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Course provides immersive experience with Ojibwe tribe in MinnesotaSustainability Courses at Penn State

In 2010, we asked Penn State faculty members to assess their courses using the sustainability criteria developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and subsequently put it into a Sustainability Course Assessment survey.

You can see the list of courses that have been submitted by the faculty members who teach them. They are organized as courses that are sustainability-focused or sustainability-related, and/or that have an immersive experience in sustainability. All course information came from Penn State faculty. Some special topics courses, independent studies and internship courses may also be sustainability courses. Students interested in these options should speak with the appropriate instructor to find out.


If you have questions or concerns, please contact Academic Programs Fellow Peter Buckland.
 

Sustainability-FOCUSED Courses

COURSE COURSE NAME # CREDITS GEN. ED. COLLEGE
A E 456 Solar Energy Building System Design 3 None College of Engineering
A E 469 Photovoltaic Systems Design and Construction 3 None College of Engineering
AFR 105 Environments of Africa: Geology and Climate Change 3 GN College of Liberal Arts
AG 160S Introduction to Ethics and Issues in Agriculture 3 GH College of Agricultural Sciences
AGECO 134  Sustainable Agriculture Science and Policy 3 GN College of Agricultural Sciences
AGECO 144  Principles and Practices of Organic Agriculture 3 GN College of Agricultural Sciences
AGECO 457  Principles of Integrated Pest Management 3 None College of Agricultural Sciences
AGECO 499  Foreign Studies 1-2 None College of Agricultural Sciences
ARCH 412 Integrative Energy and Environmental Design 3 None College of Arts and Architecture
ARCH 480 Technical Systems Integration 3 None College of Arts and Architecture
B A 342 Socially Responsible, Sustainable and Ethical Business Practice 3 None Smeal College of Business
B A 441 Strategies for Enterprise Sustainability 3 None Smeal College of Business
B A 442 Sustainable Behavior of Consumers, Firms, and Societies 3 None Smeal College of Business
B E 464 Bioenergy Systems Engineering 3 None College of Engineering
BISC 003  Environmental Science 3 GN Eberly College of Science
BRS 300 Introduction to Biorenewable Products 3 None College of Agricultural Sciences
BRS 393 Bioresources Industry Tour 1-2 None College of Agricultural Sciences
BRS 402 Foundations of Sustainable Business 3 None College of Agricultural Sciences
BRS 411 Biobased Fiber Science 4 None College of Agricultural Sciences
BRS 422 Energy Analysis in Biorenewable Systems 3 None College of Agricultural Sciences
CAS 222 Foundations: Civic and Community Engagement 3 GS College of the Liberal Arts
C E 437 Engineering Materials for Sustainability 3 None College of Engineering
C E 439W Geotechnical and Materials Engineering Design Capstone 3 None College of Engineering
CED 152 Community Development Concepts and Practice 3 None College of Agricultural Sciences
CED 375H Community, Local Knowledge, and Democracy 3 None College of Agricultural Sciences
CED 410 The Global Seminar 3 None College of Agricultural Sciences
CED 427 W  Society and Natural Resource 3 None College of Agricultural Sciences
CED 450 International Development, Renewable Resources, and the Environment 3 IL College of Agricultural Sciences
CED 475 CED Integrated Capstone Experience  3 None College of Agricultural Sciences
E R M 210 Environmental Factors and Their Effect on Your Food Supply 3 GN College of Agricultural Sciences
E R M 402 Foundations of Sustainable Business 3 None College of Agricultural Sciences
EARTH 002 The Earth System and Global Change 3 GN College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
EARTH 100 Environment Earth 3 GN College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
EARTH 100H Environment Earth: Environment and Energy 3 GN College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
EARTH 103 Earth in the Future: Predicting Climate Change and Its Impacts Over the Next Century 3 GN College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
EARTH 104 Climate, Energy and Our Future 3 GN College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
EARTH 105 Environments of Africa: Geology and Climate Change 3 GN College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
EARTH 107 Coastal Processes, Hazards and Society 3 GN College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
EARTH 111  Water: Science and Society 3 GN College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
ECON 415 The Economics of Global Climate Change  3 None College of Liberal Arts
ECON 415W The Economics of Global Climate Change  3 None College of Liberal Arts
EDSGN 352 Fundamentals of Community Service Engineering     College of Engineering
EDSGN 452 Projects in Community Service Engineering  2 None College of Engineering
EDSGN 453 Design for Developing Communities 1 None College of Engineering
EDSGN 454 Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship Field Experience .5 None College of Engineering
EGEE 102  Energy Conservation for Environmental Protection 3 GN College of Engineering
EGEE 412  Green Engineering & Environmental Compliance 3 None College of Engineering
EM SC 240 Energy and Sustainability in Contemporary Culture 3 None College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
EM SC 302 Orientation to Energy and Sustainability Policy 1 None College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
EME 407 Electrochemical Energy Storage 3 None College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
EME 466 Energy and Sustainability in Society 3 None College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
ENGR 312 Sustainable Energy Entrepreneurship 3 None College of Engineering
ENGR 451 Social Entrepreneurship 3 None College of Engineering
ENT 457 Principles of Integrated Pest Management 3 None College of Agricultural Sciences
FOR 201 Global Change and Ecosystems 3 GN College of Agricultural Sciences
FOR 450W Human Dimensions of Natural Resources 3 None College of Agricultural Sciences
FOR 488Y  Global Forest Conservation 3 None College of Agricultural Sciences
GEOG 001 Global Parks and Sustainability 3 GS College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
GEOG 030  Geographic Perspectives on Sustainability and Human-Environment  3 GS College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
GEOG 124 Elements of Cultural Geography 3 IL College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
GEOG 130 Environment, Power, and Justice  3 GS College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
GEOG 414 Principles and Applications in Landscape Ecology 3 None College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
GEOG 430 Human Use of Environment 3 None College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
GEOG 432 Energy Policy 3 None College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
GEOG 434  Politics of the Environment 3 None College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
GEOG 435H Global Change and Sustainability     College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
GEOG 436 Ecology, Economy, and Society  3 None College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
GEOG 493  Service Learning  3-12 None College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
GEOG 498 Special Topics 1-9 None College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
HIST 110  Nature and History 3 GH College of the Liberal Arts
HIST 111 American Food System: History, Technology, and Culture 3 GH College of the Liberal Arts
HIST 453  American Environmental History 3 None College of the Liberal Arts
LARCH 241 Ecological Principles for Landscape Design 3 None College of Arts and Architecture
LARCH 414  Design and Theory V: Advanced Landscape Architectural Design 5-15 None College of Arts and Architecture
MATH 033 Mathematics for Sustainability 3 GQ Eberly College of Science
METEO 469 From Meteorology to Mitigation: Understanding Global Warming 3 None College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
NUTR 430 Global Food Strategies: Problems and Prospects for Reducing World Hunger  3 IL College of Health and Human Development
PHIL 013 Philosophy, Nature, and the Environment  3 GH College of the Liberal Arts
PHIL 118  Introduction to Environmental Philosophy 3 GH College of the Liberal Arts
PHIL 403  Environmental Ethics 3 None College of the Liberal Arts
PHIL 418 Ethics 3 None College of the Liberal Arts
PLANT 461 Emerging Issues in Plant Sciences 3 None College of Agricultural Sciences
PL SC 135 The Politics of the Ecological Crisis  3 GS College of the Liberal Arts
PSYCH 419  Psychology and a Sustainable World 3 None College of the Liberal Arts
RPTM 499A Field Studies and Sustainable Tourism - New Zealand & Sydney     College of Health and Human Development
STS 130 World Food Problems      College of Engineering
STS 201 Climate Change, Energy, and Biodiversity  3 GN College of Engineering
STS 245 Globalization, Technology, and Ethics 3 GS College of Engineering
SOC 047 Wilderness, Technology, and Society      College of the Liberal Arts
SOILS 071  Environmental Sustainability 3 GN College of Agricultural Sciences
SOILS 422  Natural Resources Conservation and Community Sustainability 3 None College of Agricultural Sciences
SUST 200 Foundations of Leadership in Sustainability 3 GS College of Health and Human Development
WFS 440 Natural Resources Public Relations 3 None College of Agricultural Sciences
WP 530 Case Studies in Forest Products     College of Agricultural Sciences

