The UMass School of Earth & Sustainability is proud to offer undergraduate and graduate students a diversity of introductory and upper-level courses across multiple departments. Below is a sample of courses that will be offered within SES during the Fall 2021 semester.  A full catalog of courses can be found in SPIRE and you can search for other sustainability courses ("GRN") under Class Attributes.

Building & Construction Technology (BCT)

150 Sustainability in the Built Environment — Ben Weil

This course explores the issues of sustainability from the perspective of the built environment, our history of construction and expansion, and buildings and how they interact with the natural environment. Students will be exposed to issues of human impacts on natural systems through the built environment and the variety of disciplines that are working to create a more sustainable future.

211 Energy Efficient Housing — Ben Weil

Energy conservation in contemporary residential construction. Emphasis on: energy efficient building materials, products and construction technology; alternative energy sources; passive solar design; environmental concerns, regulatory issues and building codes.

492C/ ECO 692C Sustainable Building System Seminar — L Carl Fiocchi

The course serves as a dynamic sampling of the multiple disciplines necessary to create or modify the Built Environment. Discussions based on lectures presented by various educators, researchers, and practitioners; experts in their fields will provide students with a broadened perspective, which will help foster critical thinking and provide a more expansive view of the Built Environment.

520 Energy and Buildings — L Carl Fiocchi

An introduction to building energy use focusing on the minimization of energy costs and dependence on non-renewable fossil fuel sources through the implementation both time honored passive design strategies and effective building envelope construction practices. The course also introduces students to the fundamentals of building system loads and building annual energy consumption calculations providing the necessary metricized evaluation of a building's energy and associated climate impacts in relation to other buildings of similar types and program in similar climates.

525 Solar Energy Systems and Building Design — Ho-Sung Kim

Introduces the fundamental concepts of solar building design and energy systems. Through project-based study and occasional field visits, students will explore the theory, technologies, applications, and benefits of solar design of buildings and discover how to utilize solar energy systems for residential and commercial buildings.

597Q Solving for Carbon Neutrality with High Performance Buildings — Paul Wolff

There is no better way to learn and deeply understand sustainability in the built environment than to experience this as a part of a real project.  This course explores the concept of using living labs to accelerate innovation in the realm of low carbon approaches to buildings, materials, technologies, policies and ways of living.

Multi-disciplinary teams will work together to solve problems faced by local and global organizations. Students receive academic credit and real-world experience while the community benefits from technology and policy-based solutions in the built environment. Open to all majors.

Environmental Conservation (ECO)

610 Offshore Wind Energy – Technology, Resources, Grid Integration, and Trends — Dwayne Breger 

Offshore wind farms are engineering projects, and it is vital for all professionals who work in the wind energy industry to have an understanding of the underlying science and engineering considerations which drive the siting of offshore wind farms. This course is designed for students without an engineering or scientific background, but provides the engineering context and basic scientific concepts to explain, among other things, the sources of wind energy, how wind turbines work, and why wind farms are sited where they are. The on-line course will consist of recorded lectures with slides, assigned readings, problem sets, and two exams. Students will engage with the instructor and fellow students through robust on-line discussion sessions and postings.

675 Ecological Economics & Sustainability — Timothy Randhir

Course aims to study advanced topics in ecological economics and sustainability. Students will be exposed to selected topics in the field through in-depth review and publishable reporting.

691E Seminar- Ecological Responses to Climate Change — Toni Lyn Morelli

This seminar will discuss recent and emerging topics of how climate change is impacting fish, wildlife and related natural resources. Students will become familiar with the latest literature and scientific approaches on ecological responses to climate change as well as management, conservation and adaptation strategies being implemented to decrease risk and vulnerability to climate and interactive stressors. Potential topics include climate niche, distribution and occupancy modeling, field surveys, and other techniques used to collect and analyze species responses to changing environmental conditions in terrestrial, aquatic and ocean ecosystems. This is a discussion based class; topics will be selected based on the specific interests of participants.

692C/BCT 492C Sustainable Building System Seminar — L Carl Fiocchi

The course serves as a dynamic sampling of the multiple disciplines necessary to create or modify the Built Environment. Discussions based on lectures presented by various educators, researchers, and practitioners; experts in their fields will provide students with a broadened perspective, which will help foster critical thinking and provide a more expansive view of the Built Environment.

697CL Diversity/Inclusion/Pedagogy — Forrest Bowlick

This seminar will review domain literature concerning best practices in diversity, inclusion, and pedagogy, while connecting these topics to workplace and classroom experiences. Starting with core literature and examples from geosciences, geology, geography and elsewhere, students will engage in critical discussion of how race, gender, class and other identities have been marginalized in these fields. Through conversations, reflections, and participatory actions, this course will explore current issues and consider how to create an equitable landscape moving forward.

697DL Sustainable Building & LEED Certification — Paul Wolff

The LEED Professional Credentials indicate professional excellence and a strong depth of knowledge as well as practical understanding of the LEED Rating Systems and how they apply to the high-performance design and construction of the built environment. Preparing to take the LEED Green Associate and AP exams requires more than taking one course; it is a process that involves acquisition of disciplinary knowledge and understanding of complex building and environmental systems. This course introduces core concepts of the USGBC LEED Rating Systems and assists students with study and preparation for the LEED Green Associate exam.
Environmental Science.

697EE Inclusive Teaching and Leadership in the Natural Sciences — Meghan MacLean

This course is designed to help set you up for success as a leader in your chosen area of expertise after graduation, all with a focus on how we can lead in ways that are more inclusive and promote equity.  We will explore topics ranging from classroom and meeting management to developing teaching and/or research group philosophies, from mentoring to objective setting and assessment strategies.  The purpose of this course is to help you prepare for a future job as a faculty, researcher, or professional, and how you can advance the inclusion of marginalized communities in the sciences.

Environmental Sciences (ENVIRSCI)

213 Introduction to Environmental Policy — Anita Milman

An overview of the environmental policy process covering the roles of major players at community, state, and federal levels, and emphasizing the role of environmental science. Covers the major environmental laws and recent amendments, the role of policy analysis, and international environmental policy.

364/564 H Environmental Soil Science — Deborah Henson

Introduction to physical, chemical, and biological properties of soil with emphasis on environmental science and natural resource applications.  Soil's natural role in biome structure, nutrient cycling, water purification, and carbon storage will be explored.  Processes important to soil and groundwater pollution (subsurface movement, attenuation, and remediation) will be discussed.  Special attention given to wetland soil processes and the identification of hydric soils in the landscape.  Some out-of-class field exercises are required.

575 Environmental Soil Chemistry — Baoshan Xing

The course describes fundamental chemical concepts/processes in soils such as precipitation/dissolution, ion exchange, redox reactions, partitioning and adsorption, ion speciation, and the nature of soil minerals and organic matter. These concepts and computer models are used to examine some current environmental, agricultural and engineering problems. The course also addresses how the chemical processes affect fate, transport, and availability of conventional pollutants and contaminants of emerging concerns (e.g., antibiotics and nanomaterials) and nutrients in soils and other related terrestrial environments. Problem sets, quizzes, midterm, and final, scholarly review. Prerequisites: CHEM 111 & 112, PLSOIL 105 or consent of instructor. Also cross-listed as STOCKSCH 575.

587 Phyto/Bioremediation — Om Parkash Dhankher

This course will cover the various aspects of phytoremediation - the use of plants (both natural hyper-accumulators and transgenic) and their associated microbes with the purpose of environmental clean-up of contaminated soil, sediments and water. Various strategies for phytoremediation of a wide range of toxic pollutants, both organic and elemental, with a special emphasis on toxic metals will be discussed.

