Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Environmental Problems Toolkit

Environmental Problems Toolkit Thematic Thread

Global warming, access to energy and natural resources, and related environmental issues will challenge communities across the globe in the coming century. This thread introduces students to the social, political, and economic causes and consequences of these issues. Given that these challenges likely will directly affect their lives directly in the future, this thread seeks to build the students’ ability to work with others to combat these challenges. At completion of the thread, students should have the base knowledge, skills, and confidence to start to work with others to address environmental concerns in a variety of contexts/roles. Topics student may choose to explore could include: global warming, energy access and consumption, pollution, water access, among many others. This thread will give students opportunities to apply their knowledge to real world problems. More than half of the courses in the thread involve opportunities to apply and develop the analytical, communication, and/or other technical skills essential to applied community improvement.

Faculty Liaison: Dave Kershaw

Curriculum Guide

Gateway Courses
Select one of the following:3
Environmental Biology
Environmental Geology
Introduction to Environmental Problems
Foundations in Sustainability
Focused Courses
Select three courses from the following (must include three categories and three departments; two courses must be 300/400 level)9
Civic Knowledge and Engagement
Environmental Law and Policy
Applications in Sustainability
Community Change and Development
Introduction to Public Policy
Culture, Discourse, and Ideas
Introduction to Professional Writing
Ethical Reasoning
Environmental Justice
Organized Political Action
Policy Analysis and Evaluation
Global Learning and Diversity
Politics of Race
Science, Technology, and Mathematics
Introduction to Geographic Information Science
Society and Institutions
Planning for Sustainable Communities
The United Nations and International Law
Total Hours12

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Environmental Problems and Toolkit Thematic Thread (EPTK)
Revised 07.31.2020
UCC 04.21.2020