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Fall 2021 Sustainability Courses

During Fall 2021, there are sustainability courses being offered in many different subjects, from geography to management. Explore how sustainability plays a role in changing environmental systems, ethics, tourism, and more. Below you will find information on each course, please contact the individual departments if you have questions about the curriculum.

If you are a professor teaching a course involving sustainability this semester and do not see it listed here, please fill out this form so your course can be added to the list.

BIOL 199: Mesoamerican Ethnobotany

John Hayden

This course is about plants that 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. Includes a lab section. 

BIOL 199/ENVR 199: IBT: Biodiversity & Conservation

Peter Smallwood

Is the current six mass global extinction event a natural phenomenon or human induced? Biodiversity is the diversity of genes, species and ecosystems, and conserving these resources is a growing challenge with a myriad of threats ranging from increasing demands for natural resources to climate change. This course will explore the importance of biodiversity, how biodiversity of studied, and the ecological and evolutionary foundations of the science of conservation biology. We will study biodiversity and conservation in a local and global context, and consider the role of science in decision making. Includes a lab section. 

BIOL 200: Integrated Biological Principles

Laura Runyen-Janecky, Isaac Skromne, Colleen Carpenter-Swanson 

Includes a lab section. 

BIOL 202: Integrated Biological Principles II

Jory Brinkerhoff, Jennifer Sevin 

Includes a lab section. 

BIOL 351: Genetics of Biodiversity

Instructor TBA

Includes a lab section. 

BUAD 394: Business Ethics

Andrew Alwood

Identify ethical issues encountered in business settings and examine specific moral questions that arise vis-à-vis a firm's relation to society and to its employees. Current cases to illustrate the practical importance of reflection on these questions, and enable explicit identification, critical evaluation, and application to various frameworks for attributing moral responsibility and making ethical decisions. Cases may be drawn from marketing (manipulation of desire in the market, deceptive advertising), management (sweatshops, discrimination in hiring, privacy), finance (insider trading, corruption), accounting (conflicts of interest, fraud), or economics (asymmetric information, moral hazard).

CHEM 110/ENVR 110: Pollutants in the Environment

Samuel Abrash, Jeffery Simpson 

Sources, behavior, and effects of chemical pollutants in the air, water, and soil. Topics include global warming, ozone depletion, acid rain, pesticides, and radioactive waste. Three lecture and three laboratory hours per week. Does not count toward the chemistry major or minor. 

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

Jonathon Wight 

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

ECON 230: Environmental Economics

Binish Rijal 

Development and application of economic principles to understand and evaluate causes and solutions to environmental problems such as pollution and conservation. Topics include economics of biodiversity protection, climate change, natural resource damage assessment, measurement of environmental values, and alternative strategies for pollution control. 

ECON 310: International Trade: Causes, Consequences, and Controversies

Maia Linask

Through both theoretical and empirical approaches, students will study international trade in goods and services and develop a framework for analysis of trade policy issues. Major themes include the causes and patterns of trade, the gains from trade and their distribution, the consequences of trade policies such as tariffs and voluntary export restraints, and the institutions of the world trading system including regional trade agreements. The course also considers many of the current issues related to trade such as dumping, trade-related intellectual property rights, trade and the environment, and the decisions of multinational firms. Economics 270 is recommended, but not required, before you take this course.

ENVR 201: Introduction to Sustainability

Emily Boone 

Overview of contemporary sustainability issues, including systems thinking, justice, integration, acting for positive change, and sustainability knowledge (species extinction, resource depletion, pollution, and climate change among others). Students examine challenges and opportunities of pursuing sustainable behavior in a changing world.

ENVR 280: Weather, Climate, and Society

Stephanie Spera

ENVR 322: Global Impact of Climate Change

David Kitchen 

Investigation of the global environmental impact of anthropogenic climate change, exploration of the science that explains the observations, and search for solutions that offset the impact of change on poor, marginalized, and at-risk communities around the world. 

ENVR 360: Environmental Remote Sensing

Stephanie Spera

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.

ENVR 362/PLSC 362: Environmental Law & Policy

Chris Miller

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 proces. 

GEOG 210: Planet Earth: People and Place

Mary Finley-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 Global Studies 210.

GEOG 250: Planet Earth: Wind, Water, and Fire

Todd Lookingbill

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 Environmental Studies 250.

GEOG 320: Power, Space, and Territory

Mary Finley-Brook

Analyses of and explorations into the spatial dimensions and geographic characteristics of global, regional, and local political change; and the political economy and ecology of globalization. Topics include: imperialism; world systems theory; nationalism; regionalism; electoral geography; race, class and gender; political economy of trade and foreign aid; and political ecology. 

LDST 102: Leadership & the Social Sciences

Christopher von Rueden

Introduction to the study of leadership through theoretical and empirical explorations of social interaction. Readings selected from anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, and sociology. Emphasis on advancing the understanding of leadership through an increased appreciation of the rich complexities of human behavior. This course may be taken before or after LDST 101.

PHIL 365: Bioethics

Karin Boxer 

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.