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Sustainability Courses


  • American Indian Studies

    AIS 220: American Indian Religion

    Course provides a survey of American Indian religions, philosophies, and world views.

    AIS 240: American Indians and Environmental Issues

    Course provides an overview and examination of environmental issues related to American Indians during the 19th to 21st centuries.

    AIS 290: American Indian Education: Equity and Social Justice

    Compares and contrasts American Indian traditional systems of knowledge with western constructs.  Provides an introduction to the legacy of Indian boarding school policies, as well as evaluates the contemporary challenges that American Indians experience in educational systems, such as high dropout rates, low college matriculation rates, and the impact of cultural differences embedded in these trends. 

    AIS 348: American Indian Communities

    An in-depth examination of American Indian communities, with special emphasis on Southern California Indian communities. Students will understand contemporary issues and concerns facing American Indians today. Themes covered include, tribal sovereignty, demography, decolonization, education, identity, environment, health and wellness, cultural survival, and cultural empowerment. In partnership with local tribes, students will apply the knowledge and analytical skills gained in the classroom to help address environmental, social, and cultural issues within the community. Includes community work and has a field component.

    AIS 350: Imagining Indians: American Indians, Mass Media, Film and Society

    Designed to provide students with a critical analysis and deeper understanding of American Indian cultures at the intersection of the Mass Media. Examines American Indian cultures as part of the American entertainment cinema, television and as mascots for team sports.

    AIS 370: American Indian Women and Activism 

    Examines the roles of American Indian women in politics, social work, academia, business, environmental, health issues, culture and community. Compares and contrasts the ideology of the predominantly white feminist movement with the goals and concerns of the “Red Power” movement and will emphasize American Indian sociocultural values and concerns.

    AIS 390: Independent Study in American Indian Themes

    Allows students to explore historical, cultural, social, and environmental questions significant to native communities under the supervision of a faculty member in the appropriate discipline.

    AIS 400: Contemporary American Indian Health and Wellness

    Examines American Indian/Alaskan Native (AIAN) health and wellness from a contemporary public and community health/epidemiologic perspective.

    AIS 440: American Indian Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Practice

    Comprehension of Traditional Ecological Knowledge and its application in the relationship, care, and management of natural environment and resources such as land, water, plants and animals in American Indian communities. 

    AIS 481: American Indian Archaeological Monitoring

    Students work with local Native American bands concerning cultural preservation and the monitoring of archaeological sites threatened by development. Students examine traditional land use management and the traditional knowledge associated with specific sites. 

    AIS 498: Internship in an American Indian Community

    Capstone of the Native Studies minor. Designed to equip students for service to native communities. Students will be expected to provide faculty-monitored service with institutions serving reservation or urban native communities, such as (but not limited to) schools, libraries, clinics, urban service centers, youth programs, and study projects supervised by native entities (such as environmental studies). 

  • Anthropology

    ANTH 200: Cultural Anthropology

    A general survey of cultural anthropology, which is one of the main branches of general Anthropology. Employs a global and holistic perspective to examine the economic, social, political, cultural, and ideological integration of society. 

    ANTH 305: Medical Anthropology

    Working collaboratively with health care professionals and/or ethnic populations with special health care needs, such as immigrant or indigenous communities, students document and analyze information pertaining to the delivery and consumption of health care services and the generation of health care alternatives.

    ANTH 319: Topics in Biological Anthropology

    Introduces biological anthropology, a branch of anthropology that seeks to understand, from a biological point of view, what it means to be a human being.

    ANTH 325: Ancient Mexican Society and Art

    Examines Ancient Mexican art, cosmology, architecture, mythology, and literature as they reflect social structure, religion, social roles, ideology, economic and political organization, world-view, and the family. Using archeological and ethnographic sources, the course covers the pre-classic, classic, and post-classic periods, focusing on several cultural areas including the Olmec, Teotihuacan, Monte Alban and the Zapotec and Mixtec of Oaxaca, the Toltecs, the Maya, and the Aztec, or Mexico. Among other topics to be examined are the calendar, writing, concepts of space and time, the ball game, tribute, human sacrifice and bloodletting, sacred plants, and specific Mesoamerican deities. 


    ANTH 380: Current Archeology 

    Archeology, Cultural Resources Management, Mitigation, Culture Resource Law.

    ANTH 431: Medical Ethnography

    Small scale cultivation by indigenous and migrant communities of food and medicine not commonly found in the US or in markets, such as rue, epazote, capote blanco, and others. 

