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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

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Liaison John Cook
Submission Date May 31, 2013
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University of California, Riverside
ER-7: Sustainability-Related Courses

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The number of sustainability-related courses offered :
27

The total number of courses offered :
6,206

Number of years covered by the data:
One

A list of sustainability-related courses offered:

• BIOL 106 Biology of Human Variation, 4 units, Lecture, 3 hours; discussion, 1 hour. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 102; BIOL 105 or BIOL 108; STAT 100B (STAT 100B may be taken concurrently); or consent of instructor. A survey of variation within and among contemporary human populations arising from genetic and environmental factors. Covers single-locus and polygenic inheritance, developmental plasticity, and physiological acclimatization. Includes biogeographic and demographic influences; variation in pigmentation, stature, physiology, disease susceptibility, behavior, and IQ; and critical evaluation of racial and ethnic classifications

•CEE 132 Green Engineering & CEE 232. Green Engineering (4) Lecture, 3 hours; discussion, 1 hour. Prerequisite(s): CHE 120 or consent of instructor. A study of the design, commercialization, and use of feasible and economical processes and products that minimize risks to human health and the environment. Topics include environmental issues, risk assessment, and regulations; flow of chemical and manufacturing unit processes and flow-sheet analysis for pollution prevention; product life-cycle assessment; and industrial ecology. May be taken Satisfactory (S) or No Credit (NC) with consent of instructor and graduate advisor. Credit is awarded for only one of CEE 132 or CEE232
• CEE 251 Microbial Engineering and Environmental Biotech
Discusses the recent development of novel biocatalysts and biological materials for degrading toxic pollutants or synthesizing environmentally friendly chemicals
• CEE 269 Aerosols and the Climate Introduces research at the interface of particle air quality and climate. Focuses on the effects of particle formation and composition on climate.
• CHEM 140 Environmental Chemistry Lab o Theory and application of chemical techniques for the analysis of environmentally relevant chemical processes. Discusses gas phase, condensed phase, surface, and particulate chemistry. Topics include "acid rain," photochemical smog, ozone depletion, and chemical analysis monitoring.
• ECON 006 Intro to Environmental Economics
• ECON/ENSC 143 Ecological Economics and Environmental Valuation
• ECON 148 Land & Resource Economics
• ECON 209 Non market Valuation and Environmental Policy
• ENSC003 Contemporary Issues in the Environmental Sciences
• ENSC006 Introduction to Environmental Economics (see ECON 006)
• ENSC102 Introductory Atmospheric Science
• ENSC142 Water Quality
• ENVE 134 Technology of Air Pollution Control
• ENVE 144 Solid Waste Management
• ENVE 146 Water Quality System Design
• ENVE 133 Fundamentals of Air Pollution Engineering
• ENVE 145 Hazardous Waste Management
• ENVE 135 Fate and Transport of Environmental Contaminants
• HIST 287A. Seminar in Nature, Place, and Space: Environmental and Spatial Approaches to History (4) Seminar, 3 hours; outside research, 3 hours. Prerequisite(s): graduate standing or consent of instructor. Surveys historical literature and methodologies involved in spatial and environmental analyses of the past, examines technical and methodological issues involved in using spatial documents (maps), and discusses applications of historical research to environmental remediation. Students work on a research paper. May be undertaken as a one- or two-quarter course (HIST 287A, HIST 287B). Graded In Progress (IP) until the last quarter is completed, at which time a final grade is assigned. After completing both HIST 287A and HIST 287B, students may repeat the sequence once for credit; total credit for each course may not exceed 8 units.
• HIST 287B. Seminar in Nature, Place, and Space: Environmental and Spatial Approaches to History (4) Seminar, 3 hours; outside research, 3 hours. Prerequisite(s): graduate standing or consent of instructor; HIST 287A. Surveys historical literature and methodologies involved in spatial and environmental analyses of the past, examines technical and methodological issues involved in using spatial documents (maps), and discusses applications of historical research to environmental remediation. Students discuss and critique each other’s research. After completing both HIST 287A and HIST 287B, students may repeat the sequence once for credit; total credit for each course may not exceed 8 units. Course is repeatable to a maximum of 8 units.
• ME 176. Sustainable Product Design (4) Lecture, 3 hours; discussion, 1 hour. Prerequisite(s): ME 103, ME 110, ME 113, ME 116A. Introduces the principles of sustainable product design. Topics include life cycle design; design for reliability, maintainability, and recycling/reuse/remanufacture; materials selection; and manufacturing processes. Includes project in which students analyze the environmental impact of a product and redesign it to reduce the impact. Credit is awarded for only one of ME 176 or ME 210.
• ME 210. Sustainable Product Design (4) Lecture, 3 hours; consultation, 1 hour. Prerequisite(s): graduate standing or consent of instructor. Introduces the principles of sustainable product design. Topics include life cycle design; design for reliability, maintainability, and recycling/reuse/remanufacture; materials selection; and manufacturing processes. Includes project in which students analyze the environmental impact of a product and redesign it to reduce the impact. May be taken Satisfactory (S) or No Credit (NC) with consent of instructor and graduate advisor. Course is repeatable as content changes. Credit is awarded for only one of ME 176 or ME 210.
• PHIL 117. Environmental Ethics (4) Lecture, 3 hours; extra reading, 3 hours. Prerequisite(s): one course in philosophy or consent of instructor. A philosophic consideration of ethical problems that arise from the use and exploitation of the environment. Topics covered include workplace pollution hazards; environmental pollution and protection of collective natural resources; the rights of future generations; the rights of animals; the protection of endangered species.

• SOC 181 World Systems and Globalization
• SOC 184 Environmental Sociology


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