Sustainability Courses

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The following list of PSU sustainability courses have been identified by the Institute for Sustainable Solutions through syllabus review. This is not a complete list of all sustainability courses offered at PSU, and we welcome new submissions to the list.

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ACTG 560

Professional Ethics and the Public Interest



Anthropology of Food


ANTH 461/561

Past Human-Environment Interactions*



Fundamentals of Environmental Design


ARCH 421/521

Urban Design Methods*


ARCH 435/535

Topics in Modernism

Business Administration

BA 495

Business Strategy*


BI 429/529

Conservation Biology*

Black Studies

BST 414U/514



BST 450/550

Race and Sustainability


BST 467U

African Development Issues*

Civil Engineering

CE 481/581

The Columbia River as a System*


CE 483/583

Estuarine Circulation*


CE 488/588

Air Quality

Chicano/Latino Studies


Chicano/Latino Communities*


COMM 415/515

Problems in Intercultural Communication*


COMM 429/529

Health Communication Campaigns

Conflict Resolution

CR 410/510

TOP: Peace, Conflict, and Globalization*


EAS 333U

Problems, Solutions, and Systems Thinking*


EC 332U

Economics of Environmental Issues*


EC 348

The Globalization Debate*


EC 417/517

Women in the Economy*


EC 431/531

Urban Economics*


EC 522

Economics of Sustainability


ED 620

Doctoral Studies Professional Seminar*

Education Leadership and Policy

ELP 410/510

TOP: Permaculture and Whole Systems Design


ELP 506

LSE Comprehensive Exam

  ELP 510

Nonviolence and Sustainability: Gandhi's Philosophy in Practice


ELP 517

Ecological and Cultural Foundations of Education


ELP 519

Sustainability Education


ELP 548

Advanced Global Political Ecology


ELP 550

Advanced Leadership for Sustainability


ELP 571

Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum*


ENG 368U

Literature and Ecology


ENG 385

Contemporary Literature: The Poetics of Sustainability


ENG 449

Gender, Sexuality and Environment*


ENG 507

Postcolonial Ecology


ENG 507

Queer Ecologies*

Environmental Science and Management

ESM 101

Environmental Science I


ESM 220

Introduction to Environmental Systems


ESM 222

Applied Environmental Studies: Policy Considerations*


ESM 322

Environmental Risk Assessment*


ESM 330

Environmental and Ecological Literacy


ESM 355U

Understanding Environmental Sustainability I


ESM 356U

Understanding Environmental Sustainability II


ESM 416/516

Ecosystem Restoration


ESM 424/524

Wetland Ecology and Regulations


ESM 428/528

Urban Ecology*


ESM 429/529

Environmental Impact Assessment


ESM 460/560

Air Quality


ESM 471/571

Atmospheric Physics*


ESM 485/585

Ecology and Management of Bio-Invasions


ESM 588

Environmental Sustainability

Engineering and Technology Management

ETM 568/668

Energy Technology Innovations*


G 352U

Minerals in World Affairs*


GEOG 230

Environment and Society: Global Perspectives



Climate Variability



Geography of Globalization



Urban Geography



Global Water Issues and Sustainability



Resource Management



World Population and Food Supply



Cultural and Political Ecology



Geography of World Affairs*



Geography of the Pacific Rim



Geography of Latin America



Geography of Africa



United States and Canada


GEOG 442/542

Sustainable Cities


GEOG 445/545

Resource Management Topics


GEOG 446/546

Water Resource Management


GEOG 448/548

Urban Forest*


HST 333U

Food and Power in American History*


HST 337U

History of U.S. Cities*


HST 339U

Environment and History


HST 405B/505B 

Readings in Environmental History: The Nature of American Cities

International Studies

INTL 201

Introduction International Studies


INTL 490

Global Sustainable Development

Information Systems

ISQA 458/558S

Food Industry Supply and Logistics


ISQA 511

Sustainable Operations Management

Mechanical Engineering

ME 422/522

Building Energy Use Modeling*


MGMT 421/521S

Design Thinking for Social Innovation


MGMT 422/522S

Money Matters for Social Innovation*


MGMT 423/523S

Storytelling for Social Innovation

Native American Studies

NAS 399

SPST: Native American Politics and Activism*

Public Administration

PA 311U

Introduction to Civic Engagement*


PA 414

Civic Engagement: The Role of Social Institutions*


PA 510

Designing the Smart Grid for Sustainable Communities


PA 510

Sustainable Systems and Organizational Resilience


PA 514

Global Leadership and Management*


PA 542

Sustainable Development Implementation


PA 553

Sustainable Development: Policy and Governance


PA 563

Citizens and Administration


PA 568

Forest Policy and Administration


PH 375U

Climate Change and Human Life


