WWU Courses in Sustainability

101 THE MATERIALS REVOLUTION (4)
An introductory course designed to facilitate a basic understanding of the materials science fundamentals behind the development of today's most important and innovative materials. Topics include: nano-materials, smart materials, advanced composite materials, and semiconductors. Other important basics such as building materials from atoms, structures, synthesis, materials failures, and sustainability will also be covered.

385 ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY (5)
Uses sociological concepts to analyze human-environmental interactions. Topics include humans as part of the ecosystem, natural resource dependent communities, population growth and environmental quality, the environmental and anti-environmental movements, limits to growth and energy use, garbage and other wastes, sustainable development and economic growth, sociological and economic perspectives on alternative environmental futures.

202 INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES AND SUSTAINABILITY (3)
A basic overview of environmental issues in the United States and globally. Emphasis on environmental and human sustainability in a social science context.

336n TOPICS IN SCIENCE (4-5)
An interdisciplinary exploration of specific topics in science, including health, reproductive science, ecology, energy, natural history, animal studies, botany, sustainability, the history of science, and science and society.

335n VISIONING SUSTAINABLE FUTURES (4-5)
A critical examination of alternative futures envisioned by various writers representing the world views of diverse cultures and communities of interest, in light of present-day sociopolitical, economic and environmental realities.

332q TOPICS IN APPLIED CONSERVATION BIOLOGY (4-8)
Analysis of the environment through the applied lens of conservation biology which seeks to explain patterns of scarcity and diversity in nature and identify guidelines and priorities for maintaining species and natural communities. The approach of the course will be philosophical as well as empirical. This course is repeatable to a maximum of 15 credits with different topics.

231n INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED HUMAN ECOLOGY: SUSTAINABLE SYSTEMS
Study of relationships between human systems and the environment with an emphasis on the principle of sustainability. Study of models of sustainable development and appropriate technology complement practical applications in the Outback Farm/Wetland/Outdoor Learning Center. Student participation in instruction.

585 SUSTAINABILITY ACCOUNTING AND REPORTING (4)
Course participants will study the overall themes and examples of TBL offered by various authors and organizations by reading several books and examining some Triple Bottom Line (TBL)-related websites in detail. Our directed conversations will focus on an analysis and synthesis of these themes, the credibility the proposals and attempts, and the general applicability of the TBL concept.

ENVS 437M Environmental Peace and Sustainability

ENVS 460 Greening Business

ENVS 410 Agro and Sustainable Agriculture

ENVS 303 Human Ecology and Sustainability

ENVS 382 Curriculum for Environment and Sustainability

ENVS 482 Communication Based Ed for Sustainability Education

ENVS 496 Environmental Stewardship

ENVS 381 Intro to Education for Environment and Sustainability

ENVS 489 Leadership for a Sustainable Future

ENVS 195 Viking Launch Local Perspectives on Environmental Studies & Sustainability

ENVS 202 Intro to Environmental Studies and Sustainability

ENVS 437P Sustainable Ithaca

ENVS 474 Planning for Sustainable Communities

Updated List of Sustainability Courses

Archived Sustainable Courses List (June 2011) (doc)