Sustainability Undergraduate Courses

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Additional information about certificates and majors:

Biology

BIOL 4045 Ecology (4)
General Ecology-CTW.
Prerequisite: Biol 3840 with a grade of C or higher, or equivalent course. Biol 3820 recommended.
Three lecture and two laboratory hours per week.
Principles governing distribution and abundance of organisms and their interactions. Experiments, data collection and analysis of ecological processes with an emphasis on critical thinking through writing. Serves as one of the two Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) courses required of all biology majors.
4.000 Credit hours

BIOL 4050 Natural Environment of Georgia (4) (offered Maymester only)
The Natural Environment of Georgia.
Prerequisite: Biol 1104K or Biol 2108K with grade of C or higher, and Geog 1113 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. (Same as Geog 4050.)
Three lecture hours a week with a one day weekend lab every other weekend.
Georgia is a state with great a diversity of natural communities, in large part because of the many different landscapes present in the state. Through readings, discussions, tests, field outings, projects and in-class exercises, students will become familiar with the principles involved in the structure and function of Georgia’s dwindling, but diverse, ecosystems. There will be an emphasis on plant communities and the physical environment, but animal communities and landscape management strategies will also be covered. Locations, diversity, and plant indicator species (especially trees) will be examined in the classroom and in the field, and experiential learning is emphasized.
4.000 Credit hours

Communication

SPCH/JOUR 3040 Communicating Environmental Issues
Communicating Environmental Issues.
Prerequisites: Spch 1000 with a grade of C or higher and an institutional GPA of 2.5 or higher. Cross-listed with Jour 3040.
Critical and cultural approaches to analyzing environmental discourses and producing problem-solving environmental messages. Global environmental issues are studied via: advocacy campaigns, journalism, green marketing, industry rhetoric, science and risk communication, media representations, and environmental and animal ethics.
3.000 Credit hours

Economics

ECON 4220 Environmental Economics and Policy (3)
Environmental Economics and Policy.
Prerequisites: Econ 2106 or permission of instructor.
This course is designed to introduce the student to a broad range of contemporary environmental problems and the design of appropriate policy responses. Environmental concerns such as declining urban air quality, water pollution, tropical rain forest destruction, and global warming are covered (topics vary according to the instructor). The role of economic development and the political and social forces determining environmental quality are explored. The effectiveness of past and present environmental policies and regulations are evaluated and contrasted with newer, more flexible approaches to improving environmental policy. This course is designed for students majoring in all disciplines who have interests in public policy as it relates to managing the environment. Global Perspectives Course.
3.000 Credit hours

Environmental Science

ENVS 1401 Environmental Science
Environmental Science.
Co-requisite: ENVS 1401L
This course is designed to investigate the role of humans in their environment. Students develop a knowledge base about their biological and physical environment. This information leads to exploration of human dependence on, technological control over and interactions with the environment. Emphasis is placed on sustaining resources and making informed choices concerning environmental issues.
3.000 Credit hours

ENVS 1401K Environmental Science
Environmental Science.
Lecture/lab designed to investigate the role of humans in their environment. Students develop a knowledge base about their biological and physical environment. This information leads to exploration of human dependence on, technological control over, and interactions with the environment. Emphasis is placed on sustaining resources and making informed choices concerning environmental issues.
4.000 Credit hours

ENVS 1401L Environmental Science Lab
Environmental Science Lab.
Prerequisites: Exit or exemption from MATH 0997, ENGL 0999 and all ESL requirements
Prerequisite or Co-requisite: ENVS 1401
Laboratory based application of topics covered in the lecture.
1.000 Credit hours

ENVS 1402 Plant Resources in the Environment
Plant Resources in the Environment.
Prerequisites: ENVS 1401 and ENVS 1401L, each with a “C” or higher
Co-requisite: ENVS 1402L
This course introduces the importance of plants as the foundation of terrestrial ecosystems and the producers that fuel life on land, including plant ecology, diversity, evolution, structure and applications, as well as human uses of plant products. This course does not fulfill the requirements for a major in Biology.
3.000 Credit hours

