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ENS 201 Principles of Sustainability

ENS 201Principles of Sustainability

Course Outline

Course Number & Name:  ENS 201 Principles of Sustainability

Credit Hours:  3.0             Contact Hours:  3.0          Lecture:  3.0                       Lab:  N/A                Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:  Grade of “C” or better in ENG 085 or placement

Co-requisites:  None                                                      Concurrent Courses:  None

Course Description: This course is designed to provide an introduction to and fundamental knowledge of sustainability concepts for entry-level students, as well as for under- and/or unemployed adults who are in job transition from non-environmental sectors seeking grounding in the field of sustainability. Topics covered include basic sustainability principles and practices relative to population issues, climate change, renewable energy, consumption, ecosystem threats, transportation, green design and construction, biodiversity, food, and environmental justice.

Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. explain the fundamental concepts behind sustainability and how they relate to energy issues, waste management, and present day governmental and societal values;
  2. describe how sustainability and global population growth are related;
  3. discuss the concepts of carrying capacity and environmental footprint;
  4. examine the aspects, advantages, and disadvantages of renewable energy; and
  5. explain how threats to ecosystems influence sustainability.