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Spring 2018 Sustainability Courses

This spring, you have the opportunity to take a sustainability course in a number of departments, from Biology to Philosophy. 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 professors if you have questions about the curriculum.

BIOL 108 Environmental Biology

MW 10:30

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.

BIOL 109/ ENVR 109 Intro to Ecology

MW 10:30, 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. 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 120 Biology of Plants

TR 10:30, Hayden

BIOL 120 Insects and People
TR 10:30, Evans
BIOL 336 Eco-Epidemiology

MW 9:00, 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.

BUAD 202 Statistics for Business and Economics

Robert Nicholson- MW 9:00, MW 10:30, MW 1:30
Litteral- TR 3:00, TR 4:30
Thekdi- WF 9:00, WF 10:30
Huyen Curtis- TR 12:00

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

Richard Coughlan- MW 9:00, MW 10:30
Lindsey Sullivan- TR 9:00, TR 10:30, TR 12:00

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.

CHEM 110 Pollutants in the Environment

Stevenson- TR 9:00

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. Same as Environmental Studies 110.

CHEM 316 Environmental Chemistry

Stevenson- MWF 12:00

Study of the fate, transport, and distribution of chemicals in the environment. The chemistry of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere will be covered, highlighting effects of inorganic and organic pollutants. Topics such as global warming, stratospheric ozone depletion, acid rain, photochemical smog, and groundwater contamination will be discussed in detail. Three lecture hours per week.

ECON 101 Principles of Microeconomics

Hoffer- TR 12:00
Floyd Duncan- TR 10:30, TR 1:30
TBA- TR 3:00, MW 12:00, MW 3:00, MW 4:30

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 230 Environmental Economics

Hamilton- TR 9:00, TR 10:30

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, global warming, natural resource damage assessment, measurement of environmental values, and alternative strategies for pollution control. Special attention given to optimal use of exhaustible and renewable natural resources. (Same as Environmental Studies 230).

ECON 330 Environmental and Resource Economic Theory

Hamilton- TR 3:00

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. Economics 270 is recommended but not required before you take this course. Same as Environmental Studies 330.

ENVR 201 Intro to Environmental Studies

Boone- TR 9:00, TR 10:30

ENVR 260 Intro to GIS

Browne- TR 10:30

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 391 Senior Seminar for Environmental Studies.


GEOG 210 Geographic Dimensions of Human Development

Salisbury- TR 12:00

GEOG 320 Power/Space/Territory: Geographical Political Change

Finley-Brook- TR 1:30

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.

GEOG 333 Geographies of Amazonia


HIST 199 Nature in American History

Checkovich- MW 12:00

IS 290 Perspectives on International Studies

Joireman- MW 9:00

Carapico- TR 1:30

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.

LAWE 660 Environmental Lawyering


In-depth exposure to the practice of environmental law through case-studies, simulations, and practice problems. Practice in client counseling, regulatory interpretation, drafting, negotiation, enforcement actions, litigation settlement, and legal ethics in environmental law. Class sessions will be devoted to simulations and discussions of written assignments. Case studies and problems are drawn primarily from the areas of air pollution control, endangered species, and hazardous waste regulation, with more limited coverage of other fields of environmental law. Grading will be based on writing assignments and in-class presentations, due throughout the semester. There is no final exam. Meets Lawyering Skills IV requirement.

LAWE 729 International Environmental Law


Explores how the international community has managed and mismanaged global environmental problems since the watershed UN Conference on Environment and Development in 1992. Involves a mix of readings, discussions, and simulations in various fields of international environmental law, with a particular focus on climate change, biodiversity, and international regulation of toxic hazards. Cross-cutting themes include North/South disputes, the precautionary principle, liability as a compliance mechanism, and the involvement of non-state actors in creating and implementing international environmental law. The major assignment for the course will be a seminar research paper.

LDST 102 Leadership and the Social Sciences

Harwell- MW 10:30, MW 1:30
Hoyt- TR 9:00
Archer- TR 10:30

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 265 Bioethics

Boxer- MW 1:30, MW 3:00

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.

SOC 209 Social Problems

Husain- TR 1:30, TR 3:00

Sociological examination of major social problems. Emphasis is on the structural causes, manifestations, patterns, consequences, and policy dimensions of social problems.

SOC 216 Social Inequalities

Grollman- MW 3:00

Examination of how class, race, and gender structure everyday life experiences and social institutions.

SOC 379 Environmental Sociology

Borlu- MW 3:00

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