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Plan a sustainable schedule with these Fall 2017 courses!

Planning your schedule for Fall 2017?

Check out these fantastic sustainability courses!

Expand your sustainability knowledge by registering for classes that allow you to experience real-life sustainability initiatives and learn how to integrate new perspectives and methods into your own sustainability passion!

Sustainability Studies Courses – Fall 2017

Voices from SUST classes:

Portrait: Andreas Fenner“One of the really cool things about my SUST classes was how interdisciplinary they were. There were students studying everything —economics, business, biology, sociology, philosophy, etc— no other classes I’ve taken has had such a rich mix of perspectives.” – Andreas Fenner, Senior


Portrait: Kyle Samejima“The 4004 class gave us real-world experience in planning and executing a sustainability project with a group of people with diverse perspectives and backgrounds. It also provided the chance to work on sustainability issues with a sense of community and connection, even though we came at the projects with different passions and talent.” – Kyle Samejima, Senior


SUST 3003: Sustainable People, Sustainable Planet (3 credits)*

When: Wednesdays and Fridays  1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Introduction to interdisciplinary sustainability studies minor. Scientific, cultural, ethical and economic concepts that affect environmental sustainability and global economic justice. Key texts. Participatory classroom environment.


SUST 4004: Sustainable Communities (3 credits)*

When: Thursdays 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Students synthesize multiple disciplinary perspectives and integrate insights gained from various approaches/methods. Concepts/scholarship related to sustainability. Applying knowledge/experience to real sustainability problems.


SUST 4096: Sustainability Internship (2-4 credits)

When: Mondays from 3:35 pm to 4:25 pm

Four to ten hour per week internship experience related to a sustainability theme or approach, such as sustainable foods, green building, renewable energy or environmental justice. Intern in a non profit, governmental, educational or business organization or working on a campus sustainability project, from choices provided or approved by instructor(s).


*Core courses for the Sustainability Studies Minor


ACARA Courses – Fall 2017

GCC 3001: Grand Challenge: Can We Feed the World Without Destroying It? (3 credits)

In this course, we will seek solutions to the challenge of achieving global food security and sustainability. Together, we will work to answer the question, “Can we feed the world without destroying it?”


Tuesdays 5:30 PM-7:00 PM 

Thursdays 6:30 PM-8:30 PM

Meets the Global Perspectives Theme and can be applied for Honors Credit.


GCC 3003/5003 Grand Challenge: Seeking Solutions to Global Health Issues (3 credits)

Complex global health problems can often only be addressed through approaches that go beyond traditional health science disciplines. Whether responding to emerging pandemics, food insecurity, maternal mortality, or civil society collapse during conflict, solutions often lie at the interface of animal, environmental, and human health. In this course, students will examine the fundamental challenges to addressing complex global health problems in the world’s poorest countries.

When: Thursdays, 3:35-6:35 pm

Meets the Global Perspectives Theme and can be applied for Honors Credit.


GCC 3005/5005 Global Venture Design – What Impact Will You Make? (3 credits)

Students will work in teams developing sustainable business and technical solutions to address an environmental or social challenge in India. Teams may address a challenge related to water supply, energy availability, food/agriculture production, waste management, public health or a topic mutually agreed upon by the instructor and student teams

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:15-9:30 am

Meets the Global Perspectives Theme and can be applied for Honors Credit.


Find out about more Grand Challenge Courses here


Other Sustainability Focused Classes – Fall 2017

EE 1701: Energy, Environment, and Society

Energy from renewables such as solar and wind to combat potentially catastrophic climate change resulting from our use of fossil fuels; electrifying our transportation; ways to increase energy efficiency and energy conservation; need for energy storage to increase the penetration of renewables; role of technology, societal benefits and the ethics.

When: Monday and Wednesday 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM


GER 3651: Thinking Environment: Green Culture, German Literature and Global Debates (3 credits)

How environmental thinking became social-political force through German literature/culture, with comparisons to global or U.S. developments. Authors include Goethe, Christa Wolf, Enzensberger.

When: Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 PM2:15 PM

PA 5013: Law and Urban Land Use

Role of law in regulating/shaping urban development, land use, environmental quality, local/regional governmental services. Interface between public/private sector.

prereq: Major or minor in urban/regional planning or instr consent

When: Mondays 6:00 PM – 8:45 PM


PA 5711: Science, Technology & Environmental Policy

Interplay of science, technology, the environment, and society. Approaches from across the social sciences will cover how science and technology can create new environmental pressures as well as policy challenges in a range of spheres from climate change to systems of intellectual property and international development.

When: Fridays 9:05 AM – 12:00 PM


PA 5724: Climate Change Policy

Existing and proposed approaches to mitigate and adapt to climate change through policies that cross scales of governance (from local to global) and impact a wide range of sectors. Exploration of climate change policy from a variety of disciplinary approaches and perspectives, emphasizing economic logic, ethical principles, and institutional feasibility. How policy can be shaped in the face of a variety of competing interests to achieve commonly desired outcomes. Students develop a deep knowledge of climate change in particular countries through a team final project.

prereq: Intro microecon (such as Econ 1101 or equiv)

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:45 AM – 11:00 AM

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