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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 734 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
ANSC 4110 Integrated Cattle Nutrition X ~ ~ 4 Related BIOAP 1100 and ANSC 2120, or equivalent. Recommended prerequisite: ANSC 3550 M. Van Amburgh
ANSC 2150 Exotic Avian Biology and Management X ~ ~ 1 Related BIOAP 1100, or one semester of college-level biology, or permission of instructor D. Muscarella
ANTHR 2201 Early Agriculture ~ X ~ 3 Related N. Russell
ANTHR 4101 The Entangled Lives of Humans and Animals X ~ ~ 4 Related R. Prentice
ANTHR 6465 Bodies and Bodiliness X ~ ~ 4 Related S. Langwick
ANTHR 3390 Primate Behavior and Ecology with Emphasis on African Apes ~ X ~ 4 Related ANTHR 1300 or other coursework in evolutionary biology recommended A.C. Arcadi
ARTH 3250 Introduction to Dendrochronology X ~ ~ 4 Related S. Manning
ASIAN 1100 FWS: Religion and Ecological Sustainability ~ X ~ 3 Focused J.M. Law
ASRC 4682 / 7682 Medicine and Healing in Africa X ~ ~ 4 Related at least one course in Social Sciences or Humanities S. Langwick
ASTRO 2202 A Spacecraft Tour of the Solar System: Science, Policy and Exploration X ~ ~ 3 Related A. Hayes
ASTRO 2212 The Solar System: Planets, Small Bodies and New Worlds X ~ ~ 4 Related introductory calculus or co-registration in MATH 1110 or MATH 1910; some knowledge of classical phys P. Nicholson
ASTRO 1102 / 1104 Our Solar System ~ X ~ 3-4 Related N. Lewis, B. Schmidt
BEE 2510 Engineering Processes for Environmental Sustainability X ~ ~ 3 Focused CHEM 2070 or CHEM 2090 or AP Chem. Prerequisite or corequisite: MATH 2930 J. Goldfarb
BEE 4730 / 5730 Watershed Engineering X ~ ~ 4 Related CEE 3310 or hydrology course T. Walter
BEE 4800 / 6800 Our Changing Atmosphere: Global Change and Atmospheric Chemistry X ~ ~ 3 Related CHEM 2070 or CHEM 2090, MATH 1920, PHYS 1112 or equivalent P. Hess
BEE 4710 / 6710 Introduction to Groundwater ~ X ~ 3 Related fluid mechanics or hydrology course T. Steenhuis
BEE 7710 Soil and Water Engineering Seminar X X ~ 1 Related graduate students T. Steenhuis, T. Walter
BEE 6940 Graduate Special Topics in Biological and Environmental Engineering X X ~ 1-4 Spec Staff
BEE 2000 Perspectives on the Climate Change Challenge ~ X ~ 1 Focused P. Hess
BEE 2010 Perspectives on the Climate Change Challenge Discussion ~ X ~ 3 Focused P. Hess
BEE 6310 Multivariate Statistics for Environmental Applications ~ X ~ 3 Related CEE 3040 or ENGRD 2700; MATH 1920; MATH 2940 S. Steinschneider
BIOEE 1610 Introductory Biology: Ecology and the Environment X X X 3-4 Focused Fall, A. Agrawal; Spring, R. H
BIOEE 1780 An Introduction to Evolutionary Biology and Diversity X X ~ 4-5 Related Fall, K. Zamudio; Spring, A. M
BIOEE 6680 Principles of Biogeochemistry ~ X ~ 4 Focused solid background in ecology, environmental chemistry, or related environmental science M. Holgerson, R. Howarth, J. S
BIOEE 4620 / 5620 Marine Ecosystem Sustainability X ~ ~ 3 Focused BIOEE 1610 M. Webster
BIOEE 2640 / 2641 Tropical Field Ornithology I and II X ~ ~ 2 Related A. Dhondt
BIOEE 3610 Advanced Ecology X ~ ~ 4 Related one semester of calculus and BIOEE 1610 or equivalent S. Ellner, J. Sparks
BIOEE 3611 Field Ecology X ~ ~ 3 Related BIOEE 1610 A. Kessler
BIOEE 4570 / 4571 Limnology: Ecology of Lakes (Lectures/Lab) ~ X ~ 3-4 Related BIOEE 1610, introductory chemistry recommended Staff
