Curricula

Curricula related to sustainability are found in many disciplines and integrated into several degree and certificate programs. Below is a summary listing of undergraduate and graduate coursework offered through CSUSB. You may also search for specific courses by key word using the Adobe Find tool in open Course Catalogs.

Undergraduate Courses


ECON 360

Economics of the Environment

Economic causes and implications of air and water pollution, urban congestion, natural resource depletion and population growth; examination of the economic impacts of alternative forms of environmental control and protection. (4 units)

GEOG 350

Conservation and Natural Resources

Principles of resource utilization and ecology as they involve human development and political economic policy. (4 units)

GEOG 360

Weather and Climate

An examination of atmospheric processes and the relationships between the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere that influence local, regional and global patterns of weather and climate. Relationships between human activity, vegetation patterns, weather and climate will be discussed. Prerequisite: GEOG 103 or consent of instructor. (4 units)

GEOG 365

Climate Change

An examination of past climates, modern climates and evidence for future climate change. Students are required to attend two weekend field trips. Prerequisite: GEOG 103 or GEOL 101. (4 units)

HSCI 322

Air Pollution

Principles of air quality management, including health implications of polluted air, applicable fundamentals of meteorology, air quality regulations, and current concepts in air pollution control technology. Prerequisites: college level courses in biology and chemistry. (2 units)

HSCI 352

Principles of Environmental Health

Introduction to the effects of the physical, chemical, and biological environments and their impacts on human health and wellbeing. Emphasis is placed on the principles of assessment, evaluation, and control of environmental risks related to public health. Discussion topics include air, water, and solid waste pollution plus food protection, radiation, hazardous wastes, and environmental impacts. Prerequisites: college level course in biology and HSCI 120. (4 units)

HSCI 358

Water Quality and Pollution Control

Major sources and control of water pollution. Includes discussion of water legislation, wastewater treatment, quality control criteria for safe drinking water, and their impact on aquatic life. Prerequisites: HSCI 352, college level coursework in biology and chemistry, or consent of instructor. (4 units)

MGMT 324

International Environmental Management

Examines the managerial issues relating to environmental and resource policies in the global economy, focusing on the global environment impact of multinational competition, international treaties, and waste distribution. (4 units)

NSCI 300

Science and Technology

Relationship between science and technology past, present and future with case studies of the energy crisis, the technology of pollution control and recycling, automation, computers, technology assessment and other contemporary issues. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing. (GE=B5) (4 units)

NSCI 310

The Environment and Human Survival

Consideration of the environment and environmental problems generated by the interactive effects of our biological heritage, the impact of science and technology, and our cultural attitudes. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing. (GE=B5) (4 units)

NSCI 320

Natural Science Capstone Energy

Present and future energy sources, including fossil fuels, hydroelectric power, nuclear energy and solar energy. Scientific principles and technological requirements for developing energy sources, economic factors and environmental problems associated with energy production and consumption. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing. (GE=B5) (4 units)

NSCI 351

Health and Human Ecology

A survey of the impact of physical, social and biological environments on health related issues such as poor housing, drug abuse, juvenile delinquency, radiation and pesticide exposure, food quality, noise, air and water resources and their relation to human settlements. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing. (GE=B5) (4 units)

PSCI 342

The Politics of Environment

Environmental problems in their political context, including air, water, thermal and noise pollution, solid waste, population growth, resource management, and the political costs and benefits of environmental protection. (4 units)

SSCI 315

Cultural Adaptation: The Quest for Survival

An interdisciplinary inquiry into diverse cultural solutions to universal human problems. Topics include alternative cultural provisions for satisfying economic, social, political and religious needs. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing. (GE=D5) (4 units)

SSCI 321

Urbanization and the Urban Environment

Patterns and processes of urban growth. Major emphasis on reasons for growth of cities; economic, social, political and structural changes in urban areas which accompany urbanization; and a cross-cultural analysis of urban problems. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing. (GE=D5) (4 units)

ANTH 475

Cultural Ecology

An examination of theories, methods and applications of the ecological perspective in the anthropological study of human cultures, and a cross-cultural comparison of adaptations to different ecological niches. (4 units)

ANTH 493

Urban Anthropology

Utilization of ethnographic and cross-cultural materials in an examination of anthropological concepts and methods for the study of urban environments and the processes of urbanization. (4 units)

GEOG 470

Hydrology and Water Resources

Basic principles of hydrology: relationships between atmospheric, surface and groundwater phenomena; stream flow and flood prediction; water supply and quality. Prerequisite: GEOG 103 or consent of instructor. (4 units)

GEOL 460

Topics in Applied Geology

A selected topic of applied geology such as engineering geology, groundwater, environmental geology, resource management, well log analysis, and geological hazards. Four hours lecture. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: GEOL 360 or consent of instructor. (4 units)

