Sustainability, climate change, and the ecosystem are among the most important areas in which you will work.

GenEd Requirement Abbreviations

SS - Social & Behavioral Sciences
HUM - Humanities & The Arts
WCC - Western/Comparitive Cultures

NW - Non-Western Cultures
US - US Minority Cultures
LibEd - Liberal Education

All courses listed can be used for Free Electives.
Outstanding instructors are from the List of Teachers Ranked As Excellent.

Course # Course Name Instructor Satisfies Hours
ATMS 120

Severe and Hazardous Weather

Most extreme manifestations of weather and climate are analyzed in terms of their physical basis and their historical, economic and human consequences. Emphasis is placed on the interplay between technological advances, the evolution of meteorology as a science, and the impacts of extreme weather (winter storms, floods, severe thunderstorms, hurricanes, El Nino). Technological advances include satellites, weather radars and profilers, and computer models used for weather prediction.

Eric Snodgrass’s online version of ATMS 120 was awarded 2012 “Best Online Course” from the University Professional Continuing Education Association.

Eric Snodgrass, Recipient of LAS Teaching Excellence award and the CampusTeaching Excellence Award


ENG 498

Sustainable Technology: Environmental and Social Impacts of Innovations

This class introduces the environmental and social impacts associated with technology at each stage of the product life cycle (design, manufacture, consumption, and disposal/recovery). Electronic products will be used as a case study and provide the framework for discussion of complex legal, economic, social, and environmental considerations.

Same as TE 498

Brian Lilly

May need to request permission to have this course fulfill LibEd requirement.


ENSU 310

Renewable and Alternative Energy

Fossil fuel supplies are finite and growing energy demands of an ever increasing population will quickly deplete these reservoirs. Focuses on the use and availability of renewable and alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, bio-fuels, ethanol, geothermal and nuclear power as well as the impacts of using these alternative energy sources on climate, society and the global economy. Students will develop the student's perspective on human energy consumption at all scales through a complete scale analysis of energy production and consumption from the individual to the national government to the world economy.

Eric Snodgrass, Recipient of LAS Teaching Excellence award and the Campus Teaching Excellence Award


ENVS 210

Environmental Economics

Economic issues surrounding environmental quality, including: costs and benefits of environmental protection; economics of environmental policies (such as those dealing with toxics, water, and air pollution, and municipal solid waste); and economics of international environmental problems (such as ozone depletion and climate change). Same as ECON 210, ENVS 210, NRES 210, and UP 210.

SS, LibEd


ENVS 336

Tomorrow's Environment

Introduction to interdisciplinary methods of analysis of environmental problems in a finite world; examination of the concept of the limits to growth; development of a working understanding of natural systems and environmental economics; and examination of various management strategies (technical, economic, and social) that can be used to improve environmental quality. Same as CHLH 336, and ENVS 336. Pre-req: One course in the life sciences and one course in the social sciences, or consent of instructor.



ESE 210

Contemporary Social and Environmental Problems

Geographic perspectives on contemporary national and international problems. Topics vary each term and include such themes as environmental quality, food production, urban problems, particular social and political conflicts.

Same as GEOG 210

SS, LibEd (for GEOG 210)


GEOL 107


Introduces Earth phenomena and processes. Includes minerals and rocks, continental drift, plate tectonics, rock deformation, igneous and sedimentary processes, geologic time, landscape evolution, internal structure and composition of the earth, groundwater, seismology and earthquakes, and formation of natural resources. Emphasizes the chemical and physical aspects of the Earth, and the basis for geological inference. Field trip and field trip fee required. Intended for science and science-oriented students. Credit is not given for both GEOL 107 and GEOL 100, GEOL 101 or GEOL 103.



HIST 202

American Environmental History

Introduction to the historical study of Americans' relationship with the natural world. Examination of the ways that "natural" forces have helped to shape American history; the ways that human beings have shaped, altered, and interacted with nature over time; and the ways that cultural, philosophical, scientific, and political attitudes toward the environmental have changed from pre-history to the present. Same as ESE 202 and NRES 202.

WCC, LibEd