Sustainability Courses Offered Spring 2017

Department Course Number Course Name Description Faculty
Accounting MBA 6210 Management Accounting & Control

A business course designed to introduce students to the concepts and procedures of managerial accounting. The module on sustainability reporting will cover the evolution of reporting on sustainability, the business case for sustainability reporting, trends in sustainability reporting, and sustainability and the role of accountants.

Athletic Training and Nutrition NUTR 1020-Lecture Science & Application of Human Nutrition

Relate the ecological impact and the role for environmental responsibility pertaining to food choices and food system sustainability.

  NUTR 1240-lecture Nutrition & Sustainable Cooking

This course explores sustainable ways to acquire, prepare and consume food to support a healthier individual, population, and environment. Food science principles will be emphasized in the laboratory experience.

Aguilar- Alvarez
Automotive Technology ATTC 3620 Alternate Fuel Systems

This course focuses on the use of combustible alternative fuel systems (non-petroleum based fuels) in automobiles and light trucks. The primary focus of this course is the use of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) in vehicles as a sustainable fuel, but Ethanol (E85), liquid natural gas (LNG), Biodiesel, and hydrogen (H2) vehicle systems are also covered in detail. This course includes theory of operation as well as hands-on exposure to the service, and diagnostics of CNG systems.

  ATTC 3760 Hybrid & Alternative Fueled Vehicles

This course is an introduction to the six Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved alternate fuel systems and how each system impacts the environment. The alternative fuels covered are: 1.Ethanol, 2.Electricity, 3. Biodiesel, 4. Natural Gas, 5. Hydrogen, and 6. Propane.

  ATTC 4630 Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Systems

This course is an in-depth look at the history, laws and regulations, theory of operation, components, diagnostics, and service of high voltage and low voltage systems on hybrid and electric vehicles. The main focus of this class is to determine what is common across all makes and models of hybrid and electric vehicles.

Botany BTNY 1403 Enviornmental Appreciation

A life science general education course focused on the relationship between people and their environment.

  BTNY 3214 Soils

Soils focuses on the development and use of soils in natural and human ecosystems. Aspects of sustainability include how soil carbon relates to climate mitigate, how soil erosion affects agriculture, and other management of soil resources to provide for human needs.

Business Administration BSAD 1010 Introduction to Business

This course focuses on the basic of business. We spend one day on CRS topics and we also spend another day specifically on ethical practices within business.

  BSAD 3330 Business Ethics & Environmental Responsibility

This course focuses on achieving a sustainable competitive advantage in business by (somewhat paradoxically) making stakeholder trust the #1 priority- rather than shareholder profitability.

Chemistry CHEM 1010 Introductory Chemistry This is a lecture-demonstration class designed to introduce the subject of chemistry. Covey
Construction Management Technology CMT 1100 Construction Management Orientation

This course introduces students to careers in the construction industry and is designed to help students develop a clear focus on their educational and occupational goals.  Emphasis on ethics and sustainable construction practices.

  CMT 1310 Construction Materials & Methods

This course covers the materials and construction methods used in buildings. Emphasis is placed on sustainable construction practices.

  CMT 1550

Construction Safety

The course is designed to explain the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Act) as well as other laws which apply to safety requirements and responsibilities of the construction professional.  Focus will be on sustainability in the built environment as it applies to safety.

  CMT 2410 LEED-GA Preparation

The course is designed to prepare the student for the LEED GA exam. Upon completion the student will understand the principles of sustainable construction and how they apply in the construction industry.

  CMT 2990 Seminar

Construction Seminar which has a variety of topics, several of which deal with sustainable concepts.

  CMT 3630 Environmental Issues in Facilities Management

Practical application of environmental practices and procedures pertinent to preservation, protection, compliance and conservation issues related to facilities management

Van der Have
  CMT 4310 Long-Range Facility Planning

Includes a discussion about the relevance and importance of sustainable planning in Facilities Management

Van der Have
Economics ECON 1010 Economics as a Social Science

Demonstrates the inefficient uses of environmental resources due to market failures: externalities and public goods, and the tragedy of the commons.  Discusses the need for and types of third-party intervention to correct for market inefficiencies including command and control policies, emission taxes, and tradable discharge permit markets.