Geography (GEOGRAPH)

102 Diversity, Globalization, and Sustainability: Introduction to Human Geography — Theodore White/Toby Applegate

A wide-ranging introduction to the ways people shape the world they live in. We will study the themes and concepts of human geography through the current issues and large questions which guide them. Lectures and reading will focus on the geographic aspects of cultural diversity, population issues, states vs. nations, the global economy, development, urbanization and the human transformation of the earth. We will cover major subdivisions of human geography including cultural geography, population geography, economic geography, social geography, urban geography and political geography. (Gen.Ed. SB, DG)

110 Global Environmental Change — Steven Petsch

The natural relationships between the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and lithosphere; human impact on the natural environment. Global environmental issues: global warming, sea-level rise, and ozone depletion in the stratosphere. Global changes of the past also studied to give perspective to forecasted changes. Includes writing exercises. (Gen.Ed. PS)

200 Geography of US and Canada — Jacob Chamberlain

This course provides a survey of the geography of US and Canada, starting with core integrative themes and methods of analysis, and then moving into a region-by-region overview. Special emphasis will be on historical development, environmental change and sustainability, and the diversity of peoples and cultures and their relationships with landscapes and each other. Short of literally traveling the continent, the class aims to immerse you in the images, sounds, data, and experiences of places, regions, and people's lives, so they come to life. Every week you will have at least one movie and/or Google Earth exercise that virtually transports you to a new location of study. You'll take different perspectives, try out new skills, dive into data, and think critically. Most weeks you will write reflectively about a movie, Google Earth exercise, and/or experience. (Gen. Ed. SB, DU)

220 World Regional Geography — Toby Applegate

Survey of world physical and human geography, highlighting regional diversity and variation in globalization processes and outcomes. Introduces geographical theories, concepts, and methods while exploring nine major world regions. (GenEd SB, DG)

354 Climate Dynamics — Michael Rawlins

This course examines fundamentals of the earth’s energy balance, the general circulation of the atmosphere and oceans, and the hydrological cycle. It explores the physical basis behind climate change and its effects on society. By the completion of this course students will understand the origin, composition, and structure of the atmosphere and oceans. The course is divided into a series of concept modules and associated learning objectives that are observable and measurable. By completion students will have improved their ability to analyze statistical data and gained skills in the interpretation and creation of multivariate graphs. They will be proficient in communicating new research findings on climate variability and change to diverse audiences.
Prerequisites: GEOG-110 and PHY-131. Lecture; 3 credits.

397S/697S Environmental Geography and Sustainability — Britt Crow-Miller

This course provides a critical exploration of the fundamental interrelations among human systems and the natural environment. We take as our focus a handful of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to examine the two-way interplay between environmental factors and issues related to poverty, hunger and food systems, gender equality, urbanization, inequality, and economic and socio-cultural change. The course enables students to consider major challenges related to the environment and sustainability at multiple scales, from the local and regional to the global..

493D: Critical Approaches to Development — Eric Thomas

Development is a concept at the foreground of how we think about others.  This course provides a critical introduction to theories and strategies of development as they have been applied in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.  Taking a cultural and historical perspective, we examine not only the economic dimension of development programs, but also the worldview embedded in these programs and how this shapes international relations and how we see “the other.”  We will examine salient critiques of development and explore some of the alternative ideas about human economic and social progress that have emerged in the last several decades.


101 The Earth — Bill Clement

Nature and origin of the earth; volcanism; minerals and rocks; earthquakes; plate tectonics; mountain belts; geologic time scales; wave, river, glacial, and wind action in the modification of landscape and atmosphere; the asteroid impact hypotheses; the genesis of non-renewable resources, the geologic basis for environmental decision making. Field excursions. (Gen.Ed. PS). There is also an Honors section Geol H101.

