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Course #
Course Title
Course Level
Units
CRSN 10
Academic Success
Lower Division
2 units
An interactive course providing students with the opportunity to assess and revise methods of and purposes in studying. Critical, effective approaches to reading, writing, participating in lectures and sections, taking exams, balancing competing responsibilities, and utilizing campus resources are all explored. Enrollment restricted to college members and by permission of college adviser. Enrollment limited to 30.
CRSN 20C
The Water Environment: Literature of the Sea
Lower Division
2 units
Students consider the representation of the sea in selected texts, noting how it becomes the focal point for the fears, hopes, and prejudices of Western civilization. Students write critical papers and their own narratives. Enrollment restricted to first-year and sophomore college members. Enrollment limited to 25.
CRSN 20D
College Students' Lives
Lower Division
2 units
Students understand their peers and themselves better through an exploration of issues that affect the daily life of college students. Topics include campus/student cultures, the academic system, and other critical issues. Overview of campus resources also provided. Enrollment restricted to first-year and sophomore College members.
CRSN 20F
Justice on Earth
Lower Division
3 units
Examines issues of oppression, privilege, and social justice within a global and environmental context through self-reflective and group work. May include an optional service-learning component requiring travel during spring break. Enrollment limited to 20.
CRSN 20G
Peregrine Falcons Return
Lower Division
2 units
Required training laboratory for students who wish to pursue a hands-on, two-credit service project (laboratory or field) that is focused on peregrine falcon conservation. Enrollment limited to 26.
CRSN 28
Peer Leadership in Higher Education
Lower Division
3 units
Overview of theories of student development, critical student issues, and skills needed for appropriate peer leadership interventions. Utilizes a variety of learning modes including readings, discussions, case studies, lectures, and group projects. Interview only: approval of instructor; Resident Assistant (RA) pre-employment training course. Enrollment limited to 25. May be repeated for credit.
CRSN 55
Rachel Carson College: Service Learning Practicum
Lower Division
2 units
Introduction to service learning theory and practice for students engaging in service-learning work in the college, college-related projects, community service organization, or public agencies. Enrollment restricted to college members. Enrollment limited to 50. (General Education Code(s): PR-S.)
CRSN 56
Media Internships for Sustainability
Lower Division
2 units
Students develop and work on media projects related to the college theme of "Environment and Society" in film, on television, in print, and on the Internet. Students work in groups with specific instructors and project leaders. Enrollment by application and instructor consent. May be repeated for credit.
CRSN 61
Education for Sustainable Living Program
Lower Division
2 units
Analyzes sustainability and its application in daily life and on campus, involving collaboration between students, faculty, staff, administration, and the community. Guest lecturers, discussions, an optional UC-wide retreat, and essays allow engagement with aspects of ecological and social sustainability.
CRSN 80A
Introduction to University Discourse: Environment and Society
Lower Division
5 units
Explores rhetorical principles and conventions of university discourse, providing intensive practice in analytical writing, critical reading, and speaking. Introduces students to environmental history, ethics, and policy options, and teaches them to analyze and interpret key literary texts. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 80B. Concurrent enrollment in course 81A is required. Enrollment restricted to first-year college members who have not satisfied the C1 requirement. (General Education Code(s): TA, T3-Social Sciences, C1.)
CRSN 80B
Rhetoric and Inquiry: Environment and Society
Lower Division
5 units
Explores the intersections of investigation, interpretation, and persuasion and hones strategies for writing and research. Introduces students to environmental history, ethics, and policy options, and teaches them to analyze and interpret key literary texts. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 80A. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the C1 requirement; concurrent enrollment in course 81A is required. Enrollment restricted to first-year college members. (General Education Code(s): TA, T3-Social Sciences, C2.)
CRSN 80C
Introduction to University Discourse: Writing for Environment and Society (I)
Lower Division
5 units
Two-quarter seminar explores rhetorical principles and conventions of university discourse, providing intensive practice in analytical writing, critical reading, and speaking. Introduces students to environmental history, ethics, and policy options, and teaches them to analyze and interpret key literary texts. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 80A or 80B. Enrollment restricted to first-year college members who have not satisfied the entry level writing requirement. Concurrent enrollment in course 81A is required. Enrollment limited to 20. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
CRSN 80D
Introduction to University Discourse: Writing for Environment and Society (II)
Lower Division
5 units
Two-quarter seminar explores rhetorical principles and conventions of university discourse, providing intensive practice in analytical writing, critical reading, and speaking. Introduces students to environmental history, ethics, and policy options, and teaches them to analyze and interpret key literary texts. Prerequisite(s): course 80C. Enrollment restricted to first-year college members who have not satisfied the C1 requirement. Enrollment limited to 20. (General Education Code(s): C1.)
CRSN 81A
The Environment and Us
Lower Division
3 units
Takes students through a wide range of approaches to environmental citizenship and provides conceptual and practical tools to explore alternatives. Students also participate in a hands-on sustainability project designed to connect academic learning with practical applications. Concurrent enrollment in course 80A or 80B or 80C is required. Enrollment restricted to first-year college members.
CRSN 81B
Fundamentals of Environmental Science
Lower Division
5 units
Addresses major issues in physical and biological environmental sciences and provides tools to critically evaluate, debate, and make informed choices regarding one's own impact on the environment. Topics include: climate change, water resources, air pollution, evolution, ecology (from populations to ecosystems), and conservation. Quantitative problem solving is an integral part of this course. (Also offered as Earth Sciences 81B. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Prerequisite(s): courses 80A or 80B. Enrollment restricted to first-year and sophomore college members. (General Education Code(s): MF, IN, Q.)
