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Sustainability Courses

Courses with the SUS in front of the course number have been formally approved to use the SUS attribute indicating that the course focuses on or includes sustainability in some way. See more info about the SUS attribute here.

2021 Fall Semester

Course Number Course Name Description Faculty
SUS ANTH 1020 Biological Anthropology This course explores the human fossil record, human evolution, population genetics, primatology, and modern human biological diversity from a biocultural perspective. J. Gautney
SUS ANTH 2010 People and Cultures of the World This course is a selective survey of cultures through time and around the world, one which explores their similarities and differences as human adaptations to a variety of social and physical environments. M. Stevenson
SUS BTNY 1403 Principles of Environmental Science This course focuses on the development of awareness of the consequences of the impact of modern science through technology upon our environments and how we respond to issues related to threats to our biological life-support system. A definition of a quality environment is developed, with student input, and an analysis of the existing quality of our environment is made in light of this definition which challenges our collective wisdom to identify those things which we do well and to prescribe remedies for shortcomings. This course can be taken for 3 or 4 credits with the fourth credit based on completion of the laboratory course. All Sections
SUS BTNY 2413 Introduction to Natural Resource Management Introduction to Natural Resource Management brings together many perspectives to examine 7 specific management decisions about water, air, energy, wildfire, plants, and timber. The course examines these issues from scientific, policy, and cultural aspects. You will become familiar with the underlying scientific data about our natural resources, the way our political system makes decisions, and the consideration of many stakeholder positions. You will read scientific studies and 2 books about managing land, which we will discuss each week. Because making wise decisions about our natural resources requires difficult conversations among diverse stakeholders, you will practice these skills throughout the course. To diversify your exposure to different perspectives, we will also invite several guests to join our conversations. H. Root
SUS CHEM 4630 Materials Chemistry Materials chemistry is the study of the synthesis, structure, properties, and applications of solid materials. Our technology-driven world is fueled by advances in materials chemistry with examples of application in areas such as nanomaterials, polymers, and energy technology. This survey course will focus on the synthesis of materials through gas, liquid, and solid phase reactions. Crystalline and molecular structure of materials will be related to electronic, optical, thermal, and mechanical properties. Some material characterization techniques including x-ray diffraction and microscopy will be covered. The accompanying lab focuses on synthesis of advanced crystalline and amorphous materials through traditional and new techniques. Analysis with scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, uv/vis spectroscopy, and IR spectroscopy is included. B. Burnett
SUS ECON 2010 Principles of Microeconomics The application of economic concepts to the analysis of scarcity of individual, firm, and organizational behavior. Topic coverage includes the theories of how consumers and firms make choices, and how various rules guide their respective decisions. The course also explores the theory of market structures, such as perfect and imperfect competition, as well as monopoly. M. Gnagey
SUS ENGL 2010 Intermediate College Writing English 2010 will contain one unit (1/3) of class with sustainability focus, using selected readings. J. Hamer
SUS ENGL 2010 Intermediate College Writing The sustainability content will include readings and writing assignments in which students will explore sustainability issues. K. Hudson
SUS GEO 1030 Earthquakes and Volcanoes The causes, distribution, and effects of earthquakes and volcanoes within the framework of global plate tectonics. Development of problem solving and analytical thinking skills are emphasized through homework assignments related to geologic processes. Three lectures per week. C. Tems
SUS GEO 1710 / SUS GEO 3710 Introduction to GIS Geographic Information Science (GIS) is a powerful tool that can reveal underlying patterns and processes across landscapes and regions. GIS is a gateway to learning about the structure of geospatial data, and then how to create and analyze it. This course will use GIS skills learned in the course to look at using a multi-criteria analysis to site a wetland reserve for ducks across several states as well as examining the proximity of volcanic hazards in the Pacific Northwest to population centers in Oregon and Washington. Use this course to best understand the power of spatial data! All Instructors
SUS GEO 3840 Remote Sensing: Principle and Method Do you like looking at imagery of Earth's many varied landscapes? This course examines how earth observation data is acquired, corrected, displayed, and analyzed. This course uses remotely sensed imagery to better understand wildfire severity, development induced sprawl, and how we can better understand our ever changing world, with pictures from space! From understanding the light and electromagnetic spectrum to ensuring your end product data is accurate, this course is great for people that want to know more about Earth observation data. R. Fraizer
SUS GEOG 1000 Natural Environments of the Earth This course examines the basic physical science and systems underlying physical geography including mountain building and plate tectonics, weather and climate, ecology, rivers and floods, and desert environments. Human interactions in each of these spheres is discussed with particular focus on the efforts needed for a healthy planet. The course meets physical science gen ed requirement.  All Instructors
SUS GEOG 1500 Science of Global Warming This course focuses on the science of global warming. The topic of sustainability is a major focus of the class, as it includes examination of humans' addition of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere since the industrial revolution. Particularly, students analyze various energy practices and their economic viabilities in the goal to mitigate increased warming. All Instructors
