UNH Sustainability Courses

UNH faculty, lecturers and other instructors determine whether their courses are sustainability or include sustainability. If no designation is given, UNHSI makes a designation based on course title, description and syllabi, where available.

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College of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Course Name Course # Course Description
Energy And Environment CHE 410 Energy supply in this country and the world; conventional fuel reserves: coal, oil, natural gas; alternative sources: nuclear, solar, geothermal, et. Forecasts and strategies to meet needs. Environmental pollution, sources, and economic and environmental impacts. Methods for pollution control. Regulatory standards for environmental protection.
Fossil Fuels and Renewable Energy Sources CHE 705/805 Processing and refining of coal, crude oil, natural gas, tar sands and shale oil. Biomass co-combustion, biofuel extraction, impediments to widespread utilization. Exploration of environmental issues with energy generation and consumption. Lab.
Introduction to Sustainable Engineering CIE 751/851 Course begins with exploration of the precept that we live in, and must design engineering works for, a world with a finite supply of natural resources and with limited life support capacity. Tools for sustainability engineering are the major focus of the course, which include life cycle, analysis and life cycle impact analysis, the metrics and mass and energy flow analyses used in the field of industrial ecology, and environmental management systems.
Green Building Design CIE 781/881 This course gives an overview of green designs ans sustainable practices in building construction. We will cover technical topics and requirements of a nationally recognized rating system (LEED), with a specific focus on Green Building Design and Construction. Students are introduced to basic building designs ans systems related to sustainability. Additionally, they learn about green design topics such as site plans, water and energy efficiency, material and resources usage, environmental quality and renewable energy source. As an outcome of the course, students are able to assess ans incorporate green technologies and designs into building projects.
Transportation Engineering and Planning CIE 854 Fundamental relationships of traffic speed, density, and flow applied to public and private modes of transport. Principles of demand forecasting and urban systems planning. Prereq: permission.
Global Environmental Change ESCI 405 Human activity rivals nature as an agent of change in the global environment. Explores evidence of environmental degradation in Earth's crust, hydrosphere, and atmosphere; considers prospects for future sustainable human health, diversity, and economic development. Problem solving through critical analysis of environmental variables. Special fee. Lab.
Intro to Climate ESCI 514 The climate as a system controlled by the fluid, chemical, geological, and biological dynamics of the earth. Investigation of natural and man-made climate change over the period of 100 to 100 million years, including the greenhouse effects, tectonic climate forcing, astronomic (Milankovich) cycles, deep ocean circulation, and biological feedback. How past climate is measured. Prereq: one introductory course in Earth Sciences or permission.
Environmental Pollution and Protection: A Global Context ENE 520 Introduces environmental science and engineering and the anthropogenic causes of environmental change. Emphasizes the causes, effects, and controls of air, water, and land pollution. The political, ecological, economic, ethical, and engineering aspects of environmental pollution and control are discussed. Field trips. Writing intensive.
Introduction to Sustainable Engineering ENE 751 This course begins with exploration of the precept that we live in, and must design engineering works for, a world with a finite supply of natural resources and with limited life support capacity. Tools for sustainability engineering are the focus of the course, which includes life cycle analysis and life cycle impact analysis, the metrics and mass and energy flow analyses used in the field of industrial ecology, and environmental management systems.
College of Liberal Arts
Course Name Course # Course Description
Sustainability in New England and Beyond (Introduction to American Studies) AMST 501/ENGL 595 This class double double-duty as an intro to the methods of American Studies and to the topic of Cultural Sustainability. American Studies uses historical analysis, cultural criticism, ethnolgoy and rleated disciplines to study "The United States" - as an "imagined commuinty" sharing a particular history and political identity, and as a "contact zone" where a variety of regional, ethnic, and other cultures meet, cooperate and struggle. These methods are also ideally suited to the study of cultural sustainability -- both the sustainability of particular cultural groups and practices and the "culture" (values, ethics, beliefs) required to make our local environments, and indeed teh planet, sustainable. READ MORE.
Sustaining Ancient Rome CLAS 515 This course introduces students to the technological innovations of imperial Rome, examines the challenges involved in maintaining the city, and explores the effects of Roman technology and imperial growth on the Roman's themselves, the environment, and the people they conquered. A major focus is how Roman values affected Rome's ability to deal effectively with environmental, technological, and social problems. Topics include: over-hunting, deforestation, urban overpopulation, transporting food and water, disaster repsonse, and maintaining an army.
