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Sustainability INTRODUCTION

Recognized increasingly for its commitment to renewable energy, sustainable food production, and student engagement in a range of environmental initiatives, Mercyhurst University offers a B.A. in Sustainability Studies, Sustainability Studies concentrations in Chemistry and Biology, and a one year post-Baccalaureate certificate in Sustainability Studies. Whether minoring or majoring in Sustainability, students will take courses in variety of academic disciplines that contribute courses to the program. However they structure their degree, students confront through an array of disciplines the immense environmental challenges that increasingly shape our world. They are also challenged to develop solutions to issues involving energy, climate change, land use and food production, sustainable economic development, green building design, and more. Based on the Erie campus, students in the program are increasingly engaged in experiential learning projects and activities at our North East campus aimed at preparing them for positions in a broad range of fields upon graduation. An overall minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for graduation with a degree in Sustainability Studies. For more information, contact Dr. Chris Magoc (History) or Dr. Michael Campbell (Biology).

RLST 375 SUST 102 SUST 104 SUST 300 SUST 399 SUST 475

Religion and the Environment 3 credits Water Resources and Conservation 3 credits Sustainable Organic Gardening 3 credits Special Topics in Sustainability 3 credits Independent Study in Sustainability 3 credits Internship in Sustainability

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS SUST 105. Introduction to Sustainability Studies This is an interdisciplinary, team-taught course that provides students with an introduction to theories, principles, and strategies concerning the challenge of living more environmentally responsibly. Students wrestle with one of the paramount questions of our age: how do we live in ways that ensure the restoration and protection of the natural world, upon which a more secure and just future for the global community depends? This course will present students with ideas and issues related to sustainable development from a number of disciplinary perspectives, including ethics, the natural sciences, economics, and the social sciences. 3 credits.

SUST 210. Responding to Climate Change This course engages students in practical activities that COURSES REQUIRED model responsible actions to address climate change. SUST 105 Introduction to Introductory lectures will provide an overview of the Sustainability Studies 3 credits scientific basis of human-induced climate change, SUST 210 Responding to Climate Change 3 credits the history of human response to climate change (in a deep time perspective), and the efficacy of modern ELECTIVES approaches to mitigation and adaptation. Most of CHOOSE ANY ADDITIONAL 9 COURSES FOR THE MAJOR, the class periods will focus on the processes involved 4 FOR THE MINOR in conducting a greenhouse gas inventory and ENVS 100 Environmental Problem Solving 3 credits advancing a climate action plan for an organization, ENVS 101 Environmental Problem using Mercyhurst’s programs as the working models. Solving Lab 1 credit The course will include a service component whereby SCI 170 Energy Science 3 credits students working in groups will help an organization SCI 171 Energy Science Lab 1 credit in the community to initiate climate change response BIO 146 Ecology and Evolutionary activities. 3 credits. Biology of Organisms 3 credits BIO 147 Ecology and Evolutionary SUST 305. Foundations of Sustainability Biology Lab 1 credit Designed for upper level students interested in BIO 290 Environmental Physiology 3 credits focusing their studies in the area of sustainability, BIO 292 Field Ecology 3 credits this course will explore the theories, principles and BIO 293 Field Ecology Lab 1 credit strategies concerning the challenge of living more BIO 410 Microbial Ecology 3 credits environmentally responsibly. This course will explore BIO 411 Microbial Ecology Lab 1 credit in depth the issues related to sustainable development BIO 424 Restoration Ecology 3 credits from different disciplinary perspectives. 3 credits. GEOL 100 Physical Geology 3 credits GEOL 102 Physical Geology Lab 1 credit ANTH 301 Origins of Food Production 3 credits ANTH/BIO 216 Plants and People 3 credits ECON 260 Environmental Economics and Policy 3 credits ID 231 Human Factors Design 3 credits HIST 229 Environmental History of U.S. 3 credits SOC 342 Human Needs and Global Problem Solving 3 credits POLI 195 Environmental Politics 3 credits POLI 321 Environmental Law 3 credits ENG 328 Special Topics in Literature 3 credits

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