Course Information

Sustainability Leadership Semester: Courses

Students in the Sustainability Leadership Semester earn a total of 15 credit hours in the following subject areas. Expect courses to intertwine and faculty to turn up frequently in each other's classes. Expect fewer lectures and more time to collaborate, consult and problem-solve.

BIOL/SUST: Landscape Limnology (4 cr.)
This course examines the physical, chemical and biological variables of freshwater lakes, streams and wetlands that influence living organisms in these aquatic ecosystems. Emphasis will be placed on how their interactions contribute to the environmental, economic and social health of watersheds that make up every landscape


SUST: Environmental Policy and Politics (3 cr.)
Explores the environmental policy-making process with specific attention to water and land management policy in the Elkhart River watershed. Investigates the differences between, as well as the overlap of local, state and federal water policy. Analyzes how the intersection of socio-economic forces with scientific data shapes policy development and implementation. The course will include a critical and normative analysis of current policy with an assessment of the future role of students in creating and implementing policy.

SUST: Faith, Ethics and Eco-justice (3 cr.)
A survey of biblical literature and beliefs related to creation care and environmental stewardship will be the foundation of this course. Students will interact with the writings of theologians and ethicists who have grappled with the interconnectedness of God, humans and the rest of the created order. The course will utilize peacemaking and eco-justice principles as a life-giving way to respond to environmental issues.


SUST: Sustainability and Regeneration (3 cr.)
An interdisciplinary course that integrates both the theory and practice of sustainable living. It will examine the links and interactions between human social systems and natural ecological systems in areas of buildings, transportation, food, land use, and energy generation at a global scale, a national scale, and a personal scale within the learning community at Rieth Village. Students will examine the conflicts and issues that have resulted from personal and societal choices and seek regenerative responses to these consequences.


BIOL/SUST: Environmental Problem Solving (2 cr.)
Each student will complete a research project based on a complex environmental issue from the local context and propose responses that promote sustainability. The project will include relevant literature, data collection, analysis of data, written and oral presentations of findings. The student will demonstrate the intersection of landscape dynamics with faith, policy, and sustainability concepts.

See the 2012 Environmental Problem Solving projects here.