Be the Change You Want to See: Active Citizenship in a Multicultural World EDUC 444B This is a first-year inquiry course intended primarily for students participating in the Common Purposes residential living program. The course offers multidisciplinary content focused on active citizenship in a pluralistic democracy. The primary organizing concept of the course is community; assignments focus on deliberative dialogue, public reasoning , collective action, and social justice. The course is taught as a seminar and includes on-campus and off-campus applied projects.
Issues in Environmental Geography GEOG 673 Examines a sample of contemporary environmental issues from a geographic perspective. Emphasizes the importance of scale, human influences, and impacts on resources. Analyzes issues of regional, national, and global interest. Writing intensive.
Geography of Population and Development GEOG 685 A regional approach to the study of population geography with concern for the interaction between the focus of economic growth and the components of population change and development. Considers the environmental impact of developing trends in the developed and developing worlds and the relationship of these trends to sustainable growth and population patterns. Writing intensive.
Ecology and Values PHIL 450 Focuses on historical and contemporary philosophies of nature and their effects on human interaction with the environment. Issues include obligations to future generations and to animals, plants, and ecosystems; moral limits on consumption and reproduction; and the existence of objects of intrinsic value. Specific topics may include species loss and biological diversity, population growth, changes in the atmosphere, energy use, and sustainable development.
Politics and Policy in a Warming World POLT 444 Uses the issue of climate change to explore the relationships between scientific and technical research and debate, policymaking at the international and domestic (U.S.) levels and public understanding and interpretation of complex technical issues. The course is interdisciplinary. Writing intensive.
Politics of Food POLT 510 This course examines the politics of how food is produced, marketed and distributed in the United States, with attention to how the American food system has changed since World War II. The ethics and nutritional and public health implications of current agricultural policies and practices are looked at carefully, as are the environmental impacts of current practices. The impact on international food prices and markets and world hunger are also examined.
Politics of Global Resources POLT 567 International politics from the perspective of the exhaustibility of global resources and the expansion of global demand. Concentrates on issues including population, food, energy, the environment, security, and human rights. Global interdependence and the appearance of new institutional frameworks of global public policy making. Writing intensive.
Comparative Environmental Politics and Policy POLT 751 and 851 Environmental politics and policy across national boundaries and at different levels of governance. Comparison of the U.S. and European Union environmental policies to build a foundation for comparisons across national boundaries and sub-national authorities. Students improve their understanding of how and why comparative methods are used to gain insight into politics and policymaking. Central concepts and debates addressed include the roles of expertise, sustainability, precautionary principle, the use of market mechanisms in policy, environmental justice, policy devolution and flexibility, environmental performance assessment, NGO roles, activism, and social movements. A range of theoretical approaches and historical and contemporary events and case studies, evaluating the claims and explanatory power of various concepts and theories. Includes ethical issues emerging from the theory and practice of environmental politics. Writing intensive.
International Environmental Politics, Policy and Law POLT 780/880 Explores international/global environmental politics and policymaking, multilateral negotiations, the role of science and technology in policymaking, state capacity, the making of international law, implementation, and compliance. Other issues include climate change, marine pollution, long-range air pollution, United States leadership in the global political arena, North-South divisions in global politics, environmental justice, sustainable development, and the role of the United Nations and other international organizations.
Think Globally, Act Locally: The Individual in Community Context PSYC 444A Introduces students to the field of community psychology through both classroom work and service learning. Broadly, the course aims to help students consider questions such as: What is community? How is individual development influenced by larger community variables? What makes a strong community and what is our role in promoting changes to help our communities become more effective? Students will explore these questions through consideration of current community problems (for example, interpersonal violence, poverty) and through 20 hours of service learning during the semester. Writing intensive.
Environment and Society SOC 565 Environmental and Society focuses on the complex interactions between human communities and the natural world. The course considers the interconnected ways that social systems, the built environment, and related techologies produce environmental changes, and in turn how shifts in resources, air, water quality, climate, biodiversity, and ecosystems force societies to adapt.
Environmental Sociology SOC 665 Interactions between society and the physical environment, including environmental constraints, population and economic growth, social impacts of resource development, large-scale environmental change, and the social bases of environmental attitudes, behavior, and politics. Writing intensive.
Communities and the Environment SOC 730/830 People and the natural environments in which they live fundamentally structure communities around the globe. Economic change, expanding development , and human migration are transforming social and environmental conditions in both rural and urban settings, altering the identities of many communities as well as their relationships with the natural world. The importance of these emerging social and environmental issues has made them a focus for social science inquiry. This course exposes students to a range of sociological concepts, theories, and research approaches related to the study of communities and environmental issues. Some of the substaintive themses that are covered include: population dynamnics and environmental change; social capital and social networks; political economy and comunity development; collective action and social movements; science, technology, and environmental risks; and environmental racism and justice. The principal assignment for the course will be a research project where students investigate a community or environmental issue of their own interest.
Social Change and Development SOC 741 Examines theoretical and empirical work on social change and development, and explores on-the-ground efforts to alleviate poverty and stimulate equitable development. Reliance on key concepts of class, culture and politics; attention to the role of technology and the importance of the environment. Focuses on social change in America from 19th century to the modern post-WWII era and on change and development in developing countries throughout the world. Permission required.
Spirituality and Sustainability WS 505 This course looks at indigenous & earth- centered traditions to learn about sustainable ways to live. We compare & critique old/new paradigms of interconnectedness and community and individualism.
It is a highly participatory,discussion- centered, collaborative- based class,with guest presentations. There is substantial reading & reflective writing, with group activist projects as part of the final.
College of Life Sciences and Agriculture
Course Name Course # Course Description
Global Perspectives on the Human Condition: An Introduction to Anthropology ANTH By providing a global perspective on the human experience, this course helps us think about the issues that confront students as citizens of the world. Gleaning lessons from cultures past and present this course examines what it means to be human. Whether humans are violent or peace-loving, egalitarian or hierarchical is linked to specific ways of life, rather than reflecting a fixed human nature. The course examines the economic, political, and social forces that shape human behavior and the global forces that people around the world currently confront. From an anthropological perspective it addresses pressing social issues such as sustainable development, hunger and poverty, population growth, religion and changing world views, racism, urbanization, co modification, and movements for social co modification, and movements for social justice
Our Changing Plant BIOL 520 Ecosystem interrelations and factors critical to maintain sustainability will be addressed in this course. Environmental issues such as water usage, pollution, and treatment; air and soil quality; fossil fuels and alternative energy sources will be presented. Not for credit if credit earned for ENE 520.
Community Development Perspectives CEP 415 Introduces students to a range of community development and environmental planning issues facing communities as they undergo social, economic, and environmental change. Through class discussion and examination of case studies, this course instills basic principles and processes of community development and environmental planning, formulation, and conflict resolution. Community and environmental planning topics covered in the course include land use conflict, urban/suburban sprawl, rural development, economic development, loacal food systems, community infrastructure, and environmental stewardship. Emphasis is placed on the roles and responsibilities of community development professionals, including land use planners, municipal administrators, and community leaders.
Green Real Estate CEP 673 This class covers issues related to existing and new real estate development with respect to history, law (state statutes and federal legislation), economics, and technology. The course looks at impacts of green development from an individual building level, and out to regional and global levels. We look at common problems and solutions, review case studies, and discuss emerging trends in "green development."
Environmental and Resource Economic Perspectives EREC 411 Microeconomic theory and analysis in resource management and use decisions. Survey of significant resource problems from an economic perspective and the application of economic analysis. Cannot be taken for credit after ECON 402 or equivalent. Special fee.
Land Economics Perspectives EREC 606 Economic and institutional perspectives affecting human use of land resources; discussion of land ownership patterns and uses; land rent, location, and resource use; institutional constraints; partial ownership policies; and local planning for more efficient use of land. Real estate markets, transfers, valuation, and taxation. Prereq: EREC 411 or equivalent or permission. Special fee.
Marine Resource Economics EREC 711 Economic overview of the marine environment; interactions/conflicts surrounding this multiple-use resource. Economics of fisheries, marine recreation, aquaculture, endangered species, non-market ecosystem services. Prereq: EREC 411, ECON 401 or ECON 402 or equivalent permission. (Offered every other semester)
Tropical Coastal Plant Ecology MEFB 616 A field-based course taught on location in Grenada, West Indies, providing an introduction to the physical chemical and biological processes that form and sustain tropical coastal plant communities with an emphasis on mangroves and seagrasses. Plant adaptations to various environmental stresses will be examined over a range of habitats spanning a gradient of salinity from fresh to saline environments. As a dynamic ecosystem affected by both natural and anthropogenic disturbances from hurricanes to large-scale development, major environmental impacts and pressures will be examined first hand, and conservation and management actions will be discussed. A variety of on-going, community-based coastal habitat restoration and ecological monitoring sites will be visited throughout Grenada. Student participation in management actions will be encouraged through interaction with students from St. Georges University, local volunteers, and representatives from governmental environmental agencies and local non-governmental organizations. The course material is relatively specialized and is appropriate for juniors and seniors with interest/background in botany, coastal ecology and restoration, and conservation. Prereq: BIOL 411/412.
Field Dendrology NR 425 Students study forest trees in natural communities and urban settings. Identification and nomenclature of important North American trees and shrubs is emphasized. Environmental factors influencing tree growth, combined with study of disturbance history, provide the context for understanding why tree species grow where they do. Students are introduced to the major forest regions of North America. Restricted to NR majors; others by permission. Special fee.
Contemporary Conservation Issues and Environmental Awareness NR 435 Explores the impacts of technology and human activity on our environment and natural resources. Key conservation issues are used as examples of past and present biological, social, and environmental conflicts. Writing intensive.
The Real Dirt NR 444B Explores sustainable agriculture, regional and local food supply and systems, land ethics and agrarian thought as a natural resource and environmental conservation issue. Focusing on northern and central New England, the course uses the teaching of Aldo Leopold and includes hands-on study of UNH's new initiatives in sustainable and organic agriculture and the on-campus food system. A visit to University farms is included. Writing intensive.
Environmental Conservation and Sustainable Living Internship NR 601 Practical internship and field experience in a location removed from the University milieu to give the environmental conservation student a dimension and insight into sustainable resource management systems not available in the campus experience. Prereq: permission. Cr/F.
Natural Resources and Environmental Policy NR 602 Contemporary natural resource and environmental policy problems/issues are addressed from a policy sciences perspective with emphasis on domestic policy solutions. Critical assessment of major policy initiatives and their implementation toward sustainable resource use and a healthy environment. Public policies are analyzed to determine the extent to which their implementation strategies have succeeded, and to assess their adequacy within a bioregional or ecosystem approach, and/or capacity to integrate economic and environmental decisions. Cases include national and local policies in their global context. Students apply public policy analysis and decision tools in laboratory sessions. Prereq: junior/senior; Restricted to NR majors or by Permission. Special fee. Writing intensive.
Principles of Conservation Biology NR 650 Examines the major issues relevant to conservation of biodiversity from the genetic to the ecosystem level. In addition to addressing ecological and biological principles, the interdisciplinary nature and challenges of managing for conservation biology, including the role of economic and social factors are examined. Prereq: one semester of biology, botany, or zoology.
Environmental Policy, Planning, and Sustainability in New Zealand NR 662 Introduces students to politics in New Zealand. Investigating policy pathways and planning forms part of the curriculum. Students assess scope of legislation, including the Resource Management Act (1991), for the economic and socio-political environment in New Zealand. Government obligations to the Treaty of Waitangi, and customary uses of resources are included as part of this course. Students are exposed to diverse perspectives of local authority planners and policy makers, local iwi (tribes), the Department of Conservation, and community groups. Students examine case studies involving the resource consent process at several levels of decision-making. Case studies provide a comprehensive overview of the interactions between the environment and people and their cultural and socio-economic needs. Prereq: junior/senior; permission.
Applied Directed Research in New Zealand NR 663 Working closely with faculty, student teams investigate selected ecological, resource management or policy issues. All projects have scientific and societal relevance, and contribute to ongoing/existing projects in the region. Students use the scientific method to design and carry out their projects. Development of rigorous field investigations, experimental design, data analysis, and scientific writing are emphasized. Students prepare a research report and present their findings in a seminar that includes stakeholders and people from the local community.
Ecological Sustainability and Values NR 701/801/902 Deeper more fundamental philosophical questions, including spiritual values questions, are being asked concerning the ecological/environmental challenge of our time; its causes and resolution. Aspects of this challenge--environmental education, energy, food, agriculture, and natural resources--analyzed with ethics and values approaches. Students develop ways of responding to problem identification and resolution. Writing intensive.
Watershed and Water Quality Management NR 703/803 Principles of land use as they relate to water quality and quantity. Lectures focus on biogeochemical cycles and the watershed approach to land and water resource management. Labs and field trips focus on methods of water sampling and analysis. One year of chemistry is recommended. Prereq: NR 504 or 604 or permission. Special fee. Lab/field trips. Writing intensive.
Endangered Species Seminar NR 710 Provides students with an interactive class of student presentations and guest lectures by endangered-species biologists. Emphasizes on biological, sociological, economic, and political factors that influence endangered-species policy. Prereq: basic ecology/biology; permission. Special fee.
International Environmental Politics and Policies NR 720/820 Students examine policies for managing human activities to sustain the health of regional ecosystems and planetary life-support systems. Selected problems of the international commons (oceans, marine resources, atmosphere, migratory species); global and regional carrying capacity (population, resource consumption), internationally shared ecosystems (transboundary watersheds and waterbodies, tropical forests); and the relevant international institutions and politics for policy formation, conflict resolution, and implementation. Using a policy-analytic framework, students develop case studies to assess international policies and institutional arrangements to achieve the objectives of Agenda 21--Earth Summit Strategy to Save the Planet. Prereq: permission. Writing intensive.
Land Conservation Principles and Practices NR 735/835 Students gain practical knowledge, understanding and experience in land conservation planning and implementation of options for land protection based on current practice in New Hampshire. By interacting with practitioners, students learn what it takes to implement successful land conservation projects, and conservation stewardship requirements and practices. Prereq: senior standing in the Department of Natural Resources and permission. Special fee. Lab. Writing intensive.
Sustainable Living NR 784/884 Concepts of sustainability are explored in a learning-community format. The importance of human communication, sense of place and time, and the health and longevity of the human species as part of natural systems is emphasized. Students develop measures for sustainable living, including ecological foot-printing, and gain an understanding of system conditions necessary to move toward sustainable living. Two required field trips. Special fee.
Systems Thinking for Sustainable Living NR 785/885 Introduces systems thinking from a sustainable living perspective. The course is a collaborative inquiry using a problem-solving approach. After studying different types of systems and learning a variety of tools useful in systems analysis, we ask "In what ways can systems thinking be employed to understand and begin to resolve the complex problems that face us as we move toward living within limits of natural systems?"
Wetland Ecology and Management NR 711/811 Analysis of the natural resources of coastal and inland wetlands and environmental problems caused by human use and misuse of these ecosystems. Groups collect field data to summarize the structure and function of four wetland types within a management context. Special fee. Lab. Prereq: BIOL 541, or NR 703, or permission. Writing intensive.

Resolving Environmental Conflicts

NR 824 Theories and practices of environmental dispute settlement. Roles of public, non-governmental and governmental organizations. Effectiveness of public participation initiatives in influencing public policy decisions and/or resolving environmental conflicts. Alternative approaches to consensus (policy dialogues, joint problem solving; strategic planning; negotiation, mediation) as well as litigation. Specific cases are critiqued and evaluated; conflict resolution skills are developed. Students observe and/or participate in ongoing local decision processes. Prereq: permission. Lab. Special fee.
Inventory and Monitoring of Ecological Communities NR 840 Provides an introduction to the major concepts associated with monitoring change in ecological communities. Students develop an appreciation for such issues as: identification of appropriate baselines for comparison; use of indicator species; the tools used to inventory common, rare, and secretive species; how trend data are analyzed; and the implications of failing to detect an indicator species. Restricted to senior wildlife majors others by premission. Special fee. Lab.
Forest Management NR 845 Forest land ownership; management objectives; forest inventory regulation and policy; forest administration; professional responsibilities and opportunities.
Introduction to Ecogastronomy NUTR 698 This interdisciplinary course is an introduction to the principles and practices of Ecogastronomy that will build a foundation for understanding the connections among agriculture, food production, ecology, ethics, cuisine, nutrition and health within the framework of sustainability. The course includes guest lectures, class discussion, film reviews, field trips and food tastings. The course uses the Blackboard course management system and Course Participation System (CPS, or "clickers").
Dietetics: Food Service, Community and Research NUTR 930 This course is designed to enhance pre-professional work experiences with continued examination and application of theory and practice in the dietetic profession. Concepts explored include foodservice management topics such as facility and human resources management, translation of nutrition into foods/menus, procurement, distribution and service within delivery systems, and food safety and sanitation. Community nutrition topics include: nutrition screening and assessment, nutrition counseling and education, food secuirty ans sustainability, program development and evaluation as well as an exploration of health promotion and disease prevention theory and application. A group based research project is identified that investigates a dietetics based hypothesis Weekly seminars, assignments and supplemental readings reinforce practicuum experiences. In addition to the didactic instruction between 500-600 hours of practicuum experience is integrated into the course design.Permission required. Special fee.
Organic and Sustainable Food Production PBIO 405 Introduces systems involved in organic food production with emphasis on sustainability of our food production. Scientific and biological principles relating to organic food production. Role of organic food production in our local communities. Special fee.
