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Online Courses Fall 2020

Classes run August 24 - December 9, 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.

Due to the disruption of instruction caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, additional classes may be delivered online.For more information or to see class modality, please refer to the Fall 2020 Schedule of Classes to see course descriptions and the Fall Semester 2020 Courses & Modalities spreadsheet maintained by the Office of the Registrar.

Registration ends August 31, 2020

Course Number Section Course Credits Instructor Description

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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EWP 407

02

Writing for Environmental and Science Professionals

3

Susan Woltman

Three hours of lecture, discussion, and workshops per week. Focuses on principals and practice of writing skills required of environmental and science professionals. Emphasizes proficiency in determining purpose of a document; analyzing audience; selecting, developing and organizing information in an appropriate design; and writing clearly, precisely, and effectively. Fall and spring.

Pre-requisites:EWP 290 and junior or senior status

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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 coordinator, Katherine Lang (klang01@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 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. 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 400

01

Analysis of Sustainable Systems

3

Dr. Paul Crovella

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.

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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 410

01

Sustainable Urbanism

3

Dr. Ernest Nkansah-Dwamena

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.

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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 420

01

Sustainable Energy: Technology, Systems & Policy

3

Dr. Neal Abrams

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.

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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 430

01

Managerial Economics for Sustainability

3

Dr. John Wagner

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

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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

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 coordinator, Katherine Lang (klang01@esf.edu) is required.

SUS 496

03

Sustainability and Behavior Change

3

Dr. Jill Weiss

This course presents an introduction to sustainability psychology and theories of behavior change. Feelings play an important part in how individuals and stakeholder groups think about and react to environmental challenges. The course employs psychology, communication and education techniques that aid sustainability practitioners in encouraging sustainable behaviors and actions. The course begins with a self-inventory of environmental beliefs and emotions, then an overview of environmental psychologies, behavior theory, research and observation methods, and ends with practical applications.

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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.

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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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