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Educating our students about the interconnectedness of environmental, social, and economic issues is an essential part of achieving our campus sustainability goals. Perhaps more importantly, it is vital for ensuring that our institution is sending engaged and thoughtful individuals into the world with the knowledge and skills they need to contribute to creating a more sustainable world.

Sustainability Curriculum

The courses below are included on CSULB’s list of Sustainability Curriculum offerings because their course syllabi and/or Standard Course Outlines explicitly meets the reporting standards that are outlined in the Academics credit of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, Rating System (STARS) Report.

For the purposes of this inventory, we define the ways in which sustainability concepts are integrated into the coursework and learning outcomes using the following two definitions as adopted by AASHE:

Sustainability-focused courses are courses whose title or description must indicate a primary and explicit focus on sustainability. The course title or description does not have to use the term “sustainability” to count as sustainability- focused if the primary and explicit focus of the course is on the interdependence of ecological and social/economic systems or a major sustainability challenge (e.g. climate change).

Sustainability-inclusive are courses whose course description or rationale provided in the course inventory must indicate that the course incorporates a unit or module on sustainability or a sustainability challenge, includes one or more sustainability-focused activity, or integrates sustainability challenges, issues, and concepts throughout the course.

*denotes capstone GE course

**denotes capstone and writing intensive GE


College Of The Arts

Sustainability-Focused Courses

DESN 268/368: History and Theory of Sustainability in Design

Sustainability-Inclusive Courses

DESN 300: Designers in their Own Words

DESN 333B: Industrial Design Methodology B

DESN 340: Interior Design Process and Theory

DESN 341A: Interior Design

DESN 341B: Interior Design

DESN 441A: Advanced Interior Design

DESN 441B: Advanced Interior Design

College of Business Administration

Sustainability-Focused Courses

MKTG 405: Green Marketing and Sustainability

MKTG 495: Sustainability and Marketing

GBA 600: Sustainability and the Business Organization

GBA 601: Sustainability and the Business Organization II

GBA 699:  Capstone in Sustainability

MKTG 667: Marketing and Sustainability

MKTG 695:  Sustainability and Marketing

Sustainability-Inclusive Courses

MKTG 615: Marketing Management

GBA 690: Seminar in an MBA International Experience

GBA 695: Sustainability and the Business Organization III

College of Engineering

Sustainability-Focused Courses

ENGR 390: Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Sustainability**

Sustainability-Inclusive Courses

ENGR 392: Water: People, Politics, and Processes

CE 406: Project Cost-Benefit Analysis*

CEM 490: Construction Project Management*

ENGR 302: Energy and Environment: Global Perspective*

College of Health & Human Services

Sustainability-Focused Courses

HFHM 370: Exploring a Sustainable Food System**

Sustainability-Inclusive Courses

EMER 540: Emergency Management Organizations: Constructs for Influencing Complex Systems

FCS 228: Housing in Global Perspectives

FDM 255: Fashion Industry Ethics & Social Responsibility

HSC 420: International Health*

HCA 422: Global Issues in Health Services*

PPA 510: Urban Environmental Governance

REC 423: Facility Design Operations

REC 431: Recreation Resource Management

REC 437: Access and Equity of Parks

REC 467: Ecotourism Development

REC 468: Tourism Planning and Development

REC 480: Philosophy of Rec & Leisure

College of Liberal Arts

Sustainability-Focused Courses

AIS 336: Indigenous Philosophies of Sustainability*

ASAM 350: Environmental Justice

ESP 392: Climate Action & Sustainability at CSULB*

GEOG 101: Society and the Environment

Sustainability-Inclusive Courses

AMST 310: Foodways in Contemporary America

AMST 350: California Culture*

COMM 439: Popular Culture and Technology

CWL 412i: Art & Literature: Myths of Pygmalion & Prometheus*

ECON 306: Environmental Issues of the World Economy*

ECON 462/562: Environmental Economics

ECON 464/564: Natural Resource Economics

ECON 463/563: Energy Economics

ENGL 444: Literature and Environment*

GEOG 130: Geography of Weather and Climate

GEOG 304: California*

GEOG 340: Environmental Geography

GEOG 355i/IST 355: International Environmental Issues**

GEOG 444: Climatology

GEOG 447: Landscape Restoration

GEOG 448/548: Environmental Assessment

GEOG 455: People as Agents of Environmental Change

GEOG 464: Urban Geography: Sustainable Cities

GEOG 467/567: Urban Geography: Metropolitan Problems

HIST 464: Latin American Environmental History*

HIST 482: Recent American Environmental History*

IST 350: Water: People, Politics and Processes

IST 355: International Environmental Issues**

POSC 494i: Politics of the Future*

RST 101: Religion at the Movies

SOC 410: Environmental Sociology*

WGSS 424: Women and Environmental Justice

College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Sustainability-Inclusive Courses

BIOL 450/550: Plant Ecology

BIOL 451/551: Wetlands and Mangrove Ecology

BIOL 459/559: Conservation Biology

GEOL 280: Water Resources and Society

GEOL 300: Earth Systems and Global Change*

GEOL 303: Coastal Systems and Human Impacts

GEOL 474/574: Physical Hydrology

University Honors Program

Sustainability-Focused Courses

UHP 201: Sustainability and Technology in Los Angeles

Sustainability-Inclusive Courses

UHP 301: Politics and Policy in Los Angeles*