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Online Courses Spring 2020

Classes run January 13 – April 28, 2020.

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If current ESF student, speak with your Academic Advisor or contact Online Education Program Coordinator, Kathy Lang at klang01@esf.edu for more information.

Registration ends January 21, 2020

Course Number Section Course Credits Instructor Description

SUS 320

01

Ecological Dimensions of Sustainability

3

Dr. Ernest Nkansah-Dwamena

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.

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Note: Enrollment in the Sustainability Management major, or permission of Sustainability Management program coordinator, Katherine Lang (klang01@esf.edu) is required.

SUS 330

01

Introduction to Sustainability Data Analysis

3

Dr. Ernest Nkansah-Dwamena

This course will introduce students to various types of metrics and analyses to assess sustainability outcomes/results. It provides students with an overview of analytical methods and tools including spreadsheets and statistics and examples of how these are applied to sustainability solutions.

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Note: Enrollment in the Sustainability Management major, or permission of Sustainability Management program coordinator, Katherine Lang (klang01@esf.edu) is required.

SUS 340

01

Principles of Sustainable Development

3

Dr. David Newman

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.

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Note: Enrollment in the Sustainability Management major, or permission of Sustainability Management program coordinator, Katherine Lang (klang01@esf.edu) is required.

SUS 350

01

Introduction to Spatial Analysis & Geographic Information Systems

3

Dr. Eddie Bevilacqua

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.

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Note: Enrollment in the Sustainability Management major, or permission of Sustainability Management program coordinator, Katherine Lang (klang01@esf.edu) is required.

SUS 360

01

Climate Change & Sustainability

3

Katherina Searing

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.

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Note: Enrollment in the Sustainability Management major, or permission of Sustainability Management program coordinator, Katherine Lang (klang01@esf.edu) is required.

SUS 496

04

Environmental Economics

3

 

Dr. Mariela Cavo

This course provides an introduction to the basic principles of environmental economics. It seeks the application of economic theory and models to examine how environmental resources are managed, the way people make decisions that lead to environmental destruction and/or environmental improvements. Some of the topics covered include the current state of the environment, economic incentives, market failures, economic valuation, environmental policy analysis in the USA and global environmental issues.

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Note: Enrollment in the Sustainability Management major, or permission of Sustainability Management program coordinator, Katherine Lang (klang01@esf.edu) is required.

EST 612

02

Environmental Policy and Governance

3

Dr. Paul Hirsch

Three hours of lecture and discussion per week. Examination of the dynamic relationships present in the creation and implementation of environmental policies. Considers the roles of the state, the private sector, and nongovernmental organizations. Explores background and implications of recent trends in environmental management.

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EST 635

01

Public Participation and Decision Making: Theory and Application

3

Dr. Paul Hirsch

Three hours of discussion, presentation and exercises per week. Provides a student with fundamental theories and techniques for developing and applying citizen participation strategies and conflict resolution as they relate to environmental science and planning decision making.

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BPE 536

01

Radiation Curing of Polymer Technologies

3

Dr. Molly Hladik

Broad treatment of development and use of radiation curing of polymer technologies as they apply to industry-related roles such as chemists, engineers, technicians, and managers. Properties and development of free-radical and cationic systems initiated by various radiation sources. Chemical and physical underpinnings of common radiation curable materials and mechanisms. Analysis techniques that monitor the cure reaction and the properties of cured material. Emphasis on the considerations and challenges in common applications of radiation curable polymer systems and associated costs, regulatory, and safety considerations.

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Prerequisite(s): B.S. from an accredited institution with at least one semester of organic chemistry or permission of instructor

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2019 Online Fall Courses

Classes run August 26 - December 6, 2019.

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If current ESF student, speak with your Academic Advisor or contact Online Education Program Coordinator, Kathy Lang at klang01@esf.edu for more information.

