Courses and programs offered at Missouri State which relate to Sustainability include an Environmental Sciences and Policy Minor program, as well as research projects conducted through the College of Natural and Applied Sciences, including the Ozarks Environmental and Water Resources Institute.
The course listing for the Environmental Sciences and Policy Minor includes:
Natural Science Component:
1. CHEMISTRY 225 PRINCIPLES OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY An introduction to chemical processes occurring in the atmosphere, natural waters and soil. Sources of pollution, effects and remediation strategies are emphasized.
2. CHEMISTRY 425 ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY Chemistry of pollution, including sources, effects, detection and abatement of pollutants in air, water and soil.
3. GEOGRAPHY 351 CONSERVATION OF NATURAL RESOURCES Conservation issues and problems that occur in response to human use of the natural environment
4. BIOLOGY 369 GENERAL ECOLOGY Introduction to basic principles of ecology, emphasizing the relationship of organisms to their environment and each other.
5. GEOLOGY 171 ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY Exploration of geological hazards, such as volcanoes, earthquakes, flooding, and related environmental health problems; and the consequences of human dependence on mineral and energy resources.
6. GEOGRAPHY 108 ECOLOGY & SOCIETY Study of populations and discussion of social and political repercussions of population pressures, environmental degradation and environmental problems in a multi-disciplinary context.
Environmental Policy Component:
1. RIL 537 ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION Examination of legal standards for air and water quality; labeling, storage and disposal of toxic substances; land use, toxic torts, endangered species and implications of business decisions on the environment.
2. ECONOMICS 540 ECONOMICS OF THE ENVIRONMENT (Assessment of environmental problems and alternative solutions from the viewpoint of economic costs.
3. PHILOSOPHY 302 ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS Inquiry into the value of nature and the ethical responsibilities of human beings for the natural environment.
4. POLITICAL SCIENCE 555 PUBLIC POLICY FOR A GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT Consideration of critical environmental problems on the public agenda and exploration of ways in which the U.S. government and the international community try to resolve these issues.