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Sustainability-Related Courses and Degree Programs

Undergraduate Programs

For a complete list of all sustainability-related undergraduate degree programs and minors, see Penn State University Bulletins.

Graduate Programs

Program Program Type College

Agricultural and Biological Engineering

M.S. & Ph.D.

College of Agricultural Sciences

Forest Resources

M.S. & Ph.D.

College of Agricultural Sciences

Plant Pathology

M.S. & Ph.D.

College of Agricultural Sciences

Rural Sociology

M.S. & Ph.D.

College of Agricultural Sciences

Wildlife and Fisheries Science

M.S. & Ph.D.

College of Agricultural Sciences

Architecture

Master

College of Arts and Architecture

Landscape Architecture

Master

College of Arts and Architecture

Recreation, Park and Tourism Management

M.S. & Ph.D.

College of Health and Human Development

Public Health

Master

College of Medicine (Penn State Hershey)

Environmental Pollution Control

Master

Penn State Harrisburg

Sustainable Management Practices

Graduate Certificate

Penn State Great Valley

Community and Economic Development

M.P.S

World Campus

Ecology

M.S. & Ph.D.

Intercollege

Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment

M.A./M.S. & Ph.D.

Intercollege

Earth Sciences

M. Ed. World Campus

Geographic Information Systems

Master World Campus

Geographic Information Systems

Post-Bacculaureate Certificate World Campus

Nuclear Engineering

M.E. World Campus
Engineering Management M.E. World Campus

Community and Economic Development

M.P.S. World Campus

Turfgass Management

M.P.S. World Campus
Homeland Security, Ag Biosecurity Option M.P.S. World Campus
Homeland Security, Ag Biosecurity Graduate Certificate World Campus
Homeland Security, Geo-Spatial Intelligence Option M.P.S. World Campus
Homeland Security, Geo-Spatial Intelligence Graduate Certificate World Campus
Homeland Security, Public Health Preparedness Option M.P.S. World Campus
Homeland Security, Public Health Preparedness Post-Baccelaurette Certificate World Campus
Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems, Bioenergy Option M.P.S. World Campus
Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems M.P.S. World Campus
Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems, Solar Energy Option M.P.S. World Campus
Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems,Sustainability Mangagement and Policy Option M.P.S. World Campus
Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems, Wind Energy Option M.P.S. World Campus

University Bulletin: Explore all Graduate Degree Programs

World Campus

Program Program Type College
Earth Sustainability Undergraduate Certificate World Campus

Energy and Sustainability Policy

B.A.

World Campus

Bachelor of Science in Turfgrass Science

B.S.

World Campus

Turfgrass Science and Management

Associate Degree

World Campus

Turfgrass Management

Advanced Certificate

World Campus

Turfgrass Management

Undergraduate Certificate

World Campus
Community and Economic Development M.P.S World Campus
Earth Sciences M. Ed. World Campus
Geographic Information Systems Master World Campus
Geographic Information Systems Post-Bacculaureate Certificate World Campus
Nuclear Engineering M.E. World Campus
Engineering Management M.E. World Campus
Community and Economic Development M.P.S. World Campus
Turfgass Management M.P.S. World Campus
Homeland Security, Ag Biosecurity Option M.P.S. World Campus
Homeland Security, Ag Biosecurity Graduate Certificate World Campus
Homeland Security, Geo-Spatial Intelligence Option M.P.S. World Campus
Homeland Security, Geo-Spatial Intelligence Graduate Certificate World Campus
Homeland Security, Public Health Preparedness Option M.P.S. World Campus
Homeland Security, Public Health Preparedness Post-Baccelaurette Certificate World Campus
Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems, Bioenergy Option M.P.S. World Campus
Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems M.P.S. World Campus
Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems, Solar Energy Option M.P.S. World Campus
Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems,Sustainability Mangagement and Policy Option M.P.S. World Campus
Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems, Wind Energy Option M.P.S. World Campus

Explore ALL offerings by Penn State World Campus

Undergraduate Courses

Course Name Course Number Title Department Link to Course Bulletin College Description
ACCTG 440 Advanced Management Accounting Accounting https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/a... Business Focuses on "full-cost accounting" to explore why and how accounting techniques can be modified to reflect the full impact of business decisions including their environmental costs and benefits.
AE 456 Solar Energy Building System Design Architectural Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/ae/ Engineering Solar radiation, collectors, and thermal storage; design and analysis of a heating system using system-simulation computer program.
AE 464 Advanced Architectural Illumination Systems & Design Architectural Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/ae/ Engineering Flux transfer theory; advanced lighting and control systems; emergency lighting; daylighting; visual performance issues; psychological aspects of lighting.
AE 469 Photovoltaic Systems Design and Construction Architectural Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/ae/ Engineering Criteria and analysis methods pertaining to the design and construction of photovoltaic (PV) systems and their integration with buildings.
AE 498F Leadership in Building Energy Efficiency Architectural Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/ae/ Engineering Focuses on the identification and implementation of energy efficient retuning measures for commercial buildings to detect energy saving opportunities and implement improvements.
AE 498K Measurement Science of High Performance Buildings Architectural Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/ae/ Engineering Hands-on experience in measuring building energy performance and indoor environmental quality; provides a foundation for design of net-zero energy and high performance buildings.
AFR 105 Environments of Africa: Geology and Climate Change African Studies Program https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/afr/ Liberal Arts Significant natural features of Africa as related to human endeavor; case studies include the Nile, climate change, natural resources.
AFR 444 African Resources and Development African Studies Program https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/afr/ Liberal Arts Ecological and cultural factors in the geography of Africa; natural resources and development.
AG 160S Introduction to Ethics and Issues in Agriculture Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/ag/ Agricultural Sciences Review of ethical theories and issues in American agriculture. Topics include ethics of food and sustainable agricultural intensification.
AGBM 470A Comparing Agricultural and Food Systems in the US and France: Lecture Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/a... Agricultural Sciences Explores key similarities and differences in the food and agricultural systems of the United States and France.  Topics include the structure of agricultural and environmental policies, the use agricultural land for biofuel production, organic agriculture, food safety, etc.
AGBM 470B Comparing Agricultural and Food Systems in the US and France: Travel Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/a... Agricultural Sciences Travel component supporting AG BM 470A.
AGECO 122 Atmospheric Environment: Growing in the Wind Plant Science https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/a... Agricultural Sciences Dynamic effects of weather on ecosystems and habitation of Earth. Emphasis is given to human impacts on weather and climate
AGECO 134N Sustainable Agriculture Science and Policy Plant Science https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/a... Agricultural Sciences The science, socio-economics, and politics of managing food and fiber production systems. Sustainability implications of current practices and future options.
AGECO 144 Principles and Practices of Organic Agriculture Plant Science https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/a... Agricultural Sciences An introduction to the science, principles and practices of organic agricultural systems for food production.
AGECO 201 Introductory Agroecology Plant Science https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/a... Agricultural Sciences Introduction to the processes and considerations that lead to the development of integrated solutions to crop production problem solving.
AGECO 418 Nutrient Management in Agricultural Systems Plant Science https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/a... Agricultural Sciences Comprehensive review of nutrient flow in animal agricultural systems, environmental regulations, and environmental stewardship practices.
AGECO 438 Principles of Weed Management Plant Science https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/a... Agricultural Sciences Weedy plant taxonomy, biology and ecology of weedy plant populations, and integration of biological, chemical, cultural and biological controls. Discussion of the term "weed" as an anthropocentric construct, and alternative methods of management and prevention.
AGECO 457 Principles of Integrated Pest Management Plant Science https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/a... Agricultural Sciences Integrated study of pest complexes and their management, emphasizing ecological principles drawing on examples from a range of agricultural, forestry and urban systems.
AGECO 499A Issues in Economic, Community and Agricultural Development in Kenya Plant Science https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/a... Agricultural Sciences Develop viable economic and social development options in vulnerable youth, culminating with three weeks in Kenya.
AGRO 438 Principles of Weed Management Plant Science https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/a... Agricultural Sciences Weedy plant taxonomy, biology and ecology of weedy plant populations, and integration of biological, chemical, cultural and biological controls. Discussion of the term "weed" as an anthropocentric construct, and alternative methods of management and prevention.
ANSC 300 Integrated Animal Biology Animal Sciences https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/a... Agricultural Sciences An integrated study of the biology of domestic animal growth and the underlying cellular, endocrine and immune systems. Students will be introduced to biotechnology and discuss its benefits to animal agriculture and society in the future.
ANSC 332N Animal Genetics and Selection Animal Sciences https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/a... Agricultural Sciences This interdomain course introduces students to the science and policy of greenhouse gas emissions.
ANTH 429 Paleoethnobotany Anthropology https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/a... Liberal Arts Involves the extension of ethnobotany into the past, emphasizing archaeological plant remains and study of the historical dimensions, complex dynamics, and myriad interrelations between people and plant resources.
ANTH 432 Environmental Archaeology Anthropology https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/a... Liberal Arts Aims to promote understanding of the vital interplay between human societies, with their diverse systems of belief and cultural practices, and the natural environment, with emphasis on human interactions with biotic resources.
ANTH 472 The Ecology of Traditional Farming Anthropology https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/a... Liberal Arts Examines the ecology of traditional farming, focusing on the farming household, its farm, and its subsistence needs.
ARCH 132 Basic Design Studio II Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/a... Arts and Architecture A continuation of ARCH 131S which further explores basic concepts, methods, and skills of architectural design with an emphasis on craftsmanship. One of the major topics is "the sustainability of architectural constructions".
ARCH 412 Integrative Energy and Environmental Design Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/a... Arts and Architecture Concepts and principles of green building and environmental design using the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design LEED®) rating system as a point of departure.
ARCH 431 Architectural Design V Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/a... Arts and Architecture This fourth-year architectural studio serves to investigate the practice of architecture as it relates to the study of the physical conditions and needs of urban societies.
ARCH 432 Architectural Design VI Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/a... Arts and Architecture A continuation of ARCH 431, this course explores in greater depth urban planning and architectural design in an urban context.
ARCH 480 Technical Systems Integration Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/a... Arts and Architecture Buildings are analysed from a multiplicity of viewpoints: architectural, spacial, environmental, mechanical, construction assembly. Students gain a working knowledge of matters related to energy efficiency, sustainability, lighting, acoustics, and active/passive techniques for sustainable architecture.
ARCH 170N Introduction to Sustainable Architecture Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/a... Arts and Architecture US buildings account for almost 40% of national CO2 emissions, 39% of the US total energy consumption, and 60% of US electricity alone.
ASM 309 Measurement & Monitoring of Hydrologic Systems Agricultural and Biological Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/asm/ Agricultural Sciences Introduction to measurement and monitoring equipment/techniques commonly used in analyses and design of hydrologic systems.
ASM 327 Soil and Water Resource Management Agricultural and Biological Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/asm/ Agricultural Sciences Soil and water management systems and practices including hydrology, surface drainage, open channels, and erosion, subsurface drainage, impoundments and irrigation.
AYFCE 211N Foundations: Civic and Community Engagement Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/a... Agricultural Sciences Conceptual foundations of public scholarship and orientation to contemporary themes and issues in civic and community engagement. Students are introduced to global citizenship/public issues such as environmental sustainability and labor and educational practices.
BA 342 Socially Responsible, Sustainable and Ethical Business Practice Management and Organization https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/ba/ Business Examines actions taken by corporations that impact global citizenship, environmental sustainability, and the economic stability of international societies. Looks at relationships, rights, and responsibilities between businesses, business decision-makers and their stakeholders.
BA 441 Strategies for Enterprise Sustainability Management and Organization https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/ba/ Business An understandingand analysis of how environmental and sustainability issues are impacting business strategies and ultimately profits.
BA 442 Sustainable Behavior of Consumers, Firms, and Societies Management and Organization https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/ba/ Business Strategies to influence sustainable behavior considering consumer response and marketing communications.
BA 850 Sustainability Driven Innovation Management and Organization https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/ba/ Business Explores sustainability as a business opportunity for developing innovative products and services. Focuses on consumer needs related to sustainability, willingness to pay for these needs, and the innovative processes necessary to create sustainable solutions.
BBH 301 Values and Ethics in Human Development Professions Biobehavioral Health https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/bbh/ Health and Human Development Examines bases for choices among values in personal and professional relations in human development processes and supporting services. Addresses environmental, social, and economic aspects of sustainability.
BBH 416 Health Promotion II: Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation Biobehavioral Health https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/bbh/ Health and Human Development
Planning, implementation, and evaluation of health promotion, prevention, and intervention programs; emphasizing evaluation.
BE 392 Contextual Integration of Leadership Skills for the Technical Workplace Agricultural and Biological Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/asm/ Agricultural Sciences Corporate leadership skills for technically focused students. Topics include personal development, ethical decision-making, corporate social responsibility, strategic group management, facilitation, and diversity.
BE 307 Principles of Soil and Water Engineering Agricultural and Biological Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/be/ Engineering Utilization and engineering of soil-water resources including: water resource issues; the hydrologic cycle; rainfall-runoff processes; soil formation, properties and mapping; soil-water movement; erosion/sediment transport; open channel flow and design; structural impoundments; and environmental sustainability.
BE 392 Contextual Integration of Leadership Skills for the Technical Workplace Agricultural and Biological Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/be/ Engineering Corporate leadership skills for technically focused students. Topics include personal development, ethical decision-making, corporate social responsibility, strategic group management, facilitation, and diversity.
BE 464 Bioenergy Systems Engineering Agricultural and Biological Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/be/ Engineering Fundamental theories and applied technologies used in production and conversion of biomass into energy and co-products. Student teams will design a biomass energy system and complete a technology evaluation that includes consideration of environmental and social impacts.
BE 466 Biological Engineering Design Agricultural and Biological Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/be/ Engineering Students learn the design process while being immersed in a project that demands they produce a finished product. One of the course objectives is for students to "demonstrate an appreciation of economic, global, societal, and ethical issues" of their product design.
BE 467 Design of Stormwater and Erosion Control Facilities Agricultural and Biological Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/be/ Engineering Design of best management practices for stormwater management, erosion and sediment control as applied to the agriculture-urban interface.
BE 477 Land-Based Waste Disposal Agricultural and Biological Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/be/ Engineering Analysis, design, and management of land-based systems for recycling and disposal of municipal, industrial, and agricultural wastes.
BE 487 Watershed Modeling for Water Quality Design Agricultural and Biological Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/be/ Engineering Application of common watershed models used to investigate design alternatives for flow and quality effects.
BIOL 120N Plants, Places, and People Biology https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/b... Science Useful and dangerous plants; historical (archaeological), cultural (ethnological), and economic (anthropocentric) aspects, including structural and chemical characteristics of botanical importance.
BIOL 220W Biology: Populations and Communities Biology https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/b... Science The structures and functions of organismic interactions from simple populations to complex ecosystems. One course objective is to develop an understanding of the "distribution patterns of living organisms and the need to conserve the resources of the earth."
BIOL 412 Ecology of Infectious Diseases Biology https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/b... Science Examines how ecological processes impact upon the epidemiology of infectious diseases. Examines some current issues in disease biology including disease emergence, bio-terrorism, agro-terrorism and the role of humans as disease reservoirs for wildlife etc.
BIOL 415 Ecotoxicology Biology https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/b... Science Major concepts and controversies in the interdisciplinary field of ecological toxicology; toxicity analysis, remediation, and case studies of environmental pollution.
BIOL 435 Ecology of Lakes and Streams Biology https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/b... Science Physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of freshwater environments, with special emphasis on factors regulating productivity in freshwater ecosystems.
BIOL 436 Population Ecology and Global Climate Change Biology https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/b... Science Ecological responses of individuals, populations, and communities to environmental variation, with emphasis on climate change.
BIOL 463 General Ecology Biology https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/b... Science Illustrates science of ecology, from individual, population, and community- level perspectives; discusses applications of this science to issues of conservation of biodiversity.
BISC 3 Environmental Science Biology https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/b... Science Kinds of environments; past and present uses and abuses of natural resources; disposal of human wastes; prospects for the future. One of the course objectives is to develop a fundamental understanding of sustainability.
BLAW 425 Business and Environmental Regulation Risk Management https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/b... Business Explores the interplay between environmental laws and property rights and includes topics such as; common law regulation of the environment, government power and private rights, zoning, protecting endangered species, regulating the transportation and storage of hazardous materials, and Federal regulation of water quality.
BRS 300 Introduction to Biorenewable Products Agricultural and Biological Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/brs/ Agricultural Sciences Overview of bioproducts and their related industry sectors, including forest products, biocomposities, biofuels, bioenergy, bio-based adhesives, biochemicals, and bioplastics.
BRS 393 Bioresources Industry Tour Agricultural and Biological Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/brs/ Agricultural Sciences A week-long tour of bioproducts and agricultural systems industries.
BRS 402 Foundations of Sustainable Business Agricultural and Biological Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/brs/ Agricultural Sciences Emphasis on understanding business strategies for enhancing sustainable operations, including issues related to the natural environment and corporate social responsibility.
BRS 411 Biobased Fiber Science Agricultural and Biological Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/brs/ Agricultural Sciences Investigates fundamental aspects of biobased industrial fibers or bioproducts - products created from biologically derived, renewable industrial feedstocks - and ties their underlying biological and chemical structure to macroscale properties.
BRS 422 Energy Analysis in Biorenewable Systems Agricultural and Biological Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/brs/ Agricultural Sciences Energy management, energy conversions, renewable energy alternatives, engineering economic analyses, national and international perspectives on energy resources.
CAS 222N Foundations: Civic and Community Engagement Communication Arts and Sciences https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/cas/ Liberal Arts Conceptual foundations of public scholarship and orientation to contemporary themes and issues in civic and community engagement, including environmental sustainability, and labor and educational practices.
CE 370 Introduction to Environmental Engineering Civil and Environmental Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/ce/ Engineering Nature and scope of environmental issues; air, water, land impacts; fundamentals and processes of pollution control, including identifying alternative ways to deal with pollution and to minimize pollution.
CE 410 Sustainable Residential Subdivision Design Civil and Environmental Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/ce/ Engineering Residential subdivision process; site selection; conservation and neo- traditional design; utility design and layout; best management practices for erosion and stormwater.
CE 423 Traffic Operations Civil and Environmental Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/ce/ Engineering
The highway capacity manual, concepts and analyses, freeway operations, signalized and unsignalized intersections, signal coordination, traffic impact studies.
CE 437 Engineering Materials for Sustainability Civil and Environmental Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/ce/ Engineering Environmental impact of materials; life-cycle assessment; material selection to optimize performance; design, evaluation, and production of green construction materials.
CE 439 Geotechnical and Materials Engineering Design Capstone Civil and Environmental Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/ce/ Engineering Integrative design project in geotechnical, infrastructure materials, and pavement engineering. Strong emphasis on incorporating sustainability and environmentally-friendly concepts in geotechnical and materials engineering.
CED 152 Community Development Concepts and Practice Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/ced/ Agricultural Sciences Concepts and practice of community development. Health of the environment and sustainable use of natural resources are central to sustainable community development.
CED 155 Science, Technology and Public Policy Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/ced/ Agricultural Sciences This course will survey the main issues that relate science and technology to public policy. Sustainability issues are one focus.
CED 201 Introductory Environmental and Resource Economics Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/ced/ Agricultural Sciences Apply principles of economics to analyze environmental protection policies and natural resource use decisions. Examine contemporary policy issues.
CED 309 Land Use Dynamics Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/ced/ Agricultural Sciences
Theory of land use and land use decision-making. 
CED 375H Community, Local Knowledge, and Democracy Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/ced/ Agricultural Sciences Develop an understanding of the processes of community decision making and community development, which ultimately lead to choices that affect the future sustainability of citizens, their families, and their communities.
CED 400N Exploring Indigenous Ways of Knowing in the Great Lakes Region Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/ced/ Agricultural Sciences Explore concepts and values distinctive to indigenous ways of knowing in the Great Lakes Region through readings, reflections, and library research.
CED 401 Exploring Indigenous Ways of Knowing Among the Ojibwe Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/ced/ Agricultural Sciences Through an intensive cultural engagement students will learn skills important to the pursuit of ethnographic research in cross-cultural contexts.
CED 410 The Global Seminar Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/ced/ Agricultural Sciences Exploration of critical global issues relevant to sustainable development and the environment.
CED 417 Power, Conflict, and Community Decision Making Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/ced/ Agricultural Sciences Impact of institutions on human interdependence and behavior, the structure of power, and community decision making and public policy.
CED 427 Society and Natural Resources Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/ced/ Agricultural Sciences Analysis of the relationships between societal development and enhancement, and natural resources; introduces students to the complexity of environmental and natural resource problems.
CED 429 Natural Resource Economics Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/ced/ Agricultural Sciences Optimal management of resources; roles of markets and other institutions; resources and economic development; public policy.
CED 450 International Development, Renewable Resources, and the Environment Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/ced/ Agricultural Sciences Theories of agricultural and economic development, with particular attention to interactions between development, renewable resources, and the environment.
CED 475 CED Integrated Capstone Experience Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/ced/ Agricultural Sciences An experiential-learning course that provides a capstone learning experience for seniors in the the Community, Environment and Development major. Topics include interrelationships between community, environment and development; sustainable development, and case studies.
CED 499A Issues in Economic, Community and Agricultural Development in Kenya Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/ced/ Agricultural Sciences Develop viable economic and social development options in vulnerable youth, culminating with three weeks in Kenya.
CHE 423 Chemical Energy Technology Chemical Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/che/ Engineering An overview of current and prospective chemical energy storage and conversion technologies. Emphasis is on technical details of the individual technologies, supplemented by basic overviews of climate change data, sustainability terminology and life-cycle analysis, and energy forecasting.
CIED 440 Introduction to Philosophy of Education Education Policy Studies   Education Introduction to the examination of educational theory and practice from philosophical perspectives, classical and contemporary. Includes a series of lessons on the ability to articulate the ethical dimensions of sustainability.
COMM 405 Political Economy of Communications Film-Video and Media Studies https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/c... Communications Structure and functions of American and other mass communications systems and their relationship to political and economic systems. Issues of relevance to sustainability are addressed.
COMM 420 Research Methods in Advertising and Public Relations Advertising/Public Relations https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/c... Communications
Primary and secondary research methods used in the development of solutions to advertising and public relations problems.
COMM 473 Public Relations Campaigns Advertising/Public Relations https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/c... Communications Case studies and problems in publicity and public relations in industry, government, and institutions.  
EARTH 2 The Earth System and Global Change Geosciences https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Earth and Mineral Sciences Interdisciplinary introduction to the processes, interactions and evolution of the earth's biosphere, geosphere and hydrosphere. Focuses on global-scale changes, both natural and human-induced, including global climate change, destruction of stratospheric ozone, and tropical deforestation, species extinction, and the loss of biodiversity.
EARTH 100 Environment Earth Geosciences https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Earth and Mineral Sciences Natural processes and their relationship to anthropogenic influences. General principles of global cycles and the role they play in natural hazards, global warming, ozone depletion, etc.
EARTH 100H Environment Earth: Environment and Energy Geosciences https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Earth and Mineral Sciences Examination of climate change and energy issues.
EARTH 103 Earth in the Future: Predicting Climate Change and Its Impacts Over the Next Century Geosciences https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Earth and Mineral Sciences Climate predictions for the coming century are utilized to examine potential impacts on regions, sectors of society, and natural ecosystems.
EARTH 104 Climate, Energy and Our Future Geosciences https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Earth and Mineral Sciences This course presents the past, present, and possible future response of Earth's climate to human energy use.
EARTH 105N Environments of Africa: Geology and Climate Change Geosciences https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Earth and Mineral Sciences Significant natural features of Africa as related to human endeavor; case studies include the Nile, climate change, natural resources.
EARTH 107 Coastal Processes, Hazards and Society Geosciences https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Earth and Mineral Sciences Processes responsible for formation, diversity, and evolution of coastal landscapes; socioeconomic and policy responses to changes in coastal regions.
EARTH 111 Water: Science and Society Geosciences https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Earth and Mineral Sciences Understanding connections between communities and surrounding ecosystems; exploration of management techniques for building adaptive, resilient, and sustainable communities and environments.
EARTH 112 Climate Science for Educators Geosciences https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Earth and Mineral Sciences Concepts of climate sciences highlighted by evidence-based explanations and scientific discourse in preparation for K-6 science teaching
EARTH 150 Dinosaur Extinctions and Other Controversies Geosciences https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Earth and Mineral Sciences Dinosaur extinctions and other major and controversial events in the history of life.  A major component will be the study of mass extinctions, including examination of patterns of extinction as seen in the fossil record, with an eye toward current problems in biodiversity.
EARTH 240 Coral Reef Systems Geosciences https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Earth and Mineral Sciences The geography, geology, biology ecology and chemistry of coral reef ecosystems; threats to reef environments; and techniques for reef surveying and monitoring; with local geologic and distant modern field studies.
EARTH 297 Fundamentals of Climate Science Geosciences https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Earth and Mineral Sciences Addresses the meaning, variability and change of climate over time as a result of natural and man-made processes. 
EARTH 400 Earth Sciences Seminar Geosciences https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Earth and Mineral Sciences Interdisciplinary study of environmental problems in the earth sciences.
EBF 200 Introduction to Energy and Earth Sciences Economics Energy and Mineral Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/ebf/ Earth and Mineral Sciences Resource use decisions and their effect on local, national, and global development.
EBF 483 Introduction to Electricity Markets Energy and Mineral Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/ebf/ Earth and Mineral Sciences Introduction to the electric power industry; economics of power generation, transmission and distribution; regulation of electric utilities; deregulated electricity markets.  Topics will include the "smart grid" and impacts of environmental regulations.
EBF 484 Energy Economics Energy and Mineral Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/ebf/ Earth and Mineral Sciences Economics of energy demand, production, storage, and pricing; advanced energy policy issues including regulation, climate change, new energy technology.
ECON 413 Economic Growth and the Challenges of World Poverty Economics https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Liberal Arts Challenges imposed by poverty; growth; growth rates; microfinance; foreign aid.
ECON 413W Economic Growth and the Challenges of World Poverty Economics https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Liberal Arts Challenges imposed by poverty; growth; growth rates; microfinance; foreign aid. Course has a writing focus.
ECON 415 The Economics of Global Climate Change Economics https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Liberal Arts Evidence on climate change; economic models of the environment and market failure; cost-benefit analysis of policy options; carbon markets.
ECON 415W The Economics of Global Climate Change Economics https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Liberal Arts Evidence on climate change; economic models of the environment and market failure; cost-benefit analysis of policy options; carbon markets. Course has a writing foucs.
ECON 427 Economics of Energy and Energy Security Economics https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Liberal Arts Energy economics studies topics related to the supply, energy markets, environmental impacts of energy use, and prospects for energy transitions.
ECON 428 Environmental Economics Economics https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Liberal Arts Environmental pollution, the market economy, and optimal resource allocation; alternative control procedures; levels of environmental protection and public policy.
EDSGN 452 Projects in Community Service Engineering School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional Programs https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Engineering Research and design of appropriate solutions to real-life community-based problems and management of such projects, which focus on either infrastructure solutions or product design. Problems addressed include water and wastewater treatment, energy generation and distribution, housing, and agriculture.
EDSGN 453 Design for Developing Communities School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional Programs https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Engineering Seminar series on the context and integrated design of Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship ventures in developing communities.  Students consider how economic, social, cultural, political, and other contextual considerations are implicated in engineering design. Prepares students working on HESE ventures to create sustainable enterprises in resource-constrained environments.
EDSGN 454 Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship Field Experience   School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional Programs https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Engineering A hands-on integrated learning research and entrepreneurial engagement experience for students working on various humanitarian projects.
EDTHP 440 Introduction to Philosophy of Education Education Policy Studies https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Education Introduction to the examination of educational theory and practice from philosophical perspectives, classical and contemporary. Includes a series of lessons on the ability to articulate the ethical dimensions of sustainability.
EGEE 101 Energy and the Environment Energy and Mineral Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Earth and Mineral Sciences Energy utilization and technological development, energy resources, conversion and consequences on the local and global environment, and future energy alternatives.
EGEE 102 Energy Conservation for Environmental Protection Energy and Mineral Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Earth and Mineral Sciences Exposure to energy efficiency in day-to-day life to save money and energy, and thereby protect the environment.
EGEE 401 Energy in a Changing World Energy and Mineral Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Earth and Mineral Sciences Energy is in transition, with increasing environmental constraints, transitioning energy policies, supply disruption, international pressure on climate change compliance and competition for energy. Energy transitions, approaches, and outcomes are addressed.
EGEE 412 Green Engineering & Environmental Compliance Energy and Mineral Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Earth and Mineral Sciences Material and energy flows as they relate to industrial systems, environmental concerns, pollution prevention, and the development of clean technologies.
EGEE 420 Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Energy and Mineral Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Earth and Mineral Sciences Fundamental principles of electrochemical engineering, hydrogen production and storage, and the design and application of the main types of fuel cells.
EGEE 437 Design of Solar Energy Conversion Systems Energy and Mineral Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Earth and Mineral Sciences A review of fundamental concepts in solar energy conversion including photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal conversion systems.
EGEE 438 Wind and Hydropower Energy Conversion Energy and Mineral Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Earth and Mineral Sciences Principles of sustainability and renewable energy conversion with emphasis on wind and hydrokinetic energy resources.
EGEE 439 Alternative Fuels from Biomass Sources Energy and Mineral Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Earth and Mineral Sciences This course will examine the chemistry of technologies of bio-based sources for power generation and transportation fuels.
EGEE 497B Fuel Production from Biomass: Chemistry and Processing Energy and Mineral Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Earth and Mineral Sciences Introduction to the chemistry and processing of various biomass sources in order to produce liquid fuelds and materials.
EME 407 Electrochemical Energy Storage Energy and Mineral Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/eme/ Earth and Mineral Sciences Electrochemical concepts in energy storage devices, cell construction and materials in batteries and capacitors, testing methods and applications; performance of energy storage technologies and the challenges of improving them to meet demands for automotive and renewable energy sources.
EME 444 Global Energy Enterprise Energy and Mineral Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/eme/ Earth and Mineral Sciences Industry perspective on the resources, technologies, engineering approaches and externalities involved in satisfying worldwide energy demand profitably and sustainably.
EME 466 Energy and Sustainability in Society Energy and Mineral Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/eme/ Earth and Mineral Sciences Capstone course in energy technology and policy options for reduced-carbon communities, covering agent/stakeholder relations, sustainability, communication and public engagement.
EMSC 101 Resource Wars College of Earth and Mineral Sciences https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Earth and Mineral Sciences An analysis of natural resources and how competition for them shapes national and international cultures and geopolitics. Cultural questions might include how the digital age impact resource control and trade, how global resource distribution impacts energy security and utilization, and how international resource competition impacts the climate.
EMSC 121 Minerals and Modern Society   College of Earth and Mineral Sciences https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Earth and Mineral Sciences Production and use of mineral resources in modern society with an emphasis on the interrelationships and their effect on the Earth system.
