2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin


Office: Boettcher Center West Room 241
Mail Code: 2050 E. Iliff Ave. Denver, CO 80208
Phone: 303-871-3977
Email: Hillary.Hamann@du.edu
Web Site: https://www.geography.du.edu/academics-advising/undergraduate-programs#sustain-ug

Sustainability is a concept that is becoming increasingly important as human societies recognize the finite nature of many natural resources and the lingering ill effects of overconsumption, pollution and poorly planned land uses. Sustainability is defined as meeting the needs of the current generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs and to do so while maintaining ecological processes, functions, biodiversity and productivity into the future. An understanding of sustainability includes the scientific basis for sustainable resource use as well as the social and economic implications and/or costs of sustainable practices. Given the state of the global economy, the social unrest that is building throughout many parts of the world, the ultimate dependence of both developed and developing nations on an increasingly stressed natural environment, and the connections between these, moving toward a sustainable future requires an interdisciplinary perspective of the challenges facing society today.


Minor Requirements

Minimum of 24 credits as follows: 

Gateway Course4
Sustainability & Human Society
Elective Lens Courses
16 elective credits, including at least one course from each of the three "lens" categories: Natural & Physical Sciences; Social Sciences; and Arts & Humanities.
Natural/Physical Science Electives4-8
General Ecology
Conservation Biology
BIOL 3020
BIOL 3030
Invasive Species Ecology
Ecology of the Rockies
BIOL 3060
Ecological Field Methods
Global Change Ecology
Coral Reef Ecology
Coral Reef Ecology Lab
Insect Ecology
Topics in Ecology
Advanced Topics in Conservation Biology
Introduction to Environmental Chemistry
Atmospheric Chemistry
Environmental Chemistry & Toxicology
ESLLC: Local and Regional Environmental Issues (LLC: restricted)
ESLLC: The Impact of Development on the Environment (LLC; restricted)
ESLLC: Energy in American Society (LLC; restricted)
ENVI 2801
Human Dimensions of Global Change
Contemporary Environmental Issues
Geographies of South Africa
Applied Climatology
Climate Change and Society
GEOG 3700
Mountain Environments and Sustainability
Geography of Colorado
GEOG 3830
Water Resources & Sustainability
Andean Landscapes (Inter-term travel course)
GEOG 3880
Environmental Geology
Physics of Climate
Social Sciences & Korbel Electives4-8
Religion, Environmentalism, and Politics
Contemporary Issues of Native North America
Science, Technology and Human Values
Anthropologies of Place
Ancient North America
Indigenous Environment
Culture and The City
Culture, Ecology, Adaptation
Urban Economics
Environmental Economics
Environmental Law
The Human Population
Economic Geography
GEOG 2420
World Cities
Geography of Latin America
Culture/Nature/Economics-Human Ecology
Geographies of Migration
Urban Landscapes
Urban and Regional Planning
Urban Sustainability
Transportation and Mobilities
Urban Transportation Planning
Sustainability and Transportation
GEOG 3730
GEOG 3740
Topics in Human-Environment Interactions
Geography of Health
Health & Environment, England (Inter-term Travel Course)
Geographies of International Development in Africa
Ecological Economics
Urban Geography Seminar
INTS 2270
Comparative Development Strategies
Introduction to Global Health
Global Environment
Topics in Legal Studies (Business & Sustainability) 1
International Law & Human Rights
Arts & Humanities Electives4-8
Arts of the American West
ARTH 3850
The Circle and the Four Corners: Native North American Art
COMN 2115
Topics in Communication (Communications and Climate Change) 1
Data Visualization
Designing Social Good
Sustainable Design
Topics in Emergent Digital Making (Biomedia)
EDPX 3725
Topics in English (Native American and Aboriginal Land in Literature; Images of the Apocalypse in Literature and Film) 1
Native American Literature
Writing the American West
The American West Since 1860
From Sea to Shining Sea: Nature in American History to 1900
Paved Paradise? Nature and History in Modern America
The Strange History of American Suburbia
Social & Political Philosophy
Environmental Ethics
Religion, Environmentalism, and Politics
Additional elective credits may come from any lens category or other approved electives.4
Other Approved Courses + Internships 20-4
Leadership and Sustainability in Belize (Inter-term travel course)
Business Ethics and Social Responsibility
Social Justice: Exploring Oppression (LLC; restricted)
Capstone Seminar4
GEOG 2550: Current Issues in Sustainability (topics vary by instructor)
Total Credits24
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