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Cornell Sustainability Courses

Cornell's commitment to sustainability in its education curriculum is evidenced by the broad course list below. These courses have been identified by instructors, college administrators, or by an independent review of course content. We encourage faculty, departments, schools, and colleges to bring other sustainability courses to our attention, by emailing atkinson@cornell.edu.

The following 734 courses are categorized as sustainability-focused and sustainability-related according to nationally recognized STARS v2.1  guidelines. Some of these courses are cross-listed in multiple departments and will appear more than once in the list.

Interested students should review course websites, contact the instructor, and discuss options with their advisor.

We update this list as a courtesy to the Cornell community, but we may not capture the most recent course changes. Please refer to the authoritative Courses of Study and check with the relevant department.
 

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Dept Course # Title F Sp Su Credit Level* Pre Reqs Faculty
AEM 2110 The Business of Biofuels X ~ ~ 1.5 Focused ECON 1110 H. de Gorter
AEM 4515 Business and Economics of Energy X ~ ~ 3 Related MATH 1110, AEM 2100, and AEM 2600, or equivalents T. Gerarden
AEP 4130 Introduction to Nuclear Science and Engineering X ~ ~ 3 Related PHYS 2214, MATH 2940 D. Hammer
AEP 4840 Introduction to Controlled Fusion: Principles and Technology ~ X ~ 3 Related PHYS 1112, PHYS 2213, PHYS 2214, or equivalent background in electricity and magnetism and mechanics D. Hammer
AEP 5500 Applied Solid State: Physics of Renewable Energy ~ X ~ 3 Focused knowledge of Fermi-Dirac distributions and chemical potentials D. Muller
ANSC 4880 Global Food, Energy, and Water Nexus- Engage the US, China, and India for Sustainability X ~ ~ 3-4 Focused X. Lei, T. Li, D. Miller, P. P
BEE 2220 Bioengineering Thermodynamics and Kinetics ~ X ~ 3 Related MATH 1920 and PHYS 2213, and chemistry course completed or concurrent J. Hunter
BEE 4870 / 5870 Sustainable Bioenergy Systems X ~ ~ 3 Focused BEE 2220 or equivalent thermodynamics course J. Hunter
BEE 6740 Ecohydrology ~ X ~ 3 Related ecology or hydrology course T. Walter
BEE 4270 / 5270 Water Measurement and Analysis Methods X ~ ~ 3 Related hydrology, soil or fluid mechanics course B. Richards, T. Steenhuis
BEE 3500 / 5500 Heat and Mass Transfer in Biological Engineering X ~ ~ 4 Related MATH 2930 and fluid mechanics course A. Datta
BEE 4940 Special Topics in Biological and Environmental Engineering X X ~ 1-4 Spec Staff
BEE 4550 / 6550 Biologically Inspired Microsystems Engineering X ~ ~ 2-3 Related one year of biology, BEE 2220 or an equivalent thermodynamics course, or co-registration in BEE 3500 M. Wu
BEE 6640 Sustainable Bioenergy Production on Marginal Lands of New York and the Northeast ~ X ~ 1 Focused B. Richards
BEE 3800 Sustainability and Sustainable Energy Systems ~ X ~ 1 Focused basic physics, basic mathematics. N. Scott
CEE 3510 Environmental Quality Engineering ~ X ~ 3 Related MATH 2930 R. Richardson
CEE 6550 Transport, Mixing, and Transformation in the Environment ~ X ~ 3 Related CEE 3310 J. Albertson
CEE 3410 Geotechnical Engineering for Energy, Environment and Civil Infrastructure X ~ ~ 4 Related ENGRD 2020 G. Gadikota
CEE 3610 / 5610 Introduction to Transportation Engineering ~ X ~ 3 Related F. Vanek
CEE 4110 Applied Remote Sensing and GIS for Resource Inventory and Analysis X ~ ~ 3 Related M. Laba
CEE 6667 Transportation Energy Systems Module X ~ ~ 1 Focused R.A. Daziano
CEE 6055 Special Topics in Environmental Engineering X X ~ 1-6 Spec Staff
CEE 3090 Special Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering X X ~ 1-6 Spec Staff
CEE 1130 Sustainable Engineering of Energy, Water, Soil, and Air Resources ~ X ~ 3 Focused D. Helbling, G. Gadikota
CHEME 3130 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics X ~ ~ 3 Related CHEM 3900 N. Abbott
CHEME 6661 Bioenergy and Biofuels Module ~ X ~ 1 Focused Corequisite: CHEME 6660 J.W. Tester
CHEME 6660 Analysis of Sustainable Energy Systems ~ X ~ 2-3 Focused CHEME 3130, ENGRD 2210/MAE 2210, MSE 3030 or equivalent J.W. Tester
CHEME 5207 Hydrocarbon Resources ~ X ~ 2 Related A.M. Center
CHEME 6662 Solar Energy Module ~ X ~ 1 Focused Corequisite: CHEME 6660 T. Hanrath, J.W. Tester
CHEME 5430 Bioprocess Engineering X ~ ~ 3 Related CHEME 3900 M. DeLisa, A. Woltornist
CHEME 6670 Fossil Fuels Module ~ X ~ 1 Focused Corequisite: CHEME 6660 J.W. Tester, M. Weill
CHEME 6671 Nuclear Energy Module ~ X ~ 1 Focused Corequisite: CHEME 6660 D. Hammer, Staff
CHEME 4130 Introduction to Nuclear Science and Engineering X ~ ~ 3 Related PHYS 2214 and MATH 2940 D. Hammer
CHEME 5870 Energy Seminar I X ~ ~ 1 Related C.L. Anderson, D. Hammer, K. Z
CHEME 5880 Energy Seminar II ~ X ~ 1 Related L.A. Archer, D. Hammer, K. Zha
CHEME 6663 Geothermal Energy Module ~ X ~ 1 Focused Corequisite: CHEME 6660 J.W. Tester
CHEME 6675 Energy Life Cycle Assessment Module ~ X ~ 1 Related Corequisite: CHEME 6660 Anderson, Gerber, Tester
CHEME 6679 Energy Storage Module X ~ ~ 1 Related Corequisite: CHEME 6660 M.R. Garcia Mendez, J.W. Teste
CHEME 5440 / 7770 Advanced Principles of Biomolecular Engineering ~ X ~ 3 Related M.J. Paszek, J.D. Varner
CHEME 6676 Energy Markets and Regulations Module X ~ ~ 1 Related Corequisite: CHEME 6660 M. Moore
CHEME 6680 Special Topics in Sustainable Energy ~ X ~ 1 Focused Staff
CHEME 6800 Computational Optimization X ~ ~ 4 Related MATH 2220 and MATH 2940 or equivalents F. You
EAS 4010 / 5010 Fundamentals of Energy and Mineral Resources ~ X ~ 3 Focused previous course in geology K. Olson Hoal
EAS 2550 / 5550 Observing the Earth: Remote Sensing and GIS ~ X ~ 3 Related R. Lohman
EAS 1600 Environmental Physics X X ~ 3 Related mathematics through high school trigonometry Fall: S. Riha; Spring: M. Wyso
EAS 6920 Special Topics in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (Graduate Level) X X ~ 1-6 Spec Staff
EAS 2250 The Earth System X X ~ 4 Related MATH 1110 or MATