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Course Descriptions - Sustainability Sciences
SUST 1000 Introduction to Sustainability (3)
A course required for sustainability science majors introducing the diverse disciplines associated with this field. Students will work with faculty associated with sustainability and learn how chemistry, biology, health science, computer science, geology and meteorology are not only influenced by industry, development, and other human pressures, but can be used to confront the environmental challenges of our time. Students will gain a foundation in environmental issues including climate change, pollution, and biodiversity through lectures, field trips, and other experiential learning components.
SUST 2240 Systems Modeling (2)
This interdisciplinary course focuses on the geosphere components in terms of human systems and their interactions as related to sustainable systems and environments. Human and environmental systems are analyzed conceptually, statistically, and in an integrated manner through modeling approaches; making use of standard industrial and disciplinary numeric models and assessment tools as appropriate. These systems include a wide variety of cyclical phenomena and the transfer or exchange and/or conversion of energy and mass within and between systems. The emphasis of the course is on the observation, diagnosis, and impact prediction in a quantitative manner. Multiple systems are considered in a holistic manner according to their components, interactions, and integration with one another. Students also consider ethical, political, and legal ramifications of the use of systems modeling results.
Prerequisites: MATH 1054, SUST 1000
SUST 3210 GIS for Sustainability (4)
A course required for sustainability science majors introduced fundamental concepts of geographic information systems (GIS) and their applications in sustainable development. Topics include data capturing and processing, spatial data models, data integration, spatial analytical techniques, digital mapping. Applications in natural resource management, population studies, urban environment problems, land use, etc. are also addressed.
Prerequisites: SUST 2240, TECH 1010
SUST 3250 Climate Science (3)
A course required for sustainability science majors focuses on the climate system in terms of its observation, scale of motions and features, and analytic techniques used to understand its behavior and changes. The emphasis of the course is on both sustainability climates and climate variability in order to promote effective climate management. This includes determination of impacts and interactions among and between systems and feedback mechanisms. The potential for environmental systems damage and the role of climate sustainability planning are also explored. Assessment of environmental impacts and systems management techniques are considered with regard to scale, populations/economies affected, and decision-making.
Prerequisites: MATH 2412, SUST 2240
SUST 3310 Biodiversity (3)
A course required for sustainability science majors provides an introduction to the concepts, methods, and significance of biodiversity science. Case studies and readings from the primary literature are used to apply the ideas and analytical techniques introduced in lecture.
Prerequisite: SUST 2240
SUST 3330 Urban Ecology (3)
A course required for sustainability science majors provides an examination of ecological processes in human-dominated landscapes from the scientific, historical and cultural perspectives. Human influence on, and response to, natural systems is emphasized. Readings from the primary literature are used to illustrate current research trends and methodologies.
Prerequisites: BIO 2601 or 3614
SUST 3340 Scientific Integrity (1)
A course required for sustainability science majors explores the moral relationships between human beings, the environment, and the process of scientific inquiry. This course especially fulfills the B.S. in Sustainability Science degree program mission to help students explore ethical questions on scientific practice and how employment and policy decisions have moral and ethical implications with regards to the environment.
Prerequisites: BIO 2601 or permission of instructor
SUST 3400 Applied Statistics for Sustainability (4)
An interdisciplinary approach for sustainability majors, with emphasis on experimental design, analysis tool selection, and interpretation of findings/results. Lectures emphasize hypothesis generation or testing, categorization of data, analysis using current statistical packages, and interpretation and reporting of findings/results. Students will demonstrate a working ability to identify and execute an appropriate method of analysis for specific studies.
Prerequisites: GE 2026, Math 1054, SUST 2240
SUST 3531 Energy and Pollution Management (3)
Energy source choices have a direct impact on pollution levels. Building upon inorganic and organic chemistry knowledge, this course will give an understanding to traditional and alternative energy sources and their effects on pollution levels in the environment. The reactions, kinetics and thermodynamics of different energy sources will be studied. Energy flow and processing, pollution, and the ethics of energy management will also be discussed.
Prerequisites: CHEN 2281, CHEM 2491, SUST 2240
SUST 4330 Conservation Biology (3)
This course examines the historical and ethical background of the conservation movement and the science of conservation biology. It covers various aspects that must be considered in conservation including genetic, species, and ecosystem dynamics and diversity. Connections are made between industrial development and the natural world, relating societal impacts on plants and wildlife to the goals of conservation. Parts of the course will be presented using a Problem-based Learning (PBL) format involving student-led case studies based on real issues.
Prerequisites: SUST 3310, SUST 3340
SUST 4903 Independent Practicum in Sustainability Science (3)
A course required for sustainability science majors is the concluding course in which students integrate the knowledge they have gained to select, develop, and implement projects pertaining to sustainability. This capstone course provides a single opportunity or experience during which students demonstrate that they have accomplished or achieved the educational goals of the program as represented by the various courses taken. Emphasis is on facilitating the student's transitions to a sustainability career.
Prerequisites: SUST 3400 and must have completed the sustainability core and be senior status