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Sustainability Course Listing

Course Listing

Sustainability Courses

Ohio University offers a multitude of courses and degrees on sustainability. To find classes that may interest you, check out these links:


For a chart showing sustainability course enrollment changes from 2013 to 2016, click   here .


A selected list of courses available Fall, 2017 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!
PBIO 1000
Plants and the Global Environment
Tu,Th  3:05 PM to 4:25 PM
  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.
NUTR 1100
Introduction to Food Systems
  3  credits.  Instructor:   McFadden
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.
CAS 1415
Introduction to Sustainability
Tu,Th 10:30 AM to 11:50 AM
  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.
GEOL 2170
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
CAS 2300
Themes in Action
  1 credit.  Instructor:    Trocchia-Balkits
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 teir 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 morant@ohio.edu. This section is offered online. No classroom instruction. For directions, refer to OHIO Testing Services at www.ohio.edu/ecampus/testingservices.
CAS 2300
Themes in Action
  1 credit.  Instructor:   Manring
Sustainability in Action offers an online, self-directed opportunity to participate in the Ohio University campus and community sustainability scene. CAS 2300 invites you to explore a variety of sustainable solutions that integrate environmental, social, and economic concerns on campus, in our broader region, and globally. Over the course of the half-semester, you will choose and participate in six events and activities (such as public lectures, film screenings, and workshops and events offered through the OU Office of Sustainability and various community organizations), and will post online a short reflective essay about each of your experiences. Sustainability in Action introduces you to the Sustainability Studies Theme and can connect you with students, faculty and community members working for a sustainable campus and community. This section is offered online. No classroom instruction. Athens campus fees apply. Please contact Dr. Nancy Manring with questions (manring@ohio.edu).
GEOG 2400
Environmental Geography
M,W,F  9:40 AM to 10:35 AM
  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.
EH 3200/5200
Health and the Built Environment
M  3:05 PM to 4:25 PM
  3 credits.  Instructor:   Morrone
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.
GEOG 3500/5500
Land Use Planning
Tu,Th 3:05 PM to 4:25 PM
  3  credits.  Instructor:   Lynch
Fundamentals of land use planning are explored. Examines traditional and innovative approaches to land use planning and its influence on the physical forms of our cities and environment, community development, human health, growth management, and sustainability. Reviews land-use planning tools and techniques utilized at the local, regional, and state level of government including plan-making processes, zoning, subdivision regulations, environmental management, smart growth, urban design, and land-use suitability.
REC 3550/5550
Principles of Ecotourism
M,W  9:40 AM to 11:00 AM
  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.
ES 4832/5832
Sustainability Implementation Practicum
Tu  3:05 PM to 6:00 PM
  3 credits.  Instructor:   Cadmus
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.
POLS 4840/5840
The Politics of Sustainability
Tu,Th  1:30 PM to 2:50 PM
  3  credits.  Instructor:    Manring
Political questions are interwoven throughout the discourse and practice of sustainability. Is there a difference between sustainability and sustainable development? Is environmental sustainability the paramount goal, or should natural capital be sacrificed to pursue economic prosperity and social equity? Analyzes the inherent ambiguities of the three dimensions of sustainability--environmental, economic and social sustainability--and the political challenges associated with achieving sustainability at the local, national and global scales.
ES 6830
Concepts in Environmental Sustainability
M  3:05 PM to 6:00 PM
  3 credits.  Instructor:   Dabelko
Examines global and regional environmental issues and considers the scientific basis for policy options. Concepts and discussion of environmental sustainability.


Sustainability Implementation Practicum:

The Office of Sustainability facilitates the Sustainability Implementation Practicum, ES 4832/5832. It involves students in a critical analysis of the Ohio University Sustainability Plan and/or community-based projects that support the Ohio University Office of Sustainability’s mission/vision. 
Students will be directly engaged in the exploration of contemporary activism, leadership, professionalism and local issues. More information on the course can be    found here .