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ENVIRONMENTAL PROFESSIONAL CORE COURSES
This course is part of a two-course sequence that provides students with an understanding of the interconnectedness of the looming environmental issues that the world faces. This class will provide students with a basic scientific understanding of deforestation, biodiversity, and overpopulation and address what societies can do that they aren’t currently doing. Upon completion, students will be able to critically assess these issues and provide models for making more sustainable choices.
This course is part of a two-course sequence that provides students with an understanding of the interconnectedness of looming environmental issues that the world faces. This class will provide students with a basic scientific understanding of energy, water scarcity, and waste, and overpopulation and address what societies can do that they aren’t currently doing. Upon completion, students will be able to critically assess these issues and provide models for making more sustainable choices.
This course examines issues of environmental quality and social justice. The course begins by examining the philosophical foundations and history of the environmental justice movement and foundational concepts such as justice, race, gender, and class. Students will explore these concepts through a series of case studies of urban and rural environmental (in)justice in the United States and move on to environmental justice’s role in globalization.
Ethical decision making is essential for leadership, and since most decisions leaders make have an ethical dimension, the ability to discern the ethical implications requires a set of skills that are informed by ethical philosophy. This course provides students with strategies, tools, and techniques to make ethical decisions by considering the ethical issue and the people involved, develop a strategy, and implement the most ethical action possible. Through the use of case studies, students will develop their ethical awareness, learn to distinguish difficult decisions from real ethical dilemmas, and practice deliberating effectively about a variety of ethical issues drawn from social and professional contexts.
In this course, students explore strategies needed to become effective instruments of change. Students will examine themselves as leaders, learn how to create meaningful relationships as a leader, and understand the role of leadership within complex systems. By using case studies from a variety of organizational contexts such as business, government, non-profit, community, and education, students explore concepts of organizational behavior and culture, consensus building, and project management to lead effective change towards environmental sustainability. This course is designed to empower and prepare students to become leaders in any profession.
The Capstone course is the culminating course for students in Unity College bachelor’s degrees. In this course, students will develop a project that deals with a real issue and produce a final artifact reporting the project’s findings. During this process, students will demonstrate and apply learning from their degree program and their ability to communicate to a broad audience. The course will also cover other important topics that support a student’s career development and goals. All projects will be workforce-related products that students can use for their current or pitch to a future employer.
Featured ENVIRONMENTAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND LAW ENFORCEMENT
This course introduces students to the key elements of crisis communication, including creating a plan before, during, and after a crisis. Since an organization’s reputation is one of its most valuable asset, effective crisis management helps preserve and defend the company’s reputation and maintain organization’s operations. This course explores aspects of crisis communications including typology of crises; history of crisis communications; theoretical basis for effective crisis response and communications; and crisis communications planning methodologies and strategies.
The primary goal of social justice in emergency management is to ensure all groups have the opportunity to receive resources equitably. This course explores how issues like terrorism become racialized, and explores an overview of inequity in how agencies and people respond to natural disasters.
This course focuses on the role of local, state, and federal government in a time of disaster. Students will study key legislation related to disasters, disaster management, law enforcement, and how that legislation has impacted the profession.
In this course, students will review and critique disaster plans and teaches students components of effective disaster management across various jurisdictions.
Students learn the history, methods, and philosophy of terrorism, with an emphasis placed on how governments and law enforcement agencies plan and respond to terrorism and cyber threats. Students study case studies that explore terrorist activities and the implications for emergency response.
The goal of this course is to prepare students to create and implement their own emergency management simulation. By the end of the course, students will be able to describe the benefits of exercise management, define the parameters and process of the simulation, describe the different phases of exercise management such as planning, conduct, post-review, and explain how to select the appropriate exercise
This course introduces students to the United States criminal justice system in the age of globalization. Students will develop a general understanding of the criminal justice system’s response to crime and how the processes of globalization are changing it. It is an introductory overview of local, state, and federal law enforcement, judicial and corrections agencies, and the criminal justice system processes. Special attention will be paid to the role criminal justice agents play in environmental issues and problems. The course prepares students to take more advanced courses that address the specific components of environmental criminal justice.
