Curriculum (beginning 2020-2021)

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Full S-minor Curriculum

Sustainability Studies Minor Required Check List

Example Pathways 

The minor consists of the following required courses (click on the hyperlink to see course syllabi):

Lower division (11 lower division units):
  • ECE80S (TBA, 5 units): Sustainability Engineering & Design. Topical introduction to principles and practices of sustainability engineering and ecological design with emphasis on implementation in society. Provides an understanding of basic scientific, engineering, and social principles in the design, deployment, and operation of resource-based human systems, and how they can be maintained for this and future generations. No specialized background in engineering, science, or social sciences is assumed (General Education Code: SR) K. Monsen
  • ECE 80H (Fall, 5 units): Bending the curve: Solutions to Climate Change. Students examine the interconnectedness of natural and social systems as they evaluate, interpret, and debate evidence and explanations of climate change. Includes interviewing family members, friends, and professionals for a variety of divergent views on the climate change debate. Class sessions are devoted to student discussion of the course materials, including readings, take-home assignments and pre-recorded videos. The class culminates with a written proposal and group presentations of ideas for solutions, with the guidance of the instructor, addressing one of the ''grand challenges'' presented in the course with the goal of empowering students to emerge as critical thinkers and actors equipped with a solution-based mindset.(General Education Code: PE-H) (Alternative to ECE80S) 
  • ECE 80G: Creating And Financing A Sustainable Startup In The Global Economy Introduces students and prospective entrepreneurs to the ingredients required to successfully create and finance a sustainability-minded startup or nonprofit in the global economy. Emphasis is placed on ethical business practice, tools for understanding markets and supply chains, and building value for all stakeholders, including communities and the environment. . (Also offered as Electrical & Computer Engineer 80G. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) (General Education Code(s): CC.)
  • CRSN 55 (F,W,S, 2 units each): Service Learning Practicum. Introduction to service learning theory and practice for students engaging in service-learning work in Rachel Carson College, Rachel Carson College-related projects, campus and community environmental stewardship and service organizations, or public agencies. CRSN 55 is offered in the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters.  Students planning on declaring the minor need to take CRSN 55 twice.  Students in the minor enroll by permission of the instructor. Enrollment restricted to Rachel Carson College members. Enrollment limited to 40. May be repeated up to three times (General Education Code: PR-S.) S. Watrous
Upper division (30-31 upper division units)
  • CRSN 151A (Winter, 5 units): Sustainability Practicum in the Built Environment. Introduction to 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; 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 (General Education Code: PE-T). K. Kusic-Heady
  • CRSN 151B (Spring, 5 units): Innovation & professionalization for sustainability designers, engineers & entrepreneurs.  Concepts and principles of developing sustainable designs, enterprises and businesses, seeking support for them. How to conceptualize and design projects in applied areas of sustainability studies, to devise a business plan, solicit participation from mentors and prepare funding proposals.  How to identify markets and customer bases, and to present professionally. Staff.
  • CRSN 151C (Fall/Winter/Spring, 3 units): Sustainability Laboratory Tools, Techniques, and Applications. 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. May be repeated for credit. T. Favalor 
    • 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.  May be repeated for credit. Multiple topics offered each quarter. First day of the quarter will be devoted as an info session explaining each topic. More information can be found in our S-labs page
  • CRSN 160 (Winter, 5 units): A two quarter commitment course that prepares students to facilitate discussion sections also known as action research teams for the "Education for Sustainable Living Program" (courses CRSN 161(5units)/61(2units)) during the spring quarter. Students will develop their own curriculum based on a topic of sustainability, and be a part of radicalizing this movement away from white supremacy. The skills acquired during this course include: (virtual) facilitation skills; problem-solving; syllabus planning; curriculum building; experiential learning techniques; leadership skills; fostering global awareness ; and non-violent communication training. This course and CRSN 161 fulfill a sustainability minor requirement. Enrollment is by interview only, please email us at eslp@ucsc.edu
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  • CRSN 161 (Spring, 5 units): "2020 And Beyond: Building a Future of Environmental Activism”, which aims to build community through horizontal education.This class explores radical sustainability by directly rejecting traditional white neo-liberal sustainability through social justice and activism. CRSN 61/161 is a student run course with weekly guest speakers funded by student fees. This year’s speaker series will focus on a tool kit of activism skills needed within an unprecedented time. If you want to take the course for 2 units (5 - 7 hour commitment), please select CRSN 61; if you want to take the course for 5 units (10 - 12 hour commitment), please choose CRSN 161. Section is required, feel free to choose any open section, and we will have time for switching during the first week of class. Organized by the Education for a Sustainable Living Program (ESLP).”
    • * theme changes every year*
And either
  • Two breadth electives (5 units each) from the approved list below or a substitution approved by the program advisor

or

  • One breadth elective (5 units) from the list or approved by advisor and 
  • 3 quarters of CRSN 152 (2 units/qtr) IDEASS (Impact Designs: Engineering and Sustainability through Student Service) project design & development. Two-unit sequence of project-based learning courses that provide students with the opportunity to work on projects with on and off-campus mentors and project partners.  May be repeated up to three times for credit. T. Ball, S. Hein, K. Kusic-Heady, T. Rettenwender, T. Favaloro
  • CRSN 152-1: IDEASS Lab Practicum (Tamara Ball). Practical applications course designed to advance sustainability education with real-world impact. Enables students to develop as change agents and to make valued contributions to sustainable-design projects that advance new technologies or strategies and bring about societal and environmental change. May be repeated for credit. CRSN 152-01 focus: Resource Recovery for a Circular Economy
  • CRSN 152-2: Coastal and Marine Health (Stella Hein). Practical applications course designed to advance sustainability education with real-world impact. Enables students to develop as change agents and to make valued contributions to sustainable-design projects that advance new technologies or strategies and bring about societal and environmental change. May be repeated for credit. CRSN 152-02 focus: Coastal and marine health.
  • CRSN 152-3: Natural Resource Management (Kristen Kusic-Heady). Practical applications course designed to advance sustainability education with real-world impact. Enables students to develop as change agents and to make valued contributions to sustainable-design projects that advance new technologies or strategies and bring about societal and environmental change. May be repeated for credit. CRSN 152-03 focus: Natural resource managagement. 
  • CRSN 152-4: Sustainable Designs for the Built Environment (Thomas Rettenwender). Field-based course designed to advance sustainability education with real-world impact. Enables students to develop as change agents and to make valued contributions to sustainable-design projects that advance new technologies or strategies and bring about societal and environmental change. May be repeated for credit. CRSN 152-04 focus: Sustainable designs for the built environment.
  • CRSN 152-5: Sustainable Designs for the Built Environment (Tela Favaloro) Practical applications course designed to advance sustainability education with real-world impact. Enables students to develop as change agents and to make valued contributions to sustainable-design projects that advance new technologies or strategies and bring about societal and environmental change. May be repeated for credit. CRSN 152-05 focus: Sustainability-Lab member projects. This course is a leadership course for students designing learning activities that rely on S-lab facilities. If you’re interested in designing a curriculum for the SS minor, please contact S-Lab director Tela Favaloro (tfavalor@ucsc.edu) or Tamara Ball (tball@ucsc.edu) for more information. 

If you are interested in facilitating an ESLP class, you can take CRSN 160 and CRSN-199 to fulfill breadth requirements.

Full list of our Breadth Electives