Sustainability-related Courses

Academic

Purdue University offers a number of courses and programs related to the social, environmental, and economic aspects of sustainability. Participating colleges include the Colleges of Agriculture, Education, Health & Human Sciences, Liberal Arts, Science, and Polytechnic. 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 some environmental courses in majors that don't focus entirely on sustainability! Look through the course catalog to try and find more sustainability courses in your major!

College of Health and Human Sciences 

HTM 37000 - Sustainable Tourism and Responsible Travel (3) - This course will examine issues associated with sustainability in the hospitality and tourism industry. It will examine how principles of sustainable development and the triple bottom line (economic, social and environmental) are applied to hospitality and tourism. The course will address sustainability across a variety of tourism sectors including destination management, lodging, restaurants and meetings. The course will also examine consumer issues associated with sustainability. Typically offered Spring.

College of Agriculture 

AGEC 20400 - Introduction To Resource Economics And Environmental Policy (3) - 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. Typically offered Spring.

Purdue Polytechnic

AT 54000 - Aviation and Aerospace Sustainability (3) - This course explores sustainability as applied to aviation and aerospace industries and agencies, both in the private sector and public sector. Students improve analysis skills, and knowledge of the reasoning and application of sustainability. Emphasis is placed on understanding the global and national policies that lead to the regulations and practices in aviation and aerospace. Using a balanced scorecard and a triple bottom line approach, students will develop a project using aviation and aerospace publications to analyze an industry-relevant project using sustainability in the analysis. Typically offered Fall Spring Summer.

AT 54400 - Aircraft Lifecycle Management Innovations (3) - This course explores sustainability as applied to aviation and aerospace industries and agencies, both in the private sector and public sector. Students improve analysis skills, and knowledge of the reasoning and application of sustainability. Emphasis is placed on understanding the global and national policies that lead to the regulations and practices in aviation and aerospace. Using a balanced scorecard and a triple bottom line approach, students will develop a project using aviation and aerospace publications to analyze an industry-relevant project using sustainability in the analysis. Typically offered Fall Spring Summer.

BCM 51000 - Topics in Environmentally Sustainable Construction, Design, and Development (3) - This course explores environmental sustainability in all its forms, starting with the historical and theoretical basis and continuing through an understanding of sustainable building construction, design, development, and renewable energy strategies/management tools and how these can be applied in practice. Typically offered Fall Spring Summer.

TECH 33000 - Technology and the Global Society (3) - The course examines the interplay of technology, globalization, and ethics. Students will explore concepts and issues related to outsourcing; global competitiveness; communications; contemporary issues; cultural differences such as inequality, security, sustainability, and quality of life; and the ethical dilemmas that often emerge as a result of the impact of technology. Typically offered Fall Spring Summer.

College of Engineering

CE 35500: 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.

College of Science

EAPS 36400 - Natural Hazards: Science and Society - This course will investigate the role of data and science in policy and decision-making as it relates to natural hazard resiliency. The scientific fundamentals of specific hazards will be introduced along with an explanation of how available data, various policies, programs, and real-time decisions can impact a community's response and recovery from disasters. Guest speakers describe their role in specific disasters, and in framing the policies and decisions made in the aftermath of the natural hazards. This course counts as a Great Issues course in the College of Science for Juniors and Seniors. Typically offered Spring.

EAPS 37500 - Great Issues - Fossil Fuels, Energy And Society - Prosperity of the 20th century was based on abundant and cheap energy; during the 21st century we will be faced with difficult challenges. Our society will face higher energy prices, decline of petroleum based fuels supplies, increased environmental effects of fossil fuels usage, and the challenge of solving the technological problems of developing alternative fuels. This course will review the structure, economics, and geopolitical issues faced by fossil fuel industries and the mitigation strategies that will be needed to change to low fossil fuel use society based on low polluting renewable energy sources. Counts for Great Issues course in College of Science for Juniors and Seniors. Typically offered Fall Spring

Study Abroad

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

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

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