Aquatic Plants in Restoration, Management and Conservation PBIO 747/847 A field-intensive class focusing upon freshwater and marine vascular plants with an emphasis on species commonly associated with ecological restoration, the identification and conservation of rare species, and the adaptations and management of invasive species of aquatic habitats in New England. Field trips emphasize the flora of various wetland habitats, including open water and vegetated fresh water wetlands, as well as coastal and estuarine habitats. Lectures and readings examine the current trends in research and management focusing upon specific taxa and pertinent facets of their taxonomy, physiology, and natural history. Prereq: PBIO 566 or permission.
Ecotourism: Managing for the Environment RAM 805 Ecotourism by definition embraces both the environment and economics. A comprehensive framework for planning and managing ecotourism in order to both maximize the potential benefits and minimize the potential costs for people and the environment. Conducted in a seminar format, case studies used to assess the role of ecotourism in the sustainable development of natural resources. Prereq: introduction to tourism. (Also offered as TOUR 705.)
Social Impact Assessment RAM 867 A cross-disciplinary perspective on the issues, problems, and methods of Social Impact Assessment (SIA). The analytic approach and theoretical framework provided applied to the assessment of very diverse events--changes in the natural environment, local economy, or dominant technology. SIA is required of most U.S. and Canadian federal and state sponsored projects that come under the National Environmental Protection Act, to include tourism, park and recreation development, highways, reservoirs, timber production, hazardous waste disposal, as well as policy issues. SIA is also required for all projects funded by international donor agencies such as USIA, the World Bank, and private international development agencies.
Agroecology SAFS 502 This course introduces students to the discipline and practice of agroecology, with an emphasis on relevant ecological theory within the context of production agriculture. Students are exposed to key ecological principles from population, community, and ecosystem ecology and agronomy. Students learn about the history and consequences of modern industrial agricultural systems and the need for more sustainable management practices that consider ecological interactions.
Field Experience SAFS 600 A supervised experience providing the opportunity to apply academic knowledge in settings associated with future professional employment and/or related graduate opportunities. Must be approved by a faculty adviser selected by the student. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 credit hours. Permission required. Cr/F.
Team Experience in Agroecosystems Management SAFS 642 TEAM - Organic is a 2-semester experiential course where students are actively engaged in the operation of the COLSA/NHAES Organic Dairy Research Farm. Building on principles of agro-ecology and sustainable agriculture, students explore and practice the environmental, economic, social and production strategies needed for organic food production. Organic dairy farming methods and best practices are presented and applied. The organic food chain is addressed along with marketing and value-added strategies for organic dairy products. Instruction permission. Two semesters of SAFS 642 are required.
Food Prod Field Experience SAFS 679 This is part one of a two course series to be taken during spring semester. Course provides students with hands-on experience in growing food and managing a small farm business. We will be growing fresh vegetables and some fruits for the UNH Dairy Bar. Lectures, readings, and hands-on activities during Part I focus on all aspects of production: propagation, crop establishment, irrigation, crop management, soil considerations, and pest and disease practices. Prereq: SAFS 405 or permission of instructor.
Food Prod Field Experience 2 SAFS 680  
Sustainable Agriiculture and Food Systems Farm Studio SAFS 733 THE SAFS Farm Studio is an opportunity for graduating SAFS majors to engage with the argricultural community beyond campus by serving as a team of sustainability consultants to a local farm. Through a process of open and critical dialogue, supplemented by readings, guest lectures, case studies, farm visits, targeted data collection, and reporting, we systematically explore the central questions: "Is this a sustainable operation?" and "How might it be enhanced?" We also consider how such questions posed at the farm-scale intersect with sustainability goals and constraints at regional, national, and global scales. As a capstone for the major, this course is designed to encourage reflection among SAFS students as they consider their transition from undergraduates to their future individual roles in our food system. Special fee.
Ecotourism: Managing for the Environment TOUR 705 Ecotourism embraces both the environment and economics. Provides a comprehensive framework for planning and managing ecotourism in order to both maximize potential benefits and minimize potential costs for people and the environment. Seminar format. Case studies used to assess the role of ecotourism in the sustainable development of natural resources. Prereq: TOUR 400, juniors or seniors only
Social Impact Assessment TOUR 767 Provides a cross-disciplinary perspective on the issues, problems, and methods of Social Impact Assessment (SIA). Provides analytic approach and theoretical framework for the assessment of diverse events, including changes in the natural environment, the local economy, or dominant technology. SIA is required of most U.S. and Canadian federal- and state-sponsored projects that come under the National Environmental Protection Act, as well as all projects funded by international donor agencies. (Juniors and seniors only.) Writing intensive.
