Academics: Courses and Research


Several departments offer courses that cover sustainability-related topics ranging from development and ecology to global environmental change. The below list is based on courses in the 16-17 Academic Catalog, courses offered in the 16-17 academic year and the STARS v2.1 sustainability courses criteria. It is also meant to serve as a guide for students interested in sustainability issues. This may not be an all inclusive list as new courses are continually added, and the list was largely based on course descriptions, which are brief and may not reflect all topics to be discussed in the course. 

Keep in mind that the semester in which a course is offered is subject to change and some courses are offered every other year. Visit the Registrar’s website for current course offerings and more course details. Please let us know if there is a course that should be added to this list.

ANT 112 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANT 113 Human Evolution and Adaptation
ANT 114 Introduction to Archaeology
ART 114 Time Arts
ART 339 Ecological Art
BIO 105 A The Past, Present, and Future of Food and Fiber Production ^
BIO 106 Biology: The Science of Life
BUS 221 Legal and Ethical Environment of Business
COM 331 Environmental Communications *
COR 110 The Global Experience
COR 307 The Future Now
COR 393 Ordinary People in the Struggle for Change
COR 404 Africans and African Development
COR 405 Prison Nation: Deconstructing the Prison Industrial Complex
COR 416 Wealth and Poverty
COR 429 Permaculture: Food, Culture and Sustainability
COR 430 Food and the Environment*
COR 432 To Boldly Belong: Space Exploration and Environmentalism as Sustainable Quests
COR 441 Science and Humanity - War, Peace and Prosperity
COR 443 Poverty and Social Justice
COR 445 Global Partnership through Service
COR 455 Sustainable Development: Social, Economic, and Environmental Challenges and Opportunities
COR 456 So you Think you Can Save the Planet?*
ECO 317 Gender and Development *
ECO 335 Environmental Economics
EDU 471 Nature-Based Education^
ENG 339 American Environmental Writers
ENT 250 Creativity and the Doer/Maker Mindset
ENT 355 Entrepreneurship for the Greater Good
ENS 101 Current Issues in Environmental Science
ENS 110 Humans and Nature
ENS 111/113 (Lab) Introduction to Environmental Science w/ Lab
ENS 120 Community Agriculture: Fall Harvest
ENS 121 Community Agriculture: Spring Planting
ENS 160 The Art of Sustainable Architecture
ENS 172 Climate Change - Influencing Attitudes and Behavior ^
ENS 174 Food Production in America - Past, Present and Future ^
ENS 175A Animal Social Behavior in a Changing World ^
ENS 220 Garden Studio: Fall and Winter Gardening
ENS 221 Garden Studio: Spring and Summer Gardening
ENS 232 Solar Greenhouse and Fourth Season Harvest
ENS 244 Natural Resource Management and Sustainability
ENS 271 Geology, Energy and Environment^
ENS 242 Environmental Land Use Management*
ENS 310 Environmental Issues in Southeast Asia *
ENS 311 Sustainable Food Production*
ENS 320 Restoration Ecology*
ENS 321 Urban Ecology*
ENS 340 Water Resources Management*
ENS 350 Environmental Visions*
ENS 360 Green Design: Envisioning a Sustainable Future*
ENS 366 Sustainable Design Technologies*
ENS 461 Senior Seminar: Environmental Assessment and Project Development
GEO 121 Global Physical Environments
GEO 272 GIS and Environmental Health^
GEO 310 Development and the Environment in Latin America, Africa and Asia *
GEO 340 Water Resources Management*
GEO 345 Global Environmental Change
GEO 346 Natural Disasters
GBL 203 Miami, Florida: Ecology, Conservation and Sustainability
GBL 231 Peru: The Living Heritage of the Andes
GBL 252 Costa Rica: Language, Culture, and Ecotourism
GBL 253 Australia: Ecotourism in Australia
GBL 255 Elon in Alaska*
GBL 266 Critically Engaged Eco-Tourism in New Zealand*
GBL 268 Costa Rica: Jungle Service
HSS 311 Social Policy and Inequality
HSS 350 International Human Services*
IDS 164 Service Learning and Communities*
IDS 224 Disarming Justice: Nonviolence and the Civil Rights Movement
IDS 225 Periclean Scholars
IDS 285 Perspectives in Personal and Global Health
MGT 424 International Business Management
PER 351/352 Junior Periclean Scholars
PER 451/452 Senior Periclean Scholars
PHL/REL 348 Environmental Ethics
PHY 110 Energy and the Environment
POL 344 International Environmental Policy*
POL 348 International Human Rights*
PHS 201 Introduction to Public Health
PHS 302 Global Health
PST 224 Environmental Policy and the Law
PST 320 Food Policy*
REL 239 Judaism and the Environment *
SCI 121 Science without Borders
SOC 220 Social Issues and Problems in the Local Community *
SOC 334 Environmental Sociology *
SOC 341 Ethnic and Race Relations *


COM 570 Interactive Project for the Public Good
LAW 751 Public Law and Leadership
LAW 841 Environmental Law

* Indicates a course in the 16-17 Academic Catalog but not offered in the 16-17 academic year. These are not included in the STARS report.
^ Indicates a course offered in the 16-17 academic year but not in the Academic Catalog. These are included in the STARS report.


A number of faculty are engaged in sustainability research (based on STARS v2.1). This list is meant to serve as a guide for students interested in doing sustainability research while at Elon. It is organized by academic department. This may not be an all inclusive list. Please let us know if someone should be added to the list. 

Art and Art History; Environmental Studies - Samantha DiRosa
Biology - David Vandermast
Biology - Dave Gammon
Biology - Linda Niedziela
Chemistry - Karl Sienerth
Communications - Barbara Miller
Communications - Brian Walsh
Economics - Casey DiRienzo
Economics - Tina Das
Economics - Steve DeLoach
Education - Scott Morrison
English - Cassie Kircher
Entrepreneurship - Elena Kennedy
Environmental Studies - Amanda Chunco
Environmental Studies; Biology - Brant Touchette
Environmental Studies; Biology - Janet MacFall
Environmental Studies - Robert Charest
Environmental Studies - Steve Moore
Finance - Raj Gupta
Finance - Chris Harris
History and Geography - Honglin Xiao
History and Geography; Environmental Studies - Ryan Kirk
International Business - Carri Tolmie
Management - Christina Benson
Management - Susan Manring
Philosophy - Anthony Weston
Philosophy - Martin Fowler
Psychology - Maureen Vandermaas-Peeler
Religious Studies - Toddie Peters
Religious Studies - Geoffrey Claussen
Sociology and Anthropology - Rissa Trachman
Indicates a faculty member who regularly teaches in the MBA and/or MS in Management programs.

Sustainability Research Grants are available on a competitive basis for students who are or will be engaged in independent, faculty-mentored undergraduate research related to sustainability.