BIOEE 4500 / 4501 Mammalogy (Lectures/Lab) X ~ ~ 3 Related BIOEE 1780 or BIOEE 1781 and/or BIOEE 2740 J. Searle
BIOEE 4780 Ecosystem Biology and Global Change ~ X ~ 4 Focused BIOEE 1610 or equivalent C. Goodale
BIOEE 4550 Insect Ecology X ~ ~ 4 Related introductory biology recommended J.S. Thaler
BIOEE 2525 / 2526 Ecology and Conservation of Wildlife in the Neotropics I and II X ~ ~ 3 Related Permission L. Campagna
BIOEE 2527 Neotropical Wildlife Biology ~ X ~ 1 Related BIOEE 2525 and BIOEE 2526; permission L. Campagna
BIOEE 1640 FWS: Topics in Ecology and Environmental Biology X X ~ 3 Related Staff
BIOEE 4940 Special Topics in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology X X X 1-4 Spec Staff
BIOEE 1540 / 1560 Introductory Oceanography X ~ ~ 3 Focused B. Monger
BIOEE 1180 Evolution X ~ X 3 Related Intended for students with no background in college biology Fall, A. Heim, K. Schmid; Summ
BIOEE 2740 The Vertebrates: Comparative Anatomy, Function, Paleontology, and Evolution ~ X ~ 4 Related two majors-level biology courses W. Bemis
BIOEE 4560 Stream Ecology X ~ ~ 4 Related BIOEE 1610 P. McIntyre, A. Flecker
BIOEE 7570 Seminar in Spatial Population Ecology ~ X ~ 1 Related Permission required for undergraduates S. van Nouhuys
BIOEE 7800 Graduate Seminar in Ornithology X ~ ~ 1 Related I. Lovette
BIOEE 3730 Biodiversity and Biology of the Marine Invertebrates X ~ ~ 3 Related BIOEE 1780 or BIOEE 1781 or BIOEE 1540 Staff
BIOEE 3690 Chemical Ecology ~ X ~ 3 Related one majors-level biology course and one semester introductory chemistry for majors or non-majors or G. Jander, A. Kessler, R. Ragu
BIOEE 2642 Analysis and Interpretation of Bird Observations ~ X ~ 1 Related BIOEE 2640 and BIOEE 2641; permission A. Dhondt
BIOEE 4720 Dynamics of Marine Ecosystems in a Changing Ocean X ~ ~ 3 Focused BIOEE 4620/EAS 4620 C. Greene, D. Harvell
BIOMG 6310 Protein Structure and Function X ~ ~ 3 Related BIOMG 3300, or BIOMG 3330, or BIOMG 3350, or BIOMG 3310/BIOMG 3320 and organic chemistry E. Kellogg
BIOMI 3500 Marine Microbes and Disease in a Changing Ocean ~ X ~ 3 Related BIOEE 1610, BIOEE 1780 I. Hewson
BIOMI 3970 Environmental Microbiology: Evolution, Biogeochemistry, Microbial Ecology X ~ ~ 3 Related BIO 2900 Staff
BIONB 7640 Plant-Insect Interactions Seminar X X ~ 1 Related graduate students or permission of instructor A. Agrawal, A. Kessler, K. Pov
BIOSM 1610 Ecology and the Marine Environment ~ ~ X 3 Related J. Factor, J. Sparks
BIOSM 2800 Sustainable Fisheries ~ ~ X 3 Focused one semester of college-level biology E. Chapman, E. Fairchild
BIOSM 4650 Shark Biology and Conservation ~ ~ X 3 Related at least one semester of major-level marine biology or vertebrate biology H. Marshall
BIOSM 3750 Integrated Ecosystem Research and Management ~ ~ X 3 Focused one semester of college-level biology and/or ecology J. Seavey, C. Siddon, E. Siddo
BIOSM 3290 Field Animal Behavior ~ ~ X 3 Related one semester of college-level biology or equivalent W. Kimler, H. Nance, H. Weeks
BIOSM 3210 Anatomy and Function of Marine Vertebrates ~ ~ X Related one semester of college-level biology or equivalent N. Gidmark
BIOSM 3740 Field Ornithology ~ ~ X 3 Related one semester of college-level biology or equivalent; background in ornithology or vertebrate biology K. Covino
BIOSM 4990 Research in Biology ~ ~ X 3 Related BIOSM 1500 J. Seavey.