CRSN 81C
Designing a Sustainable Future
Lower Division
5 units
Introduces key technological solutions to environmental problems; discusses their underlying principles; and examines their societal dimensions. Topics include: conventional and renewable energy; emerging technologies for transportation, energy efficiency clean water; planetary engineering; and lean manufacturing. (Also offered as Electrical Engineering 81C. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Prerequisite(s): courses 80A or 80B. Enrollment restricted to first-year and sophomore college members. (General Education Code(s): SI, T-2 Natural Sciences.)
CRSN 82
Environment and Society in Film
Lower Division
2 units
Students write about and discuss a variety of films and articles about environment and society. Topics may include water, food systems, wilderness, wildlife, pollution, global warming, nuclear energy, conservation, and environmental activism. Enrollment restricted to college members. Enrollment limited to 42.
CRSN 90
Rachel Carson College Garden Internship
Lower Division
1 units
One-credit internship in the Rachel Carson College Garden. Offers students of the college an opportunity to become involved in an experimental learning project focusing on application of concepts of sustainable agriculture. Enrollment restricted to college members. Enrollment limited to 10. May be repeated for credit.
CRSN 93
Field Study
Lower Division
5 units
CRSN 128
Advanced Peer Leadership Practicum
Upper Division
3 units
Advanced practicum for the application of skills and theoretical knowledge studied in course 28. Uses many learning modes including readings, discussions, case studies, lectures, and group projects. Prerequisite(s): course 28. Enrollment by permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 25. May be repeated for credit.
CRSN 150A
Sustainability Praxis in the Built Environment
Upper Division
2 units
Introduces the concepts, methods, and practices of research on sustainable energy, water, and food production and consumption. Resources surveying and assessment; building energy auditing; renewable energy systems; water supply, demand, and distribution. Intensive agroecology is conducted at campus sites. Enrollment limited to 25.
CRSN 150B
Tools of the Trade for Sustainability Analysis
Upper Division
2 units
Problem-solving in sustainability through basic STEM concepts, statistical tools, and analytical methods for engaging in advanced sustainability studies drawn from physics, chemistry, biology, ecology, engineering, electronics, sociology, economics, and public policy. Prerequisite(s): course 150A. Enrollment restricted to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Enrollment limited to 25.
CRSN 150C
Green Enterprise and Social Entrepreneurship
Upper Division
2 units
Teaches students how to become green entrepreneurs, develop green enterprises, and incubate green projects, especially in connection with students' research and interests. Students develop business plans; solicit participation from mentors; and prepare and submit funding proposals. Prerequisite(s): courses 150A and 150B.
CRSN 151A
Sustainability Praxis in the Built Environment
Upper Division
5 units
Introduces the concepts, methods, practices, and "tools of the trade" for conceptualizing and conducting research in sustainability praxis in the built environmnent, and the quantitative and analytical tools required to conduct such analysis and research. Prerequisite(s): Electrical Engineering 80S, or by permission of the instructor. (General Education Code(s): PE-T.)
CRSN 151B
Innovation and Professionalization for Sustainability Designers, Engineers, and Entrepreneurs
Upper Division
5 units
Teaches how to become innovators and entrepreneurs, develop projects and enterprises, and adopt professional practices. Focuses on sustainability for students in Sustainability Studies, especially in connection with students' research and interests. Prerequisite(s): Electrical Engineering 80S, or by permission of the instructor.
CRSN 151C
Sustainability Laboratory Tools, Techniques, and Applications
Upper Division
5 units
Introduces the concepts, skills, and strategies fundamental to the successful development of sustainability-related projects appropriate to the Sustainability Lab. Provides access to functional and living laboratory space, equipment, professional development, and technical training. Enrollment limited to 25.
CRSN 155
Rachel Carson College Sustainability Internship
Upper Division
2 units
For students undertaking sustainability-oriented service-learning work in the college (college-related projects, community service organizations, or public agencies). Students are supervised by the instructor and project supervisor, and determine the content of their internship with the instructor and supervisor. Enrollment restricted to college members or by permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): PR-S.)
CRSN 160
Developing Leadership to Facilitate Environmental Education
Upper Division
5 units
Prepares students to facilitate working groups for "Sustainable Living" (courses 61/161) during the spring quarter. The skills acquired during this course include: facilitation skills; problem-solving; syllabus planning; curriculum building; experiential learning techniques; leadership skills; cultural competence; and non-violent communication training. Enrollment by interview only. Enrollment restricted to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Enrollment limited to 20.
CRSN 161
Education for Sustainable Living Program
Upper Division
5 units
Analyzes sustainability and its application in daily life and on campus, involving collaboration between students, faculty, staff, administration, and the community. Guest lecturers, discussions, an optional UC-wide retreat, and essays allow engagement with aspects of ecological and social sustainability. Enrollment limited to 25.
CRSN 162
Sustainability Internship Practicum
Upper Division
5 units
Introduces students to sustainable practices and state, local, and UC-wide policies through projects. Matches students with UCSC staff partners to work collaboratively on projects that integrate sustainability into aspects of campus operations. Supports students to develop the competencies necessary to become effective environmental professionals through learning models including hands-on work experience; professional skills training; guest lectures; reading, and discussion; and peer-to-peer advising. In addition to project deliverables, students complete and present a portfolio of their work upon completion of their project. Enrollment limited to Sustainability Office Interns and by instructor permission; an interview, resume, and cover letter are required. Enrollment limited to 20. (General Education Code(s): PR-S.)
CRSN 195
Senior Thesis
Upper Division
5 units
May be repeated for credit.
CRSN 198
Independent Field Study
Upper Division
5 units