General Education Requirement Descriptions (GHA, GA, GN, GS, etc.)
Sustainability-related Degree Programs
Minor in Sustainability Leadership

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Academic Programs Fellow Peter Buckland.

 

Immersive Experience Courses

COURSE COURSE NAME # CREDITS GEN. ED. COLLEGE
BIOL 499A Tropical Field Ecology 3 None Eberly College of Science
EME 466 Energy and Sustainability in Society 3 None College of Engineering
ENGL 181A Adventure Literature: Exploring the Chesapeake Bay 4.5 GH College of the Liberal Arts
ENGL 181B Adventure Literature: Exploring Cape Cod 4.5 GH College of the Liberal Arts
ENGL 181C The Beach: Exploring the Literature of the Atlantic Shore 4.5 GH College of the Liberal Arts
ENGL 181D Adventure Literature: Exploring the Literature of the American Wilderness 3 GH College of the Liberal Arts
LARCH 499E-F Mangu’la, Tanzania: Parks and People 1-5 None College of Arts and Architecture
GEOG 493 Service learning 3-12 None College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

General Education Requirement Descriptions (GHA, GA, GN, GS, etc.)
Sustainability-related Degree Programs
Minor in Sustainability Leadership

For questions about immersive course experiences, please contact Dr. Carter Hunt