Undergraduate Course Catalog

Sustainability

This program is targeted to all students within the university community in the hopes of preparing leaders for the 21st century who understand the interaction of social, economic, and environmental factors and the need for a systems view of that interaction so as to make decisions which contribute to the healthy viability of cultures, ecologies, and economies.
     For more information contact Dr. Annette Rose, Department of Technology, 765-285-5648.


MINOR IN SUSTAINABLE LAND SYSTEMS, 24 hours

PREFIX NO SHORT TITLE
CR HRS
BIO
ECON

NREM
LA
PHIL
SUST
216
311
or
203
471
230
400
Ecology
Environmental Economics (3)

Decision-Making in Nat Res Mgt (3)
Sustainable Land Systems
Environmental Ethics
Creating a Sustainable Future
3


3
3
3
3
9 hours from  
ANTH
ARCH
BIO
BOT
GEOL
HIST

NREM
LA
NREM



PLAN


POLS
ZOOL
312
498
418
480
207
204
or
204
270
205
304
357
405
433
435
460
347
483
Ecological Dims of Culture (3)
Spec Proj in Arch (3-6)
Comm and Ecos Ecol (3)
Plant Ecology (3)
Environ Geology Geochem Cycles (3)
US Environmental History (3)

American Environmental History (3)
Environmental Systems (3)
Internatnl Natural Resources (3)
Sustainable Agriculture (3)
Internat Community Development (3)
Integrated Resource Management (3)
Environmental Planning (3)
Energy Planning (3)
Altern Sustainable Comm Plan (3)
Environmental Law and Policy (3)
Wildlife Biology (3)

















9
     
24 hrs
ECON 201 should be taken before ECON 311 as a University Core Curriculum elective and to satisfy the prerequisite.        
    For further information, contact the Department of Landscape Architecture, AB 226, 765-285-1971. Information or assistance may also be obtained by contacting the Center for Energy Research/Education/Service, AB 018, 765-285-1135.

MINOR IN SUSTAINABILITY, 21 hours

PREFIX

NO

SHORT TITLE

CR HRS

SUST

250
400

Intro to Sustainable Dev
Creating a Sustainable Future

3
3

1 course from each of the following areas:
Atmosphere & Climate

GEOG


GEOL
NREM

230
331
332
207
309

Elementary Meteorology (3)
Global Climatology (3)
Climate Chng and Modification (3)
Environ Geology Geochem Cycles (3)
Human Dimensions Global Change (3)

 

Land/Natural Systems

BIO

GEOG

GEOL
LA
NREM

216
418
121
150
416
471
221
304
427

Ecology (3)
Comm and Ecos Ecol (3)
Geog of Cultural Environment (3)
Global Geography (3)
Geology Hazards Environment (3)
Sustainable Land Systems (3)
Soil Resources (3)
Sustainable Agriculture (3)
Soil Conservation and Mgmt (3)

3

Resources (Water/Energy/Materials)

ARCH
GEOL
LA
NREM



PLAN

TDPT

273
206
371
211
331
335
405
433
435
203
204

Environmental Systems 1 (3)
Oceans and Nations (3)
Sustainable Site Design (3)
Water Resources (3)
Energy and Mineral Resources (3)
Renewable Energy Sustain Tech (3)
Integrated Resource Management (3)
Environmental Planning (3)
Energy Planning (3)
Material Processing (3)
Energy Processing (3)

 

3

Socio-Cultural Dimensions of Sustainability

ANTH

BUSA
ECON
EDMU
GEOG
HSC

NREM


PLAN
SOC

SOCW

312
481
300
311
400
423
180
482
205
309
357
460
328
470
325

Ecological Dims of Culture (3)
Cult, Econ, and Dev (3)
Int Sustainability in Business (3)
Environmental Economics (3)
Top Sem in Multicul Stds (3)
Population Geography (3)
Principles of Community Health (3)
Environmental Health (3)
Internatnl Natural Resources (3)
Human Dimensions Global Change (3)
Internat Community Development (3)
Altern Sustainable Comm Plan (3)
Global and the Social World (3)
Population and Society (3)
Human Behav and Social Envr 2 (3)

 

3

Values/Policy

HIST
ID
NREM
PHIL
POLS
TDPT

204
301
309
230
347
406

US Environmental History (3)
Intro Peace Std and Conf Res (3)
Human Dimensions Global Change (3)
Environmental Ethics (3)
Environmental Law and Policy (3)
Technical Decision Making (3)

 

3





21 hrs

SUSTAINABILITY (SUST)

250 Introduction to Sustainable Development (3)
Presents sustainable development objectives as dependent upon interactions both within and among systems comprising natural, human/social, and economic capital. Examines elements and linkages essential for functioning of these systems. Addresses values that frame decision making for maintaining systems elements and linkages and for setting natural, human/social, and economic sustainable development goals.

320 Systems Thinking for Sustainability (3)
An introduction to the composition and dynamic complexity of natural and human-fabricated systems. Differentiation of systems types, their operations, and use of systems frameworks for modeling future states are addressed. Emphasis on "whole systems" and "life cycle" approaches lead students through progressive exploration of case studies that culminates in a research presentation based on a systematic exploration of a selected human-fabricated system.        
    Open only to students with permission of advisor or instructor.        

330 Measurement and Reporting for Sustainability (3)
Introduces students to the metrics, indicators, and reporting systems used to characterize and influence organizational practices and performance relative to sustainability goals. Emphasis is placed upon how these sustainability indicators, especially greenhouse gas inventories, are completed, analyzed, and reported. Assignments will provide students with the opportunity to critically analyze data and prepare reports.        
    Prerequisite: SUST 320 or by permission of advisor or instructor.        
    Open only to students with permission of advisor or instructor.  

340 Analytics and Modeling for Sustainability (3)
Introduces students to principles of predictive analysis and computer-based modeling tools which assist stakeholders in making informed decisions. Emphasis is on systems thinking, statistical techniques, and the application of systems dynamics theory for quantitatively analyzing and predicting the potential impact of organizational decisions upon sustainability issues, e.g., population, economics, water scarcity, greenhouse gas emissions, climate change, energy, food security, and biodiversity.        
    Prerequisite: SUST 320 and 330 or by permission of advisor or instructor.        
    Open only to students with permission of advisor or instructor.  

400 Creating a Sustainable Future (3)
Addresses from a systems perspective multiple limiting factors in the environmental, social, and economic domains that constrain global sustainability and the interactions among these factors. The influence of civilization on these factors and on their interconnections is examined along with potential human interventions for ensuring long-term viability of critical systems. Includes a substantial immersive project component for assessing the sustainability of an existing system and developing recommended interventions for enhancing long-term success of that system.