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 was developed as part of Elon's 2015 STARS report and is based on courses offered in the 14-15 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 339 Ecological Art
BIO 105 C 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
ECO 317 Gender and Development *
ECO 335 Environmental Economics
ENG 339 American Environmental Writers*
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 170 Your Food Our Plant: Food Production in the 21st Century^
ENS 171 Environmental Activism: Engaging Hearts and Minds^
ENS 175 Wildlife Conservation & Management^
ENS 175 A Designing Sustainable Buildings^
ENS 175 C 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 270 Natural Resource Management and Sustainability^
ENS 272 Environmental Land Use Management^
ENS 310 Environmental Issues in Southeast Asia *
ENS 311 Sustainable Food Production*
ENS 320 Restoration Ecology*
ENS 340 Water Resources Management
ENS 350 Environmental Visions
ENS 360 Green Design: Envisioning a Sustainable Future
ENS 371 Urban Ecology^
ENS 372 Sustainable Design
ENS 461 Senior Seminar: Environmental Assessment and Project Development
GEO 121 Global Physical Environments
GEO 310 Development and the Environmentl in Latin America, Africa and Asia *
GEO 320/GST 404 Africa's People and Environments*
GEO 345 Global Environmental Change
GEO 346/ENS 377 Natural Disasters *
GEO 360 Geography of North America
GST 225 Periclean Scholars
GST 252 Costa Rica: Language, Culture, and Ecotourism^
GST 253 Ecotourism in Australia^
GST 266 Critically Engaged Eco-Tourism in New Zealand^
GST 268 Costa Rica: Jungle Service^
GST 285 Perspectives in Personal and Global Health
GST 307 The Future Now
GST 374 Change: Ordinary People / Social Reformers in the Labor Movement^
GST 429 Permaculture: Food, Culture and Sustainability
GST 443 Poverty and Social Justice
GST 470 Sustainable Development: Microfinance and Agriculture in Peru^
HSS 311 Social Policy and Inequality
HSS 350 International Human Services*
HST 272 Farming and Food in the Age of Globalization^
MGT 422 Sustainable Enterprise Management
MGT 424 International Business Management
PER 351/352 Periclean Scholars
PER 451/452 Periclean Scholars
PHL/REL 348 Environmental Ethics
PHS 201 Introduction to Public Health
PHS 302 Global Health
PHY 110 Energy and the Environment
POL 224 Environmental Policy and the Law
POL 344 International Environmental Policy *
POL 348 International Human Rights*
PST 370 Food and Agriculture 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 *
SOC 376 Becoming a Global Citizen^


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

* Indicates a course in the 14-15 Academic Catalogue/Program Information but not offered in the 14-15 academic year. These courses were not included in the numbers for the STARS Report.
^ Indicates a course offered in the 14-15 academic year but not a regular course in the Academic Catalogue/Program Information. These courses were included in the numbers for the STARS Report.


A number of faculty are engaged in sustainability research. The below list is based on recent research activity, primarily FY 14 and 15. It is also 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
Chemistry - Karl Sienerth
Biology - David Vandermast
Biology - Dave Gammon
Biology - Linda Niedziela
Biology; Core Curriculum - Jeffrey Coker
Communications - Barbara Miller
Communications - Brooke Barnett
Communications - Derek Lackaff
Communications - Brian Walsh
Economics - Cassandra (Casey) DiRienzo
Economics - Jayoti (Tina) Das
Economics - Steven DeLoach
Economics - Thomas Tiemann
Education - Scott Morrison
English - Cassie Kircher
Environmental Studies - Amanda Chunco
Environmental Studies; Biology - Brant Touchette
Environmental Studies; Biology - Janet MacFall
Environmental Studies - Robert Charest
Environmental Studies - Steve Moore
Finance - Neeraj Gupta
History and Geography - Heidi Frontani
History and Geography - Honglin Xiao
History and Geography; Environmental Studies - Ryan Kirk
Management - Christina Benson
Management - Susan Manring
Management - Carri Tolmie
Philosophy - Anthony Weston
Philosophy - Martin Fowler
Psychology - Maureen Vandermaas-Peeler
Religious Studies - Toddie Peters
Religious Studies - Geoffrey Claussen
School of Law - Faith Rivers James
Sociology and Anthropology - Rissa Trachman
Sociology and Anthropology - Aaron Peeks
Indicates a faculty member who regularly teaches in the Interactive Media program.
Indicates a faculty member who regularly teaches in the MBA program.

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.