Sustainability, Energy, and the Environment

The minor in Sustainability, Energy and the Environment (SEE) is a multidisciplinary effort to encourage students to explore complex societal sustainability issues that do not fit easily into one traditional academic discipline. The genesis of this program lies in the realization that a scientific and technical knowledge of environmental, ecological, and energy system challenges will not be sufficient to develop viable answers. Many disciplines at the University make contributions to these issues, ranging from ethical, spiritual, and artistic, to economic, political, and sociological approaches. Students will be introduced to the minor through a seminar-style course, will take at a minimum two further team-taught and interdisciplinary courses, and will gain experience in interdisciplinary research.

Students desiring to minor in sustainability, energy, and the environment should notify the program coordinator.

 
Sustainability, Energy, and the Environment Advisory Committee
Katie Schoenenberger (Hanley Sustainability Institute and Geology), Coordinator
Beagle (Chemistry), Bednarek (History), Bohrer (Fitz Center), Brecha (Physics), Cuy Castellanos (Dietetics), Fouke (Philosophy), Hallinan (Mechanical Engineering), Hatcher (Facilities Management), Holcomb (Sociology), Jablonski (Marianist Environmental Education Center and Religious Studies), Jennings (Art and Design), King (Rivers Institute), McEwan (Biology), Pautz (Political Science), Potter (English), Wu (Geology)
 


 

Minor in Sustainability, Energy, and the Environment (SEE)

Sustainability, Energy and the Environment 1
SEE 250Introduction to Sustainability, Energy & the Environment3
SEE Core6-9
Select one or two courses (3-6 hours) from:
Cities & Energy
Cities & Suburbs: The Influence of Place (Social Science)
Special Topics in Social Science
Constructions of Place
Special Topics in Sustainability, Energy and the Environment
Select no more than one course (0-3 hours) from: 2
Global Change & Earth Systems
Ecology
Sustainability & the Biosphere
Global Environmental Biology
Environmental Geology
Energy Resources
Energy & Environmental Physics
SEE Depth 6-9
(one course with experiential or research component) 3
Sustainability Research I (SEE Depth Courses)
Sustainability Research II
Experiential Study in Sustainability, Energy and the Environment
Conservation Biology
Plant Diversity & Ecology
Ecological Restoration
Environmental Plant Biology
Biology of Rivers & Lakes
Environmental Ecology
Biology of Infectious Disease
Water Resources Engineering
Environmental Pollution Control
Water & Wastewater Engineering
Hazardous Waste Treatment
Economics of the Environment
Economic Development & Growth
Urban & Regional Economics
Engineering Design & Appropriate Technology
Literature and the Environment
Glacial Geology
Surface & Groundwater Hydrology
Applied Geographic Information Systems
Envrionmental Remote Sensing
Community Nutrition
Food Justice
Environmental History of the Americas
History of American City Planning
Energy Efficient Buildings
Sustainable Energy Systems
Design for Environment
Renewable Energy Systems
Energy Efficient Manufacturing
Sustainable Manufacturing & Product Design
Environmental Ethics
Philosophy & Ecology
Environmental Policy
Christian Ethics & the Environment
Ecology & Religion
Social Work & Environmental Justice
Art and Social Practice
Total Hours18
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 Students who wish to minor in Sustainability, Energy and the Environment should contact the coordinator of the Sustainability, Energy and the Environment minor.

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Students with a major not otherwise requiring a biology course must complete either SEE 301 (with its prerequisite) or BIO 359 or BIO 395.

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 Additional courses may be approved by SEE coordinator.

Courses

SEE 250. Introduction to Sustainability, Energy & the Environment. 3 Hours

A multidisciplinary introduction to Sustainability, Energy and the Environment (SEE) and to the SEE minor. Emphasis on learning how to view complex issues from different disciplinary points of view, developing reading and critical thinking skills about current issues in sustainability, gaining an awareness of different ethical positions and how these influence the quest for solutions, and learning how scientific and sociopolitical processes work to investigate and address sustainability issues.

SEE 301. Global Change & Earth Systems. 3 Hours

Multidisciplinary introduction to the science of the earth system. Focus is on the interrelatedness of geological, biological, chemical and physical processes, and on methods used to understand both the past natural history and potential future scenarios for change in the earth system.

SEE 303. Constructions of Place. 3 Hours

Multidisciplinary, arts-based course that explores the complex connections between our sense of place and the physical and environmental conditions that influence landscapes and communities.

SEE 390. Special Topics in Sustainability, Energy and the Environment. 1-3 Hours

Examination of a specific problem or topic relating to sustainability, energy and the environment at the regional, national, or global scale including particular topics relating to global sustainability policy and sustainable development goals, human rights and climate change and access to modern energy systems. Students will analyze the topic from multiple perspectives possibly including artistic, technical, scientific, social, economic, ethical, and faith-based. Students will apply interdisciplinary knowledge to characterize systems, resources, and stakeholders relevant to the particular problem or topic and discuss solutions to establish more resilient and sustainable systems. Prerequisite(s): SEE 250.

SEE 401. Sustainability Research I. 3 Hours

Interdisciplinary exploration of the issues of sustainability. The scientific, moral, spiritual, social, political, historical, ethical and economic dimensions of sustainability will be explored. Exploration of the foundations of ethical theory and their application to environmental issues. Students will pursue a research project with the primary focus on sustainability on campus. Prerequisite(s): PHL 103 or ASI 112 or ASI 120; completion of General Education Natural Science or CAP Natural Science Requirements: junior or senior standing.

SEE 402. Sustainability Research II. 3 Hours

An interdisciplinary exploration of the issues of sustainability as they affect the Dayton community. Course will also explore political philosophy and the ethical foundations of public policy. Students will choose an in-depth community-based research project. Prerequisite(s): PHL 103 or ASI 112 or ASI 120; completion of General Education Natural Science or CAP Natural Science Requirements; junior or senior standing.

SEE 477. Sustainability, Energy & Environment Honors Thesis Project. 3 Hours

First of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approval of University Honors Program.

SEE 477H. Honors Thesis. 3 Hours

First of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approval of University Honors Program.

SEE 478. Sustainability, Energy & Environment Honors Thesis Project. 3 Hours

Second of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approved 477; approval of University Honors Program.

SEE 478H. Honors Thesis. 3 Hours

Second of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approved 477; approval of University Honors Program.

SEE 490. Experiential Study in Sustainability, Energy and the Environment. 1-3 Hours

Experiential study of a topic in Sustainability, Energy and the Environment. Students will study a topic of their choosing in consultation with instructor or faculty advisor. Topics will be problem-driven and focused on developing sustainable solutions at the local, national, or global scale. Prerequisite(s): SEE 250.