Affiliated Courses

Computing for Social Good

Students work in teams on projects that come from external partners. These partner organizations generally work on pressing social problems and provide services to communities and individuals in need. Examples of problem domains from past offerings include homelessness, mental illness, autism, migrant farm worker health, childhood blindness, food security. The course requires substantial computer science background as prerequisite.

Introduction to User Interface Design

In this course we work through the entire User Centered Design Cycle: requirements gathering, designing alternatives, prototyping and evaluation. We work on a project that matters to our community partners. In the past this has included: Community Engagement and Art on the Beltline, Community Engagement and Safety on the Beltline, Supporting Veterans with Goal Setting and Achievement. This course provides an opportunity for reciprocal teaching and learning.

Introduction to Engineering Graphics

Learn graphics and CAD tools through project-based learning with Motivational Designs for Food, Water, and Energy Sustainability  

International Energy Markets

Energy is the backbone of industrial economies. However, energy production and consumption has extensive social costs associated with it, from the emission of carbon dioxide and other airborne pollutants to national security implications due to the uneven distribution of fossil fuel resources around the globe. Balancing the benefits and costs of energy use today over a long time horizon is one of most important challenges facing the world today. This course is designed to give you an understanding of how primary energy and electricity markets operate.

Electromagneticus for the Rest of Us!

ECE 3025 introduces electromagnetics to electrical engineering students. Students will learn how electromagnetics plays an integral role in solving biomedical challenges, enabling high-speed communications, and understanding concepts in other disciplines (such as fluidics). Students who do not specialize in electromagnetics will understand how the topics affect their chosen field of study, be it computer architecture or technology policy. Portions of this course will explore aspects of societal impact of electromagnetics and its application.

Atmospheric Chemistry

It is what you breathe – Air.  This course looks at understanding our atmosphere, its life sustaining ability, and its changing chemistry with the input from natural and human activities.

Climate and Global Change

The goal of this course is to provide a solid introduction to the concept of sustainable growth and development. Sustainability is a broad and somehow necessarily vague concept that can be interpreted in many different ways. Unfortunately, sustainability risks to become one of the many buzzwords. The goal of this class is to provide tools to professionally navigate the current debate on sustainability.

Environmental Geochemistry and Environmental Geochemistry Lab

Geochemical processes are central to a variety of environmental issues, including the distribution of CO2 on Earth, water quality and the transformation and storage of inorganic and organic contaminants from human activity. 

Physics of Weather

Understanding the weather – day to day forecasting, seasonal changes, the power of storms, the future of our climate.  This course looks at basic physical laws that define weather phenomena and understanding its impact on us. 

Habitable Planet

The search for life beyond the Earth is reaching new heights. So what are we looking for, and how will we know when we find it? This course will explore the history of the solar system and the Earth as the one example of a habitable planet—one that can support living organisms—that we know now. We will consider how the planets formed, the important planetary processes that brought about the Earth as it was when life arose and the planet we live on today.


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