Courses

SUS 405 – Sustainable Solutions

An integrative approach to developing sustainable solutions to meet the needs of human society by integrating environmental, economic, and social justice issues on local, regional, and global scales.  Through readings, writing, presentations, digital research and dissemination, and field and laboratory work students will identify and explore complex problems. Then through project-based and integrative learning students will explore potential solutions that might help achieve sustainability objectives. Students will study the issues and focus on innovation & business solutions, policy approaches, individual action, stakeholder participation, campaign strategy, and dissemination related to solving the problems being analyzed.
Prerequisite(s): Any two courses in the Sustainability Studies Minor.
Meets general academic requirement W.

SUS 350 – Community Sustainability in Costa Rica

Students explore solutions to complex community problems related to sustainability in Costa Rica.  During the spring semester students develop projects and prepare for the two-week study/research/travel experience to Costa Rica at the end of May.  Preparation includes study of the area’s ecological diversity; political, cultural, and social issues; research skills; and service in the Allentown Community.  In Costa Rica students explore a variety of habitats, live in and interact with members of a small town, and conduct both community service and independent research projects.  Research projects focus on ecology, sociology, culture, sustainability, and public health of the region.  One objective is to remove the blinders of specific discipline-based learning and our own culture to enable us to develop sustainable solutions.
Meets general academic requirements DE and SC and satisfies the IL requirement.

RJF 450 – RJ Fellows Senior Capstone: Exploring Change

The RJ Fellows Senior Seminar is the integrative Culminating Undergraduate Experience (CUE) for the RJ Fellows Honors Program.  In this student driven seminar we will explore through classroom and on-line discussion, guest lectures, field trips, and community-based and project-based learning different ways to create opportunities for constructive conversation and dialog across difference in order to effect positive change.  Student’s from different disciplinary backgrounds will work together to develop a scholarly project focused on one of the following ways to unite and improve dialog across difference: 1) community art; 2) community gardening; and 3) inter-group dialog techniques.  Ultimately, students will present their findings at the RJ Fellows Senior Symposium in late April.  RJ seniors will also have the opportunity to reflect on their RJ experience.

BIO 262 – Cultural and Economic Botany

Study of the ecological relationship between plants and humans, and the implications for local and global conservation. Topics covered include medicinal plant use, agroecology, plant ecology, tropical ecology, and community-based conservation. Three lecture hours and three laboratory/field hours per week Prerequisite: BIO 151 or BIO 165

BIO 160 – Foundations of Biological Inquiry

BIO 108: Plants & People

This course is a survey of the diversity of plants and their relationship with people. We will focus on the uses of plants from historical, contemporary, and multicultural perspectives. We will explore how plants serve as our foods, medicines, fibers, fuels, and the other ways that they impact our lives and influence our cultures. The scientific process, ethnobotanical study, agricultural and environmental issues, and ethical considerations will be closely examined. This course will include hands-on, field and laboratory study of plants.
Prerequisite(s): Students who have taken BIO 150, BIO 151, or BIO 152 need permission of the instructor to enroll.
Meets general academic requirement S or SC.