Fort Lewis College Sustainability

Courses with a Sustainability Component

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Adventure Education Foundations of Adventure Education An introduction to the professional expectations, responsibilities and global opportunities in adventure education. Topics include the meaning of adventure education, clients and settings, the difference between personal recreation and professional preparation, environmental and social impacts, public land resources, and international trends. A weekend reflection/solo experience is included.

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Adventure Education Wilderness Expedition Professional practices of extended backcountry travel. Students plan, organize, and participate in a series of four to 14-day mountain, desert and/or river wilderness trips. Topics include Leave No Trace, menu planning, meal preparation, equipment use, expedition behavior, campsite selection, expedition technology, map and compass orienteering, route finding, and weather prediction. Students must have proper clothing and equipment for extended backcountry travel. Course that includes sustainability
Anthropology Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Cultural Survival Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) is an integrated body of spiritual and practical thought related to cultural ecological adaptation. We look at ways societies categorize TEK domains, including plants, animals, landscapes, and kin. We also examine the relationship of worldview and language to environment, as it is increasingly apparent that cultural survival and diversity directly relate to biological diversity. Course that includes sustainability
Anthropology Applied Anthropology Applied and practicing anthropologists directly serve the needs and interests of communities and organizations around the world. This course provides an introduction to the ways in which anthropology and anthropologists work toward finding solutions to real world problems. A case study approach provides the student with methods for seeing how social and environmental problems are defined, solutions generated, and outcomes evaluated. Course that includes sustainability
Anthropology Environmental Anthropology This course provides a comparative study of human-environment interactions, stressing the relationship between culture and the biophysical environment with focus on cultural adaptations. Implications for anthropological theory and contemporary social and environmental problems are investigated. Course that includes sustainability
Anthropology Anthropology of Gender An interdisciplinary examination of ways concepts about gender and sexuality order human cultural arrangements and affect access to resources, justice, and power. Our gaze begins with the archaeological record and continues to the lives of women and men across the globe today. Course that includes sustainability
Art and Design Crafts Topics Concerns about the toxicity of synthetic dyes and their waste have led both textile artists/artisans and leaders in the textile and garment industries to find sustainable approaches to the making and manufacture of their products. Over the last several years, sustainable processes using natural dyes, both plant and animal, have been developed, most notably by natural dye chemist, Michel Garcia, of Plantes Couleurs in Lauris, France. When the topic of Art & Designs Craft Topics is textile art, students learn how to create a range of colors using mordants that are safe and non-polluting, along with how to recycle mordants and dyes. They are also learn about the sustainability movement in fashion. Course that includes sustainability
Biology Ecological Sustainability This course will focus on understanding environmental systems and the science needed for sustainable solutions to current environmental issues.  People depend on energy, climate, land, air, fresh water, oceans and earth’s diversity – we will cover environmental issues related to each of these topics and conclude the term discussing whether a ‘good anthropocene’ is possible or desirable.  In the laboratory, students will plan and conduct ecological monitoring and apply these skills to an independent project they design. Sustainability course
Biology Modern Issues in Environmental Biology "The course is designed to help you understand how biological principles relate to issues in society and how they can inform your decisions and those made collectively by our community, our country and the world.  
Through this course you will be exposed to foundational knowledge in the biological and environmental sciences, the process of science, and the scientific method. "
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Biology Issues in Ecology This is a new course that is part of the new biology curriculum.  Principles of ecology will be discussed in the context of ecological issues, such as climate change, changing nutrient cycles, loss of predators. Course that includes sustainability
Biology Forest Ecology This course focuses on forest ecology with an emphasis on forests in southwestern Colorado.  Natural disturbances and management implications are discussed throughout the course.  Students interact with land managers and community partners.  This course reviews current scientific literature and includes hands on and critical thinking exercises to explore topics.
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Biology Ecology of the Southwest This course focuses on ecosystems in the Southwest and discusses diverse practices for management regarding natural and anthropogenic disturbances.   This course uses hands on and critical thinking excercises to explore topics. 
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Biology Conservation Biology An introduction to issues related to species and ecosystem preservation with particular reference to mechanisms of change and human impacts on the environment. This course will focus on biodiversity, habitat loss, species extinction, exotic species and their impacts, and opportunities for human intervention in alleviating trends in species loss and ecosystem degradation.
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Biology Soil and Environmental Health

Soil ecosystems are involved in many of our most pressing environmental health issues. Students who successfully complete this course will understand key concepts in soil structure, function, and management. Students will learn how soils can be analyzed and managed to address critical environmental health issues. Laboratory activities will provide hands on experience in soil analysis and remediation.


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Biology People and the Planet This course examines population growth, the availability of food and water and human-influenced environmental change, particularly global warming and ozone depletion, from various cultural perspectives. The current scientific understanding and policy responses to these issues are discussed. The concept of ÒsustainabilityÓ is introduced and examples of its application are presented. Course that includes sustainability
Business Administration/ Tourism and Hospitality Management Sustainable Tourism This advanced course provides a theoretical and practical understanding of sustainable tourism in developed and developing countries. The sustainable tourism movement is explored holistically in its application to the economic, environmental, and socio-cultural impacts of tourism.  Case studies and projects with real world application consider how more appropriate forms of tourism can minimize negative impacts of tourism for future generations. Sustainability course
Chemistry Environmental Chemistry Chemical terminology and models will be developed and applied to understanding the impacts of Homo sapiens on the natural world. Topics include natural ecosystems, anthropogenic influences on those ecosystems and application of fundamental chemical principles to our understanding of environmental issues. This is a chemistry course for people concerned about environmental issues but who are not Science majors.
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Economics Environment/Resource Economics A course using economic analysis to explain the underlying behavioral causes of environmental and natural resource problems and to evaluate the policy responses to them. Topics include air and water pollution, the allocation of renewable and exhaustible resources, and sustainable development. Course that includes sustainability
Engineering Alternative Energy Systems Basic principles, thermodynamics, and performance of alternative energy conversion technologies such as direct energy conversion (fuel cells, photovoltaics, magnetohydrodynamics), wind, solar, and biomass energy, non-combustion thermal sources (ocean gradients, geothermal and nuclear fusion), and non-conventional environmental energy sources (ocean tides and currents). Performance analysis and operating principles of systems and components, economic analysis for system design and operation also considered. Sustainability course
English Literature of the Environment This course is a survey of environmental literature that focuses on North America. This course includes both global and local (Southwestern) perspectives. It is designed to further studentsÕ understanding of the principles of interconnectedness and sustainability and how those principles have been presented both historically and in literature. Course that includes sustainability
Environmental Studies Introduction to Environmental Studies

Introduces students to interdisciplinary thinking and problem-solving in service to ecological sustainability and human well-being. By focusing on the interrelationships among science, technology, society and the arts, students explore a broad perspective of what it means for humans to affect, and be affected, by natural and built environments.


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Environmental Studies Senior Capstone Independent research course. Students analyze data and observations from either ENVS 410 or 495 into a senior thesis project, comprised of a paper, research poster, and oral presentation. Emphasis is on literature review, data analysis, and integrative work drawing together theory and research. Students are expected to take this course in their final semester.

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Environmental Studies Environmental Practicum A project-based team capstone course. Students work in teams on design and analysis of environmental problem-solving projects. Students are encouraged to practice specific research methodologies (e.g., interview, surveys, cost-benefit analysis, ecological field data collection, GIS, etc.) and/or incorporate community-based learning for this project. Students also practice skills of collaboration, peer review, and communication. The final deliverables of this course include a multi-media oral presentation and written paper that show a clear and concise identification of the problem and a structured, thorough approach to design, analysis, and pr Course that includes sustainability
Environmental Studies Ecological Medicine (Advanced Topics) Ecological medicine examines healing processes intrinsic to life in both ecosystems and the human body. This course introduces students to issues in environmental health and medical anthropology from an ecological perspective.  We build upon this knowledge by examining ways in which the health care system itself contributes to environmental degradation.  Students will learn about the Precautionary Principle, Health Care without Harm, and indigenous modes of healing that continue to be practiced within healthy ecosystems.  Contemporary approaches to ensuring that the healing process itself does not harm the environment will be scrutinized, providing students the ability to critically analyze and promote sustainable and earth friendly healing modalities.  Students will gain a dynamic understanding of the field, learning specific skills and strategies necessary to promote environmental restoration by developing and utilizing medical practices that do not add to the illnesses of humans or the planet. Course that includes sustainability
Environmental Studies Ecological Agriculture

This course immerses students in approaches to garden and farm management that are compatible with ecosystem function and environmental conservation. Ecological topics such as nutrient cycling, population dynamics, species interactions, and adaptation are analyzed from an agroecological perspective. This course integrates lectures, field trips to local farms, and work in the Environmental Center’s campus garden and covers specific horticultural techniques for soil quality, irrigation management, crop rotations, and integrated approaches to pest and weed management.

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Environmental Studies Political Ecology of Food This course examines controversies in contemporary food systems and connects them to the environment. Students assess topics such as genetically modified crops; the lives and working conditions of food and farm workers; food safety; and U.S. food and farm policy through a lens of Political Ecology. Students also compare and contrast social movements in food systems, such as Fair Trade, organics, vegetarianism, and locavorism. This class draws on multiple disciplines within the social sciences to examine how environment, policy, culture, society, and economics intersect to inform food system function. Course that includes sustainability
Environmental Studies Environmental Research Methods and Design Analysis of contemporary environmental theories and research methods from both qualitative and quantitative perspectives. Topics of emphasis include research design, techniques of data collection, research ethics, statistical analysis, interpretation, and critical reading of professional literature. Course that includes sustainability
Geology Earth Resources and the Environment

This course focuses on the geologic origins of natural resoures and the environmental impacts of natural resource exploitation in human societies around the world and throughout history.


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History U.S. Environmental History

This course explores environmental history of U.S. from failure of Jamestown, VA settlement (1607) through Manifest Destiny, westward expansion, and end of the frontier in 1890. Students learn about conservation and environmental movements and public land legislation, up to modern American issues of sustainability. Case studies will focus on environmental history on the Colorado Plateau.

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Philosophy Environmental Ethics This course explores what moral responsibilities humans may have to and for animals, plants, ecosystems, and other elements of the natural environment. Students will explore a variety of conceptual frameworks for examining issues in environmental ethics, such as anthropocentric ethics, biocentric ethics, land ethics, deep ecology and ecological feminism. Course that includes sustainability
Political Science Global Environmental Politics This course will apply International Relations theories to the study of global environmental issues. It introduces key environmental issues, and analyzes the causes and risks of global environmental change and responses to it. It also emphasizes the historical development of international environmental politics and agreements, examines phases in the development of environmental regimes, and critiques these regimes. Course that includes sustainability
Political Science/Environmental Studies Intro to Environmental Policy This introductory course examines the political and policy dimensions of environmental protection. Topics include ecology and normative assumptions; rationales for government intervention; political actors and institutions; policy analysis and change. The primary focus is domestic; coverage is expanded to assess global environmental issues, particularly in terms of cultural considerations; scientific determinants; and controversies related to risk assessment and scientific uncertainty. Course that includes sustainability
Political Science/Environmental Studies Water Politics and Policy A comprehensive overview of water politics and policy, including historical perceptions and development, Native Americans, ecology, and impending shortages. Focus is on the American West, yet international dimensions are included. Recurrent themes of misperception and misconstruction (both figurative and literal) will be evaluated. Ultimately, students will determine for themselves whether changes are necessary to prevailing water attitudes and uses. Course that includes sustainability
Psychology Compassion and Sterotyping This course is designed to introduce students to recent research and theoretical perspectives on compassion and mindfulness, as well as prejudice and discrimination. A major class component will be Common Ground facilitator training and Safe Zone ally training. We will focus on recognizing one's own biases, understanding the experience of discrimination, and actively working toward a more respectful environment. Sustainability course
Psychology Environmental Psychology

This course examines the relationship between human behavior and the environment in which it occurs. Both natural and built environments will be studied. Topics will include crowding, noise, climate, pollution, and disasters; aesthetics of place and landscape; the influence of historical period, culture and gender on perception of environment; cognitive mapping and wayfinding; territoriality and the psychology of environmentalism.


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Public Health Soils and Environmental Health Includes discussions of the theory and practice of sustainable soil fertility Course that includes sustainability
Public Health Environmental Risk Assessment Global ecosystems are subject to a multitude of stressors in the form of toxic substances that arise from human activity or from natural sources. Students who successfully complete this course will master foundational principles of ecological risk assessment including assessment planning, problem formulation, hazard identification, exposure assessment, risk analysis, and risk characterization. Course that includes sustainability
Sociology Ecology and Society Field School This course offers a field experience in the relationship between people and the land. Students will work on farms and in the U.S. National Forest. They will meet with Anglos, Hispanics, and Native Americans in rural communities. One week will be spent in the National Forest learning to identify wildlife and its habitat. Course that includes sustainability
Sociology Ecology and Society This course will examine environmental issues and the natural world from a cultural and socioeconomic perspective. It will attempt to study the ideas, conceptions, practices, and beliefs that relate people to the land and their collective environment. Finally, it will look at environmental concerns from the perspective of workers, minorities, and rural and urban communities both in America and worldwide. Course that includes sustainability
Sociology Worldviews and Ecology This course critically compares and contrasts indigenous and modern worldviews with respect to ecological systems. Issues of water and food as well as connections among humans, animals, nature, and place will be explored. Reciprocity and subsistence versus surplus production and possibilities for socio-ecological sustainability or collapse will be discussed. Course that includes sustainability


*All courses are undergraduate level.


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