    ANTH 430: Medical Ethnography 

    Course involves advanced students conducting ethnographic fieldwork in local health clinics or hospitals or with local communities with unique medical cultures. 

    ANTH 370: Environment, Population, and Culture

    Focuses on contemporary world problems from interdisciplinary and anthropological perspectives.

    ANTH 379: Environmental Health and Justice

    Examines disproportionate burdens of environmental contamination and subsequent health disparities affecting communities of color across the U.S. and internationally. Reviews environmental health and justice through anthropological case studies that illustrate how communities have organized to improve health and justice in their communities.

    ANTH 470: Community Ethnobotany

    Course continues the development of the The Indian Rock collaboration between anthropology and advanced computer art students at CSUSM and the San Luis Rey Band of Luiseño Indians in Vista, California.

    ANTH 471: Plants, Medicine and People

    Examines the cross-cultural production of plant medicines used in the treatment of human ailments ranging from chronic illness to acute conditions. Includes the study of plants int he CSUSM Community Ethnobotany Garden.

    ANTH 480: California Archeology Methods

    Culture resources in San Diego County, Environmental and cultural resources preservation, conservation, and mitigation.

    ANTH 481: Native American Monitoring

    Culture resources in San Diego County, Environmental and cultural resources preservation, conservation, and mitigation.

  • Art, Media, and Design

    AMD 306: Video in the Community

    Explores video, art, activism and community service. Introduces current video production technology while using video within the community as a tool for social or political change, indigenous expression, cultural understanding, community organization, or advancement of social causes. Video projects relevant to communities will be identified, developed, and produced in collaboration with members of that community.

    AMD 313: Digital Photo and the Environment

    Investigates a broad range of artistic practices and contemporary artists who use digital media to comment on and shape current environmental debates and their interpretation through digital media

    AMD 314: Digital Photo Documentary 

    Investigates a broad range of artistic practices and contemporary artists who use digital media as a tool for social and political change. Explores a broad range of environmental perspectives to enrich our understanding of current social, political, and cultural concerns and their interpretation through digital media.

    AMD 316: Art, Science, and Technology

    Focuses on the juncture of art and science in contemporary art practice. Investigates the research agenda of various areas of science and the artistic responses to this scientific research. 

    AMD 421: Art and Social Change

    Exploration of how the desire for social change has led modern and contemporary artists and art movements to align with political and social causes.

    AMD 422: Art and Science: Historical and Contemporary Practice

    Surveys the connection between art and science from the Renaissance to the present, focusing on themes including space, time, process, pattern, and material. 

  • Biology

    BIOL 105: Introduction to Biology/Ecology

    An introduction to the natural and physical processes governing environmental systems, as well as the ways in which human behavior impacts and is connected to the environment.

     BIOL 211: Organismal and Population Biology 

    Course covers population biology and role of environmental factors that affect them.

    BIOL 212: Evolution

    Evolution: including the biological definition, mechanism, detection methods, and predicting the future based on evolutionary evidence of earth's climate change.

    BIOL 318: Plants and Society

    Introduction to the impact of aquatic and terrestrial plants on society, including vegetables and fruit, spices and herbs, beverage plants, herbal medicines, toxic-poisonous species, psychoactive plants, and other economically important species from a variety of habitats. 

    BIOL 336: Coastal Environments

    Sustainability is a major theme throughout this course.

    BIOL 338: Human Impact on the Environment

    We study coastal conservation. Wetland agency mapping & GIS biosurvey. 

    BIOL 339: Conservation Biology

    Study of the principles of ecology applied to plant and animal populations considered endangered, threatened, or at risk. 

    BIOL 354: Principles of Ecology

    Discussion of major concepts in population, community, and evolutionary ecology including population growth and regulation, competition, predation, energetics, adaptations, and diversity.

    BIOL 367: Biology of Microorganisms

    Presents a comprehensive selection of subjects from the field of microbiology. Students will study prokaryotic structure and function; growth and control of microorganisms; ecology, physiology, and diversity of bacteria; basic microbial and viral genetics, microorganisms of medical and economic significance; and biotechnology and its human applications and societal implications.

    BIOL 383: Tropical Ecology

    A survey of the unmanaged and managed tropical terrestrial ecosystem and the biotic (living) and abiotic (non-living) factors that affect tropical ecosystem structure and function.

    BIOL 388: Marine Communities 

    Examines the environmental characteristics, patterns of species distribution and abundance, and adaptations of organisms in marine benthic communities.