BIOSM 3450 Marine Mammal Biology ~ ~ X 3 Related one semester of college-level biology, physiology and/or ecology or equivalent N. Lysiak
BIOSM 1500 Investigative Marine Biology Laboratory ~ ~ X 3 Related Intro biology distribution requirement D. Fudge, D. Taylor
BIOSM 2500 Coastal Habitat Field Research Methods ~ ~ X 3 Related one semester of introductory biology. Environment & Sustainability major field requirement G. Moore
BIOSM 3330 Marine Parasitology and Disease ~ ~ X 3 Related A. Blakeslee
BSOC 2211 Early Agriculture ~ X ~ 3 Related N. Russell
BSOC 3441 Insect Conservation Biology X ~ ~ 3 Related entomology or conservation biology course J. Losey
CEE 6021 Seminar: Environmental Engineering and Water Resources ~ X ~ 1 Focused Staff
CEE 6530 Water Chemistry for Environmental Engineering X ~ ~ 3 Related one semester of college chemistry M. Reid
CEE 6025 Special Topics in Environmental and Water Resources Systems Analysis X X ~ 1-6 Spec Staff
CEE 4510 / 5510 Microbiology for Environmental Engineering X ~ ~ 3 Related CHEM 2090 and CHEM 1570 R. Richardson
CEE 6590 Environmental Organic Chemistry ~ X ~ 3 Related CHEM 2090 and CHEM 1570 D. Helbling
COMM 3080 Capstone Course in Environmental and Sustainability Communication: From the Lab to the World ~ X ~ 2 Focused one theory and one practice course related to environmental communication, which can be taken prior L. Chambliss
DEA 4220 Ecological Literacy and Design ~ X ~ 3 Focused J. Elliott
DEA 1110 Making a Difference by Design X ~ X 3 Related H. Kao
DSOC 2010 Population Dynamics X ~ ~ 3 Related A. Basu
DSOC 7500 Food, Ecology, and Agrarian Change ~ X ~ 3 Focused graduate standing R. Bezner Kerr
DSOC 4300 / 6300 Human Migration: Theories, Patterns, and Trends ~ X ~ 3 Related I. Williams
EAS 2680 Climate and Global Warming ~ X ~ 3 Focused basic college math A. DeGaetano
EAS 3010 / 5011 Evolution of the Earth System X ~ ~ 4 Related EAS 2250 and MATH 1110 or MATH 1910 and one course in chemistry W. Allmon, T. Jordan
EAS 3030 Introduction to Biogeochemistry X ~ ~ 4 Related CHEM 2070 or equivalent, MATH 1120, and a course in biology and/or geology L. Derry, J. Yavitt
EAS 1310 Basic Principles of Meteorology X ~ ~ 3 Related M. Wysocki
EAS 1340 Introductory Weather Analysis and Forecasting ~ X ~ 1 Related EAS 1310 and EAS 1330 M. Wysocki, staff
EAS 1220 Earthquake! X ~ ~ 3 Related L. Brown
EAS 1540 / 1560 Introductory Oceanography X ~ ~ 3 Focused B. Monger
EAS 4710 / 6710 Introduction to Groundwater ~ X ~ 3 Related fluid mechanics or hydrology course T. Steenhuis
EAS 4800 / 6800 Our Changing Atmosphere: Global Change and Atmospheric Chemistry X ~ ~ 3 Related CHEM 2070 or CHEM 2090, MATH 1920, PHYS 1112 or equivalent P. Hess
EAS 4620 / 5620 Marine Ecosystem Sustainability X ~ ~ 3 Focused BIOEE 1610 Staff
EAS 3555 Marine Microbes and Disease in a Changing Ocean ~ X ~ 3 Related BIOEE 1610, BIOEE 1780 I. Hewson
