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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:   TBA
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
J
oin us as we examine the following topic
 
s 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 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 3:05 PM to 4:25 PM
 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
  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
Arranged
  credit.  Instructor:    Rossiter/Duschinski/Moran/Manring/Kim
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.
 
GEOG 2400
Environmental Geography
M,W,F  10:45 AM to 11:40 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
 
GEOG 3500/5500
Land Use Planning
Tu,Th 10:30 AM to 11:50 AM
 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  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
.
JOUR 4150/5150
Environmental and Science Journalism
Tu/Th 10:30 AM to 11:50 AM
Provides students with practical and conceptual skills of environmental and science journalism, based on an interdisciplinary approach and experiential learning through field trips and workshops. It also practices the ability to translate complex issues into everyday language without oversimplifying.
 
SOC 4810/5810
Environmental Sociology
Tu,Th 3:05 PM to 4:25 PM
3 credits. Instructor: Scanlan

Join us as we examine the following topics and more from a sociological perspective:    Climate change; consumption; ecological footprints; economic and social   development; energy and resource extraction; environmental justice; environmental politics and  the environmental movement; food systems; globalization; hunger and food justice; inequality; population pressure; 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, Class #103
Waste to Wealth:  Business Ventures, Social Enterprise, and Environmental Solutions
Tu 3:05 PM to 5:05 PM
2 credits.  Instructor:  Nicole Kirchner
Examine how business venture and social enterprise development tools can be applied to environmental top-ics (e.g., waste, water, climate). Discuss waste streams as assets and resource opportunities that create economic and social value in a local/global circular economy. Stu-dents will develop proposals for waste-to-wealth social enterprises as they learn about the triple bottom line via trainings, speakers, field experiences, venture develop-ment coaching, and the investment pitch process.