Sustainability Courses at Georgia College

The Sustainability in the Curriculum teaching circle recently updated the list of core and upper-level courses that include significant sustainability content:

Course Name Description
BIOL 1120 Biodiversity Includes in depth treatment of ecology and conservation biology are covered
ENSC 1000/1000L Introduction to Environmental Science Course directly addresses sustainability, resource use, and water issues
ENSC 1050 Sustainability and World Population Course directly addresses sustainability, resource use, and water issues
GC1Y Climate and Chemistry Course content includes in-depth analysis of climate change
GC1Y Environmental Literature Topics include a variety of environmental authors and texts related to sustainability
GC1Y Global  Challenges Course investigates major changes in the global future, including food, water, populations, and conflict
GC1Y Into Wilderness Topics include environmental ethics, natural history, and personal responsibility for sustainability
GC2Y Animal Ethics In-depth analysis of food ethics and environmental consequences of animal agriculture
GC2Y Crossroads Global political inquiry into resource conflict and population pressures
GC2Y Ecosophy Presentation of environmental ethics and critical analysis of important local, regional, and global issues
GC2Y Ethics & What We Eat Study of the environmental impacts of food choices, including a call to personal involvement in campus involvement
GC2Y Global Connections Detailed analysis of the social, economic, and environmental impacts of global trade, both locally and globally
GC2Y This Island Earth Study of past environmental and cultural histories of our local area, with detailed attention to human rights, ecology, and individual responsibility
GC2Y Water & Society Detailed investigation of water supply and delivery, and the ecological issues related to water
SOCI 1121 Sociological Perspectives Global Inequality and Population/Demography issues, discussion of problems (and possible solutions) with sprawl and a discussion of water resources and water scarcity, as well as some of the environmental consequences of population pressures in developed and developing countries.
BIOL 2800 Ecology Human modification of nutrient cycles, conservation biology, water conservation, biodiversity, sustainable urban ecology
ANTH/POLS 4600 Rise and Fall of Civilizations Detailed examination of past civilizations and their connection to the natural world, including those activities that contributed to ecological demise
ECON/ENSC 3680 Natural Resource & Environmental Economics A study of how economic forces can lead to environmental degradation and how the same forces can be directed to enhance environmental quality. Topics include resource and environmental valuations, property rights and externalities, market failure, alternative solutions and policies, problems in monitoring and enforcement, economic analysis of the development of legislation and regulation, and applications to current policy issues.
ENSC/GEOG 4400 Resource Use A study of the nature of natural resources, their distribution, usage, and renewal. Addresses concepts that define resources and their allocation, the geographic dimensions of natural resources, as well as the effects of their exploitation. Topics may include forests, fisheries, minerals, natural amenities, tourism, water resources, human-environmental interaction, resource evaluation, and institutional influences on resource use and management.
ENSC/GEOG 4450 Environment and Society A study of the basic principles of ecology, resource economics, and environmental history as they relate to environmental management and resource conservation issues around the world. Addresses the social impacts of air, water, and soil pollution, human population growth, food production, deforestation, and many other environmental issues.
GEOG 4250 Geography of Health This course examines the impact of physical and cultural geographic factors on military and humanitarian relief operations in a variety of physiographic and cultural regions throughout the world from ancient times to the present.
KINS 3353 Introduction to Environmental Health Examine health issues, scientific understanding of causes, and possible future approaches to control the major environmental health problems in industrialized and developing countries.
ODED 4500 Ecological Connections in Outdoor Education examining multiple social and non- human environmental issues including population dynamics, manufacturing, consumerism, climate change, Environmental values and beliefs, environmentally responsible behaviors, etc.

Published by Doug R. Oetter

Professor of Geography at Georgia College & State University.

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