Curriculum

Introduction

One of the primary functions of colleges and universities is to educate students. By training and educating future leaders, scholars, workers, and professionals; higher education institutions are uniquely positioned to understand and address sustainability challenges. Institutions that offer courses covering sustainability issues help equip their students to lead society to a sustainable future.

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Tapping Campus Trees & Making Syrup

  • University of Louisville (KY)

Each winter in the early spring semester, University of Louisville students, faculty, staff, and community partners participate in tapping trees on campus to make syrup and learn about the process ...


Disrupt Climate Injustice Curriculum Disruption

  • The New School (NY)

In 2018, The New School invited all 14,000 faculty, staff, and students to participate in a university-wide curriculum disruption entitled "Disrupt Climate Injustice." Participants were encouraged to stop "business ...


Environmental Technology

  • Fanshawe College (ON)

This three-year program provides students with a strong basic knowledge of Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Biology with focus on the concepts of air, water and waste water management. In particular ...

  • Posted July 22, 2019
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Adventure Expeditions and Interpretive Leadership

  • Fanshawe College (ON)

The Adventure Expeditions and Interpretive Leadership (Co-op) program, leading to an Ontario College Diploma, provides the training, practical skills and eco-tourism industry experience to prepare graduates for work locally, provincially ...

  • Posted July 22, 2019
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Renewable Energies Technician (Co-op)

  • Fanshawe College (ON)

Students will begin by building foundational knowledge in the electrical, electronic and mechanical disciplines and how they function in the renewable energies sector. Students will also study the design and ...

  • Posted July 22, 2019
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A Framework for Leadership for Sustainability Education at Portland State University

  • Portland State University (OR)

In response to the hitherto unchallenged assumptions supporting a globalized economy, the Leadership for Sustainability Education (LSE) program, formerly Leadership in Ecology, Culture, and Learning, was developed as part of ...

  • Posted July 19, 2019
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Lessons Learned from Developing a New Distance-Learning Masters Course in the Green Economy

  • Bournemouth University (Dorset)

It is widely recognised that for the green economy to develop successfully, new educational curricula will be required to help professionals develop appropriate knowledge and skills. Relatively few university courses ...

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Sustainable Development Goals and sustainability teaching at universities: Falling behind or getting ahead of the pack?

  • University of Malta (Northern Harbor District)
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • Bournemouth University (Dorset)
  • Universidade Aberta
  • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
  • University of Beira Interior
  • University of Passo Fundo
  • University of Aveiro
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Federal University of Santa Maria

The fact that the world community is engaged in pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) means that an unrivalled opportunity is provided to universities, both in respect of teaching and ...

  • Posted July 19, 2019
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Introduction to Systems Thinking for the Chemistry Education Community

  • University of Nevada Las Vegas (NV)
  • American Chemical Society (DC)

Within recent history, both science research and science education have been largely reductionist in perspective. While the reductionist approach has resulted in a significant increase in our knowledge of the ...

  • Posted July 19, 2019
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Interacting Pedagogies: A Review and Framework for Sustainability Education

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Although the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005–2014) was a period of rapid pedagogical revitalization and innovation, much sustainability education today is still delivered using transmissive and instrumental ...

  • Posted July 19, 2019
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Humanities for the Environment—A Manifesto for Research and Action

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Sydney
  • Trinity College Dublin (The University of Dublin)
  • National Sun Yat-sen University
  • National Taiwan University

Human preferences, practices and actions are the main drivers of global environmental change in the 21st century. It is crucial, therefore, to promote pro-environmental behavior. In order to accomplish this ...

  • Posted July 19, 2019
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Making the hidden curriculum visible: sustainability literacy in higher education

  • University of Plymouth (Devon)

Despite strong political support for the development of sustainability literacy amongst the UK graduates, embedding sustainability in the higher education curriculum has met with widespread indifference, and in some cases ...

  • Posted July 19, 2019
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Learning Economics and Attitudes to Market Solutions to Environmental Problems

  • Stockholm University
  • University of Gothenburg
  • University of Birmingham

Climate change challenges governments to reduce emissions, and to gain support for such actions from their citizens. This can be in the form of taxation or legislation, or other forms ...

  • Posted July 19, 2019
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Designing low carbon higher education systems: Environmental impacts of campus and distance learning systems

  • Open University

Purpose – This paper aims to summarise the methods and main findings of a study of the environmental impacts of providing higher education (HE) courses by campus‐based and distance/open ...

  • Posted July 19, 2019
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Distributed leadership: Building capacity for interdisciplinary climate change teaching at four universities

  • University of New South Wales (NSW)
  • University of Wollongong (New South Wales)
  • Murdoch University (Western Australia)
  • University of Tasmania

Purpose – Interdisciplinary approaches to climate change teaching are well justified and arise from the complexity of climate change challenges and the integrated problem-solving responses they demand. These approaches require academic ...