103 Intro Oceanography — Jonathan Woodruff

The natural processes of the ocean, including earthquakes and volcanoes, the hydrologic cycle and weather, ocean circulation and the global energy balance, the carbon cycle and productivity, biodi-versity and marine food webs, coastal dynamics. Also, global warming, sea-level rise, environmental degradation and the ocean system response to human activity and global change. Interactive class sessions, with considerable participation by students in problem solving, discussions, and demonstrations. Exams and grades based on teamwork as well as on individual performance. Students needing or wanting a laboratory component may register for GEO-SCI 131.  (Gen.Ed. PS)

131 Experiencing Geology

A practical approach to the Earth in the laboratory and field. Understanding rocks and minerals, reading topographic and geologic maps, investigating the geologic history of the Connecticut Valley, measuring stream flow and water quality. Prerequisite: GEO-SCI 100 or 101 or 103 or 105 or 285; may be taken concurrently.

197A Introduction to Physical Geology — Bill Clement

494LI Living on Earth: Real World — Martin Medina

In this course, students take advantage of the breadth of their shared experiences in the Geosciences Department from human dimensions to physical sciences, drawing from geography, earth systems science and geology. The platform of the course examines the most pressing problem within Earth Sciences, anthropogenic climate change, incorporating the themes of Water, Air, Energy, and Sustainability.

497S Soil Erosion in Agricultural Landscapes — Isaac Larsen

"To enroll, students must be enrolled in one of the majors within the School of Earth and Sustainability and agree to participate in a required eight-day field trip, that will take place in late August prior to the start of classes. The field trip will be going to an agricultural and native prairie remnant in the Midwestern U.S. and will be funded  by a grant from the National Science Foundation. The exact site is still to be determined, pending  scouting earlier this summer. Students will camp on the trip.  Students must also register for the 1 credit Special Topics for field trip materials review.

Students must also register for the lab, Geology 497SF."

Geosciences (GEO-SCI)

563 Glacial Geology — Julie Brigham-Grette

Origin and forms of glaciers; erosional and depositional processes and recognition of erosional and constructional landforms and depositional systems. Pleistocene history of New England, sea level, and isostasy. Field trips by arrangement.

591CM Introduction to Climate and Environmental Modeling — Robert Deconto

595P Diversity/Inclusion/Pedagogy — Forrest Bowlick

This seminar will review domain literature concerning best practices in diversity, inclusion, and pedagogy, while connecting these topics to workplace and classroom experiences. Starting with core literature and examples from geosciences, geology, geography and elsewhere, students will engage in critical discussion of how race, gender, class and other identities have been marginalized in these fields. Through conversations, reflections, and participatory actions, this course will explore current issues and consider how to create an equitable landscape moving forward.

687 Advanced Hydrogeology— David Boutt

Advanced groundwater hydrology and contaminant hydrogeology. Includes the application of field techniques, analysis of field data, and use of analytical and numerical models in the investigation of groundwater problems. Introduction to Visual MODFLOW and other groundwater models, including development of conceptual models from geologic data, laying out grids handling boundaries, sources and sinks, transience, calibration and sensitivity. Prerequisite: Geo-Sci 587.

Landscape Architecture (LANDARCH)

587 People & the Environment — Robert Ryan

Interdisciplinary seminar on the applications of environmental psychology research to planning and design. Topics include landscape preference, territoriality and defensible space, way finding, and restorative settings/therapeutic gardens.

661 People and the Environment: Applications of Environmental Psychology Research to Planning and Design — Robert Ryan

Interdisciplinary seminar on the applications of environmental psychology research to planning and design. Topics include landscape preference, territoriality and defensible space, way finding, and restorative settings/therapeutic gardens.


444 Biodeterioration, Bioconversion, and Bioenergy: Carbon Cycling to Sustainability — Barry Goodell

Bioconversion of materials is part of the natural cycle for all bio-based materials as well as a key factor in bioenergy production. Biodegradation processes including those employed by fungal, bacterial, insect and marine organisms relative to carbon and nutrient cycling and the production of feedstocks for bioenergy and biomaterials are important to maintaining the ecological balance on earth, and for the development of a sustainable society with renewable and bio-based materials. The course examines aspects of natural degradative systems, and how biomimicry of these systems can be harnessed for sustainable energy and product production. Deterioration and protection of biomaterials including wood, bamboo, and historic materials is also included.