    BIOL 389: Freshwater Biology

    Introduction to the physical, chemical and biological processes in freshwater systems, including headwaters, streams, rivers, lakes, ponds, reservoirs, and vernal pools.

    BIOL 391: Fire Ecology

    Covers an interdisciplinary review and study of wildfires as a natural and man-made biophysical and ecological process. 

    BIOL 392: Natural Resource Management

    Covers management of natural resources such as land, water, soil, plants and animals, with a particular focus on how management affects quality of life, ecosystems, and long-term sustainability.

    BIOL 404: Developmental Physiology

    Provides an in-depth analysis of developmental physiology. Examples of many different animal groups will be used to convey important concepts in how animal function develops, how development is influenced by the environment, and how development in other animals can inform us about human development and disease.

    BIOL 404: Developmental Physiology Lab

    Provides hands-on experience with experimental techniques for examining developmental physiology across a range of animal groups.

    BIOL 420: Ecological Monitoring

    This class is focused on monitoring ecological systems to detect environmental degradation. This includes changes in land cover due to development, and declines in wild populations of organisms. 

    BIOL 423: Fish Physiology

    Overview of comparative marine and freshwater fish ecology, biology and physiology. Strong focus on comparative physiology, supported by a focus on fishes from various habitats, including local California fishes and fishes that inhabit extreme environments on Earth.

    BIOL 463: Principles of Conservation Biology

    An in-depth focus on the principles and practices of conservation and restoration ecology. Factors that affect the creation, destruction, and distribution of biological diversity are examined.

    BIOL 533: GIS Application in Landscape Ecology

    This class is primarily about landscape ecology, which is an ecological discipline devoted to understanding how the structure and composition of landscape affects ecological processes.

    BIOL 620: Ecological Monitoring

    This class is focused on monitoring ecological systems to detect environmental degradation. This includes changes in land cover due to development, and declines in wild populations of organisms. 

    BIOL 663: Advances Principles of Conservation Biology

    This class is about conserving species, with a focus on avoiding extinction. In a general sense, this is about sustainability of biological resources. We also specifically address sustainable harvest of wild population. 

  • Business Administration

     BUSA 302: Business Environments 

    One entire session is devoted to sustainability issues. Also, sustainability is a component of several assignments.

  • Biotechnology

    BIOT 355: Molecular Conservation Biology

    Lab course covers the role of sustainability for fuel sources. 

    BIOT 420:  Plant Biotechnology 

    We have a unit on biofuels, and how plants and algae are used to produced biofuels.

  • Business Management

    MGMT 474: Business Sustainability 

    This course introduces students to sustainability, triple-bottom line, the environmental resources base, and is firmly grounded in sustainability literature. The course also links socioenvironmental issues with business practices. 

    MGMT 606: Managing the Sustainable Enterprise 

    This MBA course discussed sustainability in the context of management practices. Students spend much of their time reviewing sustainability reports of various US and global corporations, and analyze sustainability issues in a corporate context.

  • Business Marketing

    BUS 448: Global & Cross-cultural Marketing 

    Several cases have a sustainability component and consideration of sustainability are part of the marketing decision areas. 

  • Chemistry

    CHEM 308: Environmental Chemistry 

    Deals with climate change, stratospheric ozone chemistry, energy sources, sustainable agriculture, water resources, and waste treatment.

    CHEM 311: Chemicals and the Environment

    A survey on chemicals of natural and industrial origin found in the environment, with emphasis on the chemical reactions of these substances and the effect on the quality of life on planet Earth.

    CHEM 312: Chemistry of Life

    Structure, function, and properties of bio-organic/biochemical molecules important to life, health and nutrition. The areas covered are: atomic and molecular structure, chemical and physical properties of bio-organic functional groups, carbohydrates, fats, amino acids, proteins, enzymes, hormones, nucleic acids, digestion, nutrition.

  • Communications

     COMM 300: Communication Theory 

    Introduces students to the major 20th Century frameworks for understanding the field of communication and their respective influences in the areas of social and political practice as well as cultural understanding. May include semiotic, phenomenological, cybernetic, sociopsychological, sociocultural, rhetorical, and critical traditions. Sustainability and environmental preservation is taught in this course.

    COMM 320: Conflict and Communication 

    Conflicts are situations in which individuals and groups with differing assumptions about reality clash with one another about right and wrong. Discusses the nature of communication in such situations, the strengths and weaknesses of the various types of discourse employed in dealing with them, and visions for transcending conflicts. Sustainability and environmental preservation is taught in this course.

