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 Course Descriptions

SUS 202 - 3 credits
Topics in Sustainability

Advanced study of a specialized topic chosen by the instructor.

SUS 211 - 3 credits
Principles of Sustainability

Fundamental principles of Sustainability. Goal is to provide a larger context for topics covered in sustainability courses. Topics covered include: What is Sustainability?, Climate Change and Environmental Challenges, systems Thinking/Systems Analysis, "Natural" Systems and Function, Human Interactions with Natural Systems, Ethics, and Values.
Required for all students in the undergraduate Certificate in Sustainability Studies.

SUS 296 - 1 to 6 credits
Directed Study

Study under the supervision of a faculty member in an area covered in a regular course not currently being offered. Conditions and hours to be arranged.

SUS 450 - 3 credits
Advanced Seminar in Sustainability Studies

The capstone Advanced Seminar in Sustainability Studies course is an interdisciplinary integration of the theories, principles and concepts of sustainability. It will critically review how individuals and/or institutions apply knowledge relating to sustainable best practice to restore and enhance natural, human, and financial capital and to create inter-generational value and well-being.

PHY 171 - 3 credits
Planet Earth and its Resources I

A course for non-science majors covering Earth’s origin and history; composition and structure of its interior, crust, oceans, and atmosphere; plate tectonics and sea floor spreading; seismology, vulcanism and earthquakes; Earth’s magnetism; forces shaping Earth’s surface, faults and folds, erosion, sedimentation and weathering; and Earth’s materials, such as soil, minerals and ores, and igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks.

MTH 102 - 3 credits
Elements of College Mathematics II

Prerequisites: MTH 101 or MTH 103

Introduction to differential and integral calculus.

PHY 162 - 3 credits
Science, Technology, and Society II: The Environment

This course studies current environmental issues and their relations to technological choices. For example, air and water quality are examined in relation to the use of various renewable and non-renewable energy resources. The course is non-mathematical and satisfies 3 credits of the Natural Science requirement.

PHY 172 - 3 credits
Planet Earth and its Resources II

Continuation of PHY 171, focusing on Earth’s resources: rare and abundant metals and their uses, history of life on Earth, the fossil record; energy and fossil fuels; nuclear energy sources, uranium, plutonium, and deuterium; water and its distribution, rate of use, and pollution; atmospheric-oceanic circulation and heat balance; weather and climate; humanity as agent of change on Earth.

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