EAS 1160 The Ice Age: The Consequences of Glaciation and Deglaciation on Climatic Change ~ ~ X 3 Related C. Griggs
EAS 4550 / 6550 Geochemistry ~ X ~ 4 Related CHEM 2070 or CHEM 2090 or equivalent M. Holycross
EAS 4720 Dynamics of Marine Ecosystems in a Changing Ocean X ~ ~ 3 Focused BIOEE 4620/EAS 4620 C. Greene, D. Harvell
EAS 6480 Air Quality and Atmospheric Chemistry X ~ ~ 3 Focused first-year chemistry and thermodynamics (or equivalent) Staff
ENTOM 4440 Integrated Pest Management ~ X ~ 4 Related introductory biology A. DiTommaso, J.E. Losey
ENTOM 3440 Insect Conservation Biology X ~ ~ 3 Related entomology or conservation biology course J.E. Losey
ENTOM 3070 Pesticides, the Environment, and Human Health X ~ ~ 2 Focused J.G. Scott
ENTOM 4550 Insect Ecology X ~ ~ 4 Related introductory biology J.S. Thaler
ENTOM 3350 Naturalist Outreach Practicum X ~ ~ 4 Related one college-level biology course L.S. Rayor
ENTOM 3360 Naturalist Outreach Continued X ~ ~ 1-2 Related ENTOM 3350 L.S. Rayor
ENTOM 7570 Seminar in Spatial Population Ecology ~ X ~ 1 Related Permission of instructor required for undergraduates S. van Nouhuys
ENTOM 4900 Toxicology of Insecticides ~ X ~ 3 Related general chemistry course J.G. Scott
ENTOM 2150 / 3150 Spider Biology: Life on a Silken Thread X ~ ~ 2 Related L.S. Rayor
FDSC 3800 Introduction to Functional Foods ~ X ~ 1 Focused introductory college biology or permission of instructor R.H. Liu
FDSC 4020 Agriculture in Developing Nations I X ~ ~ 2 Related K.V. Raman, S. Rizvi, T. Tucke
FDSC 6020 International Agriculture in Developing Nations ~ X ~ 3 Related IARD 4020, IARD 6015 P. Parra, M. Pritts, K.V. Rama
FDSC 6015 International Agriculture in Developing Nations Immersion ~ ~ ~ 3 Related FDSC 4020 K.V. Raman, T. Tucker
IARD 4030 Traditional Agriculture in Developing Nations ~ X ~ 1 Focused J. Lauren
MAE 6480 Air Quality and Atmospheric Chemistry X ~ ~ 3 Focused first-year chemistry and thermodynamics (or equivalent) Staff
NTRES 2010 Environmental Conservation ~ X ~ 3 Focused J. Yavitt
NTRES 3100 Applied Population Ecology X ~ ~ 3 Related MATH 1106, MATH 1110, or equivalent; background in biology or ecology recommended E.G. Cooch
NTRES 3220 Global Biodiversity X ~ ~ 3 Focused college-level biology and general ecology course J.B. Yavitt
NTRES 4100 Advanced Conservation Biology: Concepts and Techniques X ~ ~ 4 Related CALS math requirement; NTRES 3100, NTRES 2830 or equivalents E.G. Cooch, M.P. Hare
NTRES 4560 Stream Ecology X ~ ~ 4 Related BIOEE 1610 P. McIntyre, A. Flecker
NTRES 4200/4201 Forest Ecology (Lecture/Lab) X ~ ~ 3 Related two semesters college-level biology T. Fahey
NTRES 3240 / 6240 Sustainable, Ecologically Based Management of Water Resources ~ X ~ 3 Focused R. Schneider
NTRES 3260 Applied Conservation Ecology ~ X ~ 3 Focused college-level biology or permission of instructor S. Morreale
NTRES 4120 / 6120 Wildlife Population Analysis: Techniques and Models ~ X ~ 4 Related NTRES 3100 or NTRES 4100, or equivalent E. Cooch
