Environmental Studies (ENVS)
Approved for letter and S/U grading. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Develops systems-thinking skills needed to make connections between different disciplines to better understand problems and trade-offs related to sustainability. Students will gain competence in conducting cost-benefit and life-cycle analyses and learn about sustainability metrics while improving their ability to communicate about the integrated dimensions of sustainability within an interdisciplinary setting. Prerequisite: For students enrolled in the Sustainability, Energy and Environment Fellows Program.
Students will work with faculty, staff, and/or the Student Sustainability Committee to advance campus sustainability goals and the Illinois Climate Action Plan. This course is designed to enable students to apply their disciplinary knowledge to tackle inherently interdisciplinary problems, while also developing and enhancing their critical analysis, leadership, organizational, and project management/evaluation skills and preparing them for addressing sustainability issues in their careers. 1 to 4 undergraduate hours. 1 to 4 graduate hours. Approved for letter and S/U grading. May be repeated, if topics vary. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Problem-focused learning and a holistic and interdisciplinary perspective to address critical sustainability-related challenges facing society. Students will gain critical thinking skills to examine the sustainability of various decisions, analyze the trade-offs between the economic, environmental and social dimensions of sustainability of alternative solutions, learn techniques to operationalize the concept of sustainability and develop practical skills in sustainability assessment. Team projects will develop team building skills, communication skills and project management skills. 4 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. Prerequisite: ENVS 301. For students enrolled in the Sustainability, Energy and Environment Fellows Program.