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Catalog Information Subject to Change

The current ESF Catalog is online only, and is updated as needed throughout the year. To view the version officially associated with a particular year of entry to the College, please refer to the appropriate catalog of record.

ESF Course Descriptions

SUS 300 Sustainable Systems Thinking: Ecology, Economics, & Society (3)
Online This course defines sustainability and sustainable development, introduces the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and helps the student begin to understand the complex interactions between the environment, the economy, and society, and their implications for sustainable development. Fall, with Spring and Summer as needed
Note: Enrollment in the Sustainability Management major, or permission of Sustainability Manangement program advisor, is required.

SUS 310 Human & Social Dimensions of Sustainability (3)
Online SUS 310: Human and Social Dimensions of Sustainability; Online; This course explores how social systems and systems of governance, individual and collective human behaviors, attitudes, values, and ethics influence sustainability. It considers examples of the forces and factors which may or may not foster sustainable human and natural communities and ecosystems. In essence, this course seeks to define “what is a sustainable society?" Fall, with Spring and Summer as needed.
Note: Enrollment in the Sustainability Management major, or permission of Sustainability Manangement program advisor, is required.

SUS 320 Ecological Dimensions of Sustainability (3)
Online This course will expand on the interconnected nature of biophysical systems and cycles, and human dependence upon the sustainable use of resources in these systems. Our atmosphere, water, mineral, energy, and biological resources are all limited in ways which demand understanding and stewardship to sustain human and natural communities. Fall, with Spring and Summer as needed.
Note: Enrollment in the Sustainability Management major, or permission of Sustainability Management program advisor, is required.

SUS 330 Introduction to Sustainability Data Analysis (3)
Online This course will introduce students to various types of metrics and analyses to assess sustainability outcomes/results. The course provides students with an overview of analytical methods and tools including spreadsheets and statistics. Specific examples of how these methods and tools are applied to sustainability solutions are included. Fall, with Spring and Summer as needed
Note: Enrollment in the Sustainability Management major, or permission of program advisor, is required.

SUS 340 Principles of Sustainable Development (3)
Online Concepts of sustainable development, specifically focusing on the drivers of change and the roles and limitations of the private and governmental sectors in supporting sustainable alternatives. Spring, with Fall and Summer as needed
Note: Enrollment in the Sustainability Management major, or permission of Sustainability Management program advisor, is required.

SUS 350 Introduction to Spatial Analysis & Geographic Information Systems (3)
Online SUS 350: Introduction to Spatial Analysis & Geographic Information Systems; Online; This course will introduce students to various types of spatial analyses, and provide students with an overview of GIS technology and applications, including the uses and limitations of geospatial data, remote sensing, and GIS software & associated tools. Specific examples of how GIS may be applied to sustainability solutions are included. Spring, with Fall and Summer as needed.
Note: Enrollment in the Sustainability Management major, or permission of Sustainability Management program advisor, is required.

SUS 360 Climate Change & Sustainability (3)
Online This course will introduce the basic science of climate change and the social, economic, and environmental implications of climate change. Students will compare climate model projections, and evaluate various climate adaptation and mitigation strategies in global, regional and local environments. Pre-requisites: SUS 330: Introduction to Sustainability Data Analysis or equivalent, or permission of program advisor Spring, with Fall and Summer as needed.
Note: Enrollment in the Sustainability Management major, or permission of Sustainability Management program advisor, is required

SUS 400 Analysis of Sustainable Systems (3)
Online This course will introduce students to analysis methods and tools used by private and public sector organizations to determine the effectiveness and sustainability potential of products and systems. (e.g., Life Cycle Assessment ecological models, economic models, energy and sustainability audit). Pre-requisites: SUS 330: Introduction to Sustainability Data Analysis or equivalent. Fall, with Spring and Summer as needed.
Note: Enrollment in the Sustainability Management major, or permission of Sustainability Management program advisor, is required.

SUS 410 Sustainable Urbanism (3)
Online This course will discuss the unique ecological, economic and social considerations of the human nature dimension in urban and regional environments, and explore best practices for fostering sustainability in these settings. Specific topics include transportation, food systems, urban wildlife and green infrastructure. Fall, with Spring and Summer as needed
Note: Enrollment in the Sustainability Management major, or permission of Sustainability Management program advisor, is required.

SUS 420 Sustainable Energy: Technology, Systems & Policy (3)
Online This course explores concepts and various technologies in sustainable energy production, consumption, storage, environmental and social impact, and explores the ways in which these relate to sustainability. Topics cover a wide range of energy systems, including nuclear, fossil fuels, wind, solar, biofuels, and biomass. Fall, with Spring and Summer as needed
Note: Enrollment in the Sustainability Management major, or permission of Sustainability Management program advisor is required.

SUS 430 Managerial Economics for Sustainability (3)
Online Every manager of a for-profit or not-for-profit organization must answer the question: “How do we use economic information to make better business and resource management decisions given a sustainability objective?” These decisions require identifying alternative means of achieving given sustainability and other objective(s) and then selecting the alternative that accomplishes the stated objective(s) in the most resource efficient manner given the goals of the organization. Pre-requisites: SUS 330: Introduction to Sustainability Data Analysis and an Introduction to Economics class, or permission of program advisor. Fall, with Spring and Summer as needed
Note: Enrollment in the Sustainability Management major, or permission of Sustainability Management program advisor, is required.

SUS 440 Environmental Justice: Policy, Law, & Society (3)
Online This course examines political, economic and social conditions that promote environmental inequality and explores the modern history of environmental exploitation of marginalized populations in the U.S.This course introduces students to the principles of environmental justice. Students will evaluate relevant environmental law and policy, examine prominent case studies related to the environmental justice literature and movement and apply appropriate tools to assess environmental inequality. Pre-requisites: SUS 350: Introduction to Spatial Analysis & Geographic Information Systems or equivalent, or permission of Sustainability Management program advisor. Spring, with Fall and Summer as needed
Note: Enrollment in the Sustainability Management major, or permission of Sustainability Management program advisor, is required.

SUS 450 Civic Engagement & Participatory Planning (3)
Online This course entails an analysis of civic engagement and participatory planning processes. Students will identify the purposes and best practices for empowering communities and organizations to participate in the informed design and management of sustainability projects and processes. Students will examine social theories and evaluate the dynamics, strategies and motivations of various stakeholders such as government institutions, public and private organizations, and individual participants. Students will apply skills and knowledge to create a planning process around a sustainability topic of their choice. Spring, with Fall and Summer as needed
Note: Enrollment in the Sustainability Management major, or permission of Sustainability Management program advisor, is required.

SUS 480 Sustainability Management Capstone (3)
Online This course will focus on the application of learned knowledge to sustainability management problems and workplace skills. Spring, with Fall and Summer as needed
Note: Enrollment in the Sustainability Management Program, or permission of Sustainability Management program advisor, is required. This course should be taken during a student's final semester of enrollment in the Sustainability Management program.

Course Numbering System

100-499: Undergraduate courses for which no graduate credit may be given.

500-599: Graduate courses designed expressly for areas of specialization in post-baccalaureate programs. Qualified undergraduate students may enroll by permission of the instructor.

600-699: Graduate courses designed expressly for advanced levels of specialization. Undergraduate students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.000 or better may enroll in these courses with an approved petition.

700-999: Advanced graduate level courses for which no undergraduate students may register. Shared resources courses, designated as 400/500 or 400/600, are designed when the topic coverage of both courses is the same. Separate course syllabuses are developed expressly differentiating the requirements and evaluative criteria between the undergraduate course and the graduate course. No type of cross-listing may be offered unless approved by the ESF faculty.