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Note: some or all of the courses in the subjects marked as "Transfer" can be used towards a transfer degree: Associate of Science and Arts or Associate of Engineering Science at DACC. Transferability for specific institutions and majors varies. Consult a counselor for this information.

Areas of Study | Sustainability - 7 courses
SUST100 Principles of Sustainability (Fall) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: Principles of Sustainability will cover the major issues and solutions that are associated with sustainability; including agriculture conservation, waste management, construction, energy, and water. The course will also cover emerging trends, developments, and innovations related to sustainability.
Notes [ C]

SUST102 Ecology the Economy of Nature (Fall) – 4.0 hours
Course Description: Ecology is the study of the interactions between organisms and their environment. This course provides a background in the fundamental principles of ecological science, including concepts of natural selection, population and community ecology, biodiversity, and sustainability. Students will acquire an “ecological literacy” about how the natural world works, and develop an understanding of how scientific methods are used to construct ecological knowledge. The course will also explore some of today’s major ecological challenges, and the important research that is being done to address these concerns.
Notes [ C]

SUST110 Natural Resource Management (Fall) – 4.0 hours
Course Description: Natural Resource Management introduces key theories and concepts that will help students to interpret and engage with current issues and science related to the management of our world’s resources. It will teach students the scientific principles that guide sustainable management practices for water, minerals, forests, policy, and wildlife management. Students will discover environmental policies from around the world, practical approaches to resource dilemmas, techniques for environmental dispute resolution, and coverage of hot topics such as tradable emissions permits, solar and wind energy, recycling policies, and global environmental initiatives. Labs will give students a chance to engage with real and simulated data sets for forestry, fish, shellfish, deer, and coal management scenarios.
Notes [ C]

SUST121 Cultivation and Compliance (Spring) – 4.0 hours
Course Description: Cultivation and Compliance I will introduce key concepts and protocol associated with medicinal plant growth and distribution in Illinois. Students will learn the fundamentals of biosecurity, RFID and digital inventory tracking & management, plant breeding and propagation, flower production and processing. Students will study not only the biological aspects of cultivation but also the associated legal including Biotrack and IDOA compliance. Cultivation and Compliance I will investigate topics on ethics and social dimensions of production and regulation. Cultivation and compliance will use proxy species to illustrate teaching components to avoid legal issues and maintain campus integrity.
Notes [ C]

SUST125 Introduction to Green Business (Summer) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: In this course, students will learn about the application, benefits, and management of Sustainable Energy Business. Installation and maintenance of Wind and Solar Energy equipment is highlighted, as well as practical application and maintenance of other alternative energy sources.
Notes [ C]

SUST150 Green Facilities Management (Spring) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: This course will provide students with an overview of the fundamentals in green facilities management, including planning and design, ongoing maintenance, and adjustments to optimize efficiency.
Notes [ C]

SUST155 The Natural History of Illinois (Fall) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: The Natural History of Illinois will investigate the unique habitat and environments of Illinois. Students will look at the decline of species, ecosystem preservation, Illinois animal and plant species and their conservation, invasive species, the ways species have responded to climate change and dwindling habitats. The natural history of Illinois will equip students with the knowledge to better observe, study, and experience the wonders of nature in Illinois.
Notes [ C]

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