Sustainability in the Curriculum

Onondaga Community College is working to incorporate sustainability into the curriculum. The College received a grant from the New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) to develop sustainability-related academic programs and workforce training. This funding supports the expansion of sustainability-focused curriculum in the Automotive Technology, Environmental Technology, and Architectural Technology degree programs. Each of these programs has been actively working to integrate sustainability concepts into their courses. The Automotive Technology program includes instruction on alternative fuel vehicles such as natural gas, hybrid, and electric vehicle technologies. The Environmental Technology program includes coursework covering topics such as renewable energy, bio-materials, and waste management. The Architectural Technology program has successfully integrated green building and sustainable design principles throughout many courses in the department.

As part of the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS), Onondaga identified sustainability-focused courses and sustainability-related courses offered by the College. These courses are listed below. 

Sustainability Focused Classes

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. Below is a list of some sustainability-focused classes.
 

  • ARH 101 Design and the Built Environment
  • ARH 144 Introduction to Sustainable Construction
  • ARH 244 Residential Energy Performance
  • ARH 263 Green Building Rating Systems
  • BIO 147 Environmental Health
  • BIO 161 Applied Environmental Biotechnology
  • ENV 101 Introduction to Environmental Technology
  • ENV 162 Biofuels, Biomaterials, and Alternative Energy Technologies
  • GEG 101 Introduction to Geography
  • GEO 106 Environmental Geology
  • GEO 106L Environmental Geology Lab
  • IND 240 Residential Interiors

Sustainability Related Classes

Sustainability-related courses incorporate sustainability as a distinct course component or module or concentrate on a single sustainability principle or issue. These courses may cover environmental, social, or economic issues. Below is a list of some sustainability-related classes.
 

  • ANT 152 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • ANT 201 Anthropology of Marriage and the Family
  • ARH 111 Design Studio 2
  • ARH 215 Design Studio 3
  • ARH 216 Design Studio 4
  • ARH 245 Solar Design in the Built Environment
  • ARH 261 Office Practice
  • ATC 243 Advanced Engine Performance
  • BIO 105 Exploring Biology
  • BIO 105L Exploring Biology Lab
  • BIO 112 Introduction to Biology - Geology
  • BIO 121 Introduction to Biology
  • BIO 131 General Ecology
  • BIO 131L General Ecology Lab
  • BIO 151 General Biology I
  • BIO 152 General Biology II
  • BUS 101 Introduction to Business
  • BUS 124 Principles of Retailing
  • BUS 233 Small Business Management
  • ECO 103 Modern Economic Issues
  • ECO 104 Personal Finance and Consumer Economics
  • ECO 160 Poverty, Inequality and Discrimination
  • ECO 203 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECO 204 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECO 209 Money and Banking
  • ECO 219 Fundamentals of Investments
  • ENV 104 Applied GIS
  • ENV 110 Field Experience in Environmental Technology - Geoscience
  • ENV 165 Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response
  • ENV 201 Internship in Environmental Technology - Geoscience
  • FPT 164 Introduction to Industrial Hygiene
  • GEG 203 Economic Geography
  • GEO 103 Physical Geology
  • GEO 205 Hydrology
  • HSD 165 Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response
  • IND 101 Design and the Built Environment
  • IND 111 Design Studio 2
  • IND 215 Design Studio: Commercial
  • IND 216 Design Studio: Residential
  • IND 246 Interior Finish Systems and Furnishings
  • PHI 120 Ethics in Engineering and Technology
  • POS 215 The Politics of Native American - U.S. Relations
  • POS 260 New York State Environmental Regulation
  • SCI 100 Meteorology
  • SCI 100L Meteorology Lab
  • SCI 112 Introduction to Biology - Geology
  • SOC 103 Introductory Sociology
  • SOC 183 Popular Culture
  • SOC 203 Sociology of Gender Roles
  • SOC 204 Social Problems
  • SOC 207 Sociology of Deviance
  • SOC 209 Death and Dying
  • SOC 211 Race and Ethnicity
  • SOC 213 International Development and Change
  • SOC 214 Contemporary Global Issues