    COMM 333: Language and Social Interaction 

    Introduction to theories of language and interaction. Addresses how language is used within social and institutional interaction. Special emphasis will be given to problematic situations and their resolution. Fosters cultural awareness through a concentration on the interactions in which culture is constructed and the cultural institutions by which interaction is governed. Sustainability and environmental preservation is taught in this course.

  • Cultural Competency in Healthcare

    CCHC 510: Special Populations and Health Care

    Examines the ways in which special populations are defined, their access to care, and questions of health equity. Covers major issues influencing health services and delivery to special populations, focusing on disparities and strategies to address healthcare needs. Focus includes special populations’ service provision, advocacy, patient/client-centered care, social aspects of disease and wellness, health promotion, and education. Reviews history of health and social welfare programs. Examines social and environmental determinants of health as well as the health service needs of special population.

  • Earth Science

    ES 100:  Earth and Its Place in the Universe

    ES 100 is a course that includes sustainability as a fundamental part of understanding how humans interact with our Earth system and how these interactions impact us as a species.

  • Economics

    ECON 325: Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources

    Applies economic policy analysis to environmental and natural resource issues. Develops an understanding of the requirements of efficient markets, and the conditions under which markets fail. 

  • Environmental Studies

    ENVS 100: Introduction to Environmental Studies 

    This course deals directly with sustainability in a variety of ways including environmental quality, social justice, economic vitality, and cultural diversity. 

    ENVS 210: Research Methods: Introduction to GIS

    Focus is using GIS tools to understand and solve sustainability challenges.

    ENVS 301: Place, Power, and the Environment 

    Investigates contemporary environmental and social conditions associated with landscape transformations.

    ENVS 305: Resilience and Society 

    Coming Fall 2020

    ENVS 310: Environmental Impact Analysis

    Introduces methods for analyzing and quantifying human impacts on the environment. Theoretical and applied aspects of environmental impact assessment are covered, with particular focus on preparation processes of environmental impact reports (EIRs) and statements (EISs) mandated by state and federal statutes.

    ENVS 320: Environmental Land-Use Design

    Develops methods to study human impacts on the environmental landscape associated with land-use planning. Spatial variations and interactions of rural, suburban, and urban landscapes are studied.

    ENVS 361: Diet and Planning 

    Explores relationships between food and the environment through the analysis of food consumption and its biological, social, and environmental outcomes including how industrialization influences farming methods, dietary practices, and biocultural diversity.

    ENVS 390: Environmental Justice 

    While this class does not focus directly on the pillars of sustainability, it addressed them all through the lens of social justice.

    ENVS 464: Food Politics and the Environment

    Interdisciplinary study of agrifood systems and food sovereignty movements in domestic and global contexts with specific interests in their goals, strategies, and outcomes through the methods and materials of ethnography, agroecology, and political ecology. 

    ENVS 490: Capstone in Environmental Studies

    Students will apply concepts from their coursework to complete an original research project. At least one faculty member approves and advises the student on a project that is mutually designed to satisfy the student’s intellectual interests and professional objectives. 

    ENVS 495A-495F: Internship in Environmental Studies

    Research, or work in connection with an organization concerned with environmental issues.

    ENVS 498A-498C: Independent Study in Environmental Studies

    Special project under the direction of a faculty member in Environmental Studies.

  • French

    FREN 311: Advanced French

    Focuses on further development and refinement of the four primary skills in French (speaking, writing, reading, and listening comprehension), in addition to a study of cultural factors which affect communication.

    FREN 350: Civilization and Culture of France and Francophone World

    Study of the culture and civilization of the French-speaking world. Analysis of literature, art, history, geography, and contemporary social structures. Conducted in French.

  • General Education- Science

    GES 101: Matter, Molecules, Life, and the Environment I [Physical Science]

    The first semester of a two-semester course consisting of integrated modules covering the areas of matter/energy, molecules, living systems, and environment. 

    GES 102: Matter, Molecules, Life, and the Environment II [Physical Science]

    The second of a two-semester course consisting of integrated modules covering the areas of matter/energy, molecules, living systems, and environment.

    GES 103: The Life and Environmental Sciences Around Us

    Introduces some of the basic concepts and ideas of life and environmental sciences and demonstrates how they are applicable to the world around us. Fundamental ideas to be introduced include evolution, biological molecules, genetics, physiology, and ecology. 

