SUSTAINABILITY COURSES


SUST 100. Sustainability Seminar I (.5; S) 
Prerequisite: Freshman or sophomore status, concurrent enrollment in one of the following courses: SUST 335, PHIL 215, SOC 410, or MGT 321, or instructor approval (can be repeated once for credit). Students will attend seminars provided by local experts in various sustainability fields.  Students will develop specific foci of interest, learn how diverse disciplines address sustainability, and be exposed to real world problems.  
 
SUST 200. Sustainability Seminar II (.5; F) 
Prerequisite: Junior or senior status, and SUST 335, PHIL 215, SOC 410, and MGT 321, or instructor approval (can be repeated once for credit). SUST 200 is a continuation of SUST 100 and is designed to build on material learned in the 100 level course.
 
SUST/PHIL 215. Environmental Ethics (3)
Cross listed with PHIL 215. Three hours per week. This course studies the ethical dimensions of the environmental impact of human activities such as development and the disposal of industrial wastes. It also will explore the ethical responsibilities of environmental scientists themselves. Credit cannot be awarded for both SUST 215 and PHIL 215.
 
SUST/ECON 335. Sustainability (3; F) 
Cross-listed with ECON 335.  Three hours per week. Prerequisite: ECON 201. This course is an exploration of the three components fundamental to sustainable development:  economic growth, environmental protection, and social equity.  Students review basic concepts and theories of both microeconomics and macroeconomics, including costs and benefits, economic growth, income, wealth, equity, and poverty, and then explore how nations, through economic growth, can meet their basic needs of employment, food, energy, water, and sanitation.  Students also examine how natural resources can be used, conserved, and enhanced. Credit cannot be awarded for both SUST 335 and ECON 335.
 
SUST 340. Sustainability of the Future (3)
Three hours per week. Prerequisite: SUST 335 or instructor approval. This course explores the avenues ahead for human futures on Earth, the major driving forces for change and the dominant trends and emerging issues of global importance. Among other things, the course will explore alternative futures described by renowned scholars and teams investigating the impacts of human activities.
 
SUST 400. Special Topics: Sustainability (var. 1-3)
One to three hours per week. May be repeated for credit as long as the topic is different. An in-depth study of selected contemporary subjects in the growing field of sustainability. Topics will be indicated in advance.
 
SUST/SOC 410. Green Societies (3)
Cross listed with SOC 410. This course explores the social components of environmental concerns and strongly highlights the role of community.  Specific topics include population, social structures, technology, food systems, fuel & transportation, environmental disasters, environmental racism, scarcity and the environmental justice framework.   Students apply major theoretical perspectives from the field of sociology to these topics. Credit cannot be awarded for both SUST 410 and SOC 410.  
 
SUST 440. Sustainability Solution Topics (3)
Three hours per week. Prerequisite: SUST 335 or instructor approval. This course describes how different types of human activities that affect different parts of the planet (air, water, land, and ecosystems), which consequently affect human health and the environment, can be solved. This course has a focus on solutions. Topics may vary and course may be repeated for credit when topic is different. 
 
SUST 460. Certificates in Sustainability (3)
Three hours per week. Prerequisites: SUST 335 and senior status or instructor approval. The course prepares students for certifications in the field of sustainability that assure a minimum level of knowledge, skill, and experience. Certifications vary and the course can be repeated for credit. Typical certification may include, but is not limited to, LEED Green Associate, ISO 14000 series, six sigma, Lean, Energy Manager In Training, and Certified Sustainable Development Professional.  
 
SUST 480WS. Sustainability Capstone (3; S) 
Three hours per week. Prerequisite: Senior status or permission of the instructor. Students will apply and expand what they learn in the Sustainability degree through a collaborative research project for an outside company or organization. Students will be required to make several oral presentations on their project with the professor and their peers. Formal papers of their work will be required with a minimum of 6,000 words.