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Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

STEC 351 Principles of Sustainability

5 credits
Introduces the influence of human activities on environmental processes. Topics include ecological concepts, population growth, natural resources, and current environmental problems from scientific, social, political, and economic perspectives. Students demonstrate an understanding of environmental interrelationships and contemporary global environmental issues as related to sustainable design practices.

Prerequisites: Admission to the BTAD Program and any lab science.

Quarters Offered: Winter

Global Outcome(s)
This course teaches to the global outcome of Information Literacy.

Student Outcomes/Competencies:
Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to:

  • Identify environmental issues in different cultures and countries
  • Analyze the impact of air and water pollution on the climate and on human beings, and evaluate measures to reduce pollution
  • Measure factors that affect environmental sustainability such as air and water quality
  • Interpret labels, MSDS and symbols common to hazardous materials/waste
  • Analyze the characteristics of populations, and assess environmental impacts of human population growth, including urbanization worldwide
  • Evaluate modern agricultural techniques, pesticide use, and their impact on food and water supply, and discuss water conservation methods
  • Analyze the impact of air and water pollution on the climate and human beings, and evaluate the role of sustainable design practices in mitigation
  • Explain the importance of energy consumption and the use of fossil fuels and waste management methods, and analyze their environmental impact
  • Examine the importance of local, national, and international policies that aim to protect the environment
  • Investigate current green practices implemented in graphic, industrial, and architectural design projects across the globe
  • Create a design project that integrates components of sustainability and environmental impact