Natural Resources Conservation (NRC)

100 Environment and Society — Lena Fletcher

In this course, you will both individually and in teams to explore the inherently interdisciplinary environmental challenges facing society. You will engage in discussions, debates, and problem-based team projects to learn about, critically consider, reflect on, and address both local and global environmental problems. You will investigate the impacts of human activities on forests, water, fish and wildlife populations, urban areas, and climate change. If you are an NRC major, this will prepare you for upper-level studies. If you are not a major, you will develop an increased awareness and understanding of the environmental challenges facing our society, while also fulfilling the Interdisciplinary Science (SI) Gen Ed requirement. (Gen.Ed. SI)

102 Arboriculture Field Techniques — Brian Kane

Get outside, get some exercise, climb a tree! Learn safe tree climbing techniques for recreation and professional tree care management.

232 Principles of Arboriculture — Kristina Bezanson

Learn the basics of good tree care to keep community trees healthy and allow them to grow large. The course covers planting, pruning, and fertilizing, as well as important safety aspects.

260 Fish Conservation & Management — Andy Danylchuk

Overview of the biological, sociological, historical, and economic factors that influence the use and conservation of our nation's fisheries resources. Prerequisite: One semester general biology or permission of instructor.

290B Introduction to Quantitative Ecology — Meghan MacLean

This introductory statistics course aims to provide students interested in ecology with a supportive, encouraging and comfortable environment for developing a sound knowledge of core statistical concepts in ecology. Ecology, the study of the relationships between organisms to one another and their environment, is a discipline concerned with quantifying the relationships we observe in nature. The objective of the course is to demystify statistics and help develop the basic level of understanding that all future ecologists should possess. In this course, you will develop a detailed understanding of why and how to apply the great variety of statistical tools available for answering important ecological questions. (Gen. Ed. R2)

290C Trees & Sustainability — Brian Kane

Trees growing in residential areas provide many benefits like cleaning the air and water, reducing energy use, and blocking unsightly views. They can also be dangerous if not carefully planted and properly maintained, causing power outages and damaging property. We'll review the benefits that trees provide, including different ways to assess their value. We will also discuss how best to plant and maintain trees to maximize their benefits and minimize their costs.

494GI Global Change Ecology — Brian Cheng

As a species, humans have a remarkable footprint on global ecosystems.  We change land cover, alter water and nutrient cycling, introduce non-native species, harvest natural resources, and change the global climate.  This class will explore the impacts of these changes on a variety of ecosystems, as well as consider how natural resource management can improve ecological resistance and resilience to change.

541 Urban Forest Management — David Bloniarz

Learn how to manage the urban forest—composed of trees, infrastructure, and people—to maximize the ecological, economic, psychological, sociological benefits that community trees provide.

564 Wildlife Habitat Management — Kelly Klingler

The dynamics and management of forested, open woodland, and savanna habitats in North America and elsewhere. Topics include wildlife ecology, habitat classification, resource utilization, impacts on humans, and management techniques.

597EC Analytical Methods for Energy and Climate Policy — Dwayne Breger

The course will provide students with the understanding and skills to analytically address issues of policy pertaining to clean energy and climate policy. Students will understand the theory and practice associated with conducting economic cost benefit analysis, optimization under constraints and multi-objectives, and the systems thinking and modeling. Students will learn the application of these tools to market and policy analysis and to present the results of such analyses in manners useful to decision and policy makers.