  • German

    GRMN 380: German Culture Through Film

    Study of important aspects of German-speaking cultures and history as they are represented in film. Elements of film analysis. Compositions and analysis of selected grammar topics.

  • Ethnic Studies

    ETST 301: Ethnic Studies and Society

    Examines social, political, economic and/or educational issues that bear historical and contemporary significance for racial-ethnic populations.  Also considers the ways that marginalized communities lobby for, pursue, or create communities that are affirming, sustaining, and transformative. 

  • Geography

    GEOG 110: Introduction to Physical Geography

    Examines the place of the earth in the solar system; the seasonal and latitudinal distribution of solar energy; analyzes the many elements of weather, climate, vegetation, and soils; considers the earth’s major land forms and the processes that shape them; examines the earth’s water system. 

    GEOG 110L: Introduction to Physical Geography Lab 

    Examines the place of the Earth in the solar system and the seasonal and latitudinal distribution of solar energy. Analyzes the many elements of weather, climate, vegetation, and soils. Considers the Earth’s major landforms and the processes that shape them and examines Earth’s water system. Studies the relationships and interactions among the lithosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, and hydrosphere.

    GEOG 201: World Regional Geography

    This is a survey course that examines human environmental relationships, physical geography, and development around the world. Sustainability and sustainable development are discussed throughout the course as students learn about the trajectories of world regions.

    GEOG 210: Introduction to Oceanography

    Survey of the world ocean from an Earth System Science perspective. Examines the origin of the oceans, the global geography of contemporary oceans, and the spatial and temporal patterns of key properties such as temperature, salinity, and currents, among others. Examines life in the ocean and the role of oceans in climate and climate change.

    GEOG 305: The U.S.-Mexico Border

    Focuses on the economic, social, and cultural geography of the border region between the United States and Mexico. Overview of the U.S.-Mexico border as a whole as well as examination of selected border cities, industry and agriculture, the environment, labor, immigration, politics, and other issues.

    GEOG 310: Climate Change and Life in the Anthropocene

    Examines the physical basis of the climate system, including solar, atmospheric, biologic, and geologic evidence supporting our understanding of Earth’s past, present, and future climate cycles. 

    GEOG 311: Earth: The Habitable Planet

    Survey of the underlying physical, chemical, and biological principles and processes governing the interactions among Earth’s atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, biosphere, and lithosphere. Subjects include the role of the Sun in planetary energy balance and climate, the carbon cycle, oxygenation of the atmosphere, and climate change. Focuses on characteristics that make Earth a planet capable of supporting life.

    GEOG 320: Patterns of San Diego County

    The final report required students to identify sustainability measures taken at the assigned city.

    GEOG 341: Nature and Society in California

    This is a course on human-environment interactions, development and political-economy of California. Sustainability is discussed in sections on water and development, on food, and is often included in student research projects.  

    GEOG 350: Environmental Geography

    Examines how humans affect, manage, and conserve the environment at various spatial and temporal scales. Environmental problems (e.g., air, soil, and water pollution, deforestation, biodiversity loss, habitat degradation, resource extraction) are discussed to develop an understanding of the complex interactions between social and physical systems. Natural variation and interconnections in the Earth’s systems are described, as a means of evaluating human influences on these systems.

    GEOG 352: Environment, Development, and Sustainability

    Explores human-environment relationships in the context of sustainable development and global change. Engages with a number of historical and contemporary debates about geography, political economy/political ecology, and development to encourage consideration of the multiple dimensions of sustainability. 

    GEOG 365: Globalization and Trade

    How do we create a more sustainable economy? To answer this question , we examine what globalization looks like in various sectors and discuss the environmental, social, and economic issues raised by the current organization of world trade and production.

    GEOG 422: Urban Geography: Cities in Global Context

    Explores contemporary urban issues in less and more developed countries from a geographic perspective. Covers issues such as globalization in cities, social movements, gentrification and housing, mobility, transportation, poverty, employment and labor, health and sanitation, and the impacts of development and trade on cities.

    GEOG 450: Parks and Protected Areas

    Uses U.S. and international parks and protected areas to explore themes of human-environment interaction, sustainability, and conservation.

    GEOG 460: Food System and Emerging Markets 

    Sustainability is all over this course about the food systems and emerging trends in food which invariably involve efforts to develop alternatives to the industrial food systems. 

  • Global Business Management

    GBM 425: International Business Management

    Survey course to familiarize with what international business is, why it is important and how it affects business practice. Covers subjects such as the global environment, international trade, global marketing, global business strategy, foreign exchange and monetary policy issues, and international human resource management.