EMSC 150 Out of the Fiery Furnace College of Earth and Mineral Sciences https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Earth and Mineral Sciences A history of materials, energy, and humans, with emphasis on their interrelationships.
EMSC 240N Energy and Sustainability in Contemporary Culture College of Earth and Mineral Sciences https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Earth and Mineral Sciences Critical evaluation of selected media (e.g., books, film) in contemporary culture on topics related to energy and sustainability.
EMSC 302 Orientation to Energy and Sustainability Policy College of Earth and Mineral Sciences https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Earth and Mineral Sciences A group seminar with topics that are designed to provide an initial understanding of program outcomes: energy industry knowledge, global perspective, analytical skills, communication skills, and sustainability ethics.
EMSC 420 Energy and Modern Society College of Earth and Mineral Sciences https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Earth and Mineral Sciences Technology and economics of energy resources, production, and consumption; environmental factors, exhaustion, new technology.
ENGL 179 Exploring the Literature of Food: Current Trends in American Food Writing and Environmentalism English https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Liberal Arts Students read and discuss texts that have helped popularize the need and the techniques for paying more attention to what we put into our bodies and how the way food is produced impacts the environment.  Includes visits to 3 farms tied to the local food economy in State College.
ENGL 181A Adventure Literature: Exploring the Chesapeake Bay English https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Liberal Arts Examines the interconnection of culture and nature in the Chesapeake Bay region through the literature of the region. The goal is to see how a distinctive culture derived from the natural circumstances of the Chesapeake, and to understand how that culture might continue (or not) into the future.
ENGL 181B Adventure Literature: Exploring Cape Cod English https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Liberal Arts Examines the interconnection of culture and nature on Cape Cod through considerations of texts in various literary genres that have contributed to development of a distinctive regional identity and culture.
ENGL 181C The Beach: Exploring the Literature of the Atlantic Shore English https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Liberal Arts Examines the interconnection of culture and nature in coastal areas of the Atlantic seaboard. Topics include environmental ethics, and how writers represent the relationship between humans and the "wild world".
ENGL 181D Adventure Literature: Exploring the Literature of American Wilderness English https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Liberal Arts Examines the history and cultural impact of wilderness in America.
ENGR 312 Sustainable Energy Entrepreneurship English https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Engineering Examines three integrated components of the sustainable energy business: technical adaptability, financial structure , and entrepreneurship.
ENGR 451 Social Entrepreneurship English https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Engineering Students develop business models and implementation strategies for "sustainable" social ventures in diverse world regions, that are technologically appropriate, environmentally benign, socially acceptable and economically sustainable.
ENGR 490 Senior Design I English https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Engineering Analysis of environmental impacts on a design, designing products for the global environment and discussion on engineering ethics and professionalism.
ENT 222 Honey Bees and Humans Entomology https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/ent/ Agricultural Sciences Discusses the uniqueness of honey bees, exploring topics of biodiversity, behavioral ecology, sociobiology, insect physiology, infectious diseases, host-parasite interactions, food security, the development of agricultural practices across cultures and time, conservation and the art of communicating science to the public.
ENT 457 Principles of Integrated Pest Management Entomology https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/ent/ Agricultural Sciences Integrated study of pest complexes and their management, emphasizing ecological principles drawing on examples from a range of agricultural, forestry and urban systems.
ERM 151 Careers and Issues in Environmental Resource Management Environmental Resource Management Program https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/erm/ Agricultural Sciences Career opportunities and topical issues in the environmental sciences.
ERM 210 Environmental Factors and Their Effect on Your Food Supply Environmental Resource Management Program https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/erm/ Agricultural Sciences An exploration of how urban environmental problems influence our ability to obtain food and natural resources. Differences between sustainable and non-sustainable systems, and efforts to create sustainable human systems.
ERM 300 Basic Principles and Calculations in Environmental Analysis Environmental Resource Management Program https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/erm/ Agricultural Sciences This course will teach basic problem solving skills relevant to environmental resource management. Examples taken from environmental media--air, water, and soil.
ERM 309 Measurement & Monitoring of Hydrologic Systems Environmental Resource Management Program https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/erm/ Agricultural Sciences Introduction to measurement and monitoring equipment/techniques commonly used in analyses and design of hydrologic systems.
ERM 402 Foundations of Sustainable Business Environmental Resource Management Program https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/erm/ Agricultural Sciences Emphasis on understanding business strategies for enhancing sustainable operations, including issues related to the natural environment and corporate social responsibility.
ERM 411 Legal Aspects of Resource Management Environmental Resource Management Program https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/erm/ Agricultural Sciences Legal systems and lawmaking processes; property rights in land, water, and wildlife resources; jurisdictional problems in planning resource use.
ERM 412 Resource Systems Analysis Environmental Resource Management Program https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/erm/ Agricultural Sciences A course in problem solving, as it relates to environmental and resource related issues. The course covers a variety of problems within an environmental context, including mass balance, steady-state, and dynamic problems. 
ERM 413 Case Studies in Ecosystem Management  Environmental Resource Management Program https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/erm/ Agricultural Sciences Application of biological, physical, and social science principles to ecosystem management problems; introduction to environmental impact analysis and review.
ERM 430 Air Pollution Impacts to Terrestrial Ecosystems Environmental Resource Management Program https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/erm/ Agricultural Sciences Overview of the direct and indirect effects of air pollutants on terrestrial plants and ecosystems; methods of diagnostics, factors affecting plant response, ecosystem decline and resiliency, pest interactions, assessment of loss and cost/benefit analysis leading to abatement.
ERM 431 Environmental Toxicology Environmental Resource Management Program https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/erm/ Agricultural Sciences Effects of pollutants on animal health at the chemical, physical, and cellular level. General concepts of fate and transport of chemicals in the environment and adverse health effects, including sources and emission of pollutants.
ERM 435 Limnology Environmental Resource Management Program https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/erm/ Agricultural Sciences Biogeochemistry and natural history of freshwater ecosystems. Case studies will be used to illustrate and examine pertinent issues (e.g., excessive material loading, introduction to exotic species, habitat fragmentation, and climate change) that can alter the structure and function of aquatic ecosystems, and formulate solutions.
ERM 440 Chemistry of the Environment: Air, Water, and Soil Environmental Resource Management Program https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/erm/ Agricultural Sciences A global perspective of the chemical principles, composition and processes that operate within and between air, water, and soil enviornments. The course will link theoretical chemistry concepts to real-world environmental problems.
ERM 447 Stream Restoration Environmental Resource Management Program https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/erm/ Agricultural Sciences Stream restoration including fluvial geomorphology, stream classification, impairment, sediment transport, stable stream design, and watershed assessment; how human activities and infrastructure impact the health of a stream.
ERM 450 Wetland Conservation Environmental Resource Management Program https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/erm/ Agricultural Sciences Wetland types, classification, functions and values; hydrology, soils, and plants; introduction to wetland identification and delineation; wetland regulations; restoration of degraded wetlands and wetland creation, and construction of wetlands for pollution abatement.
ERM 497 Water Economics and Policy Environmental Resource Management Program https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/erm/ Agricultural Sciences The course will provide economic concepts and analytical methods used for analysis of water resource management and water policy. Topics will include water project evaluation, economic values from water quantity and quality, water rights, etc.
ERM 497A The Chesapeake Bay Watershed: Issues and Careers in Complex Environmental Problem Solving Environmental Resource Management Program https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/erm/ Agricultural Sciences An in-depth exploration of issues related to the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed, with an emphasis on pollutants impacting water quality, and the long history of efforts to improve Bay watershed health.
ERM 499A International Ecosystem: Costa Rica Environmental Study Tour Environmental Resource Management Program https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/erm/ Agricultural Sciences Environmental issues in Costa Rica will include disparate topics such as climate, fair trade issues, waste management practices, sustainability issues, ectourism, land use and biodiversity issues.
ESC 97S Respect the Environment: Designing New, Bioabsorable Medical Implants and New Green Energy Storage Devices Engineering Science and Mechanics   Engineering Discussion of technological advancements for limiting the amount of 'waste left behind' in two very different fields: the human body and nature. Analysis of a new field of bioabsorable, non-toxic biomedical implants and development of environmentally respectful energy storage devices.
FOR 201 Global Change and Ecosystems Ecosystem Science and Management https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/for/ Agricultural Sciences Topics include: global change factors, the diversity of Earth’s ecosystems, global change impacts, and ecosystem services and the coupling of human and natural systems. Course aim to develop an understanding of the many relationships between society and natural systems.
FOR 303 Herbaceous Forest Plant Identification and Ecology Ecosystem Science and Management https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/for/ Agricultural Sciences Survey of common herbaceous plant taxa occurring within forested habitats in Pennsylvania and eastern North America. Botanical characteristics, ecological/ environmental interrelations, commercial/ economic importance, and field specimen collection methods are covered.
FOR 401 Urban Forest Management Ecosystem Science and Management https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/for/ Agricultural Sciences Provides a broad exploration of planning for and managing trees and natural landscapes to support development of human communities.
FOR 403 Invasive Forest Plants: Identification, Ecology, and Management Ecosystem Science and Management https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/for/ Agricultural Sciences Survey of common nonnative ("exotic") herbs, forbs, shrubs, trees, and vines that invade forested habitats in Pennsylvania and the region. Field identification, life history traits, ecosystem-related challenges and problems, and management options and considerations are reviewed.
FOR 410 Elements of Forest Ecosystem Management Ecosystem Science and Management https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/for/ Agricultural Sciences Fundamentals of forest ecosystem management for goods and services.
FOR 418 Agroforestry: Science, Design, and Practice Ecosystem Science and Management https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/for/ Agricultural Sciences Agroforestry is the intentional design of land use systems that combine tree crops with plants and/or animals in a manner that seeks to promote ecological and economic benefits within the landscape.
FOR 421 Silviculture Ecosystem Science and Management https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/for/ Agricultural Sciences The application of the principles of forest ecology to control of establishment, composition, and growth of forest stands.
FOR 430 Conservation Biology Ecosystem Science and Management https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/for/ Agricultural Sciences The application of biological principles to issues in the conservation of biodiversity. Emphasis on application of principles to protection and restoration of biological diversity in natural ecosystems disturbed by human activities.
FOR 440 Forest and Conservation Economics Ecosystem Science and Management https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/for/ Agricultural Sciences The role and application of economics and finance to forest resource conservation and management. Current issues in forest management and economics such as climate change, bioenergy and tropical deforestation.
FOR 450 Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Ecosystem Science and Management https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/for/ Agricultural Sciences Addresses human needs and desires, from individuals to nations, for social, ecological, and economic benefits derived from natural resource decisions.
FOR 488Y Global Forest Conservation Ecosystem Science and Management https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/for/ Agricultural Sciences Ecological, economic, technological, and political aspects of forested ecosystems in a global context, emphasizing tropical and developing countries.
GD 304 Practical Communications Integrative Arts https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/gd/ Arts and Architecture
Practical design experience for students through design/publicity problems from the University and community non-profit organizations.
GEOG 1N Global Parks and Sustainability Geography https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/g... Earth and Mineral Sciences Introduction to U.S. and global protected areas, with a focus on historical and emerging trends in conservation, sustainability, and socio-ecological systems
GEOG 2N Apocalypic Geogaphies: How can we prevent the end of the world? Geography https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/g... Earth and Mineral Sciences Explores various visions of the apocalypse and their relevance for addressing major contemporary social, ecological, and economic issues, including global climate change, nuclear war, the growing refugee crisis, the breakdown of democratic governance, economic recession and forms of everyday violence and social fracture.
GEOG 3N Food and the Future Environment Geography https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/g... Earth and Mineral Sciences Introduces students to the multiple connections of people and the environment through the dynamics of food and the places where it is produced, processed, and consumed.
GEOG 30N Geographic Perspectives on Sustainability and Human-Environment Systems Geography https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/g... Earth and Mineral Sciences Introduction to theory, methods, history and contemporary issues in global and regional relationships between human activity and the physical environment.
GEOG 40 World Regional Geography Geography https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/g... Earth and Mineral Sciences Examines a number of contemporary themes — such as globalization, development, diversity, conflicts, human rights, streams of migration, social capital, and environmental justice — while maintaining a focus on regional variation in these global patterns and processes.
GEOG 97 Global Sustainability and International Parks Geography https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/g... Earth and Mineral Sciences Survey of U.S. and global parks and protected areas, with focus on emerging trends in sustainability, conservation, and socio-ecological systems.
GEOG 110 Climates of the World Geography https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/g... Earth and Mineral Sciences Introduction to climatology, including principal processes of the global climatic system and their variation over space and time. Human-climate relationships are one of five themes in this course.
GEOG 122 The American Scene Geography https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/g... Earth and Mineral Sciences Historical perspectives on the social and cultural forces associated with the production of distinctive American landscapes.
GEOG 123 Geography of Developing World Geography https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/g... Earth and Mineral Sciences  Patterns of poverty in poor countries; conventional and non-conventional explanations; focus on solutions; case studies of specific regions. Concepts discussed include modernization, traditional society, overpopulation, green revolution agriculture, etc.
GEOG 124 Elements of Cultural Geography Geography https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/g... Earth and Mineral Sciences Locational analysis of changes in non-Western cultures. Problems of plural societies, economic development, population growth, and settlement. Goal is for students to develop a deep and multidimensional understanding of how social identities and the environment are inter-related.
GEOG 311 Landscape Ecology Geography https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/g... Earth and Mineral Sciences Exploration of landscape ecology. Emphasis is placed on how humans have modified landscapes and how species, communities, and ecosystems have responded to these changes.
GEOG 333 Human Dimensions of Natural Hazards Geography https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/g... Earth and Mineral Sciences An introduction to natural hazards, integrating physical and social science perspectives. Sustainability is one of the themes.
GEOG 412W Climatic Change and Variability Geography https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/g... Earth and Mineral Sciences Theories and observations of past, present, and future climatic change and variability; introduction to techniques used in climatic change research.
