ESSP 310 - Sustainable Food Systems
This course will examine the need for development of sustainable food production systems. The course will introduce the concept of an integrated agro-ecosystem. Students will learn how food production systems work, how they impact natural ecosystems, how fragile the human food resource has become, and gain an appreciation of the complexity of relationships between humans and food.
ESSP 420 - Sustainable Energy
This course is an interdisciplinary exploration of Sustainable Energy. The interdisciplinary exploration includes the analysis of renewable energy systems as well as the socio-economical, political, and environmental aspects of renewable energy. The course will specifically analyze the origin and dimensions of global energy issues and identify how renewable energy issues and policies are critical to the sustainable future of global environmental quality, economic growth, social justice, and democracy.
ESSP 505 - Energy Issues and Earth Systems (on campus and online)
This course is about today’s complex energy issues. It gives an overview of energy history, the last century trends and the achievement in energy production. It also discusses energy systems and energy “linkages” with society. It then examines the pros and the cons of both fossil fuels and alternative fuels. Finally, it considers the future of energy in low-carbon energy systems.