210—Foundations of Sustainability, 3 Cr.
This course provides an
interdisciplinary foundation of sustainability from a conceptual and applied
perspective. The course builds an understanding of sustainability at a variety
of special and temporal scales. Students will explore from different
perspectives the link between environmental issues, poverty, consumption, population
growth, economic globalization, and urbanization. Prerequisite: ENVS 101.
225—Writing for Sustainability, 3 Cr.
Writing for Sustainability
is a general overview of non-fiction, memoir and poetry that explores ways in
which humans interact with nature in sustainable ways. A primary focus of the
course will be on how sustainable literature shapes and reflects our
connections to the environment. Prerequisite: ENGL 104 or 105 or 195.
330—Systems Thinking and Change Management, 3
This course fosters skills
for systems thinking and systems dynamic modeling useful to chart pathways for
sustainable human development and pathways within various organizations.
Objectives, fundamentals and implementation of organizational change management
will be developed. Strategies for overcoming obstacles to change will be
discussed. Prerequisite: 210 or VUSM 170. (See MGMT 330)
350—GIS in Sustainability and Environmental
Management, 3 Cr.
This course introduces the
field of geographic information systems (GIS) and how it is used in the field
of sustainability and conservation locally and globally. Students will be
introduced to the background and the methodologies of data collection in this
science. They will also read articles and analyze results produced by GIS in the
field of sustainability. This course will focus on the application of this
science in the field, and research trends using this technology. Prerequisites:
210 or VUSM 170, ENVS 101, MATH 130 or 230 or PSYC 223 or SOCL 223.
360—Sustainability Policy, Planning, and
Governance, 3 Cr.
This course will examine
the historic and current context for sustainable decision making in terms of
public policy, global and domestic economy, political and business agenda
setting, science, technology and ethics. The course provides an overview of
various sustainability planning frameworks and standards. This course focuses
on implementation of sustainability at multiple levels. Prerequisite: 210 or
420—Sustainable Organizations, 3 Cr.
This course builds a
greater understanding of sustainability at an organizational level. Particular
attention will be placed upon sustainability within the private, public, and
nonprofit sector. The course will provide students with a comprehensive
familiarity of how sustainability is implemented in a variety of organizational
settings. Prerequisite: 210 or VUSM 170.
470—Sustainability Monitoring and Measurement,
This course will focus on
sustainability metrics common in a variety of organizations. The course will
introduce a process for measurement and monitoring in diverse settings.
Mechanics for continuous improvement, goal setting, reporting and auditing will
be developed. Prerequisites: 210 or VUSM 170, ENVS 101, MATH 130 or 230 or PSYC
223 or SOCL 223.
495—Sustainability Capstone Experience, 4 Cr.
This course will provide
experiential learning in sustainability through an internship, field practicum,
research experience or global experience. In addition, students will meet
throughout the semester to connect their experience with the principles
developed in the program. Restricted to environmental sustainability majors or
sustainable management majors only. Restricted to students with senior standing