Sustainability (SUST)

Subject-area course lists indicate courses currently active for offering at the University of Louisville. Not all courses are scheduled in any given academic term. For class offerings in a specific semester, refer to the Schedule of Classes.

500-level courses generally are included in both the undergraduate- and graduate-level course listings; however, specific course/section offerings may vary between semesters. Students are responsible for ensuring that they enroll in courses that are applicable to their particular academic programs.

Course Fees

Some courses may carry fees beyond the standard tuition costs to cover additional support or materials. Program-, subject- and course-specific fee information can be found on the Office of the Bursar website.


SUST 518. Urban Demography and GIS3 Units

Prerequisite(s): SUST 101; completion of Math/Quantitative Reasoning General Education requirement; Junior or Senior standing.

Description: A spatial analysis of the distribution, characteristics, growth and change of the population of a metropolitan area.

Note: Cross-listed with PLAN 618 and PADM 621.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

SUST 602. Sustainability and the Natural Environment3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Description: This course will focus on the sustainability of natural systems including populations, freshwater, soil, and air. Required for students in the MA or MS in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Sustainability.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

SUST 632. Independent Study Sustainability1-3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor.

Description: An independent study designed to fulfill individual graduate student needs. It offers an opportunity for graduate students to do in-depth reading and research in a particular subject, under the supervision of a faculty member.

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SUST 649. Internship Sustainability1-3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor.

Description: Course that provides practical, workplace or research experience for students in either the Master of Arts or Sciences in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Sustainability.

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SUST 650. Sustainability Seminar1 Unit

Description: Seminar course with presentations by invited guests and students enrolled in the Master of Arts or Master of Science in interdisciplinary Studies, concentration in Sustainability program.

Note: Course is repeated until Master's Candidacy.

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SUST 695. Special Topics in Sustainabilty1-3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor.

Description: Special topics course allows for a variety of emerging issues in sustainability. Open to students enrolled in the MA or MS in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Sustainability. Course may be repeated for credit as long as the topic differs.

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SUST 703. Land and Ecosystem Conservation1-3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor and Director.

Description: A study of issues and methods concerning the conservation of ecosystems (e.g., prairies) sensitive lands (e.g., farmland, historic areas, national parks). Issues of sustainability will receive particular attention. May be offered as a seminar.

Note: Cross-listed with LAW 903.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

SUST 739. Water Resources Law and Policy3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor and Director of the Interdisciplinary MA/MS concentration in Sustainability program.

Description: This course involves the study of water rights, and the policies and legal principles governing the management of water resources generally. Specific topics may vary. Topics may include riparian rights, prior appropriation systems, water use permitting systems and statutory codes, the management drainage and runoff, the law and practices of water institutions, interstate water disputes, watershed-based management, integration of water supply and water quality protections, and the control and distribution of clean drinking water supplies. May be offered as a seminar.

Note: This course is cross-listed with LAW 839.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes