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Cornell Sustainability Courses

Cornell's commitment to sustainability in its education curriculum is evidenced by the broad course list below. These courses have been identified by instructors, college administrators, or by an independent review of course content. We encourage faculty, departments, schools, and colleges to bring other sustainability courses to our attention, by emailing atkinson@cornell.edu.

The following 886 courses are categorized as sustainability-focused and sustainability-related according to nationally recognized STARS v2.1  guidelines. Some of these courses are cross-listed in multiple departments and will appear more than once in the list.

Interested students should review course websites, contact the instructor, and discuss options with their advisor.

We update this list as a courtesy to the Cornell community, but we may not capture the most recent course changes. Please refer to the authoritative Courses of Study and check with the relevant department.
 

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Dept Course # Title F Sp Su Credit Level* Pre Reqs Faculty
AEM 4350 Political Economy of the WTO ~ X ~ 3 Related intro microeconomics de Gorter
AEM 4450 Toward a Sustainable Global Food System: Food Policy for Developing Countries X ~ ~ 3 Focused 6 cr. in economics, applied economics, or sociology; 6 cr. in nutrition and/or agriculture Pingali
AEM 6300 Policy Analysis: Welfare Theory, Agriculture, and Trade ~ X ~ 4 Related AEM 6080, and ECON 3030, or equivalent intermediate micro theory course incorporating calculus de Gorter
ALS 4100 Community-Based Research in DC X X ~ 3 Related Enrollment limited to students enrolled in the Cornell in Washington program Beem
ALS 4200 Immersion and Engagement in DC X X X 1 Related Enrollment limited to students enrolled in the Cornell in Washington program Beem
AMST 4112 The Politics of Change ~ X ~ 4 Related Mettler
AMST 3911 Science in the American Polity, 1960 to Now X ~ ~ 4 Related Hilgartner
BSOC 4351 Postcolonial Science X ~ ~ 4 Related Langwick
BSOC 3311 Environmental Governance X ~ ~ 3 Focused Wolf
CAPS 4071 Law Culture and Society in China X X ~ 4 Related Enrollment limited to: undergraduate students Yu
COMM 3081 Environmental &,amp,amp, Sustainability Communication Part 2 X ~ ~ 3 Focused Chambliss, Schuldt
CRP 4440/5440 Resource Management and Environment Law ~ X ~ 4 Related Permission of instructor required. Enrollment limited to: junior, senior, or graduate standing. Staff
CRP 6720 International Institutions ~ X ~ 3 Related Staff
CRP 3210 Introduction to Quantitative Methods for the Analysis of Public Policy X ~ ~ 3 Related Introductory statistics and principles of economic analysis at the level of ECON 1110 Staff
CRP 4590/5590 Legal Aspects of Land Use Planning ~ X ~ 4 Related Staff
CRP 5460 Introduction to Community and Environment Dispute Resolution X X ~ 3 Related Staff
CRP 5076 International Planning and Development Workshop X X ~ 4 Related Staff
CRP 2010 People, Planning, and Politics in the City ~ X ~ 3 Related CRP 1100 and CRP 1101 Staff
CRP 5630 Problems in Contemporary Preservation Practice ~ X ~ 1-4 Related Staff
CRP 3852 Special Topics in Urban History, Society, and Politics X X ~ 1-4 Spec Staff
CRP 3555/5555 Environmental Impact Review X ~ ~ 3 Focused Frantz
