The full list of approved COF courses can be found here

Registering for COF courses can be tricky.  You cannot do it through DaVinci at this time.  Go to the Registrar to find out how to register.

Some more info to help you in choosing your COF courses:

We  have listed contact information for faculty at ; if you have questions, ask them, and also let them know that you are going to register for one of these classes (they are the sustainability faculty advisors at their respective institutions).

Wheelock College

Lisa Lobel ( from Wheelock College sent us the following names of courses taught in S17. Note that there is a prereq for LSC355. If you want to take this class, email Professor Lobel directlyand ask if you have enough knowledge to qualify for this class.

Environmental Impacts LSC 355: Lisa Lobel
Studies the complexity of current, regional, national, and international ecological problems. Focuses on how and why modern society and population growth cause environmental problems, and the effects these problems may have on future generations. Cultural, economic, and political aspects of environmental problems are explored. Lectures, case studies, laboratory experiments, field experiences, and films are used. Prerequisite: 200 Level LSC or PSC course. Advanced. 4 credits 
The 200 level pre-req can be waived,=. It tends to be a small, close knit and supportive group that gets very involved in the issues.
Mondays from 9:50-12:40 and Wednesdays from 11:40-12:50.
We will examine 3 topics in depth with students undertaking independent research on each topic.

  • Waste
  • Emerging contaminants of concern: particularly of the endocrine disrupting variety
  • Climate Change
Field trips include visits to 1) the Materials Recovery Facility in Charlestown to examine the business of recycling, 2) Deer Island to learn about waste treatment and how it will need to change to deal with emerging contaminants and  3) the first large solar field in the states (with a tour led by the electrical engineer who designed it).
 Readings include: Science (special section): Working with waste. 2012. 337:663-702.
Colborn, T., Dumanoski, D., Myers, J.P. 1996. Our stolen future: Are we threatening our fertility, intelligence, and survival? A scientific detective story. Plume Books. (ISBN: 978-0452274143)
McKibben, B. 2010. Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. Times Books. (ISBN: 9780805090567)

Global Greed and Corruption PSG 140  Discover a world of thieves, pirates and “great vampire squids.” From violent land grabs in Africa to sweltering sweatshops in Asia, follow corrupt moneygrubbers as they scour the globe in an effort to dispossess, pillage, swindle and exploit for profit. Examines how global capitalism intersects with greed, corruption and resistance. Fulfills Perspectives on Diversity. Also fulfills Ethics & Social Justice OR Historical Perspectives. Introductory.

Capitalism and its Discontents PSG 380  Explore the “enchanted, perverted, topsy-turvy world” of capitalism. From its mysterious “invisible hand” to its insatiable “werewolf-like hunger” for labor, this course probes the inner workings of the global economy and surveys competing explanations of it. Students emerge with a powerful set of tools for understanding contemporary capitalism. Gen Education: Fulfills Upper Level Writing (after ENG 111). Also fulfills Self and Society OR Historical Perspectives. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing. Advanced.


Simmons College

Note that the courses in [ ] do not have perquisites. If you have questions about any of these courses, contact

The minor is anchored in the Environmental Forum (ENVI 201 offered every spring) and Environmental Ethics (PHIL 139 offered S16, S18), providing a common experience for all students electing this minor. The selection of elective courses within the minor should be undertaken in consultation with the student’s major advisor or another faculty member with an interest in issues of sustainability.  The courses should form a cohesive and thematic thread of courses that complement the major. The Environmental Forum is a required two credit course that focuses on topics related to sustainability and the environment, encourages an active dialog between students and invited expert speakers, and provides an integrative thread to the minor.  In addition, this course has a service-learning component that connects sustainability to the community.  Environmental Ethics, two semesters of the Environmental Forum, and a total of twenty credits, are required for the minor, with one course from each group below.  Note CHEM 221 (Cultural Ecology and Sustainability: Lessons from Iceland offered May ‘17) can be used in place of one the Environmental Forum courses.
See electives offered at Simmons in this pdf:  The-Minor-in-Sustainability-Updated-Jul-2016



Taking courses at Wentworth College is a challenge because their semester dates are so different from ours–they start immediately after the New Year, and end in April.


Emmanuel College

BIOL2121 Human Health and the Environment
The course has a lab and a prerequisite of Introductory Biology. It combines ecology elements applied to a human health context so it will appeal to science students interested in environmental science, health sciences and sustainability. For more info, contact: Ana Otero,

Energy and the environment, PHYS1121 Lecture MW 1:25 – 2:40 Lab M 2:50-4:50.
In Energy and the Environment, students study energy use, production, and its effects on the environment. Topics include: energy basics, fossil fuels, alternative energy (solar, wind, biomass, etc.), nuclear energy, acid rain, ozone depletion, climate and global warming.  The class will focus on scientific and quantitative issues, however, political and social aspects will also be touched upon.  For more info contact: Allan Price,