Courses

After completing most of your coursework, you will participate in an internship, which ideally will synthesize at least two different areas of study. Possible internships include on-campus environmental/sustainability efforts and local environmental organizations such as Southface (an Atlanta organization promoting sustainable homes, workplaces and communities), the National Wildlife Federation or the Georgia Conservancy. ESS minors can also consider a summer internship elsewhere in the U.S. or abroad. If you are planning a minor in this program, consult early in your college career with one of the advisers to plan your course of study. 

ESS-101   INTRO TO ENVIRONMENTAL ANS SUSTAINABILITY STUDIES  (4)       
Causes and effects of human incursion into natural systems. Examination of social, political, ethical and economic issues and theory in light of ecological and evolutionary principles, with a goal of developing sustainable programs.    

ESS-202   PUBLIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH COMMUNICATION (4)
Examines and develops communication practices associated with current issues and controversies. Focus on communication as related to public and environmental health,
especially as directed to target populations and advocacy. Final project related to a student’s academic interest.
Pre-requisite: ENG-110, PH-101, or ESS-101 (for ESS minors)
(Cross-listed with PH-202)

ESS-295   TOPICS IN ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP (4)
A study of environmental policies and the management and leadership skills necessary to effectively engage with the social and political aspects of the environmental challenges we face.
Prerequisite: ESS-101 or permission of instructor

ESS-331   ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH  (4)
An interdisciplinary, scientific survey of human interactions with the natural and built environments of the earth, and how anthropogenic stressors can ultimately influence public health and environmental quality. Physical and social environments are important determinants of the health of individuals and communities. Exposure to chemical, biological and physical agents can and do occur through the air, water and soil that comprise our physical environment. Particular emphasis in this course will be placed on describing (1) what pollution is and how/why it is harmful, (2) what the root sources and causes of pollution are, (3) what happens to pollutants when they enter the environment, and (4) how each pollutant class affects individual and community health over acute to chronic exposure periods.
Pre-requisite: ESS-101
(Cross-listed with PH-331)

ESS-395   TOPICS IN GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES  (4)
Advanced topics in Environmental and Sustainability Studies, emphasizing the global aspects of such issues as population growth, availability of affordable clean water, food sources and distribution, loss of biodiversity, energy production and consumption, pollution, and climate change.
Pre-requisite: ESS-101

BIO-108   ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY  (4)
An introduction to human effects on interactions among organisms and the environment. May not be used to fulfill the minimum requirements for the biology major.
3 LEC, 1 LAB

BIO-215   MARINE BIOLOGY  (4)
Ecological approach to the study of marine organisms as exemplified in temperate, semitropical and tropical environments. A three-week, summer field course; dates to be determined. Limited to 14 students.
Prerequisite: One biology course and the instructor’s permission

BIO-270   INVERTEBRATE BIOLOGY  (4)
Comparative anatomy, functional morphology, systematics and evolution of major and minor invertebrate phyla to achieve an understanding of unity, diversity and evolution in these animals. Laboratory includes some fieldwork.
3 LEC, 1 LAB
Corequisite: BIO-210

BIO-201   MICROBIOLOGY  (4)
Cell biology, metabolism, genetics and phylogeny of bacteria and archaea. Introduction to eukaryotic microbes and viruses. Principles of pathogenesis, immunology and environmental microbiology. Applications in biotechnology, medicine and industry. Individual laboratory project and use of representative literature in the discipline.
3 LEC, 1 LAB
Prerequisite: BIO-110 and BIO-111

BIO-308   ECOLOGY  (4)
Interactions of organisms with their abiotic and biotic environments. Study of species, populations, communities and ecosystems from ecological and evolutionary perspectives. Laboratory and field studies, environmental analysis.
3 LEC, 1 LAB
Prerequisite: BIO-110, BIO-111, and one 200-level BIO course (for biology majors) or BIO-108 (for environmental and sustainability studies)

CHE-270   FOUNDATIONS OF INORGANIC AND BIOINORGANIC CHEMISTRY  (2)
This foundation course in inorganic chemistry examines the behavior of the elements in an effort to identify and explain patterns on the periodic table. The course focuses on the approximately 28 elements with known roles in biochemical systems including iron, copper, zinc, Na+/K+ , Mg+2, and Ca+2. Topics include the toxicity of environmental pollutants and the often surprising toxicity of nutritionally required elements such as iron and copper. Recent discoveries and case studies are used to explain biochemical selectivity in a wide variety of systems; plant, animal and archaea.
Prerequisite: CHE-220 and CHE-220L

ECO-105  INTRODUCTION TO MICROECONOMICS  (4)
Microeconomics studies how individuals and firms allocate scare resources via markets. In addition to an introduction to microeconomics, this course examines topics such as monopoly and competition, taxes and government interventions in the economy, and international trade.

HIS-342   A HISTORY OF NATIVE AMERICANS  (4)
An examination of beliefs, practices and social structures among native North American groups from the seventeenth century to the present. Themes include: cultural diversity; European-American imperialism; environmental impacts; the politics and processes of “removal”; identity and citizenship; reservation life; and resistance.                                                                       

MAT-325  MATHEMATICAL MODELS AND APPLICATIONS  (4)
Development of techniques of model building. Applications to illustrate the techniques drawn principally from the natural and social sciences.
Prerequisite: MAT-206 or MAT-220 with a grade of C- or better

PH-101    SURVEY OF PUBLIC HEALTH  (4)
Survey course that introduces the subdisciplines of public health. Introduces epidemiological, environmental, occupational, cultural, behavioral, and policy issues relevant to the health of populations around the world. Includes a historical context for current health issues and global practices.

PHI-109   ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS  (4)
An exploration of moral issues arising from relations among human beings, non-human animals, and the environment. Specific topics may include the value and moral standing of individuals, species, and ecosystems; biodiversity, development, and sustainability; and environmental justice and environmental racism.

PHI-111   PROBLEMS OF PHILOSOPHY  (4)
An examination of a selection of central philosophical problems, such as the existence of God, free will, personal identity, morality, mind and body and the possibility of knowledge.

POL-103   INTRODUCTION TO WORLD POLITICS  (4)
Examines the evolution of the international state system, as well as the current challenges to it. Course also explores some of the major issues in international politics today, including economic development, human rights, globalization, and environmental and gender issues. We also explore some of the majors theories that help explain and predict international political events.

POL-207   MODERN POLITICAL THOUGHT  (4)
An examination of major thinkers, such as Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Wollstonecraft, Burke, Mill and Marx, whose ideas have shaped the politics and ideologies of the modern world. We will also consider several contemporary political issues and commentators to illustrate the continuing influences of these modern theorists.