Sustainability-related Courses

Academic

Purdue University offers a number of courses and programs related to social, environmental, and economic aspects of sustainability. Participating colleges include the Colleges of Agriculture, Education, Health & Human Sciences, Liberal Arts, Science, and Technology. The School of Civil Engineering and the School of Environmental & Ecological Engineering also offer relevant courses. Topics covered comprise, but are not restricted to: sustainable engineering, green construction, health impacts, environmental policy, corporate sustainability, population ecology, environmentally conscious behaviors, and environmental literary thought.

Below are examples of key courses focusing on sustainability offered during the Spring 14 semester. If you are a student enrolled at Purdue University, you can look up all current and forthcoming courses at www.mypurdue.purdue.edu, after logging in with your Purdue ID. For a complete list of courses focused on and/or related to sustainability click here.


College of Liberal Arts

AD39700: Sustainability In The Built Environment (3) – The study of philosophical concepts, principles, and theories of sustainability as they pertain to building methods, materials, systems, and occupants.  To provide a foundation for evaluation of materials, processes, and applications of design components for environmentally responsible.  Field trips will be required.  Typically offered Fall Spring 

HONR19901: The Sustainability Project I (1) – This course is the first half of the required introductory series taken by all students entering the Honors College. Typically offered Fall.

HONR19902: The Sustainability Project II (1) - This course is the second half of the required introductory series taken by all students entering the Honors College. HONR 19902 is the practicum follow-up to HONR 19901, in which students learn about a specific problem (e.g., sustainability). The students work on solutions to the problem under the supervision of undergraduate mentors and of faculty.  Typically offered Spring.

 

College of Agriculture 

HORT42200: Vegetable and Herb Production (3) - Sustainable principles, practices, establishment, projection, maintenance and harvesting of vegetable crops.  Typically offered Spring.

HORT44200: Sustainability In the Managed Landscape (1) - Presents recent advances in the science and technology of sustainable practices for managed landscapes. This course will utilize a lecture format with the combination of presentations by the instructor, expert guest speakers, and students. Offered in even-numbered years. Course enrollment is capped at 14.  Typically offered Spring.

 

College of Technology

BCM41900: Sustainable Construction  (3) – A study of sustainable construction meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.  This includes evaluating the consumption of resources and environmental depletion and degradation; examining subsidiary issues of materials, energy, water, land use, and the integration of the natural and built environments, including an overview of emerging delivery systems for high performance green buildings.  The U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) criteria are discussed in detail.  Typically offered Fall Spring Summer.

MET42400: Green Processes and Sustainability (1) - Green manufacturing and sustainability concepts are covered, including topics such as environmental regulations, recycle/reduce/reuse, energy reduction, and environmental management systems. Elucidating methodologies and strategies normally considered when creating strong sustainability programs in various industries receive special emphasis. Typically offered Fall Spring Summer.

TECH52400: Sustainability Analysis Assessment (3) - Applied research project where students conduct a sustainability project under instructor guidance. Emphasis is on new developments relating to technical and operational aspects of sustainability as it applied in industry using triple bottom line evaluations. This course emphasizes a holistic approach to sustainability that includes environmental, economic, and social aspects as well as the impact of policy, standards and regulations on decision-making for sustainability. Permission of instructor required. Typically offered Fall Spring Summer.

TECH52300: Sustainable Critical Infrastructures (3) - This is an applied sustainability course that explores critical infrastructures needed for sustainability efforts, and explores several industrial segments in-depth including supply chain and energy. Frameworks for evaluating benefits versus risks will be introduced as well as metrics for evaluating. Permission of instructor required. Typically offered Fall Spring Summer.

TECH52200: Sustainability Foundations (3) - Emphasis is placed on definitions of sustainability for corporate, governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as the frameworks used for developing and implementing sustainability programs. Areas of emphasis in environmental, economic, social, and energy sustainability are explored along with policy and regulations that apply to decision-making. Permission of instructor required. Typically offered Fall Spring Summer.

 

College of Engineering

CE35500: Engineering Environmental Sustainability (EEE 35500)  (3) — An introduction to the examination of global-scale resource utilization, food, energy and commodity production, population dynamics, and their ecosystem impacts. Typically offered spring.


Study Abroad

SA10504: Sustainability of Civil Engineering in China (3) – Typically offered Summer

SA10516: Environmental and Ecological Engineering Abroad (3) – Typically offered Fall Spring Summer

SA10903: Sustainable Energy Technologies (1-6) - An International Perspective – Typically offered Fall Spring Summer

SA21241: Sustainable Village Ecuador (1) – Typically offered Fall Spring Summer

SA21255: Agriculture Environmental And Community Sustainability Abroad (1) – Typically offered Fall Spring Summer

SA21257: Forestry And Natural Resources Global Sustainability (1) - Typically offered Fall Spring Summer

 

Courses Offered Previous Semesters

Fall 2013 

AGEC20400: Introduction To Resource Economics And Environmental Policy — The course provides an overview of microeconomic theory and its application to issues related to evaluating resource economic issues and environmental policy.  Topics discussed include efficiency, sustainability, valuation, externalities, governmental policies, and benefit cost analysis.

ANTH33700: Human Diet: Origins And Evolution — This course will survey humans evolving relationship with food over the last few million years; from our Pilo-pleistocene origins (foraging) through the origins of agriculture to modern industrial food production. Students will learn that humans, and every other organism on the planet, construct and maintain themselves from environmental building blocks, and over time come to change their environments as they are changed by them.

BCM41900: Sustainable Construction — A study of sustainable construction meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.  This includes evaluating the consumption of resources and environmental depletion and degradation; examining subsidiary issues of materials, energy, water, land use, and the integration of the natural and built environments, including an overview of emerging delivery systems for high performance green buildings.

CE35500: Engineering Environmental Sustainability — An introduction to the examination of global-scale resource utilization, food, energy and commodity production, population dynamics, and their ecosystem impacts. Students will collect and analyze appropriate data, and perform necessary quantitative analysis to develop original and innovative management strategies for real-world sustainability problems.

EAPS32700: Climate, Science And Society — This course will examine the broad problems of climate change by examining the relationship between science, politics, and society by using climate change as a lens through which to examine larger issues.  Students will be encouraged to identify similar themes in their own experiences as emerging scientists, engineers and global leaders.

HSCI20200: Essentials Of Environmental, Occupational, And Radiological Health Sciences — This course is designed to introduce the essential concepts of Environmental, Occupational, and Radiological Health Science.  The principles of these three fields including the environmental impacts on human health and disease, environmental toxicology, occupational health concerns, contemporary occupational health issues, radioactivity, and the human health effects of exposure to ionizing radiation will be discussed.

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