Wildlife Conservation

The World Wildlife Fund recently reported that total wildlife populations declined over 50% between 1970 and 2010.  Our class will explore the primary causes of habitat and wildlife loss including consumption, pollution, and climate change. We will then engage with diverse political, economic, and social approaches to preserving and protecting the remaining biodiversity. Our class […]

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Ethical and Political Dimensions of Climate Change

With an overwhelming scientific consensus favoring the prevalence of theories that accelerating changes in the earth’s climate exist and are due to anthropogenic causes, the problem of conveying the need for policy changes to mitigate and adapt to global warming is becoming one for social scientists as much as for natural scientists. This course explores […]

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Food Justice Matters

This course explores food justice issues in the twenty-first century. Students think critically about topics such as whether food marketing to children should be restricted, whether agricultural subsidies should be eliminated, and how stakeholders incorporate healthful eating practices into health policies. Using local farms, local non-profit agencies, the department of health, and other related organizations, […]

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Entrepreneurship and Sustainability

Thoughtful understanding of the complexity of the relationship between business and sustainability requires an elementary understanding of critical technical concepts and trends at the intersection of both. Business is the engine that drives global economic growth and innovation. However, “business, as usual,” has reached dangerous levels of consumption and resource scarcity which deem an unsustainable […]

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Playing with Genes

This course explores divisive bioethical issues surrounding our growing ability to analyze and manipulate genes in humans, animals and plants. Students are introduced to the basics of the human genome, the technology such as CRISPR that allows for genetic manipulation and the possibilities that provides in health and understanding genetic disease. Students discuss selected readings, […]

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Food Water Energy Nexus

Food, energy, and water resources are interconnected, so addressing one resource will cause scarcities in others. This complex problem requires innovative, cooperative, and interdisciplinary solutions utilizing the skills from multiple disciplines. The next generation must be equipped with sustainability and resilience strategies for the food energy water nexus, requiring interdisciplinary approaches. Natural scientists, engineers, social […]

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