GEOG 414 Principles and Applications in Landscape Ecology Geography https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/g... Earth and Mineral Sciences Introduction to the ways in which spatial patterns and processes operate in an ecological context. Landscape ecology is poised to address contemporary challenges in sustainability science, land management, and conservation.
GEOG 430 Human Use of Environment Geography https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/g... Earth and Mineral Sciences The human use of resources and ecosystems and social causes and consequences of environmental degradation in different parts of the world; development of environmental policy and management strategies.
GEOG 431 Geography of Water Resources Geography https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/g... Earth and Mineral Sciences Perspectives on water as a resource and hazard for human society; water resource issues in environmental and regional planning.
GEOG 432 Energy Policy Geography https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/g... Earth and Mineral Sciences Analysis, formulation, implementation, and impacts of energy-related policies, regulations, and initiatives. Emphasis on tailoring energy policy to meet not just economic goals but also environmental and social goals. Creates a global perspective from which to approach energy policy challenges.
GEOG 434 Politics of the Environment Geography https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/g... Earth and Mineral Sciences Explores politics related to the use, transformation, valuation, and representation of the environment.
GEOG 436 Ecology, Economy, and Society Geography https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/g... Earth and Mineral Sciences Analyses of major themes in ecology and economic development, poverty- alleviation, and sustainability.
GEOG 438W Human Dimensions of Global Warming Geography https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/g... Earth and Mineral Sciences Human dimensions of climate change: human causes, human consequences, and policy implications of global warming.
GEOG 439 Property and the Global Environment Geography https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/g... Earth and Mineral Sciences Theoretical and empirical relationships between multiple legal, economic, and cultural approaches to property, and environmental quality and conflicts.
GEOG 444 African Resources and Development Geography https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/g... Earth and Mineral Sciences Ecological and cultural factors in the geography of Africa; natural resources and development.
GEOG 469 Energy Industry Applications of GIS Geography https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/g... Earth and Mineral Sciences Roles of geographic information systems in energy siting decisions focusing on electric energy transmission networks. Topics include environmental, wildlife, and land use criteria for siting.
GEOG 487 Environmental Applications of GIS Geography https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/g... Earth and Mineral Sciences Real-world applications of GIS and spatial analysis to investigate a variety of current environmental issues including the spread of invasive species, wetland monitoring and restoration, environmental justice, biodiversity and carbon sequestration.
GEOG 493 Environmental Issues Across the Americas Geography https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/g... Earth and Mineral Sciences An interdisciplinary environmental problem-solving course, with emphasis placed on emerging sustainability challenges in Peru.
GEOG 494 Research Project in Geography Geography https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/g... Earth and Mineral Sciences Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.
GEOG 497A Global Change Ecology: Understanding Earth System Resistance & Resilience Geography https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/g... Earth and Mineral Sciences Explores the impacts of human-driven change on ecosystems; participants apply ecological principles to strive for a healthier planet.
GEOG 497A Geographies of Justice: Environment, Society and Development Geography https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/g... Earth and Mineral Sciences Examines the origins of social and environmental justice in the United States and their application globally.
GEOG 498 Special Topics Geography https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/g... Earth and Mineral Sciences All course topics listed in this series deal with various sustainability issues in South Africa.
GEOG 210 Geographic Perspectives on Environmental Systems Science Geography https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/g... Earth and Mineral Sciences This lecture, lab and field-based course explores Earth's physical environment and its interactions with human activities.
GEOG 220W Perspectives on Human Geography Geography https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/g... Earth and Mineral Sciences Major themes will investigate how cultural, economic, political, and environmental interactions relate to geographic processes.
GEOG 230 Geographic Perspectives on Environment, Society and Sustainability Geography https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/g... Earth and Mineral Sciences The course uses a geographic perspective to understand how differently these linkages are shaped in various ecological and cultural settings around the globe.
GEOG 260 Geographic Information in a Changing World: Introduction to GIScience Geography https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/g... Earth and Mineral Sciences In a rapidly changing world, detailed, up-to-date geographic data are indispensable ingovernance, commerce, security, public health, and many other domains
GEOG 310 Introduction to Global Climatic Systems Geography https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/g... Earth and Mineral Sciences This intermediate-level course in Climatology emphasizes geographic patterns of interannual climate variability (climate variations) and physical processes responsible for those variations (climate dynamics).
GEOG 410 Climatic Change and Variability Geography https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/g... Earth and Mineral Sciences This course introduces students to the physical dimensions of climate change and variability over a variety of temporal and spatial scales.
GEOG 332N Science and policy of global greenhouse gas emissions and management Geography https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/g... Earth and Mineral Sciences This interdomain course introduces students to the science and policy of greenhouse gas emissions. 
GEOSC 2 Historical Geology Geosciences https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/g... Earth and Mineral Sciences History of the earth and its life; fundamentals of evolution, correlation, and paleogeography. "The basic governing concepts of historical geology are of critical importance to a proper evaluation of environmental, resource-management and other key human problems."
GEOSC 40 The Sea Around Us Geosciences https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/g... Earth and Mineral Sciences Introduction to marine sciences and the world ocean, including physical, chemical, biological, and geological aspects of oceanography. Seeks to illuminate how the ocean will respond to increased anthropogenic pressure.
GEOSC 303 Introduction to Environmental Geology Geosciences https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/g... Earth and Mineral Sciences Origin of earth and earth materials; natural resources, geologic barriers and hazards, and relationships to human use of the environment.
GEOSC 320 Geology of Climate Change Geosciences https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/g... Earth and Mineral Sciences Geologic evidence for climate change and mechanisms of change, especially from the Ice Age through the near future.
GEOSC 402 Natural Disasters Geosciences https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/g... Earth and Mineral Sciences Case studies of the causes and consequences of natural disasters; analysis of disaster impact in different economic, cultural, and social conditions. Focuses on both the physical processes of selected natural hazards and the human systems that have developed to minimize the impact of natural disasters.
GEOSC 450 Risk Analysis in the Earth Sciences Geosciences https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/g... Earth and Mineral Sciences An introduction to concepts and methods of quantitative risk anlaysis with focus on water, climate, and energy related risks.
GEOSC 451 Natural Resources: Origins, Economics and Environmental Impact Geosciences https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/g... Earth and Mineral Sciences Geologic, economic and environmental issues related to exploitation of non-renewable natural resources
GLIS 101N Globalization Global and International Studies Program https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/g... Liberal Arts Explores how people and nations confront globalization; topics include the cultures and identities of individuals and organizations, now and in the past, through the natural environment, populations, human rights, and patterns of conflict and peace.
GLIS 102N Global Pathways Global and International Studies Program https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/g... Liberal Arts Introduces students to five pathways to thinking about global issues today: Global Conflict, Health & Environment, Culture & Identity, Wealth & Inequality, and Human Rights.
HIST 109 Introduction to U.S. Environmental History History https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/h... Liberal Arts An introduction to the changing relationships between human beings and the natural world in American history.
HIST 110 Nature and History History https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/h... Liberal Arts Introduction to the history of human relationships with nature throughout the world. A key goal is to provide the historical context necessary to construct a thoughtful appreciation of the environmental dilemmas of our time.
HIST 111 American Food System: History, Technology, and Culture History https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/h... Liberal Arts Evolution of U.S. agricultural production and food consumption patterns, the food industry and food marketing. One of two core themes is "considering the need and challenge of improving the sustainability of food systems...".
HIST 453 American Environmental History History https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/h... Liberal Arts The history of the ways Americans have used and thought about the environment since 1500.
HM 384 Introduction to Meeting and Event Planning Hospitality Management https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/hm/ Health and Human Development This course provides an overview of the meeting, event, and conference sector of the hospitality industry. Topics include Green Meetings and Sustainability.
HM 432 Contemporary Issues in Restaurant Management Hospitality Management https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/hm/ Health and Human Development A focus on special topics and current events in the restaurant industry. Topics include: Issues related to design and the environment, Social responsibility, Sustainability.
HM 485 Advanced Meeting and Event Planning Hospitality Management https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/hm/ Health and Human Development Students will plan and execute event functions building on content from the introductory course, HM 384. Sustainability and "Green" Events is one topic.
HORT 150N Plants in the Human Context Plant Science https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/h... Agricultural Sciences Introduction to the relationships between plants and human society. Topics range from botanical pharmaceuticals to global warming/use ofbiofuels, and from culture-specific rotten foods to genetically-modified plants.
IB 404 Contemporary Issues in International Business Risk Management https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/ib/ Business Covers current topics in international and global business that form the framework for understanding business decisions. Uses an interdisciplinary approach to explore broad changes in the international environment at the economic, political, cultural, environmental, and social levels by focusing on several themes that represent the complexity of global issues that affect business.
IB 497 Sustainability and International Business Risk Management https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/ib/ Business Addresses the meaning, variability and change of climate over time as a result of natural and man-made processes. 
INTAG 100 Introduction to International Agriculture International Agriculture Minor https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/i... Agricultural Sciences Survey of agriculture and food production in developing countries; focus on small traditional farmers, their methods, and socioeconomic environment. 
INTAG 470A Comparing Agricultural and Food Systems in the US and France: Lecture International Agriculture Minor https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/i... Agricultural Sciences Explores key similarities and differences in the food and agricultural systems of the United States and France.  Topics include the structure of agricultural and environmental policies, the use agricultural land for biofuel production, organic agriculture, food safety, etc.
INTAG 470B Comparing Agricultural and Food Systems in the US and France: Travel International Agriculture Minor https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/i... Agricultural Sciences Travel component of INTAG 470A.
JST 405 Ancient Jewish Traditions and Modern Food Movements Jewish Studies Program https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/jst/ Liberal Arts Jewish laws, customs and attitudes with regard to food production, agricultural policy and eating from biblical to modern times. Sustainability is a major topic.
LARCH 241 Ecological Principles for Landscape Design Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/l... Arts and Architecture The development of basic ecological knowledge that becomes the basis for sensitive ecological design. Students will learn the characteristics of healthy ecosystems and will begin to cover the adverse impacts that can result from failure to apply sound ecological principles in design and planning.
LARCH 312 Design and Theory IV: Site and Community Design Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/l... Arts and Architecture An introduction to master planning and community design.  One course objective is to develop expertise in the analysis and assessment of the natural, cultural, social and experiential facets of sites and their surroundings. Develop awareness that even small, individual site design requires an understanding of larger environmental and cultural contexts.
LARCH 341 Plants, People and Place: Plants in Landscape Architectural Design Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/l... Arts and Architecture The ecological, historic, and aesthetic values of native and ornamental herbaceous and woody plants and their use in landscape design. Addresses the management and protection of sensitive native plant communities, the value of plants in the management of storm-water and the protection of soil resources, and the critical role of plants in sustainable design.
LARCH 414 Design and Theory V: Advanced Landscape Architectural Design Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/l... Arts and Architecture Review of landscape architectural theories and issues; supports development of comprehensive design study and/or independent honors (Thesis-Based) design projects. Course Objectives include: To be exposed to the rigor and challenges of developing and implementing one’s own design expertise in the context of a specific environmental concern.
LARCH 424 Design Theory Seminar Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/l... Arts and Architecture Inquiry-based reading and discussion of design theory literature relevant to contemporary landscape architecture issues.  
LARCH 497B Advanced Ecologically Applied Technologies Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/l... Arts and Architecture The science and implementation of green roofs, living walls, bioretention, and constructed wetlands to optimize the design of architecture and landscapes for diverse functions including biodiversity, urban agricutlure, energy conservation, wastewater attenuation, and aesthetics.
MATH 33 Mathematics for Sustainability Mathematics https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/m... Science Mathematical analysis of sustainability; measurement, rates of change, risk and probability, networks; examples.
MATSE 101 Energy and the Environment Material Science and Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/m... Earth and Mineral Sciences Energy utilization and technological development, energy resources, conversion and consequences on the local and global environment, and future energy alternatives.
MATSE 492 Materials Engineering Methodology and Design Material Science and Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/m... Earth and Mineral Sciences The use of, and design with, materials in industrial applications. Considers other forces acting on the design process, such as economic, environmental, sustainability, manufacturability, ethical, health and safety, social and political concerns.
MATSE 493 Materials Science and Engineering Multidisciplinary Capstone Design Project Material Science and Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/m... Earth and Mineral Sciences Multidisciplinary industry-sponsored and community service-based design projects, that meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, sustainability, and engineering standards.
ME 97S First Year Seminar Mechanical Engineering   Engineering The course involves a hands-on laboratory with integrated discussions regarding the hybrid electric vehicle.
ME 441 Thermal Systems Design Project Mechanical Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/me/ Engineering Design of thermal systems through component design and/or selection, system simulation and optimization. Assessment of system economics and energy efficiency.
ME 442 Advanced Vehicle Design I Mechanical Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/me/ Engineering The focus is advanced powertrain technology for personal transportation vehicles. Broader aspects of energy efficiency, security, and sustainability also will be discussed.
ME 443 Advanced Vehicle Design II Mechanical Engineering https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/me/ Engineering Part 2 of a two course sequence on advanced powertrain technology for personal transportation vehicles. Broader aspects of energy efficiency, security, and sustainability also will be discussed.
METEO 2 Our Changing Atmosphere: Personal and Societal Consequences Meteorology https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/m... Earth and Mineral Sciences A survey of meteorology emphasizing how the nature of our lives, individually/societally, depends upon atmospheric structure, quality, and processes. Data sets are provided that enable the students to investigate climate change patterns and to assess the causes of these changes. explore the governmental policy implications and responses to a variety of climate threats (including global warming, ozone depletion and urban pollution and heat islands).
METEO 122 Atmospheric Environment: Growing in the Wind Meteorology https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/m... Earth and Mineral Sciences Students will learn about the effect of weather on plants, animals, and humans. Emphasis is also given to human impacts on weather and climate.
