Sustainability-Focused Courses

Sustainability-focused courses concentrate on the concept of sustainability, including its social, economic, and environmental dimensions, or examine an issue or topic using sustainability as a lens. Below is a list of courses offered at UWRF with brief descriptions.

Undergraduate Level

AGEN 325 – Alternative Energy Systems: A study of agricultural biomass conversion and solar energy systems with special emphasis on alcohol fuels and application of solar energy. Engine and burner modification requirements, raw material sources and licensing procedures are examined.
AGEC 445 – Land Use and Sustainable Agriculture Law: This course prepares students to understand and apply knowledge of: governmental institutions that create laws; property law principles; the current legal trends in public vs. private property rights; and, legal research and analysis so that students can conduct and apply their own research/anaylsis pertaining to land use planning and to sustainable agriculture.
ENGL 228 – Literature of Environmental Justice: A study of culturally diverse novelists, essayists, and poets who focus on the ways the human and natural environments are affected by environmental policies, economic practices, and political decisions.
ANSC 389 – Sustainable Animal Production: Description unavailable
SOCI 245 – Environmental Sociology: This course examines the historical and present-day relationships within and among six crucial factors of social ecology: population, social organization, human values, environment, resources, and technology. Questions of an ethical and policy nature are raised regarding the above factors and the human condition.
ANTH 395 – Belize Study Tour: This course requires on-campus study of Belize peoples, wildlife, and habitats followed by a spring break tour to Belize. Students are immersed in a variety of environmental settings to improve their appreciation of cultural and biological diversity.
POLS 355 – Environmental Law: The course contains an overview of public and private regulations affecting the environment, including policy considerations behind environmental legislation and the resulting legislative and administrative acts which implement that policy. Regulation at the federal, state and local levels is covered. Included are consideration of the National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Air Act, Federal Water Pollution Control Act, Toxic Substances Control Act and other significant legislation.
ESM 220 - Environmental Sustainability: Theory/Issues/Management: Description unavailable
ESM 351 – Planning for Sustainable Communities: This course will present the sustainability paradigm as it is being implemented in community planning practice. Emphasis will be placed on examining the cutting-edge tools, techniques, and strategies that are being used to create sustainable local communities and governments.
ESM 377 – Business Ecology: This course will provide the student with the understanding of environmental trends associated with the greening of business and industry, and the environmental management systems (EMS) and strategies that can be applied to associated issues. The course will address current trends in sustainable development, industrial ecology, pollution prevention, the ISO 14000 Series, environmental performance indicators, environmental auditing, EMS corporate structure, life cycle management, risk analysis and management, professional certification, and related ethical considerations.
ESM 389 – Special Topics in Resource Management: Description unavailable
BIOL 389 – Special Topics in Biology:
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BIOL 379 – Internship: Practical work experience in laboratory, field or professional areas of biology will be gained by students. Internship duties and responsibilities will be tailored to the needs of the sponsoring agency and the background of the student.
BIOL 499 – Independent Study: Students will perform individual study of a topic or problem involving laboratory, field or library research under supervision of faculty member; a written report is required.
GEOG 120 – Human Geography: This course introduces the student to the description and analysis of world patterns of population, race, religion, language, agriculture, industry, levels of economic development, urbanization, and human environmental impact.
GEOG 360 – GIS Theory & Methods: This course emphasizes the theory and methods for creating and utilizing geographic information systems (GIS). Applications of GIS, digital database design and construction, geographic analyses and presentation of results of analyses in map form will be covered. Students will gain experience with both vector and raster systems, using ArcGIS, ARC/Info and Idrisi
GEOG 460 – GIS Analysis & Modeling: Advanced concepts and techniques of geographic modeling and analysis are covered. Exercises provide hands-on experience performing geographic analyses in contexts applicable to both the physical and social sciences. Complex overlay, neighborhood, surface, and interpolation functions are examined in detail using ArcGIS, ArcInfo, and Idrisi.
GEOG 368 – Digital Image Processing: This course covers topics on the integration, transformation, and processing of digital data common to Cartography, GIS, and Remote Sensing. Topics include data base design, sources of digital data, data structure and format transformations, line generalization, global positioning systems (GPS) and digital image processing of satellite imagery using ArcGIS, ArcInfo and Idrisi.

Graduate Level

AGED 707 – Sustainable Community Development: This course provides a comprehensive overview of the conceptual framework and implementation process necessary for the effective development of sustainable communities, both domestically and internationally. The student will produce a project plan for the application of course content to a community of their choice.
AGED 715 – Community Engagement for Sustainability: This course will immerse students in community engagement. Students will experience the purposes and processes used to create inclusive decision-making. Both theoretical and practical aspects of community engagement as they relate to sustainable community development will be addressed.
AGED 720 – Sustainability-Focused Education Programming: Students will examine the necessity and methods for integrating education in community-wide sustainability efforts. The focus will be on the role of non-formal education programs. Students will investigate the theories, models, and tools of non-formal education and apply them to sustainable community development efforts.


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