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Liaison Donald Graves
Submission Date June 12, 2014
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Hibbing Community College
AC-1: Academic Courses

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Figures required to calculate the percentage of courses with sustainability content::
Undergraduate Graduate
Total number of courses offered by the institution 476 0
Number of sustainability courses offered 13 0
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 29 0

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):
9

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
40

Number of years covered by the data:
One

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its course offerings with sustainability content (and course descriptions):
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+ Date Revised: Sept. 19, 2014

An inventory of the institution's course offerings with sustainability content (and course descriptions):

Below are courses that were deemed sustainability courses at HCC:

1. GEOG 1100: Human Geography is an introductory survey which examines how humankind has shaped its environment and how that environment continues to shape daily life. Topics include population change and growth, migration, culture's impact on the natural environment and the environment's role in shaping culture. Language and geography, religion and natural surroundings, political units and the environment, the land and agricultural and industrial societies, urban geography in the modern age, humankind's impact on the environment, and the future of our global geographic world are also discussed. MNTC goal area: (5)History/Social/Behavioral Sciences and (8)Global Perspective.
2. HCT 1520: Refrigerant certification covers the information required to successfully pass section 608 of the Clean Air Act (1990). This course also covers information regarding the recovery, recycling, and reclamation of refrigerants, as well as new laws governing the use of refrigerants. Students are given the opportunity to take an EPA refrigerant certification exam after completion of this course.
3. HCT 1535: Gas Heating Technology provides the student an opportunity to study different types of gas furnaces, gas fuels, combustion theory and components associated with gas furnaces, safety devices, venting and piping. High efficiency furnaces are also discussed at great length. The student will be studying troubleshooting, repair, and maintenance of forced air gas-fired heating equipment.
4. IST 105: Introduction to Industrial Systems Technology introduces students to the careers, skill requirements, production practices and economic considerations important in today's industry. The course covers industrial operations with a total systems approach, safety and worker's rights, employee/employer ethics, economics, sustainability, and lean production through a combination of lecture, labs and tours of regional employers.
5. NSCI1500: Meteorology is a descriptive course which introduces the student to basic scientific principles involved in the study of the properties of the atmosphere, weather instruments, weather phenomena, meterological terminology and forecasting. The laboratory will require the student to construct and interpret graphs; analyze weather maps; and gather, record, and interpret weather data. MNTC goal area: (3)Natural Science & (9)Ethic/Civic Responsibility
6. NSCI1945: The History of Science--The Atomic Bomb traces the scientific and historic developments which led to the creation of the first atomic bombs at the end of World War II. Scientific topics such as atomic structure, radioactivity, and nuclear fission will be explored. The formation and organization of the Manhattan Project will be examined as well as the personalities of the scientists and military men involved. In addition, the decision to use the bomb and the legacy of nuclear weapons will be analyzed. Though primarily a lecture and discussion course, students will perform a number of simple experiments in order to better understand the theoretical concepts presented. MNTC goal area: (3)Natural Science & (9)Ethic/Civic Responsibility.
7. NSCI 2000: Special Topics in Science: Nobel Conference is designed to explore the role of science in our daily lives, as exemplified by the Nobel Conference at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota. Students will explore a current scientific topic by participating in pre and post- conference seminars at HCC and by attending lecture sessions and associated activities at the Nobel Conference.
8. ECON 1050: Microeconomics examines the market system, elasticity, utility analysis, costs of production, market structures, resource markets, capital, corporate finance, market regulation, income distribution, and externalities. MNTC goal areas: (5)History/Social/Behavioral Sciences
9. ENGL 1180: Environmental Literature focuses on the understanding and analysis of humanity's relationship to its environment, as revealed through particular genres, such as the short story, essay, diary, and poetry. Major themes studied are gaining environmental awareness; understanding spiritual, symbolic, and practical responses to the environment; conflicting attitudes toward the environment; and achieving harmony with the environment. MNTC goal areas: (6)Humanities area C & (10)People & the Environment.
10. ENSC 1050: Environmental Science emphasizes the relationship of humans to the environment. Topics covered include ecological principles, energy use, pollution, waste, population, and natural resources. Causes, effects, and solutions dealing with environmental problems will be emphasized. Environmental sampling and laboratory investigations of environmental problems are important components of this course. Field trips to various sites in the region will be taken. MNTC goal areas: (3)Natural Science and (10)People and the Environment(EN).
11. PSCI 1300: State and Local Government examines the organization and operation of city, county, local, and state government, with particular attention to Minnesota. Topics include the state-federal relationship; intergovernmental relations; the functions of state governments; state constitutions; voting; political parties and interest groups; state legislative, executive, and judicial branches; county and city governments and their operation; urban politics in modern America; state and local government finance; and challenges facing state and local governments in the 21st century. MNTC goal areas: (5)History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences and (9)Ethic and Civic Responsibility.
12. PSCI 1500: Alternative Spring Break will examine the relationships between social issues and civic action responsibility through both classroom studies and hands-on service experiences. The course is a designated service-learning course, combining theory and practice to examine the civic and ethical responsibilities of a democratic society. The course requires participation in lab experiences at local, regional, and/or national sites. Students may repeat class one time for elective credit. MNTC goal areas: (5)History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences and (9)Ethic and Civic Responsibility.
13. BIOL 1050: Human Biology is a course in modern biology intended for non-majors. Major topics include genetics and inherited traits, ecology and evolution, human physiology and development, adaptation, and interactions involved in natural systems. Human Biology is centered on relevant concepts affecting humans. MNTC goal areas: (3)Natural Science and (10)People and Environment.
Below are courses that were deemed partially sustainable courses at HCC:

1. ALHE 1500: Introduction to Nursing. Students work directly under the supervision of a registered nurse to become familiar with the duties and responsibilities of the nursing assistant and home health aide. They learn to provide services contributing to the welfare of patients in a nursing home, private home, or hospital. The course includes classroom theory and testing as well as instruction on how to assist patients with hygiene, feeding, skin care, bedmaking, dressing, movement and other general assistance. Clinical experience at a local nursing home is included. Nursing ALHE 1500 is a prerequisite to HCC’s nursing program and many other school’s nursing programs as well.
2. ASES 2018: Shop Management / Supervision introduces concepts and business practices used in the managing or supervising in the automotive field. Topics include customer and employee relations, productivity monitoring, estimate construction, and repair order writing.
3. ASES 1016: Fuel and Emission Systems covers the operation, diagnosis, and repair of the automotive fuel system. Fuel injections are introduced. Theory, design, diagnosis and service of the vehicles emission system are included.
4. ASES 2026: Advanced Engine Performance course expands upon the knowledge learned in ASES 2027(Auto Computers). OBDII (On Board Diagnostic 2nd generation) operation and program logic will be covered. Diagnosis and repair of drivability problems associated with OBD II systems will be taught in this course. Practical exercises on school vehicles reinforce learned knowledge with hands-on experience.
5. BIOL 1201: Human Anatomy and Physiology is the study of organ systems and tissues of the human body. Systems included are the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, lymphatic, digestive, urinary, and reproductive. Focus is on structures and the integrated control mechanisms of physiology in these systems. This course is intended for students in medical coding or related fields
6. BIOL 1001: Introduction to Biology is an introduction to the basic characteristics, processes, and techniques common to the study of biological sciences. Major topics include: basic cell biology, the chemistry of life, genetics, human organ systems, and an introduction to laboratory techniques and research. This class is intended for anyone interested in future courses or currently taking a college biology course and students who are part of a health careers learning community.
7. BIOL 1120: Microbiology includes the classification, structure, and function of bacteria and other microorganisms. Pathogenic organisms and the application of sterilization and disinfection are included. Basic laboratory techniques involved in microbiology, the structure and function of the cell, the preparation and sterilization of nutrient material, identification of microbes, and other tests with microorganisms are also included. Microbiology is intended for anyone interested in further life science or health science studies as well as liberal arts studies. MNTC goal areas: (3) Natural Science
8. BIOL 1510: General Biology of Cells is one of two general biology courses. This course is designed for any student preparing for further study in life science or health science as well as liberal arts students. It stresses cellular structures and functions with emphasis upon the chemical agents of cellular respiration, photosynthesis, protein synthesis, and genetics as well as principles of ecology and evolution. Previous course work in chemistry is helpful. MNTC goal areas: (3)Natural Science.
9. BIOL 1520: General Biology of Animals & Plants is one of a two-course sequence in general biology. This course stresses the organism level of biological organization. Morphology, physiology, taxonomy, natural history, evolution and ecology of animals and plants are stressed. General Biology of Animals & Plants is intended for students planning further studies in biology or in medically-related fields as well as liberal arts studies. MNTC goal areas: (3)Natural Science and (10)People and the Environment
10. BIOL 2201: Ecology and Field Biology emphasizes a functional approach to ecosystems and explores population dynamics and interactions between and among populations. Community structure and function compare terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems. Field techniques are applied to these concepts of ecology. MNTC goal areas: (3)Natural Science and (10)People and the Environment(EN).
11. BIOL 2251: Limnology is an investigation of lakes and streams as representative freshwater habitats. The emphasis is on biological factors and their interaction with the physical and chemical aspects of aquatic systems. Methods of sampling and analyzing water and aquatic organisms are used to explore these functional relationships. MNTC goal areas: (3)Natural Science and (10)People and the Environment(EN)
12. BIOL 1250: Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 is the study of organ systems and tissues of the human body. Systems included are the cardiovascular, respiratory, lymphatic, digestive, urinary, and reproductive. The focus is on structure and the integrated control mechanisms of physiology in these systems. This course is intended for students in health-related fields as well as liberal arts students. MNTC goal area:(3) Natural Science.
