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Green Leaf Courses

According to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s STARS rating system:

  1. Sustainability-focused courses provide valuable grounding in the concepts and principles of sustainability. These courses educate students about how different dimensions of sustainability relate to and support each other in theory and practice. In addition, these courses help equip students with the skills to weave together disparate components of sustainability in addressing complex issues.
  2. Sustainability-related courses help build knowledge about a component of sustainability or introduce students to sustainability concepts during part of the course. They may complement sustainability-focused courses by providing students with in-depth knowledge of a particular aspect or dimension of sustainability (such as the natural environment) or by providing a focus area (such as renewable energy) for a student’s sustainability studies, or they may broaden students’ understanding of sustainability from within different disciplines.

Over 20 green leaf academic programs and several general education options include Mason green leaf courses, listed below.

Sustainability-Focused Courses
These green leaf courses examine three aspects of sustainability (“people, planet and profit”) in depth:

Undergraduate Courses

  1. AVT 385- EcoArt; satisfies General Education requirement: Synthesis
  2. CEIE 401 – Sustainable Land Development
  3. CONS 401: Conservation Theory
  4. CONS 402:  Applied Conservation
  5. CONS 490: Integrated Conservation Strategies
  6. CONS 410 – Human dimensions of conservation
  7. ECON 105 – Environmental Economics for the Citizen
  8. ECON 335 – Environmental Economics
  9. EVPP 322 – Business and Sustainability
  10. EVPP 335 – People, Plants, and Culture
  11. EVPP 338 – Ecological Economics
  12. EVPP 355 – Ecological Engineering and Ecosystem Restoration
  13. EVPP 361/GOVT 361 – Introduction to Environmental Policy
  14. EVPP 362 – Intermediate Environmental Policy
  15. EVPP 421 – Marine Conservation
  16. EVPP 480 – Sustainability in Action
  17. GGS 307 – Sustainable Development
  18. NCLC 210 – Sustainable World
  19. NCLC 318 – Exploring Virginia’s Watersheds
  20. NCLC 334 – Environmental Justice
  21. PRLS 250 – Wilderness Travel and Sustainability
  22. PRLS 300 – People with Nature
  23. PRLS 302 – Park Management and Operations
  24. PRLS 316 – Outdoor Education and Leadership
  25. PRLS 362 – Cultural and Environmental Interpretation
  26. PRLS 402 – Human Behavior in Natural Environments
  27. SOCI 320 – Social Structure and Globalization
  28. TOUR 312 – Ecotourism
  29. TOUR 340 – Sustainable Tourism
  30. TOUR 420 – Tourism Planning/Policy

Graduate Courses

  1. CEIE 501 – Sustainable Development
  2. CEIE 540 – Water Supply and Distribution
  3. CEIE 751 – Environmental Sustainability and Entrepreneurship
  4. CEIE 892 – Special Topics in Environmental and Water Resource Systems Engineering
  5. CONF 702 – Peace Studies
  6. CONS 665 – Conservation Conflict Resolution
  7. EVPP 521 – Marine Conservation
  8. EVPP 525/GGS 525  – Economics of Human/Environment Interactions
  9. EVPP 620 – Development of U.S. Environmental Policies
  10. EVPP 622 – Management of Wild Living Resources
  11. EVPP 626 – Environment and Development in Asia
  12. EVPP 627 – Environmental Policy in Latin America
  13. EVPP 628 – Environment and Development in Africa
  14. EVPP 635 – Environment and Society
  15. EVPP 642/PUAD 642 – Environmental Policy
  16. ITRN 760 – International Environmental Politics
  17. PRLS 531 – Natural Resources Recreation Planning
  18. TOUR 540 – Sustainable Tourism Management
Sustainability-Related Courses
These courses examine at least one aspect of sustainability in depth, while exploring either or both of the others:

