Virtual Open House: Learn about the terrific online SLS courses available this summer

April 20, 2020

Join faculty, Summer Session staff, and SLS staff to learn about SLS affiliated courses offered this summer, including many that satisfy requirements of the Sustainable Cities Minor.  SLS is hosting a Virtual Open House on Wednesday, April 29, from noon - 1:00pm.

Sustainable Cities iGniTe Track for incoming first-year students will take place during the late short summer session. Check out our iGniTe offerings HERE.

SLS Sustainable Cities Minor offerings this summer

The Sustainable Cities Minor, offered in partnership with the School of City and Regional Planning, emphasizes both sustainability and community engagement.  It provides students with a deep learning experience that integrates classroom learning and real-world, community-based project experience in creating sustainable communities, with a focus on the built urban environment.  As Civil Engineering major Adair Garrett states "I chose the minor because I was interested in incorporating sustainability into my studies in a very focused way… I love that the Sustainable Cities Minor offers classes that give multi-disciplinary supplements to my very technically-focused approach to city design… [and] it is a very easy way to meet like-minded people who are passionate about environmental and social sustainability." Donald Gee, Civil Engineering major and Stamps President's Scholar adds, "I chose the Sustainable Cities Minor because I am studying Civil Engineering and am interested in working at the intersection of cities, agriculture, and water. The coursework in the Sustainable Cities minor has helped diversify my classes beyond engineering into learning about the economics and policy that is required to make civil engineering systems more sustainable."

This summer, both of the minor core courses and multiple electives in the minor are being offered, making it possible to complete the minor in a single semester!

Minor Required Courses

Sustainable Urban Development (CP 2233): Early short session, MTWR 12:30-2:40pm (Jairo Garcia)

Sustainable Cities Studio (CP 4052 C): Full summer session, T 8:00 – 9:15 am (Jairo Garcia)

Sustainable Cities Lab (CP 4052 C01): Full summer session, TRF 9:30am – 12:15pm (Jairo Garcia)


City and Regional Planning ELECTIVES that count toward the minor

Intro. to Urban & Regional Planning (CP 4020): Full summer session, MWF 11:00am – 12:15pm (Jessica Doyle)

Urban Transportation (CP 4310): Full summer session, MWF 9:30 – 10:45am (Nima Golshani)

Geographic Info. Systems (CP 4510/CP 6514): R 5:00 – 9:15pm (Gervais Wafo Tabopda)


ELECTIVES in other schools that count toward the minor

Introduction to Social Justice (LMC 2350): Late short session, MTWR 3:30 – 5:40pm (George Thomas)

Urban Sociology (HTS 3012): MTWR 3:30 – 5:40pm (Allen Hyde)

Crossing Borders (GRMN 3030): day/time TBD (Britta Kallin)

Alternatives to Study Abroad and other outstanding SLS Affiliated Courses


Unfortunately, SLS summer study abroad programs were canceled due to COVID-19. However, several have been re-tooled as exciting online offerings, and a number of other terrific SLS affiliated courses are available, as well! Check out these great course offerings:

Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts

Sustainability, Technology, and Policy (PUBP 3600): Emanuele Massetti

The goal of this course is to provide a solid introduction to the concept of sustainable growth and development. Students will learn how to professionally navigate the current debate on sustainability and to assess strategies to promote sustainable communities and a sustainable planet. Read more. [LINK]

Comparative Politics (INTA 3203): Brian Woodall

This course surveys the main theories of comparative politics and introduces the comparative method, a tool for explaining why and how broadly similar polities employ different approaches in seeking to solve common problems… [with a] focus on the complex interplay of factors that produces cross-national variation in policy responses to the challenges of sustainable development... Read more. {LINK]

Principles of Macroeconomics (ECON 2105): Aselia Urmanbetova

The core objective of the Principles of Macroeconomics course is to familiarize students with how policy makers at the Federal level are thinking about the national economy, its health, the inevitable booms and busts, and what needs to be done to mediate the volatility of business cycle fluctuations… Along with presenting the basic traditional (i.e. bypassing hidden costs) macroeconomic definitions and accounting methods, I ask my students to challenge these definitions and assumptions.  Read more. [LINK]

College of Sciences

Biological Principles (BIOL 1107): Emily Weigel

This active learning course is designed to have students work on applied problems, including those associated with climate change and human health, by applying the fundamentals of biology. The course has historically engaged in partnerships with Atlanta biologists, most notably those at Atlanta Audubon to monitor the public health and ecological implications of bird strikes in Atlanta. Read more. [LINK]

Earth Processes (EAS 2600): Meg Grantham

This class is designed to familiarize students with the fundamental principles of earth science and how these principles relate to “real world” problems and applied science. The interrelationships between plate tectonics, rock and mineral types, geologic structures and hazards, and natural resources such as ground and surface water are emphasized.

Register today for our Virtual Open House and learn more about these exciting programs and courses!