This survey course addresses not only the creation and management of our natural and wildlife resources on federal public lands, with a focus on the National Parks, National Forests, and the National Resource Lands (Bureau of Land Management (BLM) regulated lands), but also including the National Wildlife Refuge System and the National Wilderness Preservation System. Students will learn how interest groups, citizens, and the courts influence the management of natural resources on these lands. After taking the class, students should be familiar with the major public land legislation such as the National Forest and National Park “Organic Acts” and the Wilderness Act; as well as laws that affect our public lands but apply more broadly, including the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. Through class work and their papers, students will also be familiar with different perspectives on some of the most important current issues facing our public lands.
Organizations that produce, import, process, handle or release chemical substances are required by Federal law to comply with many regulatory programs that are implemented by the EPA. This course introduces students to the Federal laws and regulations that apply to environmental compliance and regulation. Upon completion of this course, students develop an understanding of the regulatory process, how specific materials and activities
Featured ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES COURSES
This course is designed to enhance literacy skills needed to understand major environmental issues facing the world in the 21st century. This and other core courses at Unity are designed to address prominent issues during your education at Unity Online. These are issues that will affect your chosen career, your future lifestyle, and the lives of your family and future generations. What are the most pressing environmental issues of our time? What do we need to know to address them? The course tackles these questions from a variety of disciplines to provide the bigger picture and put our environmental challenges in a global context.
Climate change is one of the most urgent and complicated issues we face today. This course explores the science of climate change by teaching students how the climate system works, what factors cause climate to change, how climate has changed in the past, how scientists use models, observations, technology, and theory to make predictions about future climate; and the possible consequences of climate change for our planet. Finally, students will explore the connection between human activity and the current warming trend and consider some of the potential social, economic, political, and environmental consequences of climate change.
This course explores the range of planning and development processes associated with creating sustainable communities including issues around land use, transportation, ecological planning, green design in the built environment, resource utilization in the critical areas of water and energy consumption, climatic factors that influence sustainable community planning, and how sustainable community planning contributes to livability and economic resilience.
Every environmental professional needs to understand how to interpret and use research data because they use data to procure stakeholder buy-in and inform the public about important environmental issues. In this course, students will learn an overview of social science research methodology and how to apply those concepts and tools to current environmental issues. Upon completion, students will gain skills in research, data analysis, data implementation, and communication.
This course explores critical issues in environmental psychology. Starting with foundational theories on place attachment and place identity, students will learn about the interrelationships between ourselves and the environment. Students will develop the ability to analyze environment-and-behavior issues, think more critically about the world around you, and understand the ways that we wield influence on the environment. Some topics the course will address include the history of environmental psychology, theories of environment and human behavior, environmental stress, natural environments, built environments, and changes in behavior as a result of global environmental shifts and sustainability.
Featured SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MANAGEMENT Courses
Environmental accounting is increasingly being used in business and government to support the development of sustainable global solutions and government policy. Students in this course will learn how environmental accounting can show how different sectors of the economy affect the environment and how environmental policy affects the economy. The course will cover what environmental accounting is and why is it useful to business, how can environmental accounting help decision-making, what are key policy questions in relation to accounting, and what are the practical considerations professionals need to address to make environmental accounting an enduring reality for business and governments around the world.
Since business plays an important role in developing environmental financial solutions for future generations, this course considers how the tools of finance can address environmental challenges and how market processes can be used to ensure long-term sustainability. Students will learn an overview of business financial management, with an emphasis on financial statement analysis, management of cash flow, risk and return, and sources of finance. Upon completion, students will be able to interpret and apply principles of financial management to develop sustainable business solutions.
This course introduces students to business with a focus on an organization’s environmental and social impact. Students will learn about the basics in corporate social responsibility, supply-change management, finance, and non-financial reporting and accounting. Students will obtain knowledge about how small businesses and corporations integrate corporate social responsibility models in order to identify new markets and opportunities, communicate with their stakeholders, compete in a global marketplace, and address social and environmental sustainability expectations and requirements.
