Sustainability Planning & Leadership Courses

CORE for all concentrations in the Environment and Sustainability major:

ENV 1401

Water & Land: Conserv & Ecolog

A study of the broad issues of environmental science and the interaction of humans and the environment with a focus on human connections to land and water from an ecological and management perspective, with particular emphasis on the need to use our understanding of land and water resources to solve real-world problems.
(3 Hours)
ENV 1402

Air, Energy, Dev & Climate Chg

A study of broad issues of environmental science and the interaction of humans and the environment with a focus on atmosphere, climate change, development and sustainable use of energy resources.
(3 Hours)
ENV 1403

Sustainability Sci & Envir Pol

An examination of the interface of science and policy surrounding land, water and air, focusing on how diverse scientific perspectives can inform methods and instruments for effective policy-making toward sustainable solutions.
(3 Hours)
ENV 1404

Environ Field & Skills Lab

A laboratory experience that provides students with an introduction to field and lab methods commonly used in the environmental sciences.
(1 Hours)
ENV 1405

Environmental Leadership Sem

An introduction to the theories and practices of leadership and organizational behaviors in the environmental field. Through a series of discussions as well as individual and collaborative activities, participants will begin to understand and appreciate the challenges faced by environmental leaders.
(1 Hours)
ENV 1406

Environmental Educ & Comm

A practical introduction to the strategies, methods, and tools of environmental education and communication. Students will investigate concepts that are foundational to environment literacy. Students will complete initial requirements for North Carolina Environmental Education Certification and explore national competencies for leadership development in the field. Social media platforms will be used to elevate opportunities for networking, education, and marketing.
(3 Hours)
ENV 4250

Experiential Learning Env

An integrative learning experience that blends academic work with a department-approved practical field experience. Formal evaluation, supervision, and direction of the in-field experience are provided by an outside agency in coordination with a faculty member. Formal evaluation, supervision, and direction of the academic work are provided by a faculty member. Cannot be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Major or minor in Environment & Sustainability, a department approved in-field experience, and permission of instructor.
(2 Hours)
ENV 4501

Capstone in Environ & Sustain.

A culminating experience for major and minor students in their senior year that draws upon the knowledge and training the students bring from their academic experience in the major. This course will examine leadership and the various approaches to achieve successful careers in environment and sustainability related work. The course will examine how alumni are now successfully applying the skills and knowledge they have gained while attending Catawba College to their roles in their work and community activities. Prerequisites: ENV 1401, ENV 1402, ENV 1403 and Senior Standing.
(2 Hours)

Sustainable Planning & Leadership Concentration

ENV 2300

Intro to Geogr Inform Systems

This course will illuminate the increasing integration of spatial data and maps into our modern lives. The course will introduce the fundamentals of geographic information systems (GIS) & global positioning systems (GPS), and cover a variety of uses for geographic data.
(3 Hours)
ENV 3650

Sustainable Planning & Design

A study of how we design and plan where we live and work and the communities in which we live in ways that lower our ecological footprint while creating healthier places to live. Prerequisite: ENV 1112 or ENV 1401 or ENV 1402 or ENV 1403.
(3 Hours)

Policy Elective (3 hours)

ENV Electives (any course 2000 level or above - 6 hours)

Students earning a concentration in Sustainable Planning & Leadership must earn a minor in a different field of study approved by program faculty (if a student earns a double major, the second major will count in place of the requirement for a minor).