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Florida Gulf Coast University provides a variety of sustainability-focused and sustainability-related courses, including University Colloquium - a course required of all FGCU's undergraduates.


Sustainability-focused courses concentrate on the concept of sustainability, including its social, economic, and environmental dimensions, or examine an issue or topic using sustainability as a lens.  Sustainability-related courses incorporate sustainability as a distinct course component or module or concentrate on a single sustainability principle or issue.


For a complete list of courses, please see the current academic calendar at



-- Required for all undergraduate students --

IDS 3920  University Colloquium      3 credits

The University Colloquium brings together students from all five colleges in a series of interdisciplinary learning experiences.  These experiences are designed to address the ecological perspective outcome in relations to other university outcomes and guiding principles.  Critical thinking and communication skills will be enhanced through field trips, discussion, projects, and a journal to be maintained by each student.


-- Other Classes Related to Sustainability --

CHM 1084C  Environmental Chemistry     4 credits 

The study of the basic concepts of organic and inorganic chemistry in the context of applications to the environmental issues of water quality, atmospheric pollution, sustainable agricultural practices, and environmental risks to human health in an integrated environment of lectures, laboratory activities, and field experiences.  

GLY 2701C   Earth’s Lithosphere     3 credits 

Many of life’s environmental concerns are a consequence of processes which occur at the interface between the atmosphere and the earth’s crust.  This course considers those “surficial processes,” their effects upon crustal evolution, and the implication this has for the biosphere.  Topics include: earth materials (minerals, rock, soil): processes of physical and chemical weathering; soil composition, formation, and its influence on the biosphere, geomorphology and physiography; influence of surface and subsurface water; and human-induced effects and environmental problems. 

CEG 3011C  Soil  Mechanics     3 credits 

Physical properties and classification of soils; flow of water through soil, distribution of stress within soil and consolidation; design consideration for compaction, seepage, and settlement analysis; laboratory. 

EVR 3021     Environmental Literature     3 credits 

Fictional and nonfiction written expression of the natural environment and its significance to different cultures and philosophies will be studied in relation to ecological concerns and cultural values by means of integrated lectures and class projects.

EVR 3025     Cultural Ecology     3 credits 

Relationships between human cultures and their environments with emphasis on the adaptive importance of culture and cultural development to the human species and the modification of environments by human cultures. 

BSC 3402C  Environmental Quant Techniques     3 credits 

Implementation of laboratory and field techniques for environmental monitoring and analysis.  Demonstration of competency with appropriate instrumentation, data management strategies and statistical procedures. 

PCB 3460C  Ecosystem Monitor & Research Method  3 credits 

Overview of ecological concepts and basic methods of inventorying, monitoring, and conducting research on terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems.  Emphasis on hands-on experiences.  Methods will include those used in describing climatic, chemical, and physical features as well as biotic features, including field identification.  The field emphasis will be on Southwestern Florida ecosystems.  

PCB 3463C  Marine Ecosystem Monitor & Research Method     3 credits 

Basic methods of inventorying, monitoring, and conducting research on marine ecosystems.  Emphasis on hands-on experiences.  Methods will include those used in describing climatic, chemical, and physical features as well as biotic features.  The field emphasis will be on Southwest Florida ecosystems. 

GLY 3603C   Geobiology     3 points 

Reviews the basic principles of paleontology and its application to problems in the geological, biological & environmental sciences. 

ART 3840      Environmental Art     3 credits 

Survey of contemporary art movements focusing on the natural world, including lectures, presentations, field trips, and in-depth studio exercises.  Junior standing required. 

EVS 4008      Environmental Technologies     3 credits 

Appropriate technologies to address resource issues in human societies such as energy use, water use, waste water treatment, solid waste, land use, and food production on a sustainable basis will be studied in this course along with examples of inappropriate and unsustainable technologies in integrated lectures and field exercises.

EVR 4035      Environmental Law     3 credits 

The evolution of environmental law at international, federal, state, and local levels will be studied in relation to the development environmental issues, technologies, and attitudes.  Florida-oriented issues will be emphasized in the course with integrated lectures and class projects.