SUS GEOG 1520 Geography of the U.S. and Canada Addresses topics relating to the area's natural environment, ethnic diversity, and regional differences in such subjects as culture, gender, age, class, social structure, spatial organization, and economic activities. Present social and cultural conditions within the United States and Canada are analyzed and compared. A. Mulder
SUS GEOG 2400 / SUS GEOG 4400 Cartography and Map Design Ever look at a map and get lost in the landscape presented to you? Who has not wondered how art and science combine to reveal important information as depicted on a map! Join Professor Frazier in this course where you can learn how to create great maps, and the decisions that go into making them. We will examine the Arctic Sea ice extent, show the history of wildfire in Utah and Idaho, and learn basic Geographic Information Science skills along the way (no prerequisites required!) - the perfect course for those who are interested and want to learn about mapping and maps! R. Frazier
SUS GEOG 3050 Weather and Climate This course examines the workings of the climate system, with a significant focus on human-induced climate change. Instead of thinking about weather and climate as distinct atmospheric phenomena, this course emphasizes the influence on the atmosphere of oceans, land surface, plant life and large bodies of ice. These interactions are what produce our weather and climate. D. Bedford
SUS GEOG 3060 World Environmental Issues A study of global and local environmental issues such as changing air and water quality, food production, waste management, and other topics. The course identifies strategies for creating healthier and more sustainable ways of living within our natural and built environments. A. Mulder
SUS GEOG 3080 Arid Lands Presents a general overview of the characteristics and variant topography, geography, and climatic conditions of the Earth's arid lands. Examines the spatial location of arid regions and their climatic controlling factors. Weather patterns, hydrology, and eolian processes will be discussed along with sediment transportation and deposition of arid environments. The course will also review dune types and formation along with soils of arid zones. The course concludes with a discussion on the desertification and the impact of human intervention in the misuse of arid lands, while discussing preservation versus reclamation of these regions. M. Groves
GEOG 4410 Sustainable Land Use Planning Sustainable land use planning skills are beneficial to those pursuing a career in planning or related fields, as well as those wanting greater involvement in land use decisions in their community. This course emphasizes principles of sustainability as it pertains to land use management, community development and environmental planning. The focus is on creating livable communities that encourage transit, walking and bicycling, as well as mixed use planning and zoning. Students will have the opportunity to engage in community-based research and service-learning projects with local planning agencies or entities, and participate in group planning projects. Projects are meant to benefit all participants (students and public partners), and to establish greater community sustainability.  All Instructors
SUS HNRS 2040 Tree of Life This course focuses on human relationships with trees through the lenses of science, storytelling, and metaphor. We will read the epic novel, The Overstory, by Richard Powers. As we are introduced to the human characters, we will also learn the underlying biology of forest communities. We will explore themes of human relationships with the natural world, environmentalism, activism, and the roles of science and technology. K. Hudson,
H. Root
SUS IDT 2060 Sustain II: Materials & Hardware Exploration and research of interior finishes, materials, and sustainable practices. Practical application for specifying and installation of materials will be emphasized. Three-dimensional projects may be required as part of this course. An interdisciplinary design charrette is featured as part of this course. J. Johnson
SUS LIBS 1704 Information Navigator This course provides an understanding of the research process, specifically the process involved with researching sustainability issues, and the utilization of various information resources in order to achieve academic success and promote lifelong learning skills. D. Meiser
SUS MATH 1040 Introduction to Statistics Basic concepts of probability and statistics including data collection and analysis, correlation and regression, probability. discrete and continuous distributions (binomial, normal and t distributions), estimation and hypothesis testing, with an emphasis on applications and understanding of the main ideas. J. Chan
SUS MED 6020 Diversity in Education This course provides teachers with the knowledge and concepts they need to develop appropriate, informed, and sensitive responses to the rich diversity of student learners in the classroom. The course will explore cultural assumptions, attitudes, and values that shape our perceptions and predicate our actions in relation to teaching and learning.  Generally speaking, the issues of multiculturalism include such areas as race, exceptionality, ethnicity, gender, class, age, differentiated lifestyles, and life choices, and religion and how they intersect to create sustainable practices and communities. We will focus on theoretical and practical issues of diversity in classroom settings, especially related to culture, race, gender ethnicity, language, and socio-economic levels. In the course, we will establish a consistent dialogue between theory and practice, between personal reflections and interpersonal exchange, between feelings, actions, and thoughts. You will therefore utilize both ethnographic and self-reflective techniques to expand multicultural awareness. S. Speicher
SUS MICR 3502 Environmental Health

In this course you will explore many ways that environmenatl factors can influence health and disease. This course focuses primarily on human health issues, but occasionally addresses threats to wildlife and natural ecosystems. We will address many issues related to sustainability including toxins in the environment, zoonotic and vector-borne diseases, radiation, water quality, air quality, and solid and liquid wastes. The overarching themes of the course are: 1. Human activities can impact the environment and threaten health, and 2. Environmental health threats can be mitigated through monitoring, risk assessments, policies, and technology.

