Courses

GES 101  Foundations of Environmental Sustainability  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Concepts, foundations, and metrics of global environmental sustainability applied to global challenges.
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Sections may be offered: Online.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

GES 120  Water Sustainability in the Western US  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Water and the sustainability of its use in the West. Historical perspectives on the development of water resources in the West. Exploration of the issues involved in meeting the needs for water by people, agriculture and wildlife. Impacts of important human and natural influences on the use and sustainability of water supplies in the West.
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Credit not allowed for both GES 120 and GES 180A4.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

GES 130  Introduction to Sustainability Engagement  Credit: 1 (1-0-0)

Course Description: Introduction to sustainability engagement via experiential learning.
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Undergraduate.
Registration Information: Written consent of instructor. Enrolled in Eco-leaders Peer Education Program.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: S/U Sat/Unsat Only.
Special Course Fee: No.

GES 135  Applied Community Sustainability  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Engaging with communities on real projects, teams of students develop workable solutions to problems related to food security, green infrastructure, urban wildlife conservation, and other sustainability topics. This course will be fully integrated with a writing course providing a complementary emphasis on values, ethics, meaning, critical thinking, writing, and speaking.
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Written consent of instructor. Must register for special section of CO 150 or CO 300. Credit not allowed for both GES 135 and GES 180A3.
Term Offered: Summer.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

GES 141  Introduction to Sustainable Energy  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Fossil, nuclear, and renewable energy sources. Energy conversion, distribution, and storage. Energy and the environment. Energy economics and policy.
Prerequisite: None.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

GES 192  Global Environmental Sustainability Seminar  Credits: 3 (0-0-0)

Course Description: Critical interconnections of global environmental sustainability, the environment, economics, and society.
Prerequisite: None.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

GES 330A  Sustainability in Practice: Project  Credits: 2 (1-0-1)

Course Description: Engages students in real-world sustainability applications and empowers them to design and execute their own program or research project. A) Project. B) Service Learning.
Prerequisite: GES 101 or GES 130.
Registration Information: Credit not allowed for both GES 330A and GES 330B.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Mode: S/U Sat/Unsat Only.
Special Course Fee: No.

GES 330B  Sustainability in Practice: Service Learning  Credits: 3 (1-0-2)

Course Description: Engages students in real-world sustainability applications and empowers them to design and execute their own program or research project. A) Project. B) Service Learning.
Prerequisite: GES 101 or GES 130.
Registration Information: Credit not allowed for both GES 330A and GES 330B.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Mode: S/U Sat/Unsat Only.
Special Course Fee: No.

GES 441  Analysis of Sustainable Energy Solutions  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Methods of evaluating sustainable energy technologies, including life cycle assessment, energy return on investment, technoeconomic analysis, and political ecology.
Prerequisite: GES 141.
Registration Information: Sophomore standing.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

GES 450  Global Sustainability and Health  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Impact of anthropogenic environmental change on human, animal and environmental health.
Prerequisite: GES 101.
Registration Information: Junior standing.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

GES 460  Law and Sustainability  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Introduction to the domestic and international laws that influence and interact with the implementation of sustainability in the U.S. and abroad.
Prerequisite: GES 101.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

GES 465  Sustainable Strategies for E-Waste Management  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Also Offered As: MSE 465.
Course Description: Trans-disciplinary overview of the electronics industry, with an emphasis on sources and impacts of e-waste on human & natural systems. Systems approaches to mitigating environmental and social impacts of electronics--from product design, materials and manufacture to use, re-use, recycle and disposal. Apply learnings in trans-disciplinary project teams to evaluate opportunities for improving the sustainability of the industry and its products.
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Junior standing. Sections may be offered: Online. Credit allowed for only one of the following: GES 465, GES 481A1, MSE 465, or MSE 481A1.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

GES 470  Applications of Environmental Sustainability  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Integration of the dimensions of global environmental sustainability--environment, society, and economy--through case studies and team project.
Prerequisite: GES 101.
Registration Information: Must have completed 12 credits of GES interdisciplinary minor; junior or senior standing. Sections may be offered: Online. Required field trips.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

GES 520  Issues in Global Environmental Sustainability  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Analysis of the different major dimensions/definitions of sustainability in current issues involving environmental, social and economic systems.
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Registration Information: Graduate standing. Sections may be offered: Online.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

GES 542  Biobased Fuels, Energy, and Chemicals  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Science and engineering aspects of biobased fuel, energy, and chemical production, including plant biology, thermochemical conversion, biomass deconstruction, fermentation, and biofuel properties. Aspects of sustainable production and economics will be discussed.
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Junior standing. Required field trips. Credit allowed for only one of the following: AGRI 601, ENGR 601, or GES 542.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.