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Sustainability Course Listing

Course Listing

Featured 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, 2018 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!

 
NUTR 1100
Introduction to Food Systems
Arranged, Online 
  credits. Instructor:   Chelberg
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
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limate
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;
consumption; ecological footprints; economic and social
development; energy
and resource extraction
;
environmental justice
;
environmental politics and
the
environmental
movement
;
food systems;
g
lobalization
;
hunger and food
justice
; inequality; population pressu
re;
sustainability
; technology; urbanization; and violence,
war, and eco
-
terrorism
among other issues associated
with the dynamics and impacts of the intersection of
human social systems and natural ecosystem
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consumption; ecological footprints; economic and social
development; energy
and resource extraction
;
environmental justice
;
environmental politics and
the
environmental
movement
;
food systems;
g
lobalization
;
hunger and food
justice
; inequality; population pressu
re;
sustainability
; technology; urbanization; and violence,
war, and eco
-
terrorism
among other issues associated
with the dynamics and impacts of the intersection of
human social systems and natural ecosyste
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
Arranged, Online
  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
 
GEOG 2400
Environmental Geography
M,W,F  11:50 AM to 12:25 PM or Tu,Th 1:30 PM to 2:50 PM
 3  credits.  Instructor:   Lynch or 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
 
REC 3550/5550
Principles of Ecotourism
Tu,Th  12:00 PM to 1:20 PM
  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.
 

J
oin us as we examine the following topics and more
from a sociolo
gical perspective: C
limate
change
;
consumption; ecological footprints; economic and social
development; energy
and resource extraction
;
environmental justice
;
environmental politics and
the
environmental
movement
;
food systems;
g
lobalization
;
hunger and food
justice
; inequality; population pressu
re;
sustainability
; technology; urbanization; and violence,
war, and eco
-
terrorism
among other issues associated
with the dynamics and impacts of the intersection of
human social systems and natural ecosystems
ES 4832/5832
Sustainability Implementation Practicum
Th  3:05 PM to 6:00 PM
 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.
 
ES 4900/5900, Section #100
Special Topics in Environmental Studies: Debating Sustainability
Arranged, Wed
2 credits.  Instructor:  McCosker
Sustainability and the Environment Explored in the Sustainability Film Series Wednesdays 6:30-9:30, every other week ES 4900/5900 (1 credit) Class held at the Athena Cinema uptown. This class will explore environmental and sustainability challenges and solutions through the use of contemporary documentary film. Diverse topics, national and global. Student attendance of five films and submission of film analysis.
 
ENG 3100J, Section #100-105
Writing About Environmental Sustainability
Multiple sections and times exist.
3 credits. Instructor: Multiple sections and instructors exist.
Our readings, film screenings, discussions (oral and online), research and composing will be focused on relations between people and the environment, primarily but not exclusively, in our regional environment. We will explore mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia, the natural history of the region's forests, industrial food systems and "locavore" (agri)culture. Our approach will be "ecological" in the sense of attempting to understand our complex interrelationships with the natural and artificial systems we rely on and of which we are a part. We will take a similar approach to environmental rhetoric and use rhetorical analysis as the main means of mapping connections among informative, persuasive, and creative discourse on these topics.

ECON 3350

Economics of Energy
Tu, Th 9:00 AM to 10:20 PM
3 credits. Instructor: Karney
Applies economic theory to analyzing public policy issues regarding energy production and use--including such topics as price controls, import dependency, conservation, supply outlook, and industry concentration.
 
PBIO 2060
Sustainable Agriculture
M, W 9:40 AM to 11:40 AM 
3 credits. Instructor: Trese
Investigation of global and local agriculture with an emphasis on small scale, highly diversified agriculture and local food systems.as a synthesis of human activities. Agriculture will be considered to include the production from plants of food, fiber, fuel, building materials, and medicines. Students will gain direct experience with agriculture by growing an organic garden, preparing compost and testing soils, harvesting crops, seed saving and visiting local farms.