Sustainability in Academics
There are many great ways to integrate sustainability into your coursework while at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
Integrating sustainability into your academic experience helps to expand your professional experiences, make personal and professional connections, and learn more about the complexities of our world.
Sustainability knowledge, or the awareness of resource limitations within systems, is increasingly desired by employers in many fields.
General Education Proposal
The UW-Platteville General Education Committee is currently considering a proposal, submitted by UW-Platteville faculty, with the goal of making sustainability a general education learning outcome. The result will be announced publicly, and on this page.
Interested in sustainability and want to learn more in your coursework? Discover courses from across disciplines that focus on sustainability principles or include at least one sustainability component.
You are encouraged to seek out sustainability courses if you are interested in learning more about:
- Transformation and change
- Systemic thinking
- Envisioning a better future
- Critical thinking
While sustainability content can be found in many UW-Platteville courses, the following courses have been reviewed by a campus committee and have met specific sustainability-related content criteria. They include sustainability as an integral concept and address multiple dimensions of sustainability throughout the course.
- CIVILENG 4640 Site Design and Stormwater Management
- ENERGY 2130 Energy, Environment, and Society
- ENERGY 2340 Fundamentals of Energy Sources
- ENERGY 3130 Sustainability 1
- ENERGY 3230 Biorenewable Resources
- ENERGY 3340 Green Building Design
- ENERGY 4430 Building Energy Management
- ENERGY 4980 Biofuels ENERGY 4980 (will be ENERGY 4330 pending UCC Approval) Wind and Solar System Design
- ENERGY 4130 Sustainability Policy and Practice
- ENTRP 2010 The Social Context of Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
- ENV 3340 Introduction to Environmental Engineering ENV 4410 Water Supply and Treatment
- GEOG 1040 Planet Earth
- GEOG 3330 Environmental Conservation
- GEOG 3340 Biogeography
- SCSI 4350 Soil and Water Conservation
- UWP 3030 UWP 3030 Cycling Infrastructure in The Netherlands
These courses include at least one module or section that specifically address sustainability.
- AGBUS 1500 Introduction to Agribusiness
- BIOLOGY 3450 Ecology and Evolution
- BSAD 2100 Supply Chain Management
- BSAD 3230 Small Business Management
- CIVENG 2000 Transportation Engineering
- CIVENG 3530 Highway Engineering
- CIVENG 4500 Introduction to Infrastructure
- ELECTENGR 4450 Power Systems Analysis and Design
- ENERGY 3620 Instrumentation, Monitoring and Controls
- ENERGY 3330 Energy Conversion, Transmission and Storage Systems
- ENERGY 3580 / BUSADMIN 3580 Principles of Project Management and Sustainable Development
- ENV 4330 Air & Waste Management
- ENV 4410 Wastewater Treatment and Management
- GEOG 3120 Geography of Wisconsin
- GEOG 4330 Advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
- GEOL 1140 Physical Geology
- INDSTENG 4930 Industrial Systems Design
- SCSCI 4240 Plant Breeding
- SOCIOLGY 3530 Rural Sociology
Majors and Minors
Looking to focus on sustainability concepts in your career? Discover academic programs that emphasize sustainability throughout their curriculum.
The following academic programs place a strong emphasis on sustainability principles, including multidisciplinary concepts that deal with transformation and change, systemic thinking, envisioning a better future, critical thinking and reflection, participation and partnerships for change.
- Biology Major and Minor
- Civil and Environmental Engineering Majors
- Entrepreneurship Minor
- Environmental Horticulture Major and Minor
- Environmental Sciences and Conservation Major and Environmental Science Minor
- Reclamation, Environment and Conservation Major
- Sustainable and Renewable Energy Major and Minor
- Social and Environmental Justice Minor