    GBM 440: International Travel Study 

    A field-based study of business management methods and issues in a particular country. The course focuses on understanding how environmental factors (e.g., political and economic systems, etc.) affect the management, marketing and overall business practices in selected countries.

  • Global Studies

    GBST 100: Intro to Global Studies

    The curriculum includes modules on human rights, global environmental issues and the global economic.

    GBST 300: Perspectives in Globalization

    Interdisciplinary survey of global issues including development, globalization, democratization, religion, culture, and the environment. Emphasis placed on varying disciplinary perspectives of global studies, including research methods used to answer questions within the field. Focuses on the nexus between local and global processes, the roles played by nations and non-governmental organizations in global affairs, and the interaction between economics, politics, and culture in the international system.

    GBST 301: Constructing Global Identity

    Addresses the meaning of global citizenship and its relationship to local, national, and ethnic/racial identities considered from a humanities perspective. Issues covered may include cosmopolitanism, humanitarianism, religion, cultural diasporas/migrations, class, gender, human rights, food, sports, and/or the ethics of travel and tourism.

  • Health and Science

    HSCI 200: Personal Health and Wellness

    Introduces the basic principles of health and wellness from a holistic perspective to enhance self-awareness and personal wellness behaviors. Subjects covered include mental, emotional, physical and socio-environmental dimensions of health, sexuality and relationships, nutrition and physical fitness, use and abuse of drugs, health care services and current health problems. 

  • History

    HIST 131: U.S. History 1877-Present

    A survey of the development and the changing historical interpretation of institutions and society in the United States from the end of Reconstruction to the present. 

    HIST 305: Early Industrial Britain, 1688-1850

    Charts the early economic transformation of Britain and its role in shaping issues of politics and constitutional forms; surrounding the developing of class, gender, and social relationships; framing questions of empire and imperial policy; and cultural and intellectual expression. 

    HIST 309: Ancient Middle East

    An overview of the social, political, and cultural developments of the civilizations of the ancient Middle East, including Mesopotamia (Sumer, Akkad, and Babylonia), Egypt, Israel, Phoenicia, Asia Minor, Assyria, and Persia, and the interactions among them. 

    HIST 319: Industrialization of Europe

    Economic growth and social change in 19th Century Europe. Analyzes the processes of industrialization and their relation to class formation, gender, and politics. 

    HIST 340: Environmental History of the United States

    Considers the complex relationship between humans and the natural environment in the United States. Specific subjects include: the Native American interaction with the environment, nature’s influence on European colonization, the role of natural resources in America’s national development, the human attempt to control nature in the industrial era, the emergence of conservation and preservationist movements at the end of the nineteenth century, and the development of current environmental issues and concerns over the course of the twentieth century.

  • Human Development

    HD 350: Health and Human Development 

    Includes health, education, housing and income disparities among various population: unequal access to resources, environmental implication for food production, economic disparates, racism, and public policies.

    HD 384: Social and Public Policy in Human Development

    A critical analysis of the contemporary and historical importance of social and public policies and their relevance to the development of health and human services programs. 

    HD 385: Ecological Systems Perspectives on Human Development

    Explores the dynamic nature of human development with special attention to the evolving human organism and the multiple systems that make up the individual’s environment.

  • Interdisciplinary Studies

    IS 170: Food Worlds: Studies in Nation Cuisines 

    Course that includes sustainability (is primarily focused on a topic other than sustainability, but incorporates a unit or module on sustainability challenge, includes one or more sustainability-focused activities or integrates sustainability issues throughout the course.)

    IS 495: CoBA Senior Experience 

    This course connects to all as the students' project was a sustainable business model for environmentally integrated products with social message.

  • Liberal Studies

    LBST 307: Children and the Environment

    Provides an interdisciplinary exploration of the environment and children. Students will engage in cross-disciplinary exploration of children’s rights, the development of children, childhood and socioeconomic conditions in developed and developing countries, the particular environmental health issues facing children, planning and sustainability, and children’s relation to wild and urban areas.

    LBST 362: Technology and Social Change

    Explores the impact technology has on our everyday life. The goal is to understand the complex, hidden relationships between science, technology, and culture.

  • Literature and Writing Studies

     LTWR 346: U.S. Environmental Literature

    Explores the U.S. literary and cultural history of the idea of nature. Focuses on the characteristic rhetorical strategies of environmental literature or nature writing - such as claims of spiritual connection and recreation, blending of description and celebration, and direct and indirect political argument. 

