Sustainability Courses at the U of R

Are you looking for ways to enrich your academic understanding of sustainability without having to commit to an environmental science major or a sustainability minor? Do you want to incorporate sustainability-related courses into your area of study? At the University of Rochester, there are over 100 courses that either focus on sustainability, or are related to the topic. The courses fall under a variety of departments, from Biology and Earth and Environmental Sciences, to departments you might not have expected, like English and Studio Art. These courses are a perfect way to either learn something outside of your major, or to enhance the courses you are taking that fall within your major.


The full list of sustainability-related courses can be found on the UR website, and is listed below. Courses with an asterisk (*) denote courses that are sustainability-focused, while all others are sustainability-related.

African and African-American Studies

  • AAS 202:  The Third World
  • AAS 225:  Race and Political Representation
  • AAS 253:  Economics and Social Conditions of African Americans
  • AAS 253:  Economics of Discrimination
  • AAS 260:  Africa’s Sleeping Giant:  Nigeria since the Islamic Revolution of 1804
  • AAS 393:  Hydro-Carbon African Development


  • ANT 101:  Cultural Anthropology
  • ANT 102:  Intro to Medical Anthropology
  • ANT 104:  Contemporary Issues and Anthropology
  • ANT 202:  Modern Social theory:  Key Texts and Issues
  • ANT 216:  Medical Anthropology
  • *ANT 219/EES 310:  Interdisciplinary Topics in Sustainability
  • *ANT 224:  Anthropology of Development
  • ANT 225:  Culture and Consumption
  • ANT 227:  Local and Global Market Research
  • ANT 278:  Birth and Death II:  Making Populations Healthy
  • *ANT 281K/CHE 281K:  Solving UR’s Environmental Footprint (not currently being offered)
  • *ANT 299/499:  Malawi Immersion Seminar

Art History

  • AH 274: Cultural History of American Architecture


  • *BIO 104K: Ecosystem Conservation and Human Society (Fall)
  • BIO 113:  Perspectives in Biology II
  • BIO 205:  Evolution
  • BIO 225:  Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • BIO 225W:  Lab for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • BIO 247:  Environmental Animal Physiology
  • BIO 260:  Animal Behavior
  • *BIO 263: Ecology (BIO 111 or 113 and MTH 142 or 161) (Fall)
  • BIO 264:  Ecological Communities
  • BIO 266:  Tree of Life

Chemical Engineering

  • *CHE 150: Green Energy (not open to Engineering juniors or seniors) (Fall)
  • CHE 258/458:  Electrochemical Engineering and Fuel Cells
  • *CHE 260/460: Solar Cells (Fall)
  • *CHE 264/464: Biofuels (Fall)
  • CHE 279:  Chemical Engineering Practice
  • CHE 430:  Organic Electronics
  • CHE 508: Genomics and Systems Biology


  • *CHM 286:  Energy: Science, Technology and Society (alt Spring)

Computer Science

  • CSC 199:  Social Implications of Computing (Spring)


  • DAN 208:  T’ai Chi:  Movement, Art and Culture
  • DAN 209:  Qigong Chinese Way to Health

Earth and Environmental Sciences

  • EES 101:  Introduction to Geological Sciences
  • EES 102Q/202Q:  Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Mountain Ranges
  • *EES 103:  Introduction to Environmental Science (Spring)
  • *EES 105: Introduction to Climate Change(alt Spring)
  • *EES 119/219: Energy and Society (Fall)
  • EES 201:  Evolution of the Earth
  • EES 203:  Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
  • EES 211: Geohazards and their Mitigation: Living on an Active Planet(Fall)
  • EES 212:  Climate Change from a Chemical Oceanography Perspective (Spring)
  • EES 213:  Hydrology and Water Resources (Fall)
  • EES 215: Environmental and Applied Geophysics (MTH 142/162) (Fall)
  • EES 216:  Environmental Geochemistry
  • EES 217/418:  Physical and Chemical Hydrology (no longer offered)
  • EES 218/418:  Atmospheric Geochemistry
  • EES 218/418:  Chemistry of Global Change (no longer offered)
  • EES 222:  Energy Resources
  • EES 265:  Paleoclimate
  • EES 266/466:  Topics in Climate and Environmental Change
  • EES 360:  Environmental Quest in the Field
  • *EES 310/ANT 219:  Interdisciplinary Topics in Sustainability (Spring)
  • *EES 318W:  Environmental Decisions (not currently being offered)
  • *EES 320: Sustainable Systems (Spring, probably Fall beginning 2013-14)


