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Fall 2022 Courses

During Fall 2022, 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 email Daniel Hart at so your course can be added to the list.

Note: The courses on this list do not necessarily count toward the minor in Sustainabilty. For a list of approved courses in the minor, please take a look at the Sustainability Minor fact sheet


AMNST 381/THTR 249/HS 397: SEM: HIV in Richmond: Documentary

Patricia Herrera

ANTH 279: ST: Global Women's Reproductive Health

Jennifer Nourse

Various topics in the field of anthropology. May be repeated for credit if topics are different.

BIOL 109/ENVR 109: Introduction to Ecology

Jennifer Sevin

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.

BIOL 120: MCB: Insects & People w/ Lab

Art Evans

Insects and humans have a long and complex relationship. They infect us with disease, attack our crops, infest our food stores, pester our animals, and damage or destroy our belongings. But they have also inspired artisans, architects, cartoonists, engineers, gourmands, religious thinkers, engineers, and scientists. Lectures examine the science of entomology and the influence of insects on art, history, literature, medicine and technology, and popular culture. Laboratories provide hands-on activities indoors and out that focus on insect classification and morphology.

BIOL 120: MCB: Emerging Infectious Diseases w/ Lab

Maren Reiner

Examination of microbes responsible for emerging infectious diseases (and perspective of diseases with significant impact on history) will be used to introduce biological principles evaluating the structure/function of these microbes as well as discussing the role of genetics. The impact of these events as well as the public policy response will be explored. Examples of microbes to be studied include HIV, Ebola virus, Escherichia coli, Treponema palladium and Staphylococcus aureus.  Laboratory investigations will utilize the scientific method to allow students to gain insight as to how scientific experiments are performed.

BIOL 120: MCB: Toxic Communities w/ Lab

Shannon Jones

This course will provide a general overview of the field and discuss the general mechanisms of action of classical toxicants and environmental pollutants. Students will be able to explain how toxic chemicals interfere with essential biological processes and biological systems. This course will help students understand how toxicants, or poisons, impact cells and living organisms as a whole.

BIOL 120: MCB: People and the Planet w/ Lab

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.

BIOL 199: IBT: Mesoamerican Ethnobotany w/ Lab

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.

BIOL 199/ENVR 199: IBT: Coastal Marine Ecology w/ Lab

Emily Boone

The ocean covers more than 70 percent of our planet?s surface and contains 97 percent of the Earth's water. Coastal ecosystems provide a number of valuable ecosystem services on which humans depend for food, recreation, transportation and economic activities and yet, our use of these resources is increasingly threatening these fragile habitats. In this class we will examine the interactions between organisms and their environment exploring the physiological and behavioral adaptations that allow species to persist in this unique ecosystem and consider the new challenges that climate change will bring. Students will gain experience asking and answering questions through observation and experimentation in both the lab and on field trips to the coast. Students will learn how to interpret and communicate data to a variety of audiences. As a service learning class we will have the opportunity to work with regional conservation agencies as well as fifth graders at a local elementary school.

This course is cross-listed as ENVR 199. This course fulfills the life science requirement for the Environmental Studies major or minor. 

BIOL 199: IBT: Astrobiology w/ Lab

Amy Treonis

Astrobiology is the study of life in the universe.  In this class, we will explore the origins of life on Earth and then look at how the scientific method has been used to generate hypotheses regarding the existence of life elsewhere in the universe.

BIOL 199/ENVR 199: IBT: Biodiversity and Conservation w/ Lab

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.  

BIOL 199: Invasions in Biology w/ Lab

Carrie Wu

Humans act as the greatest vehicle for species to move from one location to another. Why do some organisms that are normally benign suddenly become noxious pests or do direct harm to humans when introduced into a new environment? We will explore how scientists use approaches from diverse biological disciplines (i.e. genetics, ecology, evolutionary biology, physiology) to study invasions in biology both at the ecosystem and the microbiological levels. We will develop research projects to explore the population dynamics, spatial distributions, and molecular mechanisms of invasions, in part based on an overnight field trip. This course provides a timely opportunity for students to examine the origins and consequences of invasions in biology, while gaining first-hand experience with how scientists ask and answer questions through both observation and experimentation.

BIOL 202: Integrated Biological Principles II w/ Lab

Kristine Grayson, Priscella Erickson 

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.