  • Nursing

     Nursing 352: Nursing Research 

    Exploration of health care research and application of evidence based practice to improve health care quality, accessibility, and safety.

    Nursing 440: Community Health Nursing 

    Health care within communities, non-hospital based care, is discussed in term of equatable care amongst all of the population and how it is distributed. Health disparities are discussed not only in terms of health care but holistically including all environmental factors surrounding all population related to health. 

    Nursing 445: Practicum: Community Oriented Nursing and Case Management

    Public Health (Com.Health) focus is on social justice, the environment and the impact on the economy. We visit families in different communities in their homes, we develop partnerships in the community, and we are teaching continually about healthy eating, lead levels, water purity, clean air, and a safe environment related to many aspects. 

    Nursing 447: Practicum: Community Health Nursing and Case Management 

    Public Health (Com.Health) focus is on social justice, the environment and the impact on the economy. We visit families in different communities in their homes, we develop partnerships in the community, and we are teaching continually about healthy eating, lead levels, water purity, clean air, and a safe environment related to many aspects.

    Nursing 450: Nursing Leadership and Professional Issues 

    Health care management across the continuum of care to include exploration of health care policy, politics economics, quality, safety, and accessibility. 

    Nursing 513: Biostatistics for Advance Nursing Practice 

    Students learn about the ethical conduct research, which includes the selection of the appropriate test statistic for a wide variety of research design. Incorrect selection leads to bad research, which is unethical (social justice), electronic data analysis of existing archival data and other data is examined including public and environmental health, and models are described that are used in finance (Cox hazard regression); therefore, although not the primary focus, students use in other facets of their lives. 

  • Philosophy

    PHIL 340: Ethics and the Environment

    A study of recent developments in the field of environmental ethics: Examines the moral and ethical status of the natural world. Environmental ethics is the attempt to think through issues such as: the proper place of human beings in nature, the extent of our moral and ethical obligations to the natural world, the ethical foundations of public environmental policy, the principles that govern environmental use and protection, and the legitimacy of various approaches to environmental advocacy.

    PHIL 342: Philosophy of Technology

    Exploration of technology and its complicated and essential role in the human experience. Approach encompasses several different philosophical directions including: metaphysical questions about the nature of technology, epistemological questions about our ability to understand technology, political and ethical questions about the uses and consequences of technology, and psychological questions about the influence and effect of technology on human life.

  • Political Science

    PSCI 321: Making Public Policy

    Analysis of the process of policy making in the United States, from problem identification through policy formulation, adoption, implementation and evaluation of impact.

    PSCI 396: Green Planet Politics

    Environmental problems respect no political boundaries; their resolution depends on successful collaboration among political players at many levels. Analyzes how these political players - ranging from world leaders to grassroots activists - struggle to solve global environmental problems within both formal and informal political structures.

    PSCI 420: U.S. Environmental Policy

    Examination of the development and evolution of environmental policy in the United States. Emphasis on the various institutions, political leaders and social movements active in the creation and evolution of landmark environmental legislation and environmental policy. 

    PSCI 462: Resource Wars

    Provides comprehensive exposure to international debates/conflicts arising from global environmental decline and competition for scare and vital resources.

  • Psychology

    PSYC 338: Environmental Psychology 

    Focused is on "human behaviors associated with environmental problem" and "examines interventions designed to change human behavior such as conservation, public transportation, recycling, and environmental education. 

  • Public Health

    PH 501- Foundations in Public Health

    Introduces the five core public health disciplines: Health Services, Epidemiology, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Environmental Health, and Biostatistics.

    PH 506- Environmental Determinants of Health

    Provides an introduction to environmental factors affecting the health of communities.  Addresses current and emerging environmental health topics and challenges.  Primary focus is on biological, physical, and chemical determinants and exposures associated with human health.

    PH 516- Public Health Preparedness and Response

    Explores the role of public health in disasters and emergencies, including agents of terrorism, bioterrorism, and intentional mass threats.

    PH 517- Evolution of Public Health Biosecurity

    Overview of the global system of epidemic alert and response network, international public health security, and long-term preparedness and capacity-building as it relates to public health emergencies.

    PH 560- Principles of Global Humanitarian Emergencies

    Introduces the comprehensive nature of global public health preparedness and humanitarian response efforts for natural or human-made disasters. Includes the preparedness elements necessary for adequate responses to population shifts caused by natural and human-made disasters.

