Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 56.23
Liaison Rachael Wein
Submission Date July 11, 2014
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Smith College
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 7.09 / 14.00 Joanne Benkley
Assistant Director
Center for the Environment
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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 1,310 278
Number of sustainability courses offered 51 0
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 65 0

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):
30

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
48
+ Date Revised: July 27, 2015

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

AMS 201 Intro to the Study of American Society and Culture
AMS 555 American Society and Culture
ANT 241 Anthropology of Development
ANT 353 Topics in Anthropology: Urban Anthropology
ART 267 Gender, Sexuality and Built Envionment
ART 285 Intro to Architecture
BIO 101 Modern Biology for the Concerned Citizen
BIO 103 Economic Botany: Plants and Human Affairs
BIO 108Y Biogeochemical Cycling in the Avery Brook Watershed: a Research Course
BIO 260 Invertebrate Diversity and Lab
BIO 362 Animal Behavior
BIO 364 Plant Ecology & Lab
BIO 370 Microbial Diversity
ECO 211 Economic Development
ECO 230 Urban Economics
ECO 233 Free Market Economics
ECO 311 Seminar: Topics in Economic Development: The Political Economy of Development in Africa
ECO 362 Seminar: Population Economics: the Economics of Aging
EGR 290 Engineering Thermodynamics
EGR 290 Engineering Thermodynamics
EGR 320 Signals and Systems
EGR 363 Mass and Heat Transfer
ENG 118 Colloquia in Writing: Consumer Culture
ENG 135 Introduction to Writing Creative Nonfiction: Writing about Place and Travel
ENG 384 Seminar: Writing About American Society
ENV 150 Modeling Our World: An Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
ESS 300 Nutrition Literacy
FRN 230 Colloquia in French Studies: Consumers, Culture and the French Department Store
FRN 262 After Algeria: Revolution, Republic and Race in Modern France
FRN 272 J’accuse! French Intellectuals as Activists
FRN 380 Topics in French Cultural Studies: Immigration and Sexuality
FYS 198 The Global Coffee Trail
GEO 102 Exploring the Local Geologic Landscape
GEO 222 Petrology
GEO 231 Invertebrate Paleontology and the History of Life
GEO 301 Aqueous Geochemistry
GEO 309 Groundwater Geology
GOV 207 Politics of Public Policy
GOV 213 Colloquium:The Bush Years
GOV 215 Colloquium: The Clinton Years
GOV 218 Workplace Law in Capitalist America
GOV 234 Colloquium: Comparative Responses to AIDS in Africa
GOV 242 International Political Economy
GOV 322 Seminar in Comparative Government: Latin American Social Movements
GOV 341 Seminar in International Politics: U.S. Foreign Policy, Human Rights and Democracy
GOV 364 Seminar in Political Theory: Science Fiction and Political Theory: Imagining Human Expansion
GOV 370 In Defense of Political Freedom: Liberal Democracy and its Enemies in Twentieth-Century Political Thought
IDP 102 Race and Its Intersections with Class, Gender and Sexuality
ITL 205 Savoring Italy: Recipes and Thoughts on Italian Cuisine and Culture
LAS 201 Colloquium in Latin American and Latino/a Studies: Bodega Dreams: Afro-Latinidad in Words and Social Activism
LAS 244 Feminisms and Women's Movements: Latin American Women's and Latinas' Pursuit of Social Justice
LAS 301 Seminar: Topics in Latin American and Latino/a Studies: Social Movements in 20th Century Latin America
LSS 105 Introduction to Landscape Studies
LSS 389 Broad-scale Design and Planning Studio
PSY 140 Health Psychology
REL 320 Seminar: Jewish Religion and Culture: Topic: Judaism, Feminism, and Religious Politics
SOC 328 Sociology of Wellbeing
SOC 218 Urban Sociology
SOC 237 Gender and Globalization
SOC 244 Feminisms and Women's Movements: Latin American Women's and Latinas' Pursuit of Social Justice
SOC 323 Seminar: Gender and Social Change
SOC 327 Seminar: Global Migration in the 21st Century
SWG 222 Gender, Law, and Policy
SWG 271 Reproductive Justice
SWG 290 Gender, Sexuality and Popular Culture
ANT 230 Africa: Peoples, Environment and Health
ANT 236 Economy, Ecology and Society
BIO 180 Y Biogeochemical Cycling in the Avery Brook Watershed: a Research Course
BIO 268/269 Marine Ecology & Lab
BIO 366 Biogeography
BIO 390 Seminar: Topics in Environmental Biology: Conservation Biology Investigation and Discovery
BIO 390 Seminar: Topics in Environmental Biology: The Ecological Impacts of Global Change
BIO 390 Seminar: Topics in Environmental Biology: Coral Reef Ecology & Conservation
BIO 550 Advanced Studies in Environmental Biology
BIO 550 Advanced Studies in Environmental Biology
CHM 108 Environmental Chemistry
CLT 253 Literary Ecology
EAS 277 Colloquium: Environment and Society in Contemporary China
ECO 213 The World Food System
ECO 224 Environmental Economics
ECO 324 Seminar: Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources
EGR 100 Engineering for Everyone: Energy and the Environment
EGR 100 Engineering for Everyone: Energy and the Environment
EGR 100 Engineering for Everyone: Disaster Relief
EGR 312 Atmospheric Processes
EGR 315 Ecohydrology
EGR 388 Seminar in Photovoltaic and Fuel Cell System Design
ENG 118 Colloquia in Writing: Water: Science and Politics
ENV 320 Environmental Justice
ENV 100 Environment and Sustainability: Notes from the Field
ENV 101 Environment and Sustainability: Notes from the Field
ENV 201 Environmental Integration II: Collecting and Analyzing Information
ENV 201/202 Environmental Integration II: Collecting and Analyzing Information & Lab
ENV 202 Environmental Integration II: Collecting and Analyzing Information Lab
ENV 222 Globalization, Food, and Environment
ENV 311 Environmental Integration III: Interpreting and Communicating Information
ENV 312 Environmental Integration: IV: Sustainable Solutions
ENV 312 Environmental Integration: IV: Sustainable Solutions
ENX 301 Environmental Concentration Capstone: Sustainable Food
GEO 101 Introduction to Earth Processes and History
GEO 104 Global Climate Change: Exploring the Past, the Present and Options for the Future
GEO 105 Natural Disasters: Confronting and Coping
GEO 106 Extraordinary Events in the History of Earth, Life and Climate
GEO 108 Oceanography: An Introduction to the Marine Environment
GEO 112 Archaeological Geology of Rock Art and Stone Artifacts
GEO 180 Y Biogeochemical Cycling in the Avery Brook Watershed: a Research Course
GEO 180 Y Biogeochemical Cycling in the Avery Brook Watershed: a Research Course
GOV 254 Colloquium: Politics of the Global Environment
GOV 306 Seminar in American Government: Politics and the Environment
LSS 100 Landscape, Environment, and Design
LSS 220 Activism by Design: Exploring Resilient Case Studies
LSS 255 Art and Ecology
LSS 300 Rethinking Landscape
PHI 304 Colloquium in Applied Ethics: Sustainability
PRS 303 Talking Trash
SPP 381 Seminar in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies: Brasil Profundo: Landscape and the Environmental Imaginary in Brazilian Culture