597EJ Social Movements & Environmental Justice — Eric Thomas

This course examines the relationship between environmental conditions and social justice. Students will consider the social and political forces that differentially distribute vulnerability and contribute to health and socioeconomic disparities between populations.  In this course, students will consider both local and global struggles for environmental justice, with case studies that focus on historically marginalized communities in the United States as well as in other countries.  Students will read and discuss work by scholars from a range of disciplines as well as by journalists, activists, and policy makers and consider topics including slow violence and toxicity, conservation and social exclusion, disasters and their aftermath, social movements and human rights, and recognition and reparations.

597GC Governing the Commons — Charlie Schweik

Over the last decade or more, there has been a detectable and growing dissatisfaction among students with the "status quo" and the way society works. Students have witnessed terrorism, long-term war, a "great recession," the "Occupy" movement, effects of climate change and worse projections to come, and most recently, a global pandemic with a great impact on the economy.  Many students are looking for models of hope and alternatives to the status quo on how society at local, regional and global levels might operate to collectively address problems.

In this class we turn to the “commons” as alternatives to the status quo. This concept has a long history and, as you will see, is active in today’s life, yet is not widely recognized.

597LP Land Protection Tools and Techniques — Paul Catanzaro

This course will focus on permanent land protection tools to maintain the land in its natural state, policies that encourage land protection, landowner decisions about conserving their land, and maintaining the conservation values after the land has been protected.

Regional Planning

574 City Planning — Mark Hamin

Introduction to city and regional planning and the urban planning profession. The role the planner plays in addressing the wide range of problems and opportunities, city or regional, that now, or may in the future, confront America's modern urban environment.

585 Planning for Climate Change — Elisabeth Hamin Infield

This seminar reads some of the most current literature on the future of the urban form given climate change, and allows time and shared space to reflect on what these coming changes mean for (primarily local) government as well as governance.  The class focus will be on implications of these coming conditions for built form both now and in the future, with a goal of developing a working understanding of what municipal, regional, and state planners and policymakers need to know now about these conditions to provide leadership to communities.

597P Housing Policy in the U.S. — Darrel Ramsey-Musolf

In this seminar, we will review the prevalent themes in the implementation of housing policy in the U.S. In three modules, we examine 1) federal and state policies, 2) the mechanisms of public housing, tax credit, housing vouchers, and then 3) take a deep dive into local Massachusetts housing plans.

630 Theory and Practice of Public Participation — Elisabeth Hamin Infield

This course will introduce students to public participation at the practice level in planning. Lectures and class discussions will review current theory underpinning participation practice, and will critically evaluate the wide range of participation methods currently in use in planning practice. There will also be one or more exercises in participation implementation that occur outside standard class times, when we will join one of the other studio classes, and plan and run their participation process.

651 Planning Hist & Theory — Mark Hamin

Planning as a decision-making process, the attributes of the political and administrative environment within which planning takes place, and the implications of this environment for the planning process and the planner.

652 Tools and Techniques in Planning — Wayne Feiden

Practical information, specific tools, regulatory processes, and analytic methods useful in the practice of public sector planning at the local level.

Stockbridge School of Agriculture

100 Botany for Gardners — John Gerber

A holistic view of plants including ecology, plant form and function, inheritance and evolution, and the relationship between plants and human life. Taught using world food, agricultural and gardening examples. (Gen.Ed. BS)

106 Soil Science and Management —Deborah Henson

Interrelationship of soils and higher plants. Physical, chemical, and biological properties of soils. Practical approach to current problems through basic soil principles. Prerequisite: some knowledge of chemistry.

110 Sustainable Horticulture — Linda Chalker-Scott

This course introduces students to the basic principles utilized in the production of commercial horticultural crops. Topics include basic horticulture, plant biology, plant physiology, and other applied plant sciences. Some demonstrations and hands-on experimental exercises are included, and some field trips are planned. No prerequisites.

118 Intro to Sustainable Food and Farming — Sarah Berquist

Highly interactive and participatory introduction to the Sustainable Food and Farming major,  focused on academic preparation, internships and careers.  Especially for first year students and transfers into the major.

119 Designing a Backyard Homestead —Renee Ciulla

This course explores home-scale food production systems with a focus on permaculture, intensive mini-farming and integrated homesteading. The course integrates both research and practical applications to create home-scale food systems that have the resiliency of natural ecosystems. The essential components of diverse garden systems will be discussed in detail, including edible ecosystem gardens, soil fertility, orchard systems, water management, tools and techniques and planting strategies.

120 Organic Farming and Gardening — Allen Barker

Introduction to principles of soil fertility and crop management by organic procedures which are contrasted and evaluated against conventional chemical methods of farming. A science course. (Gen. Ed. BS)

166 Practical Beekeeping — Scott Debnam

"The practical aspects of beekeeping understood in terms of the life cycle of the bee and the bee colony, and the place of bees in our world. Learning how to acquire, set up, and manage bee colonies. Dissection may be required.
(Formerly ENTOMOL 166)"

184 Raising Dairy Goats Sustainably — Deborah Niemann-Boehle

This course explores the differences between conventional, organic, and sustainable methods of raising goats and managing a dairy, whether for home or commercial use. It will cover planning and managing the dairy, as well as natural methods of raising goats. It will integrate current research on goat health issues with management practices. Breeding and birthing issues will be discussed in detail, as well as raising kids. Basics of cheese and soap making will be included, as well as composting waste and using milk or whey as fertilizer or to raise other meat animals, such as poultry, pigs, and calves.

186 Intro to Permaculture — Lisa DePiano

A foundation in permaculture history, ethics, principles, design process, and practical applications, rooted in the observation of natural systems. By observing key ecological relationships, we can mimic and apply these beneficial relationships in the design of systems that serve humans while helping to restore the natural world. This course trains students as critical thinkers, observers, and analysts of the world(s) around them, and then goes on to provide students with the tools needed to design for inspired and positive change.

198P Practicum -- Permaculture Gardening at UMass — Dan Bensonoff

In this hands-on class students will learn about permaculture basics while maintaining our on-campus permaculture demonstration gardens.

265 Sustainable Agriculture — Renee Ciulla

Exploration of ethical, practical and scientific aspects of agricultural sustainability including economic, social and environmental impacts of food and farming. Uses systems thinking tools to compare industrial and ecological agriculture.

297B Forest Gardens: Perennial Agriculture for Ecological Regeneration — Lisa Depiano

Offers students deepened understanding of forest gardens, with a focus on northeast temperate climates. This course will use readings, field trips, hands on learning at the Agriculture Learning Center and in class exercises to explore the
resilience and benefits of forest systems and how we would tweak them for the creation of forest gardens.

350 Sustainable Crop & Soil Management — Masoud Hashemi

Maintenance and enhancement of long-term productivity and sustainability of soil in food and feed production. Students will gain an integrated knowledge of soil and crop influences on cropping systems. The lab includes several farm visits, farmers and students presentations.

355 Community Food Systems — Catherine Sands

This course examines the movement of food from seed to table. Participants explore local and global food systems, and specific food related issues that impact health of communities. Among the topics included are: examining the economic and political decisions that frame our food chain, direct marketing, commercial agriculture, processing, food justice, hunger, health, food security, peak oil, school food systems and school gardens, Community Supported Agriculture, farmers? markets, small scale farming and homesteading. At the center of this course is the examination of the opportunities and challenges required in making community food projects that create real lasting systems change. Community Food Systems requires participants to be motivated to develop meaningful projects in the community.

379 Agricultural Systems Thinking — John Gerber

Systems thinking is a way of understanding complex real-world situations such as those often encountered in sustainable food and farming careers. Systems tools are needed to complement more traditional discipline-focused scientific approaches when a problem under study: 1) is complex; 2) involves multiple relationships; and/or 3) involves human decision-making. This course will introduce students to systems tools for unraveling complexity and integrating their learning from previous courses and experience. Case studies and real farms students learned about in STOCKSCH 265 (Sustainable Agriculture) will be used as model systems for application of integrative systems tools. Satisfies the Integrative Experience requirement for BS-PLSOIL majors in the Sustainable Food and Farming Subplan.

587/687 PhytoBioremediation — Om Parkash Dhankher

This course will cover the various aspects of phytoremediation - the use of plants (both natural hyper-accumulators and transgenic) and their associated microbes with the purpose of environmental clean-up of contaminated soil, sediments and water. Various strategies for phytoremediation of a wide range of toxic pollutants, both organic and elemental, with a special emphasis on toxic metals will be discussed. Also cross-listed as ENVSCI 587.

Sustainable Communities

110 Transforming Your World: Introduction to Community Engagement — Ellen Pader

To imagine changing even a small part of the world is a daunting, yet exhilarating proposition.  Through class exercises, readings, exploration of social policy, guest speakers and a project that takes you to parts of the campus you might otherwise not explore, you will acquire knowledge and skills necessary for becoming a person who can make a difference.  By the end of the semester you will have learned to connect ideas with action, have made a positive contribution to your community, and understand, through experience, the personal and social value of community engagement.  This is a foundation course for the Civic Engagement and Service Learning certificate. (Gen. Ed. SB, DU)

140 Awareness of the Visual Env. — Patricia McGirr

Examines physical elements that compose a variety of visual environments including gardens and paintings; the cultural values underlying different types of American landscapes, from wilderness to cities; and the ways in which other cultures perceive, use, and create their own visual environments. (Gen.Ed. AT)

335 Plants in Landscape — Ethan Carr

With lab. Introduction to 200 basic ornamental plants used in landscape architectural, horticultural, arboricultural, and other design uses; their identification, uses, and cultural requirements. Two weekly field trips around campus. Workbook with sketches required.  Also, cross-listed as LANDARCH 592A.

394I Research Issues in Community Development — Michael DiPasquale

Survey of research issues in environmental design and planning. Designed to assist students in developing research in their area of interest. Includes selecting a topic for research, synthesizing the pertinent literature, developing research questions, designing a research study, and communicating the research findings verbally, visually, and in writing. This course satisfies the Integrative Experience requirement for BS-SUSTCOMM (formally BS-EnvDes) majors.

397P Planning Tools and Techniques — Wayne Feiden

This class is for anyone working for or with local or regional governments. It is a hands-on examination of the tools and techniques communities use to get good things done: zoning and regulations, protection of natural areas and downtown parklets, tweaking transportation systems to serve all modes of travel, finding the money, managing planning functions, regulations, and everything in between. The class provides enough breadth and depth for planning and design professionals to use management, regulatory, investment, and policy interventions to improve the sustainability and quality of life in communities.

397R Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Urban Environments — Darrel Ramsey-Musolf

In this seminar, we will examine how urban environments operate as places of refuge and/or peril for persons that primarily define themselves by their race, gender, or sexual expression. To understand this spatial dichotomy, we will survey materials (e.g., film, memoirs, news accounts, scholarly writing) that emphasize their voice, their point of view, and conflicts with mainstream society. As a secondary theme, we will also note how capitalism, neighborhood succession, and/or gentrification may amplify their experiences.

533 Urban Greening Theory & Practice — Theo Eisenman

The purpose of this seminar is to explore the theory and practice of urban greening, defined as organized or semi-organized efforts to introduce, conserve, or maintain outdoor flora in cities. The course is organized in two parts. First, we review the various discourses that animate urban greening. Second, we explore the policy and design expressions of urban greening around the world today. This combined inquiry into theory and practice enhances students' ability to develop urban greening strategies to meet the needs of 21st century cities.

574 City Planning — Mark Hamin

Introduction to city and regional planning and the urban planning profession. The role the planner plays in addressing the wide range of problems and opportunities, city or regional, that now, or may in the future, confront America's modern urban environment.