NTRES 3110 / 3111 Fish Ecology, Conservation, and Management (Lecture/Lab) ~ X ~ 3 Focused NTRES 2100, general ecology, or equivalent recommended L. Rudstam
NTRES 4280 / 6280 Principles and Practices of Applied Wildlife Science ~ X ~ 1-4 Related NTRES 3100, permission of instructor required P. Curtis
NTRES 3330 / 6330 Ways of Knowing: Indigenous and Place-Based Ecological Knowledge X ~ ~ 4 Focused K-A.S. Kassam
NTRES 7800 Graduate Seminar in Ornithology X ~ ~ 1 Related I. Lovette
NTRES 2830 DNA, Genes, and Genetic Diversity ~ X ~ 4 Related M. Hare
NTRES 3400 Molecular Tools for Ecology, Conservation, and Natural Resource Management X ~ ~ 3 Related BIOMG 2800 or NTRES 2830 or equivalent N.O. Therkildsen
NTRES 3800 Climate Solutions X ~ ~ 3 Focused M. Krasny, X. Shinbrot
PLBIO 2300 Global Plant Biodiversity and Vegetation X ~ ~ 3 Related K. Nixon
PLBIO 2470 Plants and People X ~ ~ 3 Related M. Gandolfo
PLBRG 4070 / 6070 Nutritional Quality Improvement of Food Crops X ~ ~ 2 Related one majors-level biology course M. Gore, L. Li
PLBRG 2250 Plant Genetics ~ X ~ 4 Related one majors-level biology course or equivalent A. Levina, B. Reisch
PLBRG 2253 Lectures in Plant Genetics ~ X ~ 3 Related one majors-level biology course or equivalent, permission A. Levina, B. Reisch
PLBRG 4030 / 6030 Genetic Improvement of Crop Plants X ~ ~ 3 Related BIOMG 2800 or PLBRG 2250 or other standardized genetics course, and course in crops or horticulture M. Gore
PLHRT 4730 / 6730 Ecology of Agricultural Systems X ~ ~ 4 Focused BIOEE 1610 L. Drinkwater
PLHRT 4450 Ecological Orchard Management ~ X ~ 3 Related two college-level biology courses, previous horticulture/plant science courses recommended G. Peck
PLHRT 2350 Food, Fiber, and Fulfillment: Plants and Human Well-Being ~ X ~ 2 Related S. Skelly
PLHRT 1250 Organic Vegetable Gardening ~ X ~ 1 Related S. Reiners
PLHRT 3050 Arboriculture: Applied Tree Care X ~ ~ 3 Related PLHRT 4910 recommended T. Bauerle
PLHRT 1102 Hands-On Horticulture for Gardeners ~ X ~ 2 Related M. Pritts
PLHRT 4931 Its Just Grass: Grassing the Urban Eden ~ X ~ 2 Related PLHRT 4920, LA 4920 recommended F. Rossi
PLHRT 4800 Cornell Botanic Gardens Lecture Series X ~ ~ 1 Related S. Skelly
PLHRT 3000 / 5000 Annual and Perennial Plant Identification and Use X ~ ~ 2 Related N. Bassuk, D. Rakow
PLHRT 3025 / 5025 Hydroponic Food Crop Production and Management X ~ ~ 4 Focused N. Mattson
PLHRT 3500 Principles of Vegetable Production X ~ ~ 3 Related PLSCI 1101, PLSCS 2600, or equivalent S. Reiners
PLHRT 4250 / 6250 Postharvest Biology of Horticultural Crops ~ X ~ 3 Related S. Gan
PLHRT 4420 Berry Crops: Culture and Management X ~ ~ 3 Related M. Pritts
PLPPM 3200 / 5200 Grape Pest Management X ~ ~ 2 Related G. Loeb, K. Perry
PLSCI 1300 Just Food: Exploring the Modern Food System X ~ ~ 3 Focused T. Pendergrast, F. Rossi
