Sustainability in Courses

Sustainability is necessary. If we're not creating sustainable systems, we're either exploiting others, inexorably dissipating, crossing our fingers that our ingenuity will save us again, or some combination of the three. I'm all for promoting human ingenuity, but we should be trying to live within our means as we continue to look for ways to expand those means fairly and sustainably.

Students and faculty on a field trip to the Shawsheen River for the environmental economics course--The Dammed Shawsheen, Spring 2015.

Emerson offers sustainability related coursework at the bachelor’s level that can be taken towards the Environmental Studies minor or be used to fulfill the Scientific Perspective of the General Education curriculum requirement. The courses include both social and natural sciences and have a multidisciplinary approach. Students can explore the relationships between people and the environment, focusing in particular on the sustainable use of natural resources and the causes, consequences, and communication of the complex environmental problems faced by human societies, including air and water pollution, habitat loss and restoration, and climate change.

Click here for more information on the Environmental Studies Minor. 

View the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogues for full course descriptions.

Environmental Sciences

  • SC 220 Energy and Sustainability
  • SC 221 Meteorology
  • SC 222 Earth Science: Natural Disasters
  • SC 223 Climate Change
  • SC 224 Ecology and Conservation
  • SC 225 Science and Politics of Water
  • SC 226 Plants and People
  • SC 292 Topics in Environmental Science
  • SC 320 Science in Translation: Environmental Science
  • SC 321 Environments, Ecosystems, and Cultures of the Past
  • SC 392 Advanced Topics in Environmental Science

Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts

  • IN 123 Eco-Warriors: Message, Rhetoric and Impact
  • IN 234 Topics in Environmental Studies
  • IN 326 Dammed Shawsheed: Blending Ecology and Economics in the Real World
  • EC 203 Principles of Economies
  • JR 320 Environmental Journalism
  • JR 364 Climate Change and the Election (by special permission)
  • LI 217 Literature, Culture and the Environment
  • LI 405 Reading and Writing and the Environment
  • PH 204 Environmental Ethics
  • VM 520 Filmmaking and the Environment
  • WR 317 Writing Place and Distance: Art and Environment in the West of Ireland