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 Spring, 2020 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!
Introduction to Sustainability
Tu, Th 3:05 - 4:25pm
3 credits. Instructor: Manring
This multi-disciplinary course introduces students to sustainability concepts, issues, and trends from the local to the global levels. Students will investigate the interrelationships between biophysical limits, human welfare, and social justice by analyzing several major sustainability problems of the 21st century. Team-taught by professors from diverse academic fields, the course equips students with the foundational knowledge to explore the social, economic and environmental sustainability challenges and opportunities of the Anthropocene Epoch.
Introduction to Food Systems
3 credits. Instructor: Salabak
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.
Tu, Th 1:30-2:50pm
3 credits. Instructor: Perkins
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
Principles of Ecotourism
Tu, Th 12-1:20 PM
3 credits. Instructor: Twilley
Introduce students to both theory and practical applications of concepts surrounding ecotourism and sustainable development. An understanding of the benefits and weaknesses of ecotourism as a sustainable development approach is the focus of the course. Theory, practice, history, terminology and issues of ecotourism planning and management are examined. Additionally, the motives and behaviors of tourists, natural resources as attractions and destinations, social and resource responsibility and establishing policies and principles for sustainability are discussed
3 credits. Instructor: Gabler
In this course, students investigate the overlap between marketing and sustainability in a dynamic business landscape. Using a combination of lectures, videos, assignments, and group projects, the class examines the environmental, social, and economic principles of sustainability within a business context. Students learn to think critically and creatively to challenge assumptions and uncover bridges and barriers to successful marketing strategy. Finally, students discuss the role of personal beliefs and cultural norms in an interconnected, global economy. The goal is to develop responsible, analytical, curious businesspeople who are ready to tackle the issues of our changing planet.
Environmental and Sustainability Planning
Tu, Th 1:30-2:50pm
3 credits. Instructor: Lynch
An introduction to how urban planning tools can be used to support the natural environment and promote local and regional sustainability. Outlines strategies for meeting important biodiversity, water resources, hazard mitigation, working landscape, waste management, and air quality goals. Connects environmental planning with supportive topics such as environmental policy and governance, sustainability and climate action planning, environmental justice, and environmental assessment.
Tu, Th 3-4:20pm
3 credits. Instructor: Telesz
Investigations into green building construction practices and sustainability including use of novel or recycled materials, energy management and efficiency, water use/re-use, and indoor air quality.
The Just and Sustainable City
Tu, Th 10:30-11:50pm
3 credits. Instructor: Perkins
A critical examination of the role of nature and political economy in the sustainable development of urban environments in the context of social and environmental justice. Topics studied include the relationship between urbanism and nature, environmental justice, compact versus sprawling development, slums in developing world cities, urban agriculture as a solution to urban hunger, toxic lawn ecologies, uneven urban forests and parks, vulnerability to urban climate changes, brownfield redevelopment and the specter of gentrification, and the role of animals in the city, among other topics. These topics are studied in both developed and developing world contexts. Students taking this course will also be asked to evaluate urban sustainability initiatives related to these topics with concepts of social and environmental justice in mind.
Sustainability Implementation Practicum
3 credits. Instructor: Crowl
This course involves students in a critical analysis of the Ohio University Sustainability Plan and community-based projects that support the Office of Sustainability's mission. Students are engaged in the exploration of contemporary environmental initiatives, leadership, professionalism and local issues. Implementation of effective projects and feasibility studies to advance institutional sustainability efforts provides students the opportunity to make meaningful changes within their campus and community. This course’s focus allows students the opportunity to better define sustainability and the role it plays in their lives, enhance skills that encourage sustainable behaviors and make positive contributions to their health, the natural environment and the local community.
Seminar in Environment and Society
3 credits. Instructor: Kauneckis
This course is a interdisciplinary graduate-only offering covering such topics as natural resource conservation, environmental literacy, environmental ethics, policy, literature, and justice.