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Design of higher education teaching models and carbon impacts

  • Open University

Purpose – This research aims to examine the main findings of the SusTEACH study of the carbon-based environmental impacts of 30 higher education (HE) courses in 15 UK institutions, based on ...

  • Posted July 19, 2019
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Teacher Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship

  • Liverpool Hope University

This book examines how educators internationally can better understand the role of education as a public good designed to nurture peace, tolerance, sustainable livelihoods and human fulfillment.

Bringing together empirical ...

  • Posted July 19, 2019
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Renewable Energy Specialization, Bachelor

  • DeVry University - Naperville Center (IL)

Have a passion for technology and protecting the environment? Get started on a path to a new and more fulfilling career with a Bachelor’s Degree with a Specialization in ...

  • Posted July 11, 2019
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Graduate Certificate in Environmental Justice

  • University of Kansas (KS)

Environmental justice emerged from an increased awareness of the disproportionately high impacts of environmental change and degradation on economically and politically disadvantaged communities. It addresses issues such as social, economic ...

  • Posted July 11, 2019
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Environmental Policy/Environmental Justice Concentration, Management (MS)

  • Thomas Edison State College (NJ)

The John S. Watson School of Public Service and Continuing Studies offers areas of study under the Master of Science in Management (MSM) focusing on issues of management and public ...

  • Posted July 11, 2019
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Graduate Certificate in Environmental Justice

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Environmental justice (EJ) refers to the conditions of or right to a safe and healthy environment for everyone, regardless of race, class, gender, ability or other considerations. From this perspective ...

  • Posted July 10, 2019
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Social and Environmental Justice Concentration, Liberal Studies (MA)

  • The City University of New York (NY)

Social problems and Environmental problems are seen as separate issues, making it difficult to see how thoroughly intertwined they are and how often they both involve issues of Justice. The ...

  • Posted July 10, 2019
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Social and Environmental Justice Concentration, Geography (BA)

  • Ohio University (OH)

Geographers use nature-society frameworks and spatial analysis to understand how inequality and inequity are built into everyday life for individuals based on where they live, work, go to school, and ...

  • Posted July 10, 2019
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Social & Environmental Justice Concentration, Geography (MA)

  • Ohio University (OH)

Geographers use nature-society frameworks and spatial analysis to understand how inequality and inequity are built into everyday life for individuals based on where they live, work, go to school, and ...

  • Posted July 10, 2019
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Honours Bachelor of Environmental Design & Planning

  • Fanshawe College (ON)

This program combines the theory, knowledge and techniques of landscape architecture, urban design and physical planning with training in geographic information systems, computer-aided design, visualization and presentation technologies. Students work ...

  • Posted July 10, 2019
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Environmental Writing Minor

  • Chatham University (PA)

Students are exposed to the writing process but also gain entrance to the worlds of ecology and policy, enabling them to support their language skills with fact-based substance.

  • Posted July 10, 2019
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Botany Minor

  • Chatham University (PA)

Botany, or plant biology, is the scientific study of plants, from algae to giant sequoia trees. A minor in botany is ideal for students who wish to supplement their studies ...

  • Posted July 10, 2019
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Sustainability Minor

  • Chatham University (PA)

Students pursuing a minor in sustainability will explore society’s sustainability challenges and focus on data driven and entrepreneurial solutions. The sustainability minor consists of 18 credit hours (6 courses).

  • Posted July 10, 2019
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Environmental Science (BS)

  • Chatham University (PA)

The Environmental Science BS major provides students with an interdisciplinary, scientific perspective to help them develop an evidence-based approach to environmental challenges. Foundational courses in biology, chemistry, ecology, hydrology, climate ...

  • Posted July 10, 2019
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Master of Arts in Food Studies (MAFS) - MBA Dual Degree Program

  • Chatham University (PA)

Core courses provide breadth and depth in food studies, business, and sustainable business, equipping all students with a holistic understanding of food systems and business skills. All students are expected ...

  • Posted July 10, 2019
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Occupational Health and Safety Engineering

  • Ecole de Technologie Superieure (QC)

The objectives of this program are to provide students with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills to carry out specialized professional engineering activities in the field of occupational ...

  • Posted July 10, 2019
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DESS in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

  • Ecole de Technologie Superieure (QC)

This program totals 30 credits and has continuing education objectives. It is intended for engineers and professionals wishing to acquire advanced knowledge on the different types of renewable energy. They ...

  • Posted July 10, 2019
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Master in Environmental Engineering

  • Ecole de Technologie Superieure (QC)

Students who wish to undertake this master can either write a thesis or undertake an intervention project in a company, an application project or a technical report. The program trains ...