Registration ends September 3, 2019

Course Number Section Course Credits Instructor Description

SUS 300

01

Sustainable Systems Thinking: Ecology, Economics, & Society

3

Dr. Ernest Nkansah-Dwamena

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.

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Note: Enrollment in the Sustainability Management major, or permission of Sustainability Management program advisor, Dr. Doug Johnston (dmjohnst@esf.edu) is required.

SUS 310

01

Human & Social Dimensions of Sustainability

3

Dr. Lemir Teron

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?"

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Note: Enrollment in the Sustainability Management major, or permission of Sustainability Management program advisor, Dr. Doug Johnston (dmjohnst@esf.edu) is required.

SUS 330

01

Introduction to Sustainability Data Analysis

3

Dr. Ernest Nkansah-Dwamena

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.

Text: View Textbook Information

Note: Enrollment in the Sustainability Management major, or permission of Sustainability Management program advisor, Dr. Doug Johnston (dmjohnst@esf.edu) is required.

SUS 496

01

Applied Statistics for Sustainability Management

3

Dr. Diane Kiernan

The goal of statistics is to provide insight into problems and processes by making sense of data through understanding distribution patterns in data. Statistics quantifies the uncertainty of statements (inferences) made about a group of objects of interest (the population) based on data from a small part of the population (the sample). This course begins with the study of how to summarize and organize data for effective information exchange. The next sections cover estimation, and 1- and 2-sample hypothesis testing for means, proportions, and variances. The course then advances to Analysis of Variance, simple and multiple linear regression, and concludes with analyses for qualitative data. Concepts and examples are covered in lecture material, and application occurs through the computer labs using Minitab 18 software.

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Note: Enrollment in the Sustainability Management major, or permission of Sustainability Management program advisor, Dr. Doug Johnston (dmjohnst@esf.edu) is required.

SUS 496

02

Conservation Biology and Sustainable Environmental Conservation

3

Dr. Will Helenbrook

An estimated 1,000-10,000 species are going extinct every year, termed the sixth mass extinction. Likewise, human welfare is increasingly impacted in both developed and developing nations by many of the same factors that are causing the biodiversity crisis: habitat loss and degradation, overexploitation of natural resources, pollution, invasive species introductions, and anthropogenic climate change. We will examine the major challenges facing our planet including economic, social, and political issues surrounding biodiversity loss, and describe methodologies for addressing them. We will explore both past development and conservation efforts, and briefly review historical patterns of development and conservation in select regions throughout the world, emphasizing ecological, socio-political, economic, cultural, and technological factors associated with the extinction crisis.

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Note: Enrollment in the Sustainability Management major, or permission of Sustainability Management program advisor, Dr. Doug Johnston (dmjohnst@esf.edu) is required.

EST 640

01

Environmental Thought and Ethics

3

 

Dr. Paul Hirsch

Three hours of discussion per week. Critical interdisciplinary introduction to philosophical, religious, cultural and historical dimensions of environmental affairs. How ecologically significant cultural assumptions, ideologies, representations, and institutionalized practices contribute to human meanings and relationships to other-than-human-nature. Special attention to the role of language and questions of environmental ethics and ontology.

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BPE 510

01

Introduction to Polymer Coatings

3

Dr. Molly Hladik

Fundamental science of polymerization and film formation for a wide class of organic coatings, including acrylics, latexes, polyesters, amino resins, epoxies, alkyds, and silicon derivatives as well as the integration of appropriate binders and additives affecting coating quality. Reaction chemistries and their distinguishing characteristics for several cross-linking agents. Reaction kinetics are considered with emphasis on the influence of conditions during synthesis. Various organic coatings are compared based on desired mechanical and optical properties along with specific applications. The nature of defects and the resulting effect on product lifetime of coatings are examined.

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Prerequisite(s): B.S. from an accredited institution with at least one semester of organic chemistry or permission of instructor.

*Visit https://www.esf.edu/bursar/policies.htm for important College Withdrawal & Refund Policies