BIOL 304: Medical Botany

John Hayden

Medically significant plants, the biologically active compounds that they make, and how plant-derived drugs and poisons modulate human biochemistry, cell biology, and/or physiology.

BIOL 308: Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy w/ Lab

Rafael De Sa

Comparative anatomy and biology of several systems of organs of representative vertebrates in an evolutionary context.

Two lecture and four laboratory hours per week.

BIOL 315: Landscape Ecology

Todd Lookingbill

Applied science that focuses on the development, consequences, and management of environmental patterns. These patterns include the spatial distributions of species and the environment resources upon which they depend. Attention is paid to the importance of scale in natural resource management. Landscape ecology also emphasizes the role of humans in the environment.

BIOL 336: Eco-Epidemiology w/ Lab

Jory Brinkerhoff

Explores various ways environmental heterogeneity influences disease risk in humans, with specific emphasis on diseases harbored by wildlife species and transmitted by arthropod vectors. Molecular, field-based, computational, and geospatial approaches to characterizing and studying infectious disease dynamics. Readings draw heavily from primary scientific literature. Development of research ideas and implementation of group investigations.

Three lecture and three laboratory hours per week.

BIOL 351: Aquatic Ecology w/ Lab

Jonathan Richardson

BUAD 202: Statistics for Business and Economics

Soule, Hamilton, Martilletti, Curtis, Soule 

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.

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 evaluattion, 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).

BUAD 497: Strategic Management

Bosse, Harrison, Montague-Mfuni

CHEM 111: Chemistry Detectives: Solve Real World Puzzles w/ Lab

Ray Dominey

A laboratory-based course in which students learn the language and techniques used in industrial and forensic laboratories to conduct organic chemical analysis. Students become "chemistry detectives," able to solve the types of "chemistry puzzles" that are characteristic of the fun part of doing chemistry (e.g. how chemists, such as forensic and pharmaceutical chemists, determine the structure of real-world unknown compounds). A range of applications of this chemistry is discussed, including such topics as environmental, medicinal, polymer, forensic and industrial chemistries, government regulations, natural products, pheromones, and information retrieval.

CHEM 433: Chemistry of Energy

Michael Norris

Special course areas covered when sufficient interest exists. Considers subject matter not covered in other chemistry courses. See Chemistry Department website for special topics currently scheduled.

CLSC 220: Introduction to Archaeology

Derek Miller

This class is an introduction to the theories and methods of archaeology. In a few of the class meetings, we consider human impacts on ancient environments and possible environmental causes of societal changes.

ECON 101: Principles of Microeconomics

Erik Craft and others

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.

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

Jonathan Wright

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

ECON 230/ENVR 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.

Same as Environmental Studies 230. 

ENVR 201: Introduction to Environmental Studies

Emily Boone

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/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.

ENVR 322: Global Impact of Climate Change

David 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 Geography 322.

ENVR 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 process.

ENVR 391: Environmental Senior Seminar

Carrie Wu

Close study of a current environmental problem. Student develops a project to address the problem using approaches and skills from the environmental studies core and elective courses.

FYS 100: Wrongful Convictions: Modern America

Mary Kelly Tate

This course is an examination into the causes and consequences of wrongful convictions in America. It delves into how race and poverty impact our criminal justice system at a structural level. We spend time thinking and writing about how a democracy should conceive of punishment and crime control when faced with limited resources and when citizens have different abilities to access the resources needed to navigate the criminal justice system. We study high-profile cases of wrongful convictions and make efforts to understand forensic science, the role of the prosecutor, police practices, and other elements of the criminal justice system.

FYS 100: Civic Journalism and Social Justice

Tom Mullen

In this course, students will learn that journalists don't just report the news - they often have a responsibility to tell stories that inspire social change. This course explores the role and power of journalism in identifying social problems and uncovering ways to resolve them.

FYS 100: Why do we build? Why should we care?

Jeannine Keefer

This course will explore the various roles building and design play in shaping how we live, work, play and interact with one another. We will read ancient, modern and contemporary texts and view/analyze documentaries devoted to the built environment. As students learn to read buildings, plans and even cities as primary texts they will appreciate the impact design can have on our experience of place. Questions we will address include: Can design fix a broken society? What is the role of the architect or planner in civilization? Is one kind of design better than another? Can design overcome government policies?