METEO 469 From Meteorology to Mitigation: Understanding Global Warming Meteorology https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/m... Earth and Mineral Sciences Fundamental scientific principles behind climate change and global warming, and exploration of issues involving climate change impacts and mitigation, and the societal, environmental, and economic implications of policies governing greenhouse gas emissions
METEO 470 Climate Dynamics Meteorology https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/m... Earth and Mineral Sciences The fundamental principles that govern Earth's climate and their relevance to past and future climate change.
METEO 133N Ethics of Climate Change Meteorology https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/m... Earth and Mineral Sciences Climate change is not only a political, economic, and social crisis, it presents one of the great moral problems of our time. This course will cover the science, policy, and ethics of climate change. 
MGMT 451 Business, Ethics, and Society Management and Organization https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/m... Business Advanced examination of social, ethical, legal, economic, equity, environmental, public policy, and political influences on managerial decisions and strategies.
MKTG 497 Sustainability for Consumers, Firms, and Societies Marketing https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/m... Business Designed to help students approach sustainability as business opportunities for innovations, which can be used in both defensive (protect existing business) and offensive (develop new business) strategies. Students will be asked to identify sustainability-related needs, measure willingness to pay for a few selected needs, select a most promising need, and then come up with a new product and/or service concept that will address it.
NUTR 430 Global Food Strategies: Problems and Prospects for Reducing World Hunger Nutritional Sciences https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/n... Agricultural Sciences Technological, social, and political solutions to providing basic food needs; food resources, population, and the environment; current issues.
PHIL 13 Philosophy, Nature, and the Environment Philosophy https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/p... Liberal Arts Competing historical and contemporary conceptions of nature, their philosophical foundations, and their implications for environmental problems and public policy.
PHIL 118 Introduction to Environmental Philosophy Philosophy https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/p... Liberal Arts Considers the moral status of the environment and applies ethical theory to issues such as preservation, hunger, pollution, and sustainability.
PHIL 132 Introduction to Bioethics Philosophy https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/p... Liberal Arts Studies questions of ethics in relation to biotechnology research and implementation, genetic engineering, medicine, animal and human rights.
PHIL 403 Environmental Ethics Philosophy https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/p... Liberal Arts Examines ethical theories, justice, rights, community, and human values revolving around such issues as preservation, conservation, pollution, sustainability, and population.
PHIL 418 Ethics Philosophy https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/p... Liberal Arts Examines ethical theories, justice, rights, community, and human values revolving around such issues as preservation, conservation, pollution, sustainability, and population.
PHIL 418W Ethics Philosophy https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/p... Liberal Arts Examines ethical theories, justice, rights, community, and human values revolving around such issues as preservation, conservation, pollution, sustainability, and population. Course has a writing focus.
PHIL 133N Ethics of Climate Change Philosophy https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/p... Liberal Arts Climate change is not only a political, economic, and social crisis, it presents one of the great moral problems of our time. 
PHOTO 402 Photographic Narratives Visual Arts https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/p... Arts and Architecture
The development of a photographic project that leads to the creation of a handmade book.
PLANT 461 Emerging Issues in Plant Sciences Plant Science https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/p... Agricultural Sciences Capstone course that explores interdisciplinary topics in the plant sciences today, with a focus on balancing plant production with environmental conservation.  Topics include conservation cropping systems and tillage, soil health; transgenic crops; managing landscapes for ecosystem services, climate change, pest and nutrient management alternatives; biofuels; urbanization and regional food systems.
PLSC 135 The Politics of the Ecological Crisis Political Science https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/p... Engineering The political implications of the increasing scarcity of many of the world's resources.
PPEM 430 Air Pollution Impacts to Terrestrial Ecosystems Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology  https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/p... Agricultural Sciences An overview of direct and indirect effects of air pollution on terrestrial plants and ecosystems.
PSYCH 297 Special Topics Psychology   Liberal Arts
Formal course given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
PSYCH 419 Psychology and a Sustainable World Psychology https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/p... Liberal Arts Relationships between humans and the natural world and psychological factors contributing to
environmental problems and sustainable solutions.
PSYCH 490 Senior Seminar in Psychology Psychology https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/p... Liberal Arts
Capstone experience for senior psychology majors; review of current research literature; topics vary. 
RLST 131 Introduction to Bioethics Religious Studies https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/r... Liberal Arts Studies questions of ethics in relation to biotechnology research and implementation, genetic engineering, medicine, animal and human rights.
RLST 133N Ethics of Climate Change Religious Studies https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/r... Liberal Arts Climate change is not only a political, economic, and social crisis, it presents one of the great moral problems of our time. This course will cover the science, policy, and ethics of climate change.
RM 425 Business and Environmental Regulation Risk Management https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/rm/ Business Explores the interplay between environmental laws and property rights and includes topics such as; common law regulation of the environment, government power and private rights, zoning, protecting endangered species, regulating the transportation and storage of hazardous materials, and Federal regulation of water quality.
RM 450 Contemporary Issues in Real Estate Markets Risk Management https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/rm/ Business
Historical performance, land use issues, market valuation, real estate development, public policy issues.
RPTM 297A Outdoor School Counselor Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/r... Health and Human Development Students act as mentors and overnight cabin counselors for elementary-aged school children in an outdoor education program offered through Shaver's Creek Environmental Center; lessons and activities relate to natural history, ecosystems and group dynamics. 
RPTM 297D Sustainable Tourism and the Environment Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/r... Health and Human Development Human impact on natural resources and sustainable tourism in the South Pacific.
RPTM 297I Peer Education for Sustainability Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/r... Health and Human Development An immersive experience in peer education for sustainability. Peer education embraces the idea that memebers of the community, rather than ouside experts, are in the best position to encourage choices for sustainable living.
RPTM 300Y Tourism and Leisure Behavior Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/r... Health and Human Development Examination of the impact of recreational sociocultural, governmental, economic, and physical environment on the leisure traveler within the tourism industry.
RPTM 320 Recreation Resource Planning and Management Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/r... Health and Human Development Relationship between leisure behavior and natural environment. Exploration of natural resources which enhance leisure. introduction to managing the recreational use of U.S. lands, waters, and wildlife.
RPTM 325 Principles of Environmental Interpretation Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/r... Health and Human Development Introduction, history, practice, and principles of contemporary interpretive activities common to natural and cultural history program sites.
RPTM 330 Adventure-Based Program Leadership Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/r... Health and Human Development Both theoretical and experiential components are included as the role of the leader in outdoor adventure programs is examined. Leave no trace environmental ethics is one of the topics addressed.
RPTM 430 Environmental Education Methods and Materials Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/r... Health and Human Development Methods and materials for developing, implementing, and evaluating environmental education programs within formal and non-formal educational settings.
RPTM 497A Social and Environmental Sustainability: Applications in the Tourism Industry Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/r... Health and Human Development Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
RPTM 497B Discovery Trip Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/r... Health and Human Development Students participate in a ten day trip through New England visiting exemplary Outdoor and Environmental Education Facilities.
RSOC 134 Sustainable Agriculture Science and Policy Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education   Agricultural Sciences The science, socio-economics, and politics of managing food and fiber production systems. Sustainability implications of current practices and future options.
SC 200 Science in Our World: Certainty and Controversy College of Science  https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/sc/ Science Aimed at making non-scientists more informed consumers of science, by improving their ability to distinguish good from bad science, and science from non-science. Topics include the distinction between scientific controversies and scientific subjects with controversial implications (e.g., global climate change).
SCIED 112 Climate Science for Educators Curriculum and Instruction https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/s... Education Concepts of climate sciences highlighted by evidence-based explanations and scientific discourse in preparation for K-6 science teaching.
SCIED 297A Outdoor School Counselor Curriculum and Instruction https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/s... Education Students act as mentors and overnight cabin counselors for elementary-aged school children in an outdoor education program offered through Shaver's Creek Environmental Center; lessons and activities relate to natural history, ecosystems and group dynamics. 
SCIED 297B Fundamentals of Climate Change Curriculum and Instruction https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/s... Education Addresses the meaning, variability and change of climate over time as a result of natural and man-made processes. 
SCIED 457 Environmental Science Education Curriculum and Instruction https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/s... Education Philosophy, techniqus, and skills for teaching environmental science to children, including curriculum development, fieldwork, and the use of appropriate technologies. Topics include the interrelationship of science, technology and society, and environmental quality and resource management practices.
SOC 5 Social Problems Sociology https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/soc/ Liberal Arts Current social problems such as economic, racial, and gender inequalities; social deviance and crime; population, environmental, energy, and health problems.
SOC 448 Environmental Sociology Sociology https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/soc/ Liberal Arts Examination of the relationship between the physical environment and society.
SOILS 71 Environmental Sustainability Plant Science https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/s... Agricultural Sciences Introduction to environmental science, exploring sustainable human- environment interactions with examples from environmental soil science.
SOILS 101 Introductory Soil Science Plant Science https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/s... Agricultural Sciences Soil properties and processes and relationships to land use, plant growth, environmental quality, and society. Impact of land use and management decisions on agricultural productivity and sustainability, environmental and ecological health, and on community relationships.
SOILS 418 Nutrient Management in Agricultural Systems Plant Science https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/s... Agricultural Sciences Comprehensive review of nutrient flow in animal agricultural systems, environmental regulations, and environmental stewardship practices.
SOILS 419 Soil Environmental Chemistry Plant Science https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/s... Agricultural Sciences Introduction to chemical constituents and processes occurring in soils. Topics include mineral weathering, soil solution chemistry and adsorption of solutes. The students will also be able to link theoretical concepts to real life environmental problems.
SOILS 422 Natural Resources Conservation and Community Sustainability Plant Science https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/s... Agricultural Sciences Conservation, land-use, and community (soil, water, air, plants, animals, and humans) impacting quality of life and sense of place.
STS 427W Society and Natural Resources Science, Technology and Society https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e... Agricultural Sciences Analysis of the relationships between societal development and enhancement, and natural resources; introduces students to the complexity of environmental and natural resource problems.
STS 47 Wilderness, Technology, and Society Science, Technology and Society https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/sts/ Engineering Impact of developments in science, literature, and art on changing attitudes toward nature; consequences for conservation, preservation, environmental ethics.
STS 100 Science, Technology, and Culture Science, Technology and Society https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/sts/ Engineering Philosophy, techniqus, and skills for teaching environmental science, including curriculum development, fieldwork, and the use of appropriate technologies.
STS 135 The Politics of the Ecological Crisis Science, Technology and Society https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/sts/ Engineering The political implications of the increasing scarcity of many of the world's resources.
STS 150 Out of the Fiery Furnace Science, Technology and Society https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/sts/ Engineering A history of materials, energy, and humans, with emphasis on their interrelationships.
STS 200 Critical Issues in Science, Technology, and Society Science, Technology and Society https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/sts/ Engineering An overview of interactions between science, technology, and society from social sciences and humanities perspectives. Topics include resources, energy, policy, the environment, meeting world food needs, ethics, etc.
STS 201 Climate Change, Energy, and Biodiversity Science, Technology and Society https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/sts/ Engineering Studies of global warming, energy options, and biodiversity; their interrelations as sciences and as societal issues.
STS 245 Globalization, Technology, and Ethics Science, Technology and Society https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/sts/ Engineering An investigation of technology and ethics in the globalized world from contemporary, socio-cultural, and historical perspectives. Students will broaden their understanding of engineering, technology, and culture and then be given an introduction to how one makes ethical decisions about that world.
STS 420 Energy and Modern Society Science, Technology and Society https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/sts/ Engineering Technology and economics of energy resources, production, and consumption; environmental factors, exhaustion, new technology.
SUR 462 Parcel-Based Geospatial Information Systems School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional Programs https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/sur/ Engineering Acquisition and processing of land parcel data; development of land information system and applications in geospatial information technology; discussion of the different perceptions of land held by people and cultures around the world, and the importance of managing land and its resources in an effective manner so as to ensure its sustainability.
SUST 200 Foundations of Leadership in Sustainability Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/s... Health and Human Development Science, ethics, and leadership in social, environmental, and economic sustainability
SUST 150N The Science of Sustainable Development Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/s... Health and Human Development This course will focus on how human society depends on the environment for its continued existence. Topics include ecosystem conservation, sustainability of food systems with special reference to the water-food-energy nexus, and current and future trends in urbanization. 
SUST 242N Issues in Sustainability Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/s... Health and Human Development Students will read, write, and think integratively by considering the humanistic values of sustainability and how those values are connected to the political, social, and cultural forces that shape sustainable activities.
WFS 209 Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation Ecosystem Science and Management https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/wfs/ Agricultural Sciences Survey of current and historical issues in wildlife and fisheries conservation; emphasis on vertebrate biodiversity, habitat management and protection, and populations.
WFS 430 Conservation Biology Ecosystem Science and Management https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/wfs/ Agricultural Sciences The application of biological principles to issues in the conservation of biodiversity. Emphasis on application of principles to protection and restoration of biological diversity in natural ecosystems disturbed by human activities.
WFS 440 Natural Resources Public Relations Ecosystem Science and Management https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/wfs/ Agricultural Sciences Integration of public relations concepts with principles of natural resources management at the community level. Topics include sustainability, stewardship, ecosystem management, and conservation.
WFS 450 Wetland Conservation Ecosystem Science and Management https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/wfs/ Agricultural Sciences Wetland types, classification, functions and values; hydrology, soils, and plants; introduction to wetland identification and delineation; wetland regulations.

