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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.

2020 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. 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. 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 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. 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. Gnagey
SUS ECON 3300 Environmental Economics Environmental Economics applies economic concepts to environmental and resource topics. We will use both standard economic and ecological analyses. Specific topics include externalities, public goods, environmental accounting, nonrenewable and renewable resource use, pollution, and climate change. Gnagey
SUS ENGL 2010 Intermediate College Writing English 2010 will contain one unit (1/3) of class with sustainability focus, using selected readings. Hamer
SUS ENGL 2010 Intermediate College Writing The sustainability content will include readings and writing assignments in which students will explore sustainability issues. 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. Frantz
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. Mulder
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. 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. Groves
SUS HNRS 2050 Repairs as a Radical Act What can I do in my life to help the environment? Environmental issues can seem overwhelming, but there are things we can do everyday to improve the environment. Learn how to repair and maintain items in your everyday life with skills like welding, using a multi-meter, changing outlets, and vehicle maintenance. Analyze the economic and environmental impacts of reuse and repair.



SUS HNRS 2920 Introduction to Data Science and Statistics Learn about how statistics is central to one of the most exciting new fields that is shaping 21st century using Python. This course places emphasis on statistical reasoning with data and decision making. No prior experience is needed, but the course will use the Python programming language and reasoning with mathematics. Chan
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. Johnson
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.


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.


SUS OCRE 4020 Nature Interpretation Nature Interpretation will have 3 experiences that will occur outside of class times. This class will include one overnight camping trip scheduled on September 11th through September 13th. There will be two afternoon excursions one on September 24th and one on October 15th from 12:00 to 4:00 pm.


SUS PHIL 4400 Environmental Philosophy A selected study of one of the traditional questions of philosophy, such as the nature of knowledge and truth, the mind/body problem, free will/determinism, and the nature of moral/aesthetic value.


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.


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.


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