Registration is ongoing for Fall 2014 classes in Sustainability Studies — and summer, too! Our fall line-up of courses features a mix of campus and online offerings, and this early in the registration period there are still plenty of seats in each course. Of particular note are two of our Chicago-based courses that meet at really cool off-campus locations:
SUST 330 Biodiversity, taught by Prof. Julian Kerbis Peterhans, will meet on Thursdays from 9am to 1pm at the renowned Field Museum of Natural History. Students in this popular version of 330 experience lectures, discussions, and other activities as a group, but are also paired up individually with scientists working on biodiversity/conservation research projects throughout the museum’s science departments. Several RU students, such as Amanda Zeigler (BPS ’12) and Colleen Dennis, who took SUST 330 at the FMNH have gone on to earn internships and/or paid positions at the museum. (Enrollment capped at 20.)
SUST 350 Service & Sustainability, last offered in spring 2013, will be taught on Tuesdays from 12-3pm by Prof. Mike Bryson at the Eden Place Nature Center in the Fuller Park neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. This is a Transformational Service Learning class that will involve performing work at a leading Chicago urban farm / nature center; students will also collaborate on special “action research projects” to further the EPNC’s mission and community outreach. For more info, see Dr. Bryson’s 350 course preview here. (Enrollment capped at 15.)
Several other SUST courses are available as well, including SUST 210 Sustainable Future, 220 Water, 230 Food, 240 Waste, and 320 Sprawl/Transportation/Planning in Chicago; and 210 Sustainable Future, 230 Food, 310 Energy & Climate Change, and 330 Biodiversity online.
Current RU students should contact their advisor to discuss spring (and summer) course selections and sign up for classes while they are still available. This page from the RU Registrar provides a wealth of links and useful info.
Prospective students may learn about admissions and our many program options at RU, request information about a particular campus or academic program here, or visit the SUST homepage to explore our BA (120 semester hour) and BPS (adult student fast-track) bachelors degree options.