HSCI 401

Advanced Environmental Health

An integrated view of the factors that contribute to illness, injury, or death, and that affect the health status of individuals and populations. Topics include epidemiology, demographics, and statistics on health status, determinants of health and illness, behavioral aspects of health, and preventive care. Environmental health laws and regulations as well as compliance with current regulations are emphasized. The laboratory emphasizes methods of measuring and evaluating environmental health risks as well as field experience. Topics include: environments within buildings, food sanitation, water sanitation and control, solid and hazardous waste and control, air pollution and control, community noise and control. Four hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Formerly HSCI 353. Prerequisites: HSCI 352, college level course work in biology, chemistry, and physics is recommended or consent of instructor. (5 units)

HSCI 477

Environmental Health Engineering

Methods used in designing systems which mitigate environmental contamination of air, soil, and water. Topics include stream reaeration, kinetics of biological degradation, soil mechanics, adsorption, and other principles related to environmental media protection and renovation. Prerequisites: HSCI 120 and 352. (4 units)

HSCI 478

Environmental Health Management

Methods of management for promoting optimum environmental health, emphasizing land use planning, environmental impact reporting, facility planning, and risk assessment. Prerequisite: HSCI 120. (4 units)

HSCI 496

Internship in Environmental Health

Individual studies in environmental health. Students will be placed with public agencies to gain applied and/or research experience. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisites: health science majors with concentration in environmental health science and senior class standing or consent of advisor. (4 units)

MGMT 490

Strategic Management

This college capstone course develops an overall general manager's perspective of strategic management and competitive strategy integrating knowledge from accounting, finance, information and decision sciences, production, management, marketing, and public policy. Coverage includes competitive strategy for global, national and regional/ local business and managerial concerns regarding social and environmental issues. Emphasis is on cases, small group work, and preparation of required business plan. Prerequisites: completion of the upper division administration core courses (one course may be taken concurrently), the upper division writing requirement, and senior standing. (4 units)

SOC 430

Urban Sociology

Nature, causes and consequences of urbanization; metropolitan areas; location and types of cities; social and demographic characteristics of urban populations. (4 units)

Graduate Courses


COMM 543

Environmental Communication

Examination of communication involving environmental issues in national and international contexts. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between communication and environmental problems and issues. Formerly a topic under COMM 584. (4 units)

ECON 545

Economics of Water Resources

Economics of water resources and related policies, with special emphasis on California where water is a scarce resource. Topics include: water supply and economic growth; urban demand for water; water markets; and water benefit cost analysis. Prerequisites: ECON 200 and 503, or consent of instructor. (4 units)

ESTM 548

STEM Education: Green Technology

Green technology with an emphasis in wind turbines, hydro-electric power, bio-fuels, environmental monitoring solar power, fuel cells, green construction, other related technologies and career paths. Prerequisite: ESTM 510 or consent of instructor. (4 units)

GEOL 510

Scientific Issues in Surface and Groundwater Management

Overview of groundwater concepts and issues, including groundwater origins and behavior; response to wells; water chemistry; water quality and contamination; development and management. Emphasis is given to applications and case studies. This course does not satisfy requirements for the B.A. and B.S. degrees in geology. Four hours lecture. (4 units)

GEOL 550

Earth Resources (S)

An overview of the geology, distribution, and occurrence of many types of ore deposits, and the methods of their extraction. Topics include metallic resources, industrial minerals, building materials, and energy resources. Weekend field trip(s) may be required. Four hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Materials fee required. Prerequisite: GEOL 322 with a grade of "C" or better. (5 units)

GEOG 650

Environmental Issues of Land Management

Study of multiple use management of nonurban land by local government. Emphasis will be placed on recreation, mining, and the maintenance of open space, biotic habitat, and air and water quality. The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and related issues will also be addressed. (4 units)

HSCI 558

Management of Water Quality

Survey of water quality parameters and pollution control techniques. Includes in-depth discussion on current topics in water legislation, water pollution, and its impact on public health, flood impacts, water conservation options, and drought management. Prerequisite: prior or concurrent enrollment in HSCI 358 or consent of instructor. (4 units)

HSCI 558

Management of Water Quality

Survey of water quality parameters and pollution control techniques. Includes in-depth discussion on current topics in water legislation, water pollution and its impact on public health, flood impacts, water conservation options and drought management. Prerequisite: prior or concurrent enrollment in HSCI 358 or consent of instructor. (4 units)

HSCI 616

Environmental and Occupational Health

Sources, routes, media, and health outcomes associated with chemical, physical, and biological agents in the environment; effects on water quality, air quality, food safety, land resources, and disease in community and occupational settings. Includes methods to identify and evaluate hazard sources and framework used to effect hazard control. Public health issues, research designs, factors important to the development of monitoring programs. Current federal legal framework, policies, and practices associated with environmental issues and intended to improve public health. Formerly HSCI 504. (4 units)

HSCI 650

Administration of Environmental Management Programs

Analysis of local, state, and national environmental and occupational health programs including program planning and evaluation. Comparative study of international environmental management problems, styles, and techniques. Prerequisites: HSCI 352 and 600. (4 units)

HSCI 651

Air Quality Management

Advanced concepts of air pollution and analysis of relationship among sources, meteorology, health effects, monitoring, sampling, and emission control systems. Laws and regulations with interpretation and application to the industry. Prerequisites: classified graduate status and HSCI 617, or consent of instructor. (4 units)