DEA 4500 Policy Meets Design: High-Impact Facilities of the 21st Century X ~ ~ 3 Related Enrollment preference given to: senior level students Sagha Zadeh
DSOC 3311/6320 Environmental Governance X ~ ~ 3 Focused Wolf
DSOC 6710 Schools, Communities and Policy Reform ~ X ~ 3 Related Sipple
EAS 1108 Earth in the News ~ ~ X 3 Related Ross
ECON 4840 Policy Analysis: Welfare Theory, Agriculture, and Trade ~ X ~ 4 Related AEM 6080, and ECON 3030, or equivalent intermediate micro theory course incorporating calculus Staff
ECON 4630 Industrial Policy X ~ ~ 4 Related ECON 3030 Staff
EDUC 6610 Complex Organizations, Education, and Development X ~ ~ 3 Related Sipple
EDUC 6710 Schools, Communities and Policy Reform ~ X ~ 3 Related Sipple
ESS 2000 Environmental and Sustainability Sciences Colloquium X ~ ~ 1 or 3 Focused Lehmann, Platt
GOVT 1313 Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics ~ X X 4 Related van de Walle
GOVT 4264 Social Movements in Latin America X ~ ~ 4 Related permission of instructor Roberts
GOVT 6171 Politics of Public Policy ~ X ~ 4 Related Mettler
GOVT 4112 The Politics of Change ~ X ~ 4 Related Mettler
GOVT 3633 Politics and Culture ~ X ~ 4 Related Berezin
GOVT 4543 Fascism, Nationalism and Populism X ~ ~ 4 Related Berezin
HADM 3550 Hospitality Facilities Management X X ~ 3 Related HADM 2550 Varney
HIST 3181 Living in an Uncertain World: Science, Technology, and Risk ~ X ~ 4 Related Slayton
HIST 2500 Technology in Society X ~ ~ 3 Related Staff
ILRIC 4330 Politics of the Global North X ~ ~ 4 Related Turner
LAW 6361 Environmental Law ~ X ~ 3 Focused LAW 6011 Macey
LAW 6340 Energy Law X ~ ~ 3 Focused Macey
NS 4450 Toward a Sustainable Global Food System: Food Policy for Developing Countries X ~ ~ 3 Focused 6 cr. in economics, applied economics, or sociology & 6 cr. in nutrition and/or agri Pingali
NS 6250 Community Nutrition in Action X ~ ~ 3 Related enrollment limited to: Dietetic interns Green
NTRES 3311/6310 Environmental Governance X ~ ~ 3 Focused Ghosh, Wolf
NTRES 4300 / 4301 Environmental Policy Processes I and II ~ X ~ 3 Related admission by special application process Lauber, Kraft
NTRES 4320 Human Dimensions of Coupled Social-Ecological Systems ~ X ~ 3 Related NTRES 2201, NTRES 2320, or equivalent Stedman
NTRES 4440 Resource Management and Environment Law ~ X ~ 3 Related Enrollment limited to: junior, senior, or graduate standing Booth
PADM 1734 Disasters ~ ~ X 3 Focused Brenner
PAM 2030 Population and Public Policy ~ X ~ 3-4 Related Lichter
PAM 3670/5970 Economics and Environmental Policy X ~ ~ 3 Focused Sanders
PAM 6410 Health Economics I X ~ ~ 3 Related Ph.D. level course Cawley
SOC 3480 Politics and Culture ~ X ~ 4 Related Berezin
SOC 3570 Schooling, Racial Inequality, and Public Policy in America ~ X ~ 4 Related Alvarado
SOC 4540 Fascism, Nationalism and Populism X ~ ~ 4 Related Berezin
STS 1101 Science, Technology, and Politics X ~ ~ 3 Related Leuenberger
STS 3181 Living in an Uncertain World: Science, Technology, and Risk ~ X ~ 4 Related Slayton
STS 3311 Environmental Governance X ~ ~ 3 Focused Wolf
STS 3911 Science in the American Polity, 1960 to Now X ~ ~ 4 Related Hilgartner
STS 2841 Viruses- Humans- Viral Politics (Social History and Cultural Politics of HIV &,amp, AIDS) ~ X ~ 4 Related Roebuck
STS 4721 Peace Building in Conflict Regions: Case Studies Sub-Saharan Africa Israel Palestinian Territories ~ X ~ 4 Related Leuenberger
VISST 4859 Water: Art and Politics in Southeast Asia X ~ ~ 4 Related McGowan