PH 471/571

Atmospheric Physics*


PH 473/573

Alternative Energies*

Public Health Education

PHE 410/510

TOP: Food System Sustainability


PHE 443U

Environmental Health


PHE 444U

Global Health


PHE 452U

Gender, Race, Class and Health*


PHE 471

Program Planning and Evaluation*


PHE 522/622

Health and Social Inequalities*


PHE 580

CNCPT Environmental Health


PHL 309U

Business Ethics


PHL 310U

Environmental Ethics

Political Science

PS 319

Politics and the Environment


PS 399

Environmental Political Theory


PS 449/549

International Environmental Politics and Law*


PS 530

Seminar in International Relations*


PSY 410/510



PSY 480

Community Psychology*

Science Education

SCI 321U

Energy and Society I


SCI 334U

Climate Variability


SCI 336U

Water in the Environment II


SCI 361U

Science: Power-Knowledge


SOC 320



SOC 330

Sociology of Food Inequalities*


SOC 426/526

Gender and Mental Health*


SOC 427/527

Gender and Work*


SOC 436U

Social Movements*


SOC 441/541

Population and Society*


SOC 446

Immigrants and America*


SOC 465/565

Environmental Sociology


SOC 468

Political Sociology*


SOC 585/685

Medical Sociology*


SOC 588/688

Social Sustainability: Theory and Practice


SOC 684

Social Inequality*

Social Work

SW 520

Social Work and Social Welfare Policy*


SW 539

Social Justice in Social Work*

Systems Science


Indigenous & Systems Perspectives on Sustainability*


SYSC 410/510

Sustainable Systems and Organizational Resilience


SYSC 423/523

Systems Ideas and Sustainability

University Studies

UNST 101

Race and Social Justice*


UNST 102

Race and Social Justice*


UNST 103

Race and Social Justice*


UNST 119



UNST 121

Design and Society


UNST 122

Design and Society


UNST 123

Design and Society


UNST 124



UNST 125



UNST 126



UNST 199

SPST: Critical and Visionary Sustainabilities


UNST 224

Environmental Sustainability


UNST 239

Knowledge, Rationality, and Value


UNST 254

Popular Culture


UNST 421

CAP: Animal Aid Grantwriting for Wildlife Conservation in Africa*


UNST 421

CAP: Animating/Reclaiming the Commons


UNST 421

CAP: Asset Mapping with GIS: Empowering Communities*


UNST 421

CAP: Community Greenworks


UNST 421

CAP: Creative Reuse*


UNST 421

CAP: Documenting Sustainable Practices


UNST 421

CAP: Empowering Portland's Ecodistricts*


UNST 421

CAP: Environmental Education Native American Lens


UNST 421

CAP: Environmental Justice and Salmon


UNST 421

CAP: Farm Education for Youth*


UNST 421

CAP: Forests, Nature, and Social Movements


UNST 421

CAP: Grantwriting Environmental Defense/Advocacy


UNST 421

CAP: Grantwriting for Indigenous Cultural Sustainability*


UNST 421

CAP: Grantwriting for Sustainability


UNST 421

CAP: Hunger/Food Security: PSU and Beyond*


UNST 421

CAP: Learning Gardens, Community Engagement and Sustainability


UNST 421

CAP: Multimedia Production Team*


UNST 421

CAP: Museum of the City


UNST 421

CAP: Outdoor and Environmental Education


UNST 421

CAP: Portland's Water


UNST 421

CAP: Sustainability Outdoors*


UNST 421

CAP: Sustainable Cities


UNST 421

CAP: Sustainable Food System and Educational Farms


UNST 421

CAP: Sustainable Living


UNST 421

CAP: Urban Agriculture and Food Systems*


UNST 421

CAP: Volunteer Stream Monitor*


UNST 421

CAP: Womens Prison Gardens

Urban Studies and Planning

USP 199/399

SPST: World Changing Jobs: Careers Exploration


USP 311U

Introduction to Urban Planning


USP 312U

Urban Housing and Development


USP 313U

Urban Environmental Issues


USP 317U

Introduction to International Community Development


USP 324U

Healthy Communities


USP 325U/425U

Community and the Built Environment


USP 385U

History of U.S. Cities*


USP 386U

Portland Past and Present


USP 419/519

Population and Society*


USP 429

Poverty Urban Community*


USP 430

Participatory Research Methods for Community Development


USP 445/545

Cities and Third World Development


USP 456/556

Urban Transportation: Problems and Policy


USP 465/565

Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning


USP 490/590

Green Economics and Sustainable Development


USP 493/593

Public Participation GIS


USP 510/610

Theorizing Urban Ecologies


USP 512

Environmental Planning Methods*


USP 518

Energy and Society


USP 524

Site Planning


USP 529

Green Buildings I


USP 551

Community Economic Development*


USP 569

Sustainable Cities and Regions


USP 588

Sustainable Development Practices


USP 595

Reshaping the Metropolis


USP 616

Cities in the Global Political Economy

Women's Studies

WS 306U

Women, Environment and Activism*


WS 377U

Ecofeminist Spirituality*


WS 417/517

Women in the Economy*


WS 426/526

Gender and Mental Health*