Elizabeth Maria Kissling: MW 12:00

LDST 102 Leadership & the Social Sciences

Seats will open for registration. AFTER registering, students who are unable to secure a seat in 102 should not request an override from the professor. Such requests & any registration questions should be directed to Associate Dean for academic affairs, Dr. Crystal Hoyt (

Haley A Harwell: MW 10:30, MW 1:30

Allison M. N. Archer: TR 10:30, TR 12:00

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.

Marilie Coetsee: TR 12:00, TR 1:30

Jessica Mary Flanigan: TR 3:00

Terry L. Price: WF 10:30, WF 1:30

PHIL 265 Bioethics

A survey of prevalent topics in recent bioethics, the study of ethical discussions surrounding the sciences of biology and medicine. Works to improve ability to think critically and to argue from the standpoint of a certain moral theory in the ethical evaluation of problems concerning the human body, health care, doctor-patient relationship, life and death, food, and animals.

Karin E. Boxer: MW 10:30, MW 1:30

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.

Tracy Marie Roof: TR 10:30, TR 12:00

PPEL 261 Seminar in Theory & 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.

Stephen A. Simon: TR 3:00

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