Graduate Courses

Course Name Course Number Title Department Link to Course Bulletin College Description

SCM

815

Product Realization: Development, Manufacturing, and the Supply Chain

Supply Chain Management

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/scm/

Business

Considers design for sustainability, quality, and reliability. 

IST

564

Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management

Information Sciences and Technology

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/ist/

Information Sciences and Technology

Examines the fundamental elements of crisis, disaster, risk and emergency management, and the use of analytic methods and information technologies to prepare for, protect against, respond to, and recover from the effects of naturally-occurring and anthropogenic hazards.

AGRO

510

Applied Plant Population Biology

Plant Science

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/agro/

Agricultural Sciences

Lectures and exercises designed to develop student competency in plant selection to promote ecological diversity and genetically superior plants.

AGRO

851

Ecology of Agricultural Systems

Plant Science

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/agro/

Agricultural Sciences

Sustainability topics are discussed.

BRS

501

 Biobased Polymers

Agricultural and Biological Engineering

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/brs/

Agricultural Sciences

An overview of plant feedstocks, sustainability, and related governmental policies; the basic fundamentals of plant and crop sciences. The bulk of the course focuses on the development of polymers from plant and agricultural feedstocks.

BRS

502

 Human Behavior in Management and Technology

Agricultural and Biological Engineering

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/brs/

Agricultural Sciences

 

BRS

511

 Structural BioComposites

Agricultural and Biological Engineering

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/brs/

Agricultural Sciences

Manufacture and practices related to the production of engineered biocomposites processed from lignocellulosic materials.

BRS

550

 Applied Bioproducts Marketing

Agricultural and Biological Engineering

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/brs/

Agricultural Sciences

Bioproduct marketing applications for solid and engineered wood products and biorefinery value chain output including environmental services, energy, fuels, and co-products.

BRS

551

 Sustainable Business Strategies

Agricultural and Biological Engineering

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/brs/

Agricultural Sciences

 

CEDEV

560

 Regional Development: Principles, Policy, and Practice

Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/cedev/

Agricultural Sciences

Topics include the relationship between economic efficiency and sustainability; and sustainable development and place-based development.

CEDEV

567

Resilient Communities and Environments

Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/cedev/

Agricultural Sciences

Understanding connections between communities and surrounding ecosystems; exploration of management techniques for building adaptive, resilient, and sustainable communities and environments.

ENT

518

Insect Natural History

Entomology

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/ent/

Agricultural Sciences

Experiential learning in field ecology highlighting insect dynamics, diversity and adaptations in terrestrial and aquatic systems; underlying ecological processes, anthropogenic interactions, and agro/forestry ecosystem management approaches.

FOR

530

Conservation Genetics

Ecosystem Science and Management

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/for/

Agricultural Sciences

 

FOR

880

Bioenergy Feedstocks

Ecosystem Science and Management

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/for/

Agricultural Sciences

This course comprehensively addresses the characteristics, production, and improvement of plants as feedstocks for conversion to energy.

HDNRE

574

Integrated Perspectives in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment

Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment Graduate Degree Program

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/hdnre/

Agricultural Sciences

Introduction to the integration and application of interdisciplinary concepts to contemporary natural resource and environmental issues.

HDNRE

575

Ethical Issues in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment

Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment Graduate Degree Program

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/hdnre/

Agricultural Sciences

Introduction to ethical issues in human dimensions of natural resources and the environment.

RSOC

508

Sociology of Agriculture

Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/rsoc/

Agricultural Sciences

Sociological analysis of changes in the organization of agriculture and food systems in the United States and developing countries.

RSOC

555

Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/rsoc/

Agricultural Sciences

Identification of the interrelationships and influence of human behavior and natural resources.

RSOC

597B

Sustainability: Frameworks, Theories and Practice

Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/rsoc/

Agricultural Sciences

Social science perspectives on emergence and outcomes of sustainability agendas within and across arenas, including agriculture, development, energy and science.