  • Sociology

    SOC 105: Introduction to Justice Studies

    An introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Justice Studies. Explores economic, social, and criminal justice issues by means of sociological, philosophical, and legal perspectives and methodologies.

    SOC 348: American Indian Communities

    An in-depth examination of American Indian communities, with special emphasis on Southern California Indian communities. Students will understand contemporary issues and concerns facing American Indians today. 

    SOC 350: Imagining Indians: American Indians, Mass Media, Film, and Society

    Provides students with a critical analysis and deeper understanding of American Indian cultures at the intersection of the Mass Media.

    SOC 370: American Indian Women and Activism

    Examines the roles of American Indian women in politics, social work, academia, business, environmental, health issues, culture and community.

    SOC 400: Contemporary American Indian Health and Wellness

    Examines American Indian/Alaskan Native (AIAN) health and wellness from a contemporary public and community health/epidemiologic perspective. 

    SOC 439: Social Justice and the Environment

    Explores contemporary issues in society raised by environmental activists and scholars. Upon completion of the course, students will recognize the importance of the environment and environmental issues for our understanding of issues of justice in society.

  • Social Work

    SW 540: Social Work Field Seminar

    In the seminar Social Work issues such as Social Justice, Environmental Justice, stewardship and vitality
    are discussed in relationship to the student's experience at their internship/field placement.

    SW 630B: Advance Direct Practice 1 Individual/B 

    Focused more on the sustainability of the professional work workforce (which has poor retention rate and high rates of professional stress). However, this intersects with all three areas above. 

  • Visual Arts

    VSAR 301: Material and Themes of Contemporary Arts

    The courses addresses themes of art and some of these include social justice issues and as well environmental stewardship.

    VSAR 306: Video in the Community  Historical and Contemporary 

    Although the main curriculum topic is not focused on sustainability(and so I did not check the options above), the project challenges for students ranged from social justice to environmental stewardship. Students learn to create media projects that support the mission and efforts of non-profit organizations 

    VSAR 361: New Documentary Films 

    History, memory & social justice issued looked at globally though new documentary films.

    VSAR 404: Art and Web Design 

    Although the main curriculum topic is not focused on sustainability(and so I did not check the options above), the project challenges for students ranged from social justice to environmental stewardship.

  • Water Management

    *These courses are offered through Extended Learning*

     WTRM 401: Survey of Water Management Fundamentals and Practice in California

    Introduction to the water management industry in California.  Covers key concepts and terms of water planning and efficient use of resource development. 

    WTRM 421: Environmental Issues, Policies, and Regulations for Water Managers

    Examines federal, state, regional, local, and special district governance with respect to environmental water issues and policies that have been enacted and implemented with emphasis on the American West. 

  • Wildfire Science

    *These courses are offered through Extended Learning*

    FIRE 101: Wildland and Urban Interface

    Overview of the wildland urban interface (WUI), which is a complex mix of native and ornamental vegetation, agriculture, industrial, commercial, and residential areas.

    FIRE 351: Wildfire Law and Economics

    Discussion of major concepts in environmental laws, regulations, and policies related to land management, forestry, and urban growth. Reviews the evolution of natural resource and land use policy, with emphasis on the local, state, and federal government, and considers the role of science, law, and economics.

    FIRE 355: Land Use Planning and Community Resiliency

    Covers how to plan and design strong, fire resilient communities. Subjects include land use planning, resource management, homeland security, natural disasters, and wildfires. 

    FIRE 402: Fire Behavior, Fuels, and Resource Management

    Covers the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and analytical tools to understand and evaluate fire behavior prediction systems, with attention to assumptions, limitations, uncertainty, sensitivity, and probability. 

  • Women Studies

     WMST 300: Ecofeminism 

    Ecofeminism is a course that examines the many facets of environmentally focused feminism, or the study of ecology through a feminist lens. We study sustainability efforts in water, food, and energy management with a focus on women's experience.

    WMST 301: Gender, Race, and Class in Contemporary Societies 

    The main topic of this course is intersectionality, or the study of the various aspects of social identity. Students learn to analyze micro and macro social situations from a lens that focuses social justice and  awareness of all members of society.

    WMST 304: Ecofeminism

    Examines the intersections and collaborations of feminist and ecological thought.  The course examines the ways in which feminist movements have prioritized the environment, focused on relationships between humans and the natural world, and engaged a range of environmental issues.

    WMST 445: Gender and Development

    Gender analysis remains in the peripheries of development theory and practice despite evidence which suggests that "modernization" results in disparate outcomes for similarly situated women and men.