13. BIOL 1260: Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 is the study of organ systems and tissues of the human body. Systems included are the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine. Focus is on structures and the integrated control mechanisms of physiology in these systems. This course is intended for students in health-related fields as well as liberal arts students. MNTC goal area:(3) Natural Science.
14. BIOL 2140: Human Anatomy is the study of organ systems and tissues of the human body. Systems included are the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive. Focus is on structures and their relationships in these systems. This course is intended for students in health-related fields as well as liberal arts students. MNTC goal areas: (3)Natural Science.
15. BIOL 2151: Human Physiology is the study of organ systems and tissues of the human body. Systems included are the cardiovascular, respiratory, lymphatic, digestive, urinary, and reproductive. The focus is on the endocrine, nervous, and integrated control mechanisms of physiology in these systems. This course is intended for practical nurses enrolled in the associate degree nursing program and students in health-related fields as well as liberal arts students. MNTC goal areas: (3)Natural Science.
16. BUS 1230: Legal Environment of Business examines business ethics, international trade, courts, litigation, agency, torts, contracts, sales, product liability, employment agreement, real property, antitrust laws, and consumer protection. This course is intended for all business administration, accounting, and economics majors.
17. CAMT 1604: Quality Assurance develops an understanding of the basic principles of sanitation and safety in order to protect the consumer by maintaining a safe and healthy environment in the food service industry. The laws and regulations related to safety, fire and sanitation in food service operation are also covered.
18. CAMT 2400: Food Service Procurement and Cost Control covers the basic food service cost control techniques for the modern kitchen. Menu development, cost factor, food procurement, receiving, and storage are included.
19. CAMT 2460: Culinary Nutrition covers the basic information to understand food trends, digestion and utilization processes, menu development for normal and special diets, and the development of marketing strategies.
20. DAS 1520: Dental Science introduces applied psychology and its relationship to the dental office. This course also prepares the dental assistant to deal with medical and dental emergencies. Pharmacology is included to help students better understand the medications used in dentistry.
21. DAS 1504: Nutrition and Dental Health studies the basic concepts and principles of nutrition as they apply to the Dental profession. Topics include digestion, nutrients, the Food Pyramid, energy exchange, and health risks related to diet. Vitamins and minerals are discussed in addition to deficiencies seen intraorally and extraorally. Preventive dentistry nutrition and eating disorders are also included.
22. CDL 1510: Behind the wheel training provides students the hands-on experience needed to operate a semi-truck and trailer. Students will gain behind the wheel experience; drive various routes and in multiple conditions.
23. CDL 1530: This course presents the requirements for the transportation of hazardous materials by private, common, and contract motor carriers.
24. GERO 1010: Physical Aspects of Aging is a study of the physiological changes associated with aging. Topics include: analysis of how aging affects each body system, aging theories, common diseases, medication management, and health and wellness strategies.
25. GERO 1060: Nutrition for the Elderly focuses on the specific nutritional needs and problems in the older adult. Topics include nutritional requirements, diet modifications, body system changes, medication issues, and barriers to proper nutrition.
26. HLTH 1010: Personal and Community Health introduces the five dynamic dimensions of personal and community health. Issues covered include personal fitness, chemical substances, mental health, stress management, nutrition, human sexuality, diseases, consumerism, environmental influences, and death and dying. This class is intended for students interested in exploring the current health issues affecting today’s society.
27. HLTH 1030: Stress Management is a course designed to expose students to a holistic approach to managing stress. Principles, theories, and skills needed to effectively manage personal stress will be explored. Both cognitive (coping) skills and a host of relaxation strategies and techniques with the intention to prevent and/or alleviate the symptoms of stress will also be addressed. This course is intended for students interested in applying effective strategies for stress reduction.
28. HLTH 1150: Wellness is an introductory class exploring basic wellness and fitness concepts and their application to daily life. Students assess personal levels of flexibility, muscular strength and endurance, cardiorespiratory endurance, body composition, nutritional intake and needs, stress, and risks of contracting various diseases. Students actively participate in lab activities and design and implement a personal wellness program.
29. HLTH 2010: Fundamentals of Nutrition is the study of the basic concepts and principles of nutrition. Topics include energy, carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, water, and the diet through the life-cycle. Personal nutritional analysis and the relationship between diet and disease are also addressed. This class is intended for nursing students, allied health majors, and the general public.