ENVS 1402K Plant Resources in the Environment
Plant Resources in the Environment.
Prerequisites: ENVS 1401K
Introduction to the importance of plants as the foundation of terrestrial ecosystems and producers that fuel life on land, including plant ecology, diversity, evolution, structure and adaptations, as well as human uses of plant products.
4.000 Credit hours

ENVS 1402L Plant Resources in the Environment Laboratory
Plant Resources in the Environment (Laboratory).
Prerequisites: ENVS 1401 and ENVS 1401L
Co-requisite: ENVS 1402
This course is a laboratory based application of topics covered in the lecture. This course does not fulfill the requirements for a major in Biology.
1.000 Credit hours

Geosciences

GEOG 4050 Natural Environment of Georgia (4) (offered Maymester only)
Natural Enviornment of Georgia.
Georgia is a state with great a diversity of natural communities, in large part because of the many different landscapes present in the state. Through readings, discussions, tests, field outings, projects and in-class exercises, students will become familiar with the principles involved in the structure and function of Georgia’s dwindling, but diverse, ecosystems. There will be an emphasis on plant communities and the physical environment, but animal communities and landscape management strategies will also be covered. Locations, diversity, and plant indicator species (especially trees) will be examined in the classroom and in the field, and experiential learning is emphasized.
4.000 Credit hours

GEOG 4420 Urban Environments (4)
Urban Environments.
Prerequisites: Geog 1112 and Geog 1113 strongly encouraged.
This course will introduce students to the processes that characterize urban environments, including the social and physical process of urbanization, urban streams and water supplies, urban climates, pollution issues, urban soils, urban ecosystems, and the interpretation and analysis of the urban environment through remote sensing and the use of GIS (Geographic Information Systems).
4.000 Credit hours

GEOL 2001 Geologic Resources and Environment (3)
Geologic Resources and Environment.
Three lecture hours per week. The origin, distribution, and consequences of consuming the Earth’s resources (metallic, non-metallic, soil and groundwater). Topics include fossil fuels, nuclear energy, alternative energy sources, uses of minerals, waste disposal and contaminants in the environment.
3.000 Credit hours

GEOL 4017 Environmental Geology (4)
Environmental Geology.
Prerequisites: Geol 1121K and Chem 1211K.
Four lecture hours per week.
Application of geological and geochemical concepts to the study of Earth’s near surface environment. Topics may include water supply and pollution, global warming, ozone depletion, soil contamination, natural disasters, mineral resources, environmental management, and selected regulations. Quantitative treatment of population growth and water resources. Global Perspectives Course.
4.000 Credit hours

GEOS 4644 Environmental Conservation (4)

GEOS 4784 Climatic Change (3)

GEOS 8048 Seminar in Climatology (4)
Seminar in Climatology.
Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
Examination of theoretical and applied aspects of climatological research in the discipline of Geography. May be repeated if topics vary.
4.000 Credit hours

GEOS 8050 Seminar in Environmental Issues (4)
Seminar in Environmental Issues.
Prerequisite: consent of the instructor. (Same as Geol 8050.)
Various environmental issues confronting society. May be repeated if topics vary.
4.000 Credit hours

GEOS 4538 Urban Health GIS (4)

Honors College

HON 1000 Urban Sustainability (1) (taught by Dr. Black)
Honors Freshman Seminar.
Prerequisite: Good standing with the Honors College.
Intensive investigation of a special topic related to instructor’s area of expertise.
1.000 Credit hours

HON 3260 (taught by Professor Longobardi)
Honors Colloquium.
Prerequisite: Good standing with the Honors College.
Presentation of various interdisciplinary topics in the humanities, the social sciences, the natural sciences, and business. May be repeated as readings vary.
1.000 to 3.000 Credit hours

Hospitality

European Hospitality Experience

Perspectives courses

PERS 2002 Scientific Perspectives on Global Problems
Green Sustainability (2) (Fall semester only; part of Freshman Learning Community, FLC, with GSU 1010 class)