PLSCS 1900 Sustainable Agriculture: Food, Farming, and the Future X ~ ~ 3 Focused M. Ryan
PLSCS 4140 / 5140 Tropical Cropping Systems: Biodiversity, Social, and Environmental Impacts X ~ ~ 4 Related at least one of the following courses or their equivalents: PLSCS 1900, PLSCS 2110, PLSCS 2600, PLSC A. McDonald
PLSCS 1120 Microbes, the Earth, and Everything X ~ X 3 Related Fall, D. Buckley; Summer, Staf
PLSCS 3210 / 5210 Soil and Crop Management for Sustainability ~ X ~ 4 Focused PLSCS 1900 or PLSCS 2600 H. van Es
PLSCS 3650 Environmental Chemistry: Soil, Air, and Water ~ X ~ 3 Related CHEM 1560 or CHEM 2070-CHEM 2080 M. McBride
PLSCS 4660 Soil Ecology ~ X ~ 4 Related one year of biology or ecology, PLSCS 2600 is desirable J. Thies
PLSCS 2110 / 5110 Field Crop Systems X ~ ~ 4 Related T. Setter
PLSCS 3150 / 5150 Weed Biology and Management X ~ ~ 4 Related introductory course in biology or botany A. DiTommaso
PLSCS 4100 / 6100 Plant Responses to Environmental Stresses and Global Climate Change X ~ ~ 3 Related PLBIO 3420 or equivalent, plus PLBIO 3430 or equivalent. O. Vatamaniuk
PLSCS 2600 Soil Science X ~ ~ 4 Related J. Russell-Anelli
PLSCS 4720 Nutrient and Carbon Cycling and Management in Ecosystems X ~ ~ 4 Related PLSCS 2600 J. Lehmann
PLSCS 6140 Weed Ecology and Management ~ X ~ 3 Related PLSCS 3150 or equivalent A. DiTommaso
PLSCS 3800 Principles and Practices in Certified Organic Agriculture ~ X ~ 3 Related M. Ryan
RELST 2273 Introduction to Religious Studies: Religion and Ecology X ~ ~ 3 Focused J.M. Law
SOC 2220 Controversies About Inequality X ~ ~ 4 Related C. Young
STS 4101 The Entangled Lives of Humans and Animals X ~ ~ 4 Related R. Prentice
STS 6460 Bodies and Bodiliness X ~ ~ 4 Related permisison S. Langwick
STS 3011 Life Sciences and Society X ~ ~ 4 Related J. Ratcliff
STS 6121 Environmental History X X ~ 4 Related S. Pritchard
TOX 3070 Pesticides, the Environment, and Human Health X ~ ~ 2 Focused Permission required for freshman J.G. Scott
VETCS 1200 Conservation Medicine: A Veterinary Perspective ~ ~ X 3 Focused R. Radcliffe
VETMI 6111 Principles of Infectious Disease for Public Health X ~ ~ 3 Related Undergraduate biology and chemistry suggested, enrollment limited to MPH students and graduate stude G. Whittaker and MPH staff
VETMI 7439 Parasites of People X X X 2 Related Permission; Enrollment limited to: MPS students A. Lucio-Forster
VETMI 7441 Wildlife Parasitology X X X 2 Related Permission; Enrollment limited to: MPS students A. Lucio-Forster
VIEN 3200 / 5200 Grape Pest Management X ~ ~ 2 Related G. Loeb, K. Perry
VIEN 2204 / 5204 Principles and Practices of Growing Grapes and Making Wines X ~ ~ 3 Related college level biology, chemistry and VIEN 1104, and permission required. Graduate students only K. Arnink, R. Moss
VTMED 6735 Conservation Medicine ~ X ~ 1.5 Related A. Travis, N. Abou-Madi
VTMED 6432 Fish Health Management ~ X ~ 1 Related L. Locatelli