Life Cycle Thinking in Sustainability

The following courses are approved for Life Cycle Thinking in Sustainability.


Discussion course on concepts associated wicked problems at the intersection of water, technology and society issues. 3 credits.
This course investigates the major drivers of global agricultural and environmental change associated with the global farm and food system. This includes demography, income growth, biofuels, climate change, environmental and ecosystem services, livestock consumption, food waste and land use change. 3 credits.
An introduction to the examination of global-scale resource utilization, food, energy and commodity production, population dynamics, and their ecosystem impacts. 3 credits.
Course is designed for professionals is constructed specifically for Mechanical Engineers, Industrial Engineers, Aeronautical Engineers and those involved in the Transportation or Energy sector. Anyone interested in applying Sustainability principles to product life cycles or business strategies would benefit from this course. Students completing this course will be able to identify strategic  opportunities for change that are in congruence with globalization, urbanization and a future sustainable economy. Students will understand the scope and scale of human activity on global ecosystems and be able to integrate modifications to engineered systems that will reduce adverse environmental impacts, improve product quality and appeal to informed consumers. 3 credits.
This course develops basic skills and knowledge critical to analyze issues of energy use, climate change, and sustainability that incorporate both societal and scientific perspectives. The goal of this course is not to arrive at particular consensus solutions to the problems associated with these issues but instead to foster an informed (through information literacy) debate that will ultimately be waged as solutions are sought. Working in teams the students work throughout the semester to complete a capstone teamwork project and a group presentation. 3 credits.
Introduction to life cycle assessment techniques of industrial products in terms of environmental impact of both production and consumption processes. 3 credits.
This course will deal with the principles of life cycle assessment (LCA) and the uses of LCA will be illustrated with industrial case studies using state of-the-art software packages. 3 credits.


*Students can have up to 6 credits of 300-400 level courses applied to their plan of study.