Required Industry Preparatory Courses
This course will offer both a theoretical grounding on Sustainable Systems (SS) drawn primarily from system dynamics as well as an understanding of institutional drivers (industry and governments) for system approaches to sustainability imperatives. The course will be divided into two segments. The first 6 weeks of the class will focus on theory, drivers and institutional responses. The second 6 weeks will entail students working individually and as part of a team engaging in experimental design of sustainable systems through modeling exercises towards a final project.
ENVIRON 638L – Environmental Life Cycle Assessment (3-credits – Spring Year 1)
The course will be structured to provide the student the theoretical foundations of environmental life cycle assessment primarily as used for products though work will be presented for LCA of the built environment. The class will focus on the drivers of LCA and the explicit implications to industry and how industry and government are responding. The class will then transition to an introduction of the various life cycle inventory and life cycle assessment tools that are used by the community of scientists and industry. This course provides students with concepts and tools necessary to identify alternatives that minimize natural resource depletion and environmental degradation through the use of Environmental & Social Life Cycle thinking. The main goal of the course is to help students develop skills for “life cycle thinking” in a way that is useful for personal and professional decisions.
Approved Elective (3-credit – Year 1 or Fall Year 2)
Examples include Economic Input-Output LCA (ENV590-41), Renewable Resource Economics (ENV 252), Applied Differential Equations in Env. Sciences (ENV 764), Applied Qualitative Research Methods (ENV 758), Energy Systems Modeling (ENV 716L), Social Science Surveys for Envir. Mgt. (ENV 557) and Fundamentals of Geospatial Analysis (ENV 559). These are just some of the examples accepted.
Capstone Project – Independent Study (3-credit – Fall Year 2)
Capstone Project Class (3-credit – Fall Year 2)
This is generally a one-year team based project for an industrial client. You can divide the credits to 1.5 each semester.