Other Courses that Include Sustainability

Note: The Resolution on Approving Assessment Process for Courses Meeting Sustainability Learning Objectives (AS-792-15) directs the Academic Senate Sustainability Committee (ASSC) to identify which courses to list on the Cal Poly Sustainability Catalog (SUSCAT) following the approved assessment process. This webpage lists courses reviewed through February 2017 that include sustainability but do not yet meet the Academic Senate assessment criteria. Please find the sustainability courses that do meet the Academic Senate assessment criteria on

Date: June 5, 2017

Cal Poly submitted its STARS certification application to AASHE during February 2017. The application identified sustainability courses according to the STARS criteria for sustainability courses and courses that include sustainability.[1] AASHE/STARS describes the sustainability courses as “courses for which the primary and explicit focus is on sustainability and/or understanding or solving one or more major sustainability challenge.” Cal Poly interpreted this description as applying to those courses listed in Cal Poly’s Sustainability Catalog (SUSCAT).[2] Cal Poly identified courses for SUSCAT following the assessment procedure approved by the Academic Senate.[3] Summarized briefly, the procedure scores each course according to a rubric. Courses scoring 6-12 points on the rubric that also devote at least 20% of the course to sustainability get recommended as SUSCAT sustainability courses. These courses now appear on

AASHE/STARS also recognizes courses that include sustainability. This category covers “courses that are focused on a topic other than sustainability, but incorporate a unit or module on sustainability or a sustainability challenge, include one or more sustainability-focused activities, or integrate sustainability issues throughout the course.”[1] While reviewing courses for SUSCAT, it became clear that Cal Poly offers courses that don’t teach sustainability learning objectives sufficiently to appear as a SUSCAT sustainability course, but do teach elements of sustainability appropriate for the AASHE/STARS category covering courses that include sustainability. Those courses appear below.

[3] Resolution on Approving Assessment Process for Courses Meeting Sustainability Learning Objectives (AS-792-15), May 21, 2015,


ARCH 101 Survey of Architectural Education and Practice
ARCH 242 Architectural Practice 2.2
ARCH 351 Architectural Design 3.1
ARCH 241 Architectural Practice 2.1
ARCH 252 Architectural Design 2.2
ARCE 106 Introduction to Building Systems
ARCH 251 Architectural Design 2.1
ARCH 352 Architectural Design 3.2
ARCH 353 Architectural Design 3.3
CRP 212 Introduction to Urban Planning
CRP 342 Environmental Planning Methods
CRP 404 Environmental Law
CRP 410 Community Planning Laboratory I
CRP 411 Community Planning Lab II
CRP 442 Housing and Planning
CRP 458 Local Hazard Mitigation Planning and Design
CRP 518 Policy Development
EDES 123 Principles of Environmental Design
LA 330 Cultural Landscapes: People, Places and Ethical Decisions

ASCI 112 Principles of Animal Science
FSN 250 Food and Nutrition: Customs and Culture
NR 306 Natural Resource Ecology and Habitat Management
NR 416 Environmental Impact Analysis and Management
NR 425 Applied Resource Analysis and Assessment
NR 312 Technology of Wildland Fire Management
RPTA 302 Environmental and Wilderness Education

CE 321 Fundamentals of Transportation Engineering
CE 336 Water Resources Engineering
ENVE 450 Industrial Pollution Prevention
ENVE 467 Senior Project Design Laboratory II
MATE 110 Introduction to Materials Engineering Design I
MATE 130 Introduction to Materials Engineering Design III
ME 428 Senior Design Project I
ME 450 Solar Thermal Power Systems
BMED 213 Bioengineering Fundamentals
CE 424 Public Transportation
EE 413 Advanced Electronic Design
ENVE 325 Air Quality Engineering
ENVE 331 Introduction to Environmental Engineering
ENVE 436 Introduction to Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
MATE 120 Introduction to Materials Engineering Design II
ME 415 Energy Conversion
SIE 510 Introduction to Systems
CE 523 Transportation Systems Planning
MATE 359 Living in a Material World
EE 520 Solar-Photovoltaic Systems Design

GEOG 250 Physical Geography
GEOG 414 Global and Regional Climatology
PHIL 420 Philosophy of Biology
ANT 345 Human Behavioral Ecology
HIST 359 Living in a Material World
HIST 438 History of American Agriculture
ANT 402 Nutritional Anthropology
COMS 395 Science Communication
GEOG 150 Introduction to Cultural Geography
PSY 360 Applied Social Psychology

IT 341 Packaging Polymers and Processing