Sustainability Course Offerings 2012-2013 School Year (Not included in figures above):

ENG 118 Colloquia in Writing: Water: Science and Politics
EAS 220 Colloquium: Environment and Society in Contemporary China
PHI 238 Environmental Ethics
SOC 233 Environment and Society
SOC 333 Seminar: Social Justice, the Environment, and the Corporation
GES 302 Costa Rica at a Crossroads: Examination of Globalization and Sustainability
ENG 135 Introduction to Creative Nonfiction: Writing about the Environment
ENG 135 Introduction to Creative Nonfiction: Writing about the Environment
ENG 119 Writing Roundtable: What’s for Dinner? Writing about Food
ENV 266 Landscape of Northern Germany: Natural Environments and Human Influences
JUD 125 Jewish Civilzation: Environmentalism
EGR 325 Electric Power Systems
SOC 232 World Population
SWG 230 Feminisms and the Fate of the Planet
FYS 132 Physics for Future Presidents


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:

The course catalog for the past academic year (2013-2014) was examined to determine which courses might include sustainability or be a sustainability course. The inventory was then reviewed and edited by the Center for the Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability. CEEDS added courses from the prior academic year (2012-2013), which were not counted in numbers for this STARS submission but were kept on the attached inventory for the record.


How did the institution count courses with multiple offerings or sections in the inventory?:
Each offering or section of a course was counted as an individual course

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 Yes
Thesis/dissertation No
Clinical No
Physical education No
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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