Sustainable Systems

These tools correspond with the SLS Student Learning Outcomes





Environmentalism and Ecocriticism

How have contemporary media, such as film, literature, architecture, photography, and computation, been used to shape popular conceptions of the environment, to challenge these conceptions and to propose radical alternatives? In this class, students will learn to analyze representations of the earth, nature, wildlife and wilderness in creative work across domains: a landscape by James Corner, a short story by Ursula K. La Guin, an installation by Natalie Jeremijenko, a film by Hayao Miyazaki, an interactive narrative by Jeremy Mendez and Leanne Allison.

Landscape Ecology and Biogeography Using GIS

Why do plants and animals live where they do and how will they respond to increasing anthropogenic pressures? This course will explore scientific approaches to untangle the dynamic interactions between geologic features, human impacts, climate, and biodiversity. In it, we will use real data to examine the fundamental principles of landscape ecology and biogeography and their applications to conservation practices. The course will consist of 2 hours of lectures and 3 hours of lab per week.

Energy Efficiency and Environmental Impacts

The course introduces global and local environmental issues from air transportation activities. With rapidly increasing air travel demand, environmental impacts are expected to grow despite the efforts to mitigate them. The course will address the key aspects of civil aviation research regarding airline operation, technology, policy, and aircraft design implications to the environment. The course will discuss airport noise, emissions, fuel consumption, and climate change due to aviation.

Climate Policy

This course aims to address the whole complexity of climate change, by bringing together the science of climate change, the analysis of impacts, and the economic and engineering strategies to reduce emissions.  In this class, students will be actively engaged in exploring the scientific and economic issues underlying the threat of global climate change and the institutions engaged in negotiating an international response.

Technology and Society

Technology and Society examines connections between the history of technology and other aspects of human history. The course uses historical episodes to challenge widely held misperceptions about technology and how it operates in the modern world. I argue that technology is a human product, not an autonomous force. Technology makes nothing happen by itself, but only as the result of human action. People can choose to design and use technology in different ways to better serve human needs.

Spain: Language for Business and Technology

The Spain: Language for Business and Technology (LBAT) Program examines the relationship between Spain and the European Union in the 21st century and then explores issues of social, economic, and environmental sustainability in the Spanish context.

Read our SLS Global Student Ambassador Blog Post for a student perspective on sustainable communities in Spain.

Numerical Methods in Chemical Engineering

Many engineering problems require the use of advanced numerical methods for finding solutions to systems of linear, nonlinear, and differential equations, optimizing functions, and analyzing data. The general objectives of this course are to develop skills in properly defining and setting up chemical engineering problems and learning numerical methods that can be used to solve these problems. For this reason, this course provides a foundation of techniques that can be used to solve practical and complex engineering problems.

Nanostructured Films and Fibers

Nanotechnology, nanomaterials, and nanostructures are the buzz words which excite many people to know more about them. This is because of the cutting-edge research going on in this field and its application touching a wide array of human life. Broad knowledge of nanomaterials, their characterization, properties and applications helps in exploring new possibilities in research, by taking advantage of more than one nanomaterial in developing a product.

Mineral Surface Geochemistry

The biogeochemical cyclings of elements among geosphere, biosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere are important processes controlling the fate and transport of contaminants and nutrients. This course will discuss the role of minerals in controlling contaminant and nutrient flow in natural environments, with assignments/projects related to mineral properties and surface reactions.

Sustainable Marketing

As environmental and social consciousness has grown in recent years, sustainability has emerged as an important market driver with the potential to grow profits and spur value creation. As a result, firms are increasingly making sustainability a strategic priority. This course considers sustainability through the lens of the marketing discipline. Through a combination of lectures, case studies, and class projects, this course examines the ways in which firms adapt their marketing strategies to meet business as well as environmental and societal needs.