Ohio University offers a multitude of courses and degrees on sustainability. To find classes that may interest you, check out these links:
Featured Sustainability Courses
A selected list of courses available Fall, 2019 are given below. Talk to your advisor to see if there are other sustainability-related course offerings in your department - new sustainability courses appear regularly!
Plants and the Global Environment
Tu, Th 3:05 - 4:25pm
3 credits. Instructor: Thompson
For nonscience majors. Examines the importance of plants in providing global resources for humans and the impact of human activity on the sustainability of these resources. The course places a particular focus on the importance of climate and energy policy as they relate to our uses of plants and the impact that changing climate would be expected to have on plants.
Introduction to Food Systems
3 credits. Instructor: Hovland
Components of the food system and all processes that maintain our food supply, including growing, harvesting, processing, packaging, transporting, marketing, consuming, and disposing of food/food packages. Interaction of the food system with social, political, economic and natural environments. Sustainability of the food system. Impact of the food system on nutritional well-being.
Water Resources and Sustainability
3 credits. Instructor: Lee
Sustainability of water resources is complicated because groundwater and surface water are connected, and the use of water resources should be in a manner that can be maintained for an indefinite time without causing unacceptable environmental, economic, or social consequences. The course emphasizes the importance of water resources and its sustainable development in the 21st Century. Students will learn fundamental concepts and theories related to the occurrence, movement, storage, quality, and sustainability of water resources. They will also be exposed to real-world issues of water resources sustainability, e.g., water risks, contamination, remediation, health, economics and disputes;the water-energy nexus water security; and efforts to improve sustainability of water resources
Themes in Action: Edible Athens
1 credit. Instructor: Moran
Edible Athens offers students an on-line, self-directed introduction to the Athens food scene on and off campus. It asks students to think about their individual food choices and to understand how what they choose to put on their plate is connected in many ways to the immediate Athens and university communities and to the wider world. Over the course of the semester, students choose to attend, and post on-line their reflections upon, seven food-related activities and events. Lectures, farmers markets visits, composting tours, food pantry service opportunities and 30 mile meal preparation (and consumption!) are examples of the menu of events from which students can choose. Edible Athens introduces students to the Food Studies Theme and is a fun and delicious way to get to know their local food scene. Students will also read Ben Hewitt's 2010 chronicle of Hardwick, VT, The Town that Food Saved. Please contact Dr. Theresa Moran with questions firstname.lastname@example.org. This section is offered online. No classroom instruction. For directions, refer to OHIO Testing Services at www.ohio.edu/ecampus/testingservices. Athens campus fees apply.
M,W,F 10:45 - 11:40am
3 credits. Instructor: Buckley
Geographic survey of environmental changes caused by human activities. Focus on resource availability and use, pollution of air, water, and biosphere, energy problems, interactions of humans with plant and animal communities, climate change, and sustainability planning
Sociology of Appalachia
M, W 3:05 PM to 4:25 PM
3 credits. Instructor: Terman
Appalachia, a region examined by sociologists for more than 100 years, continues to be a subject of study for academics seeking to demystify the region and foster positive change for its people and the land. The politics of the region, the persistence of poverty, and the development and sustainability of the economy, environment, and society are main themes in Appalachian studies that the course explores from a sociological perspective. Additional topics relevant to the sociology of Appalachia may include but are not limited to social movements and social media, transitional economies, and the dynamics of Appalachian culture and identity.
Health and the Built Environment
3 credits. Instructor: Francis Hart
Physiological and psychological aspects of the impact of the built environment on health. Emphasis on housing and building standards, neighborhood design, health disparities, and sustainability. Highlights health outcomes associated with institutional settings such as prisons, hospitals, and schools.
Concepts in Environmental Sustainability
3 credits. Instructor: Dabelko
Examines global and regional environmental issues and considers the scientific basis for policy options. Concepts and discussion of environmental sustainability.