Sustainability

SLCC is aware of the growing interest in and need for sustainability practices in homes, businesses and throughout the community. Sustainability is an awareness of the connectivity of the world and implications of our actions. It is finding solutions through innovative approaches and expanding further options by practicing environmental stewardship.

SLCC's Sustainability Certificate gives AAS and AS/AA students pursuing other major programs, an opportunity to focus on a variety of issues associated with sustainability issues and practices in order to be better prepared for this growth industry.    Knowledge and skills taught in a wide variety of courses will help prepare students for various jobs in green industries and train current workers who wish to augment their skills and enhance opportunities for advancements.

Students who are currently working and who wish to augment their skills by gaining an overview of sustainability issues and practices to enhance their work performance or opportunities for advancement will also benefit from this certificate program.

The certificate program is comprised of 24 credit hours of course work. Students are required to take four core courses which total 12 credit hours. Students' choices for remaining courses are dependent upon areas of specialization. Students have the option to take required courses online or in a traditional classroom format.

Courses

Advanced GIS

GEOG 2920
Individual studies with GIS application. Students will design project and present for approval. May have a service learning component. Purpose of class is to give students hands-on experience using...

Applied GIS

GEOG 1820
Class builds on skills introduced in GEOG/GIS 1800 with emphasis on using original source data. May include use of Tiger files, hotlinking, GPS, joining/merging files and other advanced GIS skills.

Connected Computing

CS 1030
Understand the world of computing that surrounds you: technology’s impact on society, hardware, SOHO networking, threats, Google as a verb, ethics/policy, file management, standards, basic HTML,...

Conservation Biology

BIOL 1120
Introductory biology course that focuses on the patterns and processes that create biological diversity. Examines causes and consequences of diversity losses from genes-ecosystems. Also analyzes...

Earth’s Surface Environments

GEOG 1000
This course examines the interrelationships of land, water, and atmosphere in the human environment. Location of features and countries is also emphasized.

Eco-Psychology

PSY 2400
Blended class, online and field school combination. Eco- psychology is the interaction of self and the environment. Examines how the environment affects us and how we impact the environment.

Ecology

BIOL 2220
For biology science majors. Intro to ecological and evolutionary principles, including: population interactions, ecosystem structure/function, energy flow, & biogeography. Three hours of lecture...

Ecology Lab

BIOL 2225
For biology science majors. Intro to ecological and evolutionary principles, including: population interactions, ecosystem structure/function, energy flow, & biogeography. Three hours of lecture...

Environmental

GEO 1060
This is the study of natural and man-made threats to human life and property. Their causes, preventions, and mitigation are covered.

Environmental Communication

COMM 1140
Covers the organization and delivery of facts to a mass audience; specifically communicating about issues related to sustainability. Course offers hands-on experience in both traditional media and...

Environmental Economics

ECON 2250
Students will evaluate costs of environmental degradation and determine their point of impact. They will recommend best economic measures for minimizing costs to society. Economic sustainability will...

Environmental Lab

GEO 1065
This course provides hands-on experience in the lab, the community, and the field with subjects covered in GEO 1060.

Environmental Science

BIOL 1400
Survey of contemporary environmental issues related to conservation and management of natural resources concurrent with increasing socioeconomic and human population demands

General Chemistry I

CHEM 1210
Fundamentals of inorganic chemistry. Atomic structure chemical bonding, chemical reactions, solution chemistry, stoichiometry, periodic table, thermochemistry, kinetics, gases, and kinetic molecular...

General Chemistry I Lab

CHEM 1215
Fundamentals of inorganic chemistry. Atomic structure chemical bonding, chemical reactions, solution chemistry, stoichiometry, periodic table, thermochemistry, kinetics, gases, and kinetic molecular...

Herb Horticulture

CHFA 1600
This course is a combination of both lecture and hands-on. Students identify, cultivate and use various herbs. Students plant, maintain and harvest herbs from a school garden.

Human Geography

GEOG 1400
The thematic study of human activity (population, religion, language, migration, industry) and the global distribution of these activities.

Intro to Environmental Ethics

PHIL 2300
Philosophical analyses of our ethical relationships to the environment, such as moral extensionism, deep ecology, ecofeminism, & environmental justice. Application to classic and contemporary...

Introduction to Meteorology

MET 1010
Meteorology introduces the characteristics and dynamics of the atmosphere and their daily application. Food, clothing, shelter, economics, & recreational activities are representative samplings...

Laws/Policy for Sustainability

ENVT 2200
Explore the laws & policies in the U.S. which affect sustainability. Discuss policies & applications for sustainability. Includes a project connecting the laws, regulations, policies,...

Marine Biology

BIOL 1070
Introductory study of Biology focusing on marine biological systems. Intended for non-science majors. Three hours lecture per week with additional lab component (BIOL 1075) required.

Marine Biology Lab

BIOL 1075
Introductory study of Biology focusing on marine biological systems. Intended for non-science majors. Three hours lecture per week with additional lab component (BIOL 1075) required.

Spatial Technology & Analysis

GEOG 1800
Course provides a foundation for skill development in GIS. Multiple sources for acquiring and analyzing data with basic GIS application are introduced.

Special Topics: Auto Training in Alternative Fuels

AUTO 1299
Allow automotive students to acquire additional expertise in a specific industrial automotive application, to be approved by the instructor.

Special Topics: Sustainability and Green Building

ARCH 2990
This course is designed so the student can work on special individualized projects under the supervision of the instructor. Please contact the instructor, Norm Clark at 801-957-4174 for more...

Urban Environmental Issues

GEOG 2200
Class investigates the effect of encroachment of the urban environment upon the natural environment, and the complexity of interrelationships at local, national, and global levels, to define the...