Stream Ecology ZOOL 708/808 Ecological relationships of organisms in flowing water; streams as ecosystems. Lectures on physical and chemical features of streams, floral and faunal communities, and factors controlling populations and behavior of stream organisms. Lab exercises employ both field and laboratory experimental techniques. Special fee. Lab. (Not offered every year.)
College of Health and Human Services
Course Name Course # Course Description
Building a Culture of Peace RMP 444 Peace is more than just the absence of war. A culture of peace incorporates respect and dignity for all persons, stewardship of natural resources, a striving toward justice and equality, the non-violent resolution of conflicts, non-hierarchical decision-making and participatory community life. Students in this course explore the origins and concepts of peace culture. Students experience the elements of a culture of peace as they are empowered to create a peace culture within the classroom and as they share peace culture with a broader community through service learning projects.
Issues of Wilderness and Nature in American Society RMP 511 Provides students with an overview of the evolving relationship between wilderness/nature and American society. Examines the philosophy, ethics, and societal values in American society and its relationship to our natural wilderness. Recent issues are used as case studies in order for students to articulate, defend, and critique the ethical issues presented. Students are responsible for understanding and applying philosophical approaches developed by philosophers, writers, and activists associated with the wilderness, sustainability, biodiversity, hunting, suburban sprawl, environmental activism, endangered species, organic foods, and genetic engineering.
Environmental Health  PHP 902 This course offers a general introduction to the ecological basis of health and disease. It applies the principles and framework of ecosystems to human health problems associated with environmental hazards, including toxic and infectious agents that contaminate our air, water, food, the work place and other special environments. Links between environmental and occupational health effects will be explored within the public health model. Policy required for regulation and alternative strategies for prevention will be discussed.
 Climate Change and Health  PHP 930  An overview of the climate system including its physical and chemical compounds, the greenhouse effect, forcing agents and dynamics at global, regional and local scales. Human dimensions of climate change will be considered in light of data and models. An environmental epidemiology framework for analyzing the direct and indirect impacts of climate variability to public health as well as appropriate public policies, such as monitoring the greenhouse gas emission reductions will be developed.
Thompson School of Applied Science
Course Name Course # Course Description
Coop Real Education Agricultural Management AAS 275 CREAM (Cooperative for Real Education in Agricultural Management) is a 2-semester course in which students perform the work and make the financial and management decisions associated with the CREAM dairy herd. Assumption of complete responsibility for the management and care of this 25-cow herd for the entire academic year. CREAM provides students with a unique experiential learning model that will help them understand how to work together to manage and operate a small business, the decision making skills required in production agriculture, and the application of science to the management of a dairy herd. Two semesters of 4 credits each are required. Prereq: AAS 244 or ANSC 409/410 or permission.
Applied Environmental Technology CT 232 The technical and administrative issues inherent to the management of our impact on the environment are covered. Topics to be covered include: examination of the evolution, design, and processes inherent to manage and treat stormwater, deliver potable water, collect and treat wastewater discharge, manage solid and hazardous waste, and promote recycling. Global climate change monitoring is also discussed when appropriate.
Wildlife Ecology&Conservation FORT 269 Foresters directly influence wildlife by manipulating habitat through silvicultural operations. Course focuses on the ecology of New England wildlife species with emphasis on their habitat requirements and the enhancement of habitat through silviculture and the use of best management practices. 1 lec/1 4-hr lab.
Local Food for Local Tables: Enriching and Sustaining New Hampshire's Restaurants, Tourism, and Small Farms FSM 222 Focuses on how to connect local food production with the New Hampshire restaurant and tourism industry using community partnerships to benefit small farms and local economies. Explores current practices, evolving trends, and emerging food movements in a variety of national and international farm-to-table models, and examines how these may apply to New Hampshire. Guest speakers provide additional depth, with field trips used to illustrate specific topics.
Foundations for Living Sustainably in New England IAG 208/TSAS 295.04  
Environmental Issues and Society SSCI 203 2 Credits. Course focuses on contemporary environmental problems and their relationship to society. Students examine the nature and extent of specific problems, such as pollution or global warming, and review current thinking about causes, possible interrelationships, and proposed solutions. 2 lec.