  • ECO 192Q:  Ecology of Population Growth
  • ECO 236:  Economics of Health
  • *ECO 238:  Environmental Economics (Fall)
  • ECO 263:  Public Finance

Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • *ECE 590:  Energy for the 21st Century
  • *ECE 598:  Teaching, Resources, and Working in Africa


  • *ENG 245/CAS 245:  Literature and the Modern Environmental Imagination (Fall)
  • *ENG 267/CAS 267:  Media Space: Environmental Media From Cyberspace To Smartphones (Spring)


  • HIS 100:  Gateway to History:  Nature and the Environment
  • HIS 176:  Campus as a Sustainable Microcosm
  • HIS 208:  Health, Medicine, and Social Reform
  • HIS 282:  International Human Rights
  • HIS 287:  History of International and Global Health
  • HIS 295:  Politics of Energy and the Environment (unknown)
  • HIS 341/ PSC 341:  Urban Change and City Politics
  • *HIS 371:  Environmental History (2013-14, semester unknown)

International Relations

  • IR 211:  Political Economy of Africa
  • IR 213:  Political and Economic Development in Post-Colonial Societies
  • IR 217:  States and Markets
  • IR 221:  International Politics of Development
  • IR 255:  Political Causes of Underdevelopment


  • PHL 103:  Contemporary Moral Problems (Fall and Spring)
  • PHL 228/428:  Public Health Ethics
  • *PHL 230/430:  Environmental Justice (alt Spring)

Political Science

  • PSC 230:  The Politics of Poverty
  • *PSC 243:  Environmental Politics (occasional Fall)
  • *PSC 247:  Green Markets:  Opportunities and Pitfalls (Spring)
  • PSC 341/HIS 341:  Urban Change and City Politics
  • PSC 565:  Comparative Political Economy of Development


  • PSY 264:  Industrial and Organizational Pscyhology

Preventive Medicine

  • PM 420:  Public Health Policy and Politics
  • PM 470:  Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
  • PM 486:  Medical Ecology

Public Health

  • PH 101: Introduction to Public Health I (Fall and Spring)
  • PH 102: Introduction to Public Health II (Fall and Spring)
  • PH 103:  Concepts of Epidemiology (Fall)
  • PH 116:  Introduction to the U.S. Health System
  • PH 206:  Feminism, Gender and Health
  • PH 236:  Health Care and the Law

Studio Art

  • SA 132:  Introduction to 3D Art:  Recollecting Objects (unknown)
  • *SA 253:  Advanced Digital Art:  Nature 2.0 (Spring)


Ciara McGillivray, Class of 2018

Photo by: unclemontezuma.deviantart.comApophysis 3D fractal ball

English: A tile ball created with the fractal art program Apophysis (parameters). Each of the tiles on the black floor (after applying an appropriate transformation, and maybe making outer tiles fade into shadows) is identical to the entire tiling (without the spheres), making the tiling indeed a fractal. The “endless” stack of spheres contained within each other exhibits fractal properties as well, though since the ratio in diameter between the inner and outer spheres appears to vary it is doubtful whether a simple affine transformation suffices to map an inner sphere onto an outer one with all the internal spheres matching.
Español: Una pelota de azulejos creado con fractal programa Apophysis. Los parámetros están por debajo.
17 November 2009, Own work, Garden
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