GEOG 210: People and Place

Mary Finley-Brook

GEOG 260: Foundations of Geospatial Analysis

Kyle Redican

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.

GEOG 333: Geographies of Amazonia

David Salisbury

Explores the contradictions and connections of Amazonia. Considers the region's importance and relevance to the rest of the world through a study of the ecologies, histories, and geographies of Amazonia. Looks at the Amazon basin as much more than the world's greatest rainforest, richest reserve of biological and cultural diversity, and largest source of fresh water flow.

GEOG 401: Geography Capstone

Mary Finley-Brook

Focused on environmental justice and regenerative practices.

GS 290: Introduction to Global Studies

David Salisbury

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.

HIST 240: Human Rights in Atlantic World

Sydney Watts

An exploration of the Western concept of human rights and how it emerged in an era of revolution from 1750 to 1850. Born of philosophical inquiry, political debates, public protests, and mass uprisings, the claims of political and civil rights for marginalized peoples took center stage for newly declared nations in America, France, and Haiti. On what basis were rights claimed? Under what means could equality and liberty be guaranteed to all people? Focuses on the rights of women, Jews, free blacks and enslaved peoples, drawing on case studies to emphasize how radicals disrupted and disputed prejudice and sought (sometimes violent) change

HS 397: ST: Climate Change and Health

Cindy Watts

The implications of climate change, health, and health care. 

LAIS 303: Spanish in the Media

Emmy Ready, Auroroa Hermida-Ruiz

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 102: Leadership & the Social Sciences

Chris Von Reuden

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.

LDST 210: Justice and Civil Society

Thad Williamson, Vincent Chiao 

Exploration of contemporary society and understandings of justice. Readings on civil society, theories of justice, and analysis of poverty and related socio-economic problems. Includes a service learning component with critical reflection on community service to populations in need.

LDST 250: Critical Thinking & Method of Inquiry

Terry Price

Examination of knowledge and argumentation as they pertain to leadership. Analysis of scientific methodology and logic, language and interpretation, and their influence on the study and practice of leadership.

LDST 306: Sex, Leadership, and the Evolution of Human Societies

Chris Von Reuden

Through case studies drawn from primatology, cultural anthropology, and political history, students will learn what makes human leadership unique and investigate why leadership and political organization vary across human and non-human societies. Some of the questions we consider include: Why do humans adopt leader and follower roles at all? What is the political organization of other social animals, particularly the great apes? Are there any human societies that lack leadership? Are there societies in which, on average, women wield more power than men? Why are some human societies more hierarchical than others? The goal of the course is not only to expose students to the diversity of political organization in humans and other animals but also to stimulate them to think critically about the ultimate causes of human social behavior in general.

LDST 450: Leadership Ethics

Price, Flanigan, Coetsee

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.

PLSC 260: Introduction to Public Policy

Tracy Roof

Introduction to how the policy-making process works in the U.S.  I focus on four case studies: the deficit, education policy, health care reform, and climate change/energy policy.

PPEL 261: Seminar in Theory & Public Policy

Stephen Simon

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.

PPEL 262: Seminar in Law & Social Order

Claudio Lopez-Guerra

Aims to bring into contact and conflict various normative theories developed by philosophers, political scientists, economists, and legal theorists - 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 area of law, such as international or tort law, or some legal institution, such as legislatures or courts.

RHCS 350: Rhetoric in a Globalized World

Timothy Barney

Exploration of the rhetoric of U.S. internationalism in the 20th century and its impact on the discourse of globalization in the 21st century through close analysis of speeches, public documents, maps, photos, posters, radio, and films. A broad historical/critical perspective is offered on important public arguments pertaining to the global expansion of American power, while also engaging with significant archival and other primary materials from both American and international perspectives. Special attention to the relationship between historical and contemporary rhetorics of intervention, foreign aid, and exceptionalism.

SUST 101: Introduction to Sustainability

Rob Andrejewski

This course provides a foundation for sustainability knowledge and problem solving. It explores the relationships between people and natural systems, examines pressing global challenges, and outlines leadership solutions to wicked challenges. Students gain deeper understanding of the most urgent concerns tied to living out of balance with the systems that sustain life. 

WELL 100: Introduction to College Life at UR


WELL 100 serves as an introduction to collegiate life at the University of Richmond. One section explicitly deals with sustainability.