RSOC

597G

Gender, Justice, and Environment

Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/rsoc/

Agricultural Sciences

Examines how gender and environment are tied to national and international struggles for justice and sustainability.

SOILS

502

Soils Properties and Functions

Plant Science

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/s...

Agricultural Sciences

Introduction to soil science for graduate students including fundamentals of and applications to plant production and environmental sustainability

SOILS

571

Ecosystem Nutrient Cycles

Plant Science

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/s...

Agricultural Sciences

Ecological theory and applications related to water, carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, and cation cycling in managed and unmanaged terrestrial ecosystems.

ARCH

504

Materials and Building Construction II

Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/arch/

Arts and Architecture

technologies associated with their architectural use. One topic is Issues of Sustainability in Relation to Material Use.

ARCH

550

Ethics in Architecture: Green to Post-Green

Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/arch/

Arts and Architecture

 

GEODZ

842

Geodesign Studio I: Rural/Regional Challenges

Geodesign Program

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/geodz/

Arts and Architecture

Students apply geodesign process in a collaborative setting to regional-scale landscape change and land planning topics, including Systems Thinking, and developing sustainable, long-term design solutions.

GEODZ

852

Geodesign Studio II: Urban/District-scale Challenges

Geodesign Program

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/geodz/

Arts and Architecture

Students apply geodesign process in a collaborative setting to urban-scale landscape change and land planning. Topics include systems thinking and developing sustainable, long-term design solutions.

LARCH

502

The Intellectual History and Theory of Landscape Architecture

Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/larch/

Arts and Architecture

Sustainability-related topics include ecology, sustainability, and design; Landscape ecological planning; and social and cultural landscape.

LARCH

510

Graduate Seminar in Landscape Architecture

Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/larch/

Arts and Architecture

Landscape architectural theory exploration through readings and discussions. This course is part of the Sustainable Communities Collaborative which seeks to connect University Park faculty, students and staff with local community partners to address sustainability challenges through an engaged, collaborative effort.

LARCH

540

Design and Theory IV: Site and Community Design

Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/larch/

Arts and Architecture

AEREC

502

Economics of Natural Resources and Rural Development

Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/aerec/

Agricultural Sciences

Emphasis will be placed on the application of economic concepts to problems and policies in rural areas.

AEREC

519

Resource and Environmental Economics I

Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/aerec/

Agricultural Sciences

Theories and methods for economic analysis of natural resource and environmental policies with applications to current issues.

AEREC

541

Resource and Environmental Economics II

Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/aerec/

Agricultural Sciences

 

AEREC

597D

Renewable Resource Economics

Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/aerec/

Agricultural Sciences

The course will explore contemporary economic theory on the economics of renewable resources with an emphasis on biological populations.

AFR

501

Key Issues in African Studies

African Studies Program

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/afr/

Liberal Arts

Key issues, theories, and discourses in African Studies, including history and society; political economies and globalization; and human - environment relations including conservation, livelihoods and sustainability.

AFR

532

Environment and Livelihoods in Africa

African Studies Program

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/afr/

Liberal Arts

An enquiry into the relationships between the environment, resource control, resource conservation, rural livelihood systems and poverty in Africa.

AFR

534

Political Economy of Energy and Extractive Industries in Africa (Oil and Mining)

Political Science

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/afr/

Liberal Arts

Examines how the expansion of petroleum and mining industries has impacted Africa's political economies and external relations.

ANTH

559

Human Ecology

Anthropology

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/anth/

Liberal Arts

 

ANTH

575

Population, Food, and Traditional Farming

Anthropology

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/anth/

Liberal Arts

Examines the reciprocal relationship between population and traditional agriculture, including ecological limitations on fertility and mortality, including seasonal variation in resource availability and more unpredictable environmental variation.  

BIOET

504

Research Integrity in Science and Engineering

Rock Ethics Institue/ Bioethics Program

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/bioet/

Liberal Arts

Topics include Sustainability, Climate Change, Biodiversity, Rights/Respect/Justice.

BIOET

533

Ethical Dimensions of Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems

Rock Ethics Institue/ Bioethics Program

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/bioet/

Liberal Arts

Case examples in renewable energy and sustainability systems that present ethical questions for deliberation and analysis. Relevant topics include energy, climate, natural resources, genetic modification, sustainability, environment, and biofuels.  

HRER

860

Ethical Decision Making for HR Practitioners

Labor and Employment Relations

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/hrer/

Liberal Arts

Use of normative elements associated with ethical decision making, as well as descriptive ethics, to address important problems human resource managers confront. HR's Role in Promoting Sustainability is one topic.

PL SC

534

 

Political Science

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/plsc/

Liberal Arts

Students will examine how the expansion of petroleum and mining industries has impacted Africa's political economics and external relations.

WMNST

597

Gender, Justice, and Environment

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

 

Liberal Arts

Examines how gender and environment are tied to national and international struggles for justice and sustainability.

ABE

589

Management and Design of Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems

Agricultural and Biological Engineering

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/abe/

Engineering

Real-world renewable energy systems projects using a systems analysis and case-study approach.

ABE

884

Biomass Energy Systems

Agricultural and Biological Engineering

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/abe/

Engineering

Systems analysis will address environmental impacts, policy, and economics.

ABE

885

Biomass Harvesting and Logistics

Agricultural and Biological Engineering

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/abe/

Engineering

Biomass harvesting and handling scenarios and relevant cost analysis and systematic considerations.

ABE

888

Conversion Technologies for Bioenergy Production

Agricultural and Biological Engineering

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/abe/

Engineering

Applications of chemical, biochemical, thermochemical, and bioseparation technologies for the production of bioenergy.

AE

556

Solar Engineering of Thermal Processes

Architectural Engineering

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/ae/

Engineering

Advanced quantitative methods of predicting transient active and passive solar process performance with an emphasis on building solar applications.

AE

565

Daylighting

Architectural Engineering

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/ae/

Engineering

Design concepts, solar position, sky luminance distribution models, integration of daylighting and electric lighting controls, physical modeling, computer analysis techniques.

AE

572

Project Development and Delivery Planning

Architectural Engineering

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/ae/

Engineering

One of the four course objectives is for students to understand the decision-making needs of high performance sustainable building projects.

AE

579

Sustainable Building Project Leadership

Architectural Engineering

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/ae/

Engineering

Examines leadership skill sets, team competencies, and strategic methods for leading sustainable building construction projects and retrofits.

AE

862

Distributed Energy Planning and Managemen

Architectural Engineering

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/ae/

Engineering

Theories and practices of distributed energy production and management in the context of regional and integrated energy grid structures.

AE

868

Commercial Solar Electric Systems

Architectural Engineering

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/ae/

Engineering

Theories and practices of solar electric systems including component selection, performance simulation, grid interconnection, codes, and design documentation.

AE

878

Solar Project Development and Finance

Architectural Engineering

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/ae/

Engineering

Economic analysis of solar energy projects, project development process, energy policies, finance methods, and economic analysis tools.

AERSP

583

Wind Turbine Aerodynamics

Aerospace Engineering

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/aersp/

Engineering

Analysis of wind turbine performance, aeroacoustics, and loads; turbine selection for site-specific application.

AERSP

880

Wind Turbine Systems

Aerospace Engineering

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/aersp/

Engineering

Wind turbine technology and the critical elements of turbine systems design

AERSP

886

Engineering of Wind Project Development

Aerospace Engineering

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/aersp/

Engineering

An overview of the wind project development process and technical considerations for onshore and offshore applications.

CE

528

Transportation Safety Analysis

Civil and Environmental Engineering

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/ce/

Engineering

Issues and methods in transportation safety analysis; factors contributing to crashes; crash causation; modeling accident occurrence; identifying sites for treatment. This course is part of the Sustainable Communities Collaborative which seeks to connect University Park faculty, students and staff with local community partners to address sustainability challenges through an engaged, collaborative effort.

IE

555

Statistical Process Monitoring and Analysis

Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/ie/

Engineering

Some applications in manufacturing and service fields are considered, including polymer processing, nanotechnology, health care, and global sustainability.

EARTH

501

Contemporary Issues in the Earth Sciences

Geosciences

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e...

Earth and Mineral Sciences

Exploration of current areas of research in the Earth Sciences. One topic of study is climate change.

EARTH

540

Essentials of Oceanography

Geosciences

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/undergraduate/e...

Earth and Mineral Sciences

The oceans and their role in climate, coastal processes, and life within the fluid Earth. Among the topics of discussion are sea level rise and its consequences, impact of human activities on shallow marine environments, aquaculture and the problems of overfishing.

EME

504

Foundations in Sustainability Systems

Energy and Mineral Engineering

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/eme/

Earth and Mineral Sciences

Theoretical background of sustainability issues and studies of sustainability systems.

EME

801

Energy Markets, Policy, and Regulation

Energy and Mineral Engineering

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/eme/

Earth and Mineral Sciences

 

EME

802

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Systems

Energy and Mineral Engineering

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/eme/

Earth and Mineral Sciences

An overview of renewable energy technologies and sustainable energy system analysis.

EME

803

Applied Energy Policy

Energy and Mineral Engineering

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/eme/

Earth and Mineral Sciences

 

EME

805

Renewable Energy and Nonmarket Enterprise

Energy and Mineral Engineering

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/eme/

Earth and Mineral Sciences

Industry perspective on the resources, technologies, engineering approaches and externalities involved in deploying renewable energy businesses profitably and sustainably.

EME

807

Technologies for Sustainability Systems

Energy and Mineral Engineering

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/eme/

Earth and Mineral Sciences

Strategies and applications of sustainable technologies in manufacturing, energy, water, transportation, food, and building systems.

EME

810

Solar Resource Assessment and Economics

Energy and Mineral Engineering

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/eme/

Earth and Mineral Sciences

Methods, economic criteria, and meteorological background for assessing the solar resource with respect to solar energy conversion technologies

EME

811

Solar Thermal Energy for Utilities and Industry

Energy and Mineral Engineering

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/eme/

Earth and Mineral Sciences

Applications of solar thermal energy STE) including district heating/cooling buildings), industrial process heating, fuel synthesis, desalination, and materials processing.

EME

812

Utility Solar Power and Concentration

Energy and Mineral Engineering

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/eme/

Earth and Mineral Sciences

Technical and theoretical background for utility scale solar energy conversion technologies to generate electric power.

ENNEC

541

Economics of Energy and the Environment

Energy and Mineral Engineering

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/ennec/

Earth and Mineral Sciences

Economic analysis of topics such as global warming, alternative energy sources and new technologies, and resources and sustainable development.

GEOG

501

Research Perspectives in Human-Environment Geography

Geography

https://bulletins.psu.edu/university-course-descriptions/graduate/geog/

Earth and Mineral Sciences

 

GEOG

587

Conservation GIS

Geography

 

Earth and Mineral Sciences

Conservation GIS applies geospatial problem solving to ecological research and resourece management issues to enhance conservation planning.