University of Dayton
Academic Catalog 2013-14

Sustainability, Energy and Environment

The minor in Sustainability, Energy and the Environment (SEE) is a multidisciplinary effort to encourage students to explore complex societal sustainabilty 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 environment should notify the coordinator of sustainability, energy and environment.

Sustainability, Energy and Environment Advisory Committee

Robert Brecha (Physics), Coordinator
Cassiman (Social Work), Fouke (Philosophy), Hallinan (Mechanical Engineering), Jablonski (Marianist Environmental Education Center and Religious Studies), Kwon (Visual Arts), McEwan (Biology), Pautz (Political Science), Potter (English), Wu (Geology)

 

Minor in Sustainability, Energy and Environment (see)

Sustainability, Energy and Environment 1
SEE 250Intr-Sustn Ergy&Envr3
SEE Core6-9
Select one or two courses (3-6 hours) from:
Cities and Energy
Cities and Suburbs
Cities and Suburbs
Cities and Suburbs
Constructns of Place
Select no more than one course (0-3 hours) from: 2
Glbl Chng&Erth Sys
Sustainable Biosphre
Global Envr Biology
Environmentl Geology
Energy Resources
SEE Depth 6-9
(one course with experiential or research component) 3
Sustnblty Research I
   and Sustnblty Resrch II (SEE Depth Courses)
SEE-Honors Thesis
   and SEE-Honors Thesis
Topics Soc Sci Study
Eco of Environmnt
Literature and the Environment
Environ Hst Americas
Environmental Ethics
Phl of Ecology
Environmental Policy
Ecology & Religion
SWK & Envir Justice
Total Hours18

1

 Students who wish to minor in Sustainability, Energy and Environment should contact the coordinator of the Sustainability, Energy and Environment minor.

2

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

3

 Additional courses may be approved by SEE coordinator.

Courses

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

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. Corequisite(s): BIO 101, SCI 230, or equivalent.

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 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 o 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 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 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.