Paul College of Business and Economics
Course Name Course # Course Description

Business for People, Planet and Profits

ADMN 444

Since the rise of the modern corporation, for-profit businesses have predominantly been concerned with the creation of economic value. As such, corporations are seen to be constrained by a narrow purpose with a short time horizon, to maximize (short-term financial) returns for shareholders, while other stakeholders such as the environment, employees, customers, and the community, have less, or no, direct consideration.  At the same time, few can ignore the growth of critical social and environmental issues plaguing our society. Many experts and practitioners have realized that the traditional approaches of government and the non-profit sector will not – alone – be enough to solve these problems. Many have also started considering the immense power of the private sector, and its potential to also contribute to addressing social and environmental issues. This course will allow students to explore the growing phenomenon of “socially and environmentally conscious capitalism” – a more considered type of capitalism, where the forms and methods of for-profit businesses and the market can be deliberately harnessed as a platform for social and environmental change.

Writing intensive.

Economics of Climate Change ECON 698

Students develop an understanding of the economic theory needed to study climate change, including the concepts of externalities, stock pollutant models, and the integration of factors such as information, uncertainty, technological progress and risk into economic modeling. Using this theory, students compare and critique different policy instruments such as administrative regulation, marketable permits, tax incentives, and direct subsidies. The course readings and meetings include extensive discussion of social cost-benefit analysis, the appropriate choice for a social discount rate, the precautionary principle, the development and diffusion of new technologies. The final section of the course uses economics to look at some specific perspectives related to global climate change: the perspective of developing countries, the perspective of the United States, and the suggestions economists can make towards the development of successful international treaties. The course is extensively updated every time that it is taught to include discussion of current events.

Economic Growth and Environmental Quality ECON 707  Analysis of the interrelationships among economic growth, technological change, population increase, natural resource use, and environmental quality. Application of alternative theoretical approaches drawn from the social and natural sciences. Focus on specific environmental problems, e.g., affluence and waste disposal problems, and loss of biodiversity. Prereq: ECON 605; 611;/or permission. 
Environmental Economics: Theory and Policy ECON 908 Applies microeconomic tools to issues in environmental economics. Considers the role of government, externalities, public goods, property rights, and market failure. Identifies and compares different policy instruments such as administrative regulation, marketable permits, tax incentives, and direct subsidies, along with consideration of complicating factors such as information, uncertainty and risk. These tools are applied to various policy issues such as air pollution, solid waste management, and recycling. Prereq: ECON 926 and 976.
Introduction to Ecogastronomy ECOG 401 This interdisciplinary course introduces students to the principles and practices of EcoGastronomy. It provides students with a foundation for understanding the connections among food production, ecology, ethics, cuisine, nutrition and health within the framework of sustainability. The course includes guest lectures, class discussion, film reviews, activities, and food tastings.
Hospitality Human Resources Management HMGT 635 Employment laws, unions, recruitment, selection, compensation, training and development, social responsibility and ethics, safety and performance appraisal of employees and managers in the hospitality industry\'s culturally diverse workplace. Cover social responsibility and have two group projects titled: -Recruiting people with disabilities; -Advantages and disadvantages in creating a diverse workforce.
Social Entrepreneurship MGT 798 This course is an opportunity for students to learn about and gain the tools, skills needed to become part of the powerful and growing global movement of social entrepreneurs. What are social entrepreneurs? Entrepreneurship is more than a set of tools and techniques for starting and growing a business. It's a mindset, a way of looking at things that is opportunity focused and creative. It's about passion -- doing what you love. While traditional entrepreneurship focuses more on wealth creation for the individual entrepreneur, Social Entrepreneurship is about harnessing the tools, techniques and approaches of entrepreneurial business and using them not for limited financial gain, but to help address some of the world’s most pressing social and environmental issues, such as poverty, hunger and climate change. This course will be focused on understanding about some of the world’s most pressing social and environmental issues, and the entrepreneurial ideas, process, steps, and strategies required for creating new social ventures that can make significant and lasting impact on these issues.
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Course Name Course # Course Description
Environmental Sustainability and Development DPP 904 Provides students working at a graduate level but lacking specific background in ecology with an applied perspective on challenges at the interface of rural development and environmental science. By the end of the course, students should be conversant in the languages of large-scale ecosystem, ecology, and conservation biology, and should have a basic working knowledge of the science of carbon and climate change, land use change and deforestation, and the impacts of land use on biodiversity and water quantity/quality.
Balancing Resource Managmeent, Land Use and Development DPP 952  
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems DPP 954 Reviews the historical, ecological, economic, social and political aspects of agricultural sustainability principles and practices. Examines the sustainability of various agricultural systems and practices. Examines specific commodity chains - vegetables, grains, meat - in comparative global context. Reviews general concepts governing the functioning of tropical agro-ecosystems in relation to resource availability, ecological sustainability, and socio-economic viability.