  • Posted July 10, 2019
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Environmental Engineering Concentration

  • Ecole de Technologie Superieure (QC)

Students doing a degree program in construction engineering can take the environmental engineering concentration of 9 courses as follow :

  1. CTN735 Environment and sustainable buildings (3 cr.)
  2. CTN736 Integrated sustainable building ...
  • Posted July 10, 2019
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Sustainability Minor

  • Clemson University (SC)

The Sustainability Minor is open to all majors. The program is designed to familiarize students with the core values of sustainability, and gain an in-depth knowledge of why and how ...

  • Posted July 10, 2019
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Plant and Environmental Sciences (PhD)

  • Clemson University (SC)

Areas of specialization within Plant and Environmental Sciences (PES) include Agronomy, Crop Improvement, Crop Physiology, Horticulture, Integrated Pest Management, Microbial Ecology, Plant Breeding, Plant Nutrient Management, Plant Physiology, Soil Science ...

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Plant and Environmental Sciences (MS)

  • Clemson University (SC)

Areas of specialization within Plant and Environmental Sciences (PES) include Agronomy, Crop Improvement, Crop Physiology, Horticulture, Integrated Pest Management, Microbial Ecology, Plant Breeding, Plant Nutrient Management, Plant Physiology, Soil Science ...

  • Posted July 10, 2019
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Entomology (PhD)

  • Clemson University (SC)

The Entomology doctoral program offers three primary research areas: Agricultural and Applied Ecology, Urban and Medical Entomology, and Biodiversity, Systematics and Evolution. The MS degree requires students to conduct research ...

  • Posted July 10, 2019
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Entomology (MS)

  • Clemson University (SC)

The Entomology graduate program offers three primary research areas: Agricultural and Applied Ecology, Urban and Medical Entomology, and Biodiversity, Systematics and Evolution. The MS degree requires students to conduct research ...

  • Posted July 10, 2019
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Corporate Social Responsibility Certificate

  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (WI)

This certificate offered through the Department of Sociology, Criminology and Anthropology will help students learn to critically evaluate how leadership in corporations act responsibly in relationship to the environment, community ...

  • Posted July 10, 2019
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Master of Science in Environmental Safety and Healthy

  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (WI)

The online MS in Environmental Safety & Health focuses on the needs of businesses and organizations to effectively manage complex environmental safety and health issues in the workplace. The program ...

  • Posted July 10, 2019
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Sustainability Management Certificate

  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (WI)

Students pursuing this certificate are required to take courses in sustainability management, global environmental challenges, scientific foundation, social and political foundation, and environmental management. The final requirement for the certificate ...

  • Posted July 10, 2019
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Environmental Studies Minor

  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (WI)

This interdisciplinary minor combines information from a wide range of courses, all of which focus on some aspect of environmental studies. Participating departments and programs include Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Economics ...

  • Posted July 10, 2019
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Integrated Science-Business Water Emphasis (ISBM)

  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (WI)

The Integrated Science-Business Major (ISBM) combines the disciplines of science and business into an interdisciplinary program. The ISBM provides a strong foundation in the sciences (32 credits) as well as ...

  • Posted July 10, 2019
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Environmental Science

  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (WI)

Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary program that teaches students to understand contemporary environmental problems and recognize potential solutions in a holistic way through broad training in the sciences, social sciences ...

  • Posted July 10, 2019
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Environmental Studies Minor

  • Wellesley College (MA)

The environmental studies minor is designed to provide all students with a set of core knowledge and exposure to a breadth of approaches and ideas important to environmental studies. Environmental ...

  • Posted July 10, 2019
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Environmental Studies

  • Wellesley College (MA)

Environmental studies is an interdisciplinary program at Wellesley College. It trains students to address pressing issues, such as the biodiversity crisis, the collapse of oceanic fisheries, toxic waste disposal, global ...

  • Posted July 10, 2019
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Minor in Environment, Resources, and Sustainability

  • University of Waterloo (ON)

Environment, Resources and Sustainability is a student-centered learning environment that bridges insights from the natural, physical, and social sciences to help solve some of the world’s biggest challenges – from ...

  • Posted July 10, 2019
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Environmental Engineering (BAS)

  • University of Waterloo (ON)

The Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Environmental Engineering combines the technical rigour of an engineering degree with scientific know-how and environmental insights. Students take courses in engineering, chemistry, biology ...

  • Posted July 10, 2019
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Environmental Studies Minor

  • Colby College (ME)

The environmental studies minor can be elected by majors in any discipline and is designed to introduce students to environmental issues and their ramifications in the context of the social ...

  • Posted July 10, 2019
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Founded in 2009, The GREEN Program creates short-term, experiential education programs focused on sustainable development. TGP's accredited model has attracted university students representing over 470 universities and 70 countries globally.