Fort Lewis College Sustainability - Teaching

Courses with a Sustainability Component
Dept/Program Course Title* Description Classification
Adventure Education AE 201 - 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.

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Adventure Education AE 361 - Special Topics: Environmental & Ecological Education This course provides an introduction to environmental and ecological education (EEE), including a primer on some of the knowledge and skills required to design and deliver high quality, age-appropriate EEE for clients in adventure education (AE) settings. However, the EEE principles, methods, and strategies we’ll cover in this course will be applicable to educational settings other than AE, including general outdoor education, K-16 schools, and other non-formal educational settings. This course will also touch on four types of EEE – environmental interpretation and nature education; place-based education; conservation education; and education for sustainability – in addition to the philosophical beliefs and social issues driving these approaches to EEE. We’ll also host several guest presenters who work in EEE. Sustainability course
Adventure Education AE 361 - Special Topics: Wilderness Therapy In this course, we will expand your knowledge of wilderness therapy (WT), primarily through the perspective of a "field guide." This term, which some of you may know about already, is common to the WT industry, and is different from the way it's used in the outdoor recreation industry. As you'll learn, field guides are professional staff (many of whom possess a BA/BS) who work directly with clients on a day-to-day basis. Given the nature of WT, they wear and perform many hats, working as teachers, group facilitators, counselors, and wilderness guides, to name just a few. This will occur through exposure to both the "soft" skills (e.g., validation, reflective listening, naming emotions, and rapport building) and "hard" or technical skills (e.g., backpacking, fire making, crafts, etc.) commonly associated with WT - required of successful field guides, and which students (clients) come to develop too (at least in theory). This course will also expose you to the power of the wilderness to heal and transform people, different career opportunities in WT, and what it's like to make challenging choices in difficult situations, which therapeutic settings like WT often pose for staff. Course that includes sustainability
Adventure Education AE 361 - Special Topics: Social Justice Issues This seminar-style course explores the moral imperative to advance justice, promote fairness, and foster inclusion in and through adventure education. To this end, we will study the nature and consequences of social exclusion and oppression; the frequently invisible role of bias, power, and privilege in human relations; what makes us different and unique (in terms of how we see ourselves and others, and others see us); and those parts of us that evoke hope in our common humanity and celebrate diversity as an asset. Whenever possible, we will also explore ways to apply what we learn and discuss (in the abstract) to our practice as outdoor and adventure educators. Sustainability course
Adventure Education AE 101 - 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. Course that includes sustainability
Anthropology ANTH 212 - Introduction to 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 ANTH 356 - 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. Sustainability course
Biology BIO 110 - Modern Issues in Environmental Biology An introductory biology course providing the non-science major with a comprehensive view of modern biology, especially how it affects man. Concepts of scientific method will be covered in this course to give the non-major a feeling for processes that are carried out in biological research. Course that includes sustainability
Biology BIO 125 - 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. Sustainability course
Biology BIO 245 - Issues in Ecology This course will review key concepts of ecology in the context of four major themes: climate change, trophic interactions, altered disturbance regimes, and anthropogenic alteration of element cycles. Course that includes sustainability
Biology BIO 250 – Ecology of the Southwest This course provides an understanding of the scientific method by investigating the ecology of the Southwest. Through field trips and research projects, students learn to recognize major plant and animal species and ecological factors that limit species distribution and abundance. Lectures and readings provide insights into major ecological processes, e.g., population growth, food webs and natural disturbances. Course that includes sustainability
Biology BIO 435 - Advanced Topics in Ecology This course will cover topics at the forefront of Ecology. Labs will utilize modern techniques to evaluate questions related to these topics. Topics could include Advanced Statistical Modeling in Ecological Studies, Disease Ecology, Ecological Sustainability, Forest Ecology: The Dynamics of Change, Molecular Ecology, and Winter Ecology. Course that includes sustainability
Biology BIO 437 - Advanced Topics in Ecology This course will cover topics at the forefront of Ecology. Labs will utilize modern techniques to evaluate questions related to these topics. Topics could include Advanced Statistical Modeling in Ecological Studies, Disease Ecology, Ecological Sustainability, Forest Ecology: The Dynamics of Change, Molecular Ecology, and Winter Ecology. Course that includes sustainability
Biology PH 205 - Environmental Health This course will present major environmental health factors and issues related to public and community health. The course will present multiple aspects of the topics, including policy, industry, medical, community, and individual perspectives.
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Biology PH 333 - 
Environmental Public Health II
Students who successfully complete this course will master foundational principles of environmental public health risk assessment. Case studies will focus on health risks arising in soil, air, and water.
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Biology PH 335 - 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 PH 444 - Environmental Health Investigations

The practice of environmental health involves investigating, measuring, and monitoring health and safety issues in a variety of natural and human environments. Students who successfully complete this course will master foundational concepts in environmental health investigations by using a variety of instrumentation and equipment in lab and field investigations.

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Business Administration BA 303 - Perspectives International Business 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. Course that includes sustainability
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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