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Environmental Finance

Environmental finance is concerned with finance and investment in the ecological environment and sustainable systems. It involves converting ecosystem services and products into financial instruments, which can be traded and sold, so as to establish a market price. This course will explore social, cultural and environmental dimensions of the financialization of environmental goods and services. The course will begin with an introduction to finance, introducing students to key terms, practices, and institutions.

Energy, Environment, and Society

The quest for a sustainable energy future involves balancing a series of oftentimes competing goals. On the one hand, continued population growth, combined with increased energy consumption by citizens in ever-richer developing countries, require energy production to keep pace with growth in demand. Access to cheap energy has fueled global economic development, and there is widespread concern that any increases in energy prices will undermine economic growth.

Electrochemical Energy Storage and Conversion

Energy sustainability determines the suitability of the communities and the whole global society. The course will teach students the concepts in electrochemical energy storage and conversion and the working mechanisms and applications of a number of popular energy storage devices such as rechargeable batteries, supercapacitors and fuel cells. The application of such energy storage technologies can promote the use of clean energy sources and improve energy efficiency.

Intro to Database Systems

A project-based database course offered within the college of computing. Using data from an existing serve, learn, sustain project we'll design a relational database to help analyze and query that data to help find solutions. We introduce the fundamental concepts necessary for the design and use of modern database systems in today’s large scale enterprise applications. We examine the concepts in the order that we typically encounter them in the actual database design process. We start with the problem of conceptually representing data that is to be stored in a database.

Technical Communication

Students will be learning about effectively engaging with information using strategies and practices that allow them to successfully communicate with a variety of stakeholders. Students will learn rhetorical strategies, develop competencies in analysis and citation, and engage in reflection. Students will also be extending problem-solving skills as they work on a range of assignments designed to help expose them to workplace genres. These genres enable students to think more about individual and collaborative strategies.

Documentary Film

 Documentaries help shed light on significant topics, and challenge their audiences to act on relevant issues of the day.  The objectives of this course are to introduce students to the art of documentary filmmaking, and to explore the ways in which documentary filmmaking can serve as a catalyst for articulating social justice issues that prompt audiences to take action.

If Not Us Then Who?: Student Activism 1960 - Present

In the course, we take a compelling ride through the major student movements of the post-war period, beginning in 1960 and making our way up to the present day. From the fearless nonviolent student activists of the Civil Rights era who endured beatings and bus-burnings to the bold youth of the 1999 “Battle in Seattle” who faced tear gas and riot police, American students of the modern era have a great deal to teach us.

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.

Renewable Energy Systems

The goal of the Renewable Energy Systems technical elective (ME 4823) is to understand and design renewable systems that can meet the energy and societal needs of the 21st century. The course will introduce students to a more holistic view of energy by integrating the Serve-Learn-Sustain theme addressing the nexus of food, energy and water systems.


Thermodynamics plays a critical role in the development of new systems which provide energy, reduce waste, and mitigate global climate change. This course will provide you with the fundamental skills necessary to develop strategies to solve a range of emerging engineering based problems. This will be done through first learning how to solve problems form a systems perspective, and secondly through understanding the mechanisms used to transfer, convert and store energy. While doing this, we will also explore how sustainability is factored in when designing energy systems.


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