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Spring 2021 Sustainability Courses

During Spring 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 109: Introduction to Ecology


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.

BIOL 199: Mesoamerican Ethnobotany


BIOL 199: Biodiversity & Conservation


BIOL 199: Astrobiology


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.

BIOL 351: Urban Ecology & Evolution


BIOL 351: Conservation Biology


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 392: Ethical, Social, & Legal Responsibilities 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.

BUAD 394: Business Ethics

Alwood, Cosans, Lunn

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.

CHEM 110/ENVR 110: Pollutants in the Environment


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.

ENVR 300: Geographies of Energy: Climate


ENVR 333: Geographies of Amazonia


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.

ENVR/PLSC 362: Environmental Law & 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.

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.

ENVR/GEOG 250: Introduction to Earth Systems & Physical Geography

Spera; 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/GEOG 260: Foundations of Geospatial Analysis


Introduces the data and technology underlying quantitative spatial analysis. Covers foundational concepts of geospatial data (raster, vector, coordinate systems, map projections, scale, symbology and metadata) and introduces students to geospatial technology (GIS, GPS, remote sensing, web and mobile mapping). Uses spatial data from multiple national and international data platforms (e.g. USGS, Census Bureau, CDC, UN) to create maps and perform basic spatial analysis. Use the ESRI Suite of products as well as open-source programs to create and manipulate spatial data. Introduction to concepts of map reading and design.

FYS 100: Why Do We Build?


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/GS 210: Geographic Dimensions of Global Development


Earth, our planet and home, is a finite sphere, but we humans continue to put more and more pressure on our limited space. This course, like the United Nations Development Program, will engage global development from a sustainability perspective. To this end, we will learn geographic tools and concepts to work toward a sustainable future. Place, space, scale, landscape, territory, distance, networks, and human-environment interaction are just a few fundamental aspects of human geography we will use to learn about our world. Never before have we had access to so much information and so many tools to better understand our diverse and changing world. Despite this, we struggle to understand other cultures and environments, not to mention our own. Here we will learn geographic concepts to better grasp our relationship with the world and each other.

GEOG 280: Environmental Geology


GEOG 315: Landscape Ecology


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.

GEOG/ENVR 365: Advanced Spatial Analysis


Advanced topics in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) theory and application. Topics include use of the Spatial Analyst, 3-D Analyst, raster data sets, the Idrisi Software System, projects in environmental location analysis, retail site location, and application of GIS techniques to biological, environmental, and social science issues.

GEOG 380: Out of Eden: Slow Journalism


GS 400 Senior Seminar: Global Poverty & Inequality


LDST 102: Leadership & the Social Sciences

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.

LDST 317: Reimagining Richmond: History, Power, Politics


The role of historical context and leadership in shaping urban development, particularly the development of Richmond, Virginia. Study of Richmond's history from the colonial era, through Reconstruction, and into the twentieth century, including how historical actors used politics and leadership to transform local power relationships. Analysis of the eras of slavery and Jim Crow, reimagination of twentieth century urban history and the American civil rights movement.

MKT 325: International Marketing


Global market and its influence on domestic as well as international marketing including cultural, political, and economic factors. Analysis includes screening of foreign markets for entry of U.S. products and subsequent development of market plans as well as strategic responses to effects of international trade on U.S. market.

MKT 329: Sustainable Marketing


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.

RELG 269: Ethics, Religion, & the Environment


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.