  ECON 1100 Environmental Issues & Economic Policy

An analysis of policies which affect environmental resources. Emphasis on economic analysis of renewable and nonrenewable resources, pollution, and public policy.

  ECON 2010

Principles of Micoeconomics 

Examines an approach to allocating resources in a world with unlimited wants but limited resources.

  ECON 2010 Principles of Microeconomics 

Examines an approach to allocating resources in a world with unlimited wants but limited resources.

  ECON 4810  Environmental Economics

This course uses economic and ecological analysis to cover topics ranging from externalities, public goods, environmental accounting, nonrenewable and renewable resource use, pollution, and climate change.  

English ENGL 2010 Intermediate College Writing This course combines sustainability-related readings along with community 'field writing' assignments that connect students' movements in the community to theories of environmental, economic, and social sustainability. Bryson
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate College Writing 

The sustainability content will include readings and writing assignments in which students will explore sustainability issues.

  ENGL 2010 Intermediate College Writing 

English 2010 will contain one unit (1/3) of class with sustainability focus, using selected readings.

  ENGL 2010 Intermediate College Writing 

English 2010 will contain one unit (1/3) of class with sustainability focus, during which students read and discuss sustainability readings and then work on a group project and presentation on sustainability topics of their choosing.

Geography GEOG 1000 Natural Environments of the Earth

Physical Science Gen. Ed. course that surveys the world’s natural systems (weather, climate, landforms, etc.) noting human impacts.

  GEOG 1000 Natural Environments of the Earth Physical Science Gen. Ed. course that surveys the world's natural systems (weather, climate, landforms, etc.) noting human impacts. Morris
  GEOG 1000 Natural Environments of the Earth Physical Science Gen. Ed. course that surveys the world's natural systems (weather, climate, landforms, etc.) noting human impacts. Rich
  GEOG 1520 Geography of U.S. & Canada 

A study of North America's natural environment, ethnic diversity, culture, gender, age, class, social structure, spatial organization, economic activities and present social and cultural conditions.

  GEOG 1300 Places and Peoples of the World Course explores different regions around the world and seeks to understand the processes at work, in making places what they are. Society-environment linkages, including sustainability challenges, are a key part of this. Mulder
  GEOG 1520 Geography of U.S. & Canada 

Explore the physical, cultural, historical, economic and political geography of this region and its subregions, including a consideration of issues of sustainability.

  GEOG 3090 Artic & Alpine Environments

This course examines the physical nature of the Earth’s cold places, and how humans interact with them, and looks at critical sustainability issues that manifest themselves in polar and high mountain regions, such as climate change and ozone depletion.

  GEOG 3360 Economic Geography

A study of the spatial structure of the world's resources, production, commerce, and economic problems.

  GEOG 4420 Advanced Urban and Regional Planning A study of the enabling legislation for planning, zoning laws and ordinances, rezoning and review processes, zoning problems, and the ramifications of urban growth. Class groups will prepare, critique, and present a draft urban general plan. Grover
Geosciences GEO 1030 Earthquakes & Volcanoes

A study of the spatial structure of the world's resources, production, commerce, and economic problems.



