GCSC Courses

Courses affiliated with the GCSC provide students an interdisciplinary foundation for future study in the realm of global changes, natural and human built ecosystems, and society.

SUST 6800: Seminar Series

seminar audienceThis one credit course (SUST 6800) gives students exposure to a variety of scientists from both within and outside the university who are leaders in their fields. Offered in Fall and Spring semesters.

 

 

 

 


SUST 6000: Global Changes & Society

2013 Global Changes & Society class

2013 Global Changes & Society class

GCSC graduate students and others have the opportunity to engage in a unique interdisciplinary course, “Global Changes and Society.” Offered in the Spring, this project-based course offers an interdisciplinary introduction to research related to global changes and sustainability. In this course, students from different disciplines Identify a theme or focus area, begin to learn the language and approaches of other disciplines around the theme, explore perspectives and approaches of different stakeholders, and develop a team project.

This  course includes participation by multiple GCSC-affiliated faculty, incorporating land-use change, engineering, ecology, geography, planning, hydrology, and sustainability. Students are able to engage with speakers from city, county, and state agencies affiliated with sustainability issues as well as input from U of U experts. Students identify a specific project to be addressed during the course of the semester. Projects have the potential to grow after the semester is completed.

Students from the 2012 course authored a paper outlining the benefits of such an interdisciplinary, problem-based course: Sphere of Sustainability: Lessons from the University of Utah’s Global Changes and Society Course Walsh, T., Miller, O., Bowen, B., Levine, Z., and Ehleringer, J. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management 2015 141:12.
Read about the projects from each class at the links below:

GCS 2012: Red Butte Creek: Begin a dialog about the untapped potential of the stretch of RBC that flows through campus
GCS 2013: Red Butte Creek: Unite stakeholders to further sustainable stewardship of Red Butte Creek
GCS 2014: SmartCommUte: Empower commuters to the U of U to make transportation choices to help improve the air
GCS 2015: MovingU: Help the campus community reduce daily air pollution emissions
GCS 2016: Changing the Campus Culture to Address Climate Change
GCS 2017: Behaviors to improve air quality in the Salt Lake Valley