GLY 4074C   Meteorology & Climatology     3 credits 

Atmospheric processes of weather and climate and their effects upon marine and terrestrial systems are explored.  Historical records of climate and the methods employed in their study are introduced and used to understand modeling of future climate change.

EVR 4324     Integrated Ecosystems Mgmt I     3 credits 

Holistic approach to planning and management, incorporating ecological, social, and economic concepts into an examination of selected case studies.

EVR 4325     Integrated Ecosystem Mgmt II     3 credits 

Following on the examination of case studies in Integrated Ecosystems Management I, teams of students will work with organizations or agencies outside the university to develop, and where appropriate begin to implement, management plans for selected sites.

LIT 4411       Environmental Philosophy     3 credits 

Seminar on literature concerned with a philosophical approach to exploring the natural environment.

LIT 4434       Environmental Literature     3 credits 

Seminar on literature concerned  with the natural environment.

GLY 4702C  Coastal & Watershed Geology     3 credits 

Considers those geological and hydrological processes that occur at the Earth’s surface.  Topics include: physical and chemical weathering, soil formation, sedimentology and stratigraphy, geomorphology and physiogrophy, surface and groundwater hydrology, and human-induced effects and environmental problems.

EVS 4814     Environmental Toxicology     3 credits 

Ecotoxicology, natural and anthropogenic contaminants, toxicological assessments, bio-indicators, biological effects of contaminants and mechanisms of response in organisms, properties, transport, fate and effects of various contaminant groups in terrestrial and aquatic environments, risk assessment and remediation efforts.

EVR 4924     Environmental Education     3 credits 

Survey of historical and current philosophies and their applications in practice.  Explores interpretations of what the content and processes of environmental knowledge and understanding ought to be.

EVR 5145     Ecotoxicology     3 credits 

Studies of the principles of pharmacology and toxicology, toxicity testing, various types of toxicants (natural and anthropogenic), their transport and fate, risk assessment, and examination of case studies.

PAD 5352     Emerging Issues Environmental Policy     3 credits 

Introduction to a range of current environmental trends such as global environmental issues and challenges, conservation and sustainability, environmental economics, energy policy, land use policy (legal and ethical dimensions), and environmental justice.

PAD 5356     Environmental Policy & Ethics     3 credits 

Focus on important concepts and methods in environmental policy-making, including the constraints placed on environmental policy-making by conventional understandings of property rights, risk assessment, and economic analysis. 

EVR 5414     Interpreting the Environment     3 credits 

An in depth examination of the theory, methods, and contemporary practices in interpretation or the environment from literature review, field analysis and research investigations.  Design and assessment of exhibits, trails, signage, creative drama, comprehensive programs and their staffing, management and funding. 

PAD 5620     Environmental Law     3 credits 

Introduction to selected major pieces of federal environmental legislation, including historical development, the role of the courts and administrative agencies, and the impacts of the environmental regulatory decision making process.

EVR 5925     Environmental Education     3 credits 

The history, content, strategies, methods, assessment, funding, in the context of environmental education, its evolution to education for a sustainable future will be examined in the framework of local to global programs and trends.

EVR 6022     Environmental Research Methodology     3 credits 

An introduction to practice and principles of scientific methods.  Includes basic observational, sampling and analytical techniques in environmental science.  Topics include hypotheses testing, data collection, quality control/quality assurance, statistical analyses of data, and preparation of scientific reports.

EVR 6322     Con App Sustainability     3 credits 

Concepts and applications of sustainability will be discussed in the context of conserving healthy and diverse natural eco-systems and renewable natural resources, and the design of sustainable economies on local, regional, national, and international levels.

LIT 6434       Environmental Literature     3 credits 

Explores the philosophical foundations of environmental attitudes through the study of British and U.S. literature.

EVS 6937     Environmental Policy     3 credits 

An over view of major environmental and natural resources issues, emphasizing the development of public policies to address them and current controversies.  Particular attention will be given to identifying and evaluating the influence of diverse political and economic interests on environmental policy development.