The course covers the processes of starting a small business from ideation to implementation, with an emphasis on designing a sustainable business model, writing a business plan, learning forms of ownership, and exploring funding opportunities. Students learn how to meet high standards for social and environmental impacts for small businesses. Upon completion, students will be able to bring all the tools and lessons discussed to launch their own business.
This course introduces students to strategic management through case analyses and provides students with the tools to consider the basic direction and goals of an organization, the environment (social, political, technological, economic, and global factors), industry and market structure, and organizational strengths and weaknesses. The course emphasizes the development and successful implementation of strategy in different types of organizations across industries. With a focus on non-profit, students will put themselves in the shoes of top management and make important, “Big Picture,” decisions. Students will learn skills to analyze complex business situations and present findings both orally and in writing. Finally, students will learn how to develop strategies to promote social change and the sustainability movement.
As businesses become more aware of the need to be sustainable, being green will be the future, and professionals need to help companies with marketing sustainable business practices. This course covers an overview of concepts and techniques related to marketing opportunities, strategies, communication, and effective marketing campaigns within the context of sustainability. Through case studies, students will analyze marketing strategies, plans, and decisions. Students will also explore why environmental marketing is a key aspect in business today.
Featured WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COURSES
This course centers around the identification and life history of groups of plants important as habitat components of wildlife species. Students will learn major plant groups and species in forest, rangeland, grassland, agricultural, and desert environments that influence wildlife species. Students will explore life history of these plants with the goal of understanding how habitat management activities, human land use, and other activities influence populations of wildlife through changes in food and cover.
Wildlife managers influence wildlife species using three ‘levers’: habitat, populations, or humans. This course addresses the human dimension of wildlife management. During the course students explore social, political, and economic concepts that are involved in effective wildlife management. Students will learn common forms of wildlife governance, the role of stakeholders, concepts from sociology, ethics, economics, management and decision-making as they relate to wildlife management.
During this course students will learn to identify avian and mammalian species with a focus on species at which management is often directed. These species include game bird and mammals, common agricultural or urban ‘pest’ species, and threatened or endangered species. Students will also learn basic life history of these species with a focus on characteristics useful for management. Students will be expected to conduct field activities directed at learning the species prominent in their region.
Genetics form a key component of modern wildlife management, providing tools aiding our understanding of taxonomy, conservation of small populations, and hybridization, as well as enabling non-invasive population monitoring and enhancing wildlife forensics. During this course, students will encounter the basic concepts of genetics, with an emphasis on population genetics and genetic techniques useful in wildlife management. Prominent topics covered include genetic variation, the role of gene flow and genetic drift on population viability, and key genetic markers used by wildlife biologists. Students will explore case studies illustrating the applicability of concepts in genetics to wildlife management.
Insects, as the largest class of animals, have an extraordinarily large influence on ecosystem function. For humans they as vectors for important zoonotic diseases and pollinators of key food crops. For wildlife species they pollinate and feed on key plant species, vector prominent diseases, create large-scale habitat change through plant disease outbreaks, and provide the primary source of animal matter for predators. During this class students will learn basic taxonomy and life history of insects, as well as explore case studies involving the role of insects in plant and animal disease, pollination, biological control, and other influences on ecosystem functioning.
Wildlife managers influence wildlife species using three ‘levers’: habitat, populations, or humans. This course addresses the habitat dimension of wildlife management. Students will engage in discussions and activities to create an understanding of the basic concept of habitat and its components, how various species identify, select, and interact with their habitat, and how this process influences how managers manipulate the environment to influence wildlife populations. Students will also gain familiarity with common habitat management tools and funding programs.
Wildlife managers influence wildlife species using three ‘levers’: habitat, populations, or humans. This course addresses the population dimension of wildlife management. Students will explore how wildlife biologists measure and monitor demographic parameters of populations, including field techniques and analysis methods, with a focus on understanding strengths, weaknesses, and appropriate use of each technique. Students will consider ecological concepts and management techniques used to manipulate wildlife populations including sustainable harvest, management of threatened and endangered species, and control of overabundant species.