GEO 1060

Environmental Geoscience This physical science general education course discusses ineractions between natural environments and human beings. It  focuses on the material, water, and energy resources. Aspects of sustainability include waste management and environmental pollution.  Matyjasik
  GEO 1350 Principles of Earth Science This course will introduce the system linkages among the hydrosphere, atmosphere, geosphere, and biosphere of our planetary home--Earth. Ford
  GEO 3080 Water Resources  This upper division course focuses on all signicant components of water cycle and selected components of water management. Aspects of sustainability include water management strategies used to mitigate the results of flooding, droughts, hazardous atmospheric-oceanic interactions, and shortages of ground water.  Matyjasik
  GEO 4150 Environmental Assessment Sustainability course GEO 4150 Environmental Assessment. This upper division course focuses on groundwater and soil contamination processes and cleanup remedial strategies. It includes practices of the environmental assessment used in governmental agencies and private sector. Matyjasik
  GEO 4550 Geochemistry

Course places particular focus on environmental chemistry, water quality, resources, and anthropogenic influences on the environment. Students complete a research project investigating some aspect of regional environmental chemistry with potential societal impact.

Health Promotion & Human Performance OREC 3450 Adventure Travel & Sustainable Tourism

This course will provide an overview of history, development, organization, impacts and trends within adventure travel and tourism industries. Topics addressed include, but are not limited to: sociocultural, economic, and environmental dimensions within adventure travel and sustainable tourism, positive and negative impacts of tourism, and principles and practices conducive to sustainable tourism.

History HIST 3270 American Environmental History

A history of environmental change, ideas of nature, natural resource development, conservation politics, and science and environmental policy.

  HIST 4120 American West since 1900

One of the major topics in this course is the aridity which distinguishes much of the region and the efforts both to deny that reality and to protect watersheds and wetlands. The course will include at least 3 field trips in support of these issues: Bear River Bird Refuge, Flaming Gorge, and East Canyon.

Honors HNRS 3900 Selling Emotion, Buying Feeling: Emotions, Work, & Consumption in America

The course will have a component on consumerism and sustainability.  

Ollilainen & Matt
  HNRS 1500 To Frack, or Not to Frack? This course will take an in-depth look at hydraulic fracturing (aka "Fracking") and its impact on groundwater aquifers, greenhouse gas emissions, induced seismicity, and the global supply of oil and natural gas. Ford
Interior Design IDT 2010 Sustainability I: Textiles & Soft Materials

A study of fibers, yarns, fabric structure, codes and finishes as they relate to residential and commercial interiors.

Nursing NURS 4400 Population Health in Nursing 

This course explores population health through conducting a comprehensive community assessment. As part of this process, students evaluate how systemic cycles such as poverty, environmental conditions, access to resources, influence health at individual, community, and global levels. Focus is placed on measures to mitigate risks associated with these factors, including approaches that could lead to more sustainable environmental and health outcomes.

Various Instructors
Philosophy PHIL 1120 Contemporary Moral Problems An overview of major Western moral theories and their application to applied moral issues, specifically wealth inequality, global warming, and consumerism Fudge
Political Science POLS 3570 Urban Politics

CCEL course where students work with a community partner on an original research project.

Sociology CEL SOC 3300 Enviornment & Society Course examines the relationship between society, humans, and the enviornment, and between humans about the enviornment. The sustainability of these relationships is of particular concern.  Trentelman
Social Work SW 1010 Introduction to Social Work

An introduction to social work as a profession and our values.  Includes the importance of a sustainable world through human development, birth control, and environmental issues.

  SW 3930 Social Change This course covers the growing connections among populaton growth, energy, food resources and ecological consequences of the changing relationship between human social activity and the resource base of the planet. Hill
  SW 3930 Macro Practice for Social Workers

Course examines the relationship between society, humans, and the environment, and between humans about the environment. The sustainability of these relationships is of particular concern.

Weber State WSU 1560 Sustainability in Thought & Practice This course will explore the concept of and issues related to sustainability and the human relationship more broadly. Crimmel & Mulder
Zoology ZOOL 3450 Ecology

Ecology covers current topics in ecological science from the individual/physiological level through the dynamics of ecosystems and the biosphere. Sustainability topics include human population growth and its role in various environmental problems, the function of biological diversity and the potential consequences of its diminishment/loss, nutrient enrichment of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and its implications for human health, and climate change and its many consequences for the future of humanity.


For more information on these courses, visit the Course Catalog.