See www.hcc.mnscu.edu/academics/academics-course-description.html

+ Date Revised: Dec. 16, 2014

The website URL where the inventory of course offerings with sustainability content is publicly available:
A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the course inventory:

This spring of 2014, we have undergone an examination of the course content at Hibbing Community College to see if there was proof of sustainable course material across all of our offerings. We have examined the Course Outlines for each class. Since there could be several faculty members teaching the same course in different ways, the Course Outline is the best indicator of what is certain to be covered, regardless of instructor or semester. We have defined sustainability as it has been presented in the STARS technical manual. We also have eliminated nursing and health profession courses from our list that do not specifically translate to education on human health awareness. As an example, a course that describes nutrition and healthy diets may be included, whereas a course that is focused on sanitary home healthcare practices may not.


How did the institution count courses with multiple offerings or sections in the inventory?:
Each course was counted as a single course regardless of the number of offerings or sections

A brief description of how courses with multiple offerings or sections were counted (if different from the options outlined above):
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Which of the following course types were included in the inventory?:
Yes or No
Internships No
Practicums No
Independent study No
Special topics No
Thesis/dissertation No
Clinical No
Physical education Yes
Performance arts No

Does the institution designate sustainability courses in its catalog of course offerings?:
No

Does the institution designate sustainability courses on student transcripts?:
No

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