All Instructors
SUS NRSG 4200 Evidence-Based Practice This course focuses on a basic understanding of how multiple sources of evidence are developed and integrated into an evidence-based nursing environment. These sources include the formal research process, quality improvement data, clinical judgment, inter-professional perspectives, and patient preference. This course will include the application of advanced knowledge and skills required for translating reliable evidence into evidence-based practice and clinical judgments. The course will also support the establishment of a research-base for the student's personal nursing practice, as well as influence the continual improvement of healthcare quality and safety.

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SUS NRSG 4400 Population Health in Nursing This course explores nursing in diverse populations in a local and global contest emphasizing disease prevention, health promotion and cultural competency for the improvement of health status throughout the lifespan. Focus will include disparities in health and health care services, and the impact of behavior and lifestyle choices. Course projects will incorporate application of advanced skills and knowledge related to health needs and health promotion at the individual and community level. Students will examine frameworks of community and public health, assess and analyze prevalent population-based health issues, and explore population-based interventions.

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SUS NRSG 6140 Collaborative Population Health This course examines the principles of ecological, global, and social determinants of health to design, deliver, and evaluate culturally relevant clinical prevention and health promotion interventions and strategies for individuals, families, communities, and aggregate populations. Ethical approaches to equitable, efficient, effective, and sustainable population-based health policies are also examined.

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SUS NUTR 1020 Science of Human Nutrition Human nutrition is the platform to study the nature and integration of science across disciplines and in society through applied problem solving and data analysis. Nutritional balance and good health are explored in context of the levels of organization, metabolism and homeostatis, genetics and evolution, and ecological interactions. This course is taught Web enhanced.

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SUS NUTR 1240 Nutrition and Sustainable Cooking Sustainable ways to acquire, prepare and consume food to support a healthier individual, population, and environment are explored. Food science principles will be emphasized in the laboratory experience.

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SUS OCRE 3050 Recreation and Leisure in Society Content, nature, extent and significance of recreation and leisure; their role in our lives, relevant service delivery agencies/organizations/businesses, leadership functions and styles, and a introduction to team-building/adventure programming activities. L. Meerts
SUS PHYS 2090 Energy and the Environment This interdisciplinary course explores how energy moves through our modern technological society. We will study the many forms of energy, traditional and emerging sources of energy, and how energy use affects our environment. Much of the course will focus on identifying energy-related problems and their potential solutions.

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SUS PHYS 2090 Energy and the Environment This interdisciplinary course explores how energy moves through our modern technological society. We will study the many forms of energy, traditional and emerging sources of energy, and how energy use affects our environment. Much of the course will focus on identifying energy-related problems and their potential solutions.

All Instructors

SUS QUAN 3610 Business Statistics II Business Statistics II adds to the statistical toolkit essential for business and economics majors. Topics include hypothesis testing, correlation, time series, and multiple regression analysis. Students will implement these statistical methods using computer software (Excel or other) and interpret results. Data sets, and analysis will include information regarding sustainability. Students will be able to identify, collect, and organize data related to sustainability; and will be able to analyze this data using the tools of statistics to provide actionable intelligence related to sustainability to policymakers and stakeholders. G. Roberts
SUS SOC 1010 Introduction to Sociolgy Sociology is the study of the dual nature of the individual in society and society in the individual. Introduction to Sociology provides an overview of how individuals shape the way our society functions including many of the challenges facing our world today related to things like gender, family, race, ethnicity, wealth and poverty, politics, as well as the individual's role in protecting the environment. The final unit of the course includes a debate style presentation titled, "Is Humankind Dangerously Harming the Environment?" During the debate, students will engage with this topic from multiple angles to uncover the dual nature of the individual in society and society in the individual as it relates to a sustainable future for humanity. R. Morris
SUS SOC 1020 Social Problems A study of major social problems in contemporary society, including issues of age, gender, family, race, ethnicity, wealth and poverty, politics, education, public safety, health care, substance abuse, and environment. Special emphasis is given to these issues and their consequences for today's global and diverse society. C. Trentleman

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