Sustainability Courses Offered at Colby

2009-2011
An inventory of two academic years of sustainability-focused and sustainability-related courses was completed in May 2011. Courses cross-listed in more than one department are listed in each department.

Sustainability is defined as the ability to meet society’s current needs without compromising the environmental health and needs of future generations. It is a prudent approach to resource use that recognizes the interconnectedness of social, economic, and environmental systems and earth’s finite capacity to satisfy human needs and desires. 

Sustainability-focused courses explore obstacles to maintaining the integrity of the earth’s social, economic, and environmental systems as the central topic of the course and look for interdisciplinary solutions to meet these challenges.

Sustainability-related courses may explore topics other than sustainability as the central focus, but integrate and emphasize a sustainability concept or issue as a distinct unit or subunit within the course.

The list below also is available as a PDF (49K).

Sustainability-focused Courses By Department


Anthropology


AY298B Culture, Power and International Development

Biology


BI118 Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
BI131 Biodiversity (also ES131)
BI197B Introduction to Marine Ecosystems
BI271 Introduction to Ecology (also ES271)
BI319 Conservation Biology (also ES319)
BI352 Advanced and Applied Ecology (also ES352)
BI358 Ecological Field Study (also ES358)
BI398 Aquatic Ecology
BI402 Seminar: Sustainable Agriculture
BI493 Problems in Environmental Science (also ES493)


Chemistry

CH491 Independent Study: Environmental Chemistry
CH492 Independent Study: Environmental Chemistry


Economics


EC231 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics (also ES231)
EC341 Natural Resource Economics
EC479 Wealth & Poverty of Nations

Education


ED316 Education, the Environment and Social Justice
ED492 Independent Study: Environmental Education

Environmental Studies


ES118 Environment and Society
ES126 Environmental Activism
ES131 Biodiversity (also BI131)
ES197A Climate Change and the Oceans
ES215 Weather, Climate and Society (also ST215)
ES231 Environmental & Natural Resource Economics (also EC231)
ES233 Environmental Policy
ES235 International Environmental Human Rights
ES236 Tropical Forests and Sustainable Development
ES268 Hazardous Waste and Environmental Justice
ES271 Introduction to Ecology (also BI271)
ES297B Sustainable Development
ES297D Marine Ecosystem Response to Climate Change
ES298B Environmental Ethics (also PL298)
ES319 Conservation Biology (also BI319)
ES328 Radical Ecologies (also PL328)
ES334 International Environmental Regimes (also GO334)
ES336 Endangered Species Conservation
ES339 Development, Trade and the Environment (also GO339)
ES340 Conflict, Cooperation, and the Environment (also GO340)
ES341 Environmental Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (also GO341)
ES351 Advanced and Applied Ecology (also BI352)
ES358 Ecological Field Study (also BI358)
ES493 Environmental Policy Practicum
ES494 Problems in Environmental Science (also BI493)

Geology


GE298 Altered States: Earth’s Climate

Government


GO334 International Environmental Regimes (also ES 334)
GO339 Development, Trade and the Environment (also ES339)
GO340 Conflict, Cooperation, and the Environment (also ES340)
GO341 Environmental Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (also ES341)
GO454 Seminar: Politics of Development: State, Society, and Markets

History


HI498B 20th Century Environmental History

Philosophy


PL126 Philosophy and the Environment
PL298 Environmental Ethics (also ES298B)
PL328 Radical Ecologies (also ES328)
PL397 The Unfinished Animal

Science, Technology, and Society


ST197A World Environmental History of the 20th Century
ST215 Weather, Climate, and Society (also ES215)
ST358 Climbing the Oil Peak
ST397 Research Seminar: Carbon Dioxide

 

Sustainability-related Courses by Department


Anthropology


AY112 Cultural Anthropology
AY197 Societies and Ecologies: Topics in Environment and Anthropology
AY236 Illegal Drugs, Law, and the State
AY297A Globalizing Africa
AT474 Anthropology and Public Engagement

Biology


BI129 Islands and Evolution
BI133 Microorganisms and Society
BI164 Evolution and Diversity
BI197B Introduction to Marine Ecosystems
BI297 Fisheries Ecology and Management
BI354 Marine Ecology
BI401 Biology Seminar: Applied & Environmental Microbiology

Chemistry


CH217 Environmental Chemistry (also ES217)
CH483 Honors Research: Environmental Chemistry
CH484 Honors Research: Environmental Chemistry

East Asian Studies


EA353 Globalization and Human Rights in China

Economics


EC133 Principles of Microeconomics
EC214 Economic Policy and Performance in Contemporary Latin America
EC271 International Economic Integration
EC298 Energy Economics
EC335 Economic Development
EC398 Economic Growth
EC498 Energy Economics and Policy

Education

ED242 History & Philosophy of Progressive Education
ED322 Social Class & Schooling
ED351 Practicum in Education: Environmental Education
ED355 Social Justice Practicum

English


EN297 Postcolonial Pastoral: Ecology, Travel, and Writing

Environmental Studies


ES212 Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing
ES217 Environmental Chemistry (also CH217)
ES266 The Environment and Human Health
ES297A Global Health and the Environment
ES298A History of American Environmental Policy
ES398B World Religions & the Environment
ES401 Environmental Studies Colloquium
ES402 Environmental Studies Colloquium (semester 2)

Geology


GE141 Earth and Environment
GE142 Deciphering Earth History
GE251 Record of Life on Earth
GE279 Geology and Natural History of Bermuda

Government


GO131 Introduction to International Relations
GO333 Globalization and Social Innovation

History


HI246 Luddite Rantings: A Historical Critique of Big Technology
HI364 Environmental and Health History of Africa
HI394 Ecological History

Mathematics and Statistics

MA306 Topics in Epidemiology (previously MA398)
MA311 Ordinary Differential Equations
MA372 Mathematical Modeling

Physics


PH115 The Shadow of the Bomb

Philosophy


PL174 Philosophical Anthropology
PL318 Philosophy of Nature

Sociology


SO131 Principles of Sociology
SO259 Activism and Social Movements
SO297 Health and Medicine
SO352 American Critics of American Society
SO493 Senior Seminar: Urban Sociology

Science, Technology, and Society


ST112 Science, Technology, and Society
ST253 Energy, Power and the American Century 1901-2001
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