Undergraduate Courses

  1. ANTH 370 – Environment and Culture
  2. CEIE 355 – Environmental Engineering and Science
  3. CEIE 450 – Environmental Engineering Systems
  4. CHEM 155 – Introduction to Environmental Chemistry I
  5. CHEM 156 – Introduction to Environmental Chemistry II
  6. CLIM 101 – Global Warming: Weather, Climate, and Society
  7. COMM 399 – Special Topics in Communication, section on “Climate Change”
  8. CONF 651 – Conflict Analysis and Resolution for Collaborative Leadership in Community Planning
  9. CONF 682 – Principles in Environmental Conflict Resolution and Collaboration
  10. CONF 683 – Environmental Conflict Resolution and Collaboration: Situation Assessment, Process Design and Best Practices
  11. CONS 403: Ecology and Conservation Theory
  12. CONS 404: Monitoring and Assessment of Biodiversity
  13. CONS 411: Science Communication for Conservation
  14. CONS 491:  Comprehensive Conservation Planning
  15. EVPP 110 – The Ecosphere: An Introduction to Environmental Science I
  16. EVPP 111 – The Ecosphere: An Introduction to Environmental Science II
  17. EVPP 201 – Environment and You: Issues for the Twenty-First Century
  18. EVPP 336 – Human Dimensions of the Environment
  19. EVPP 337 – Environmental Policy Making in Developing Countries
  20. EVPP 378/BIOL 379 – Ecological Sustainability
  21. GEOL 305 – Environmental Geology
  22. GGS 102 – Physical Geography
  23. GGS 103 – Human Geography
  24. GGS 121 – Dynamic Atmosphere and Hydrosphere
  25. GGS 122 – Dynamic Geosphere and Ecosphere
  26. GGS 302 – Global Environmental Hazards
  27. GGS 303 – Conservation of Resources and Environment
  28. GGS 304 – Population Dimensions of Global Change
  29. GGS 312 – Physical Climatology
  30. GGS 314 – Extreme and Unusual Weather
  31. GGS 319 – Air Pollution
  32. GGS 322 – Issues in Global Change
  33. GGS 353 – Observations of the Earth and its Climate
  34. GGS 455 – Environmental Impact Assessment
  35. HNRT 228 – Scientific Thought and Processes II (only selected sections, e.g., Watershed Science, Energy & Environment, etc.)
  36. NCLC 102 – Global Networks and Communities – Food and Sovereignty
  37. NCLC 103 – Human Creativity – Science and Art
  38. NCLC 211 – Introduction to Conservation Studies
  39. NCLC 311 – The Mysteries of Migration: Consequences for Conservation
  40. NCLC 338 – Animal Rights and Animal Welfare
  41. NCLC 401 – Conservation Biology
  42. NCLC 402 – People and Plants: Sustenance, Ceremony, and Sustainability
  43. NUTR 652 – American Agriculture in the Twentieth Century
  44. NCLC 220 – Energy and Environment
  45. PHYS 331 – Physics of Renewable Energy
  46. PHYS 385 – Materials Science with Applications to Renewable Energy
  47. PRLS 501 – Introduction to Natural Resources Law
  48. PHIL 343 – Issues in Environmental Ethics
  49. USST 301 – Urban Growth in a Shrinking World

Graduate Courses

  1. CEIE 690 – Environmental Sustainability and Entrepreneurship
  2. COMM 660: Climate Change&   Sustainability Communication Campaigns
  3. COMM 670 – Social Marketing
  4. COMM 690 – Special Topics in Communication, section on “Climate Change”
  5. CONF 714 – Community and Organizational Conflict Analysis and Resolution (Sustainability Laboratory and Simulation)
  6. EDCI 573 – Teaching Science in the Secondary School
  7. EDLE 690 – Using Research to Lead School Improvement
  8. GCH 560 – Environmental Health
  9. HIST 615 – American Environmental History
  10. PRLS 501 – Introduction to Natural Resource Law

Many of these courses contribute to over a dozen undergraduate and graduate-level green leaf academic programs to bring sustainability across Mason’s curriculum. For a schedule of upcoming course offerings, please visit Patriotweb.

Suggestions for additional green leaf courses or programs which meet the criteria above may be sent to Mason’s Fellow of Sustainability Studies, Dann Sklarew (dsklarew@gmu.edu).