Our courses are integrated across disciplines.

The SEE Minor includes a closely integrated set of courses, including an introductory seminar, general education courses, as well as research and experiential learning courses. The common thread is the natural interdisciplinary of SEE topics. Students in the SEE Minor will be in close contact with peers who are majoring in a wide variety of disciplines, thus contributing different perspectives to these integrated courses.

As part of the SEE Minor, students select elective coursework that fulfills part of the depth requirement. Taught by academic departments from across the University, these courses represent both the long-term efforts of faculty, staff, and students to offer diverse and integrative environmental and sustainability curriculum, as well as more recent efforts to expand those offerings to serve the growing interests of students in these fields.

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SEE Course list

SEE 250 - Introduction to Sustainability, Energy and the Environment

A multidisciplinary introduction to Sustainability, Energy and the Environment (SEE) and to the SEE minor. Emphasis is on learning how to view complex issues from different disciplinary points of view, developing skills in critical thinking about current issues in sustainability, gaining an awareness of different ethical positions and how these influence the quest for solutions, introducing skills in reading current literature on sustainability, and learning how scientific and sociopolitical processes work to investigate and address sustainability issues.

SEE 301 - Global Change and Earth Systems

A multidisciplinary introduction to the science of the earth system. Focus is on the interrelatedness of geological, biological, chemical and physical processes, and on methods used to understand both the past natural history and potential future scenarios for change in the earth system. Corequisite: BIO 101, 151, or SCI 230.

SEE 303 - Constructions of Place

A multidisciplinary, arts-based course that explores the complex connections between our sense of place and the physical and environmental conditions that influence landscapes and communities.

ASI 320 - Cities and Energy

An interdisciplinary examination of the influence of energy on the urban environment since the Industrial Revolution, how this relationship has affected every aspect of city life from culture to infrastructure, and prospects for cities of the future. The history domain is emphasized. The Spring 2012 semester will be co-taught by English and History.

ASI 322/323/324 - Cities and Suburbs

This interdisciplinary course examines the changing social, political, economic, cultural, ethical, and religious factors that shape life in cities and suburbs. It examines the factors that influence where people choose to live and the conditions that both unite and divide people across urban/suburban regions. Particular consideration is given to issues of social injustice, privilege and oppression, and moral responsibility. The social science domain is emphasized. This course is cross-listed with ASI 323 and ASI 324. Students taking ASI 322 may not receive credit for ASI 323 or ASI 324.

ASI 345 I & II - River Leadership Curriculum

The River Leadership Curriculum provides an interdisciplinary study of rivers and watersheds drawing on work in the natural sciences, social sciences, aesthetics, and public policy. Classes are taught by students, faculty, and community partners with a strong emphasis on experiential learning and leadership development.

SEE 401 - Sustainability Research I

Interdisciplinary exploration of the issues of sustainability. The scientific, moral, spiritual, social, political, historical, ethical and economic dimensions of sustainability will be explored. Will also provide exploration of the foundations of ethical theory and their application to environmental issues. Students will pursue a research project with the primary focus of sustainability on campus. Prerequisite(s): PHL 103; completion of General Education Natural Science Requirements; junior or senior standing.

SEE 402 - Sustainability Research II

An interdisciplinary exploration of the issues of sustainability as they affect the Dayton community. Course will also explore political philosophy and the ethical foundations of public policy. Students will choose an in-depth community-based research project. Prerequisite(s): PHL 103; completion of General Education Natural Science Requirements; junior or senior standing.

SEE 477 - SEE Honors Thesis Project

First of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approval of University Honors Program.

SEE 477 - SEE Honors Thesis Project

Second of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approved 477; approval of University Honors Program.

Elective Courses

Biology/Geology/Engineering

Various SEE-related 300-400 level courses.
(Please check with the SEE Coordinator Dr. Bob Brecha if you have any questions about depth and elective courses).

Economics

ECO 435 - Economics of the Environment

English

ENG 342 - Literature and the Environment

Philosophy

PHL 321 - Environmental Ethics
PHL 334 - Philosophy of Ecology

Physics

PHY 220 - Energy and Environmental Physics

Political Science

POL 371 - Environmental Policy

Religious Studies

REL 472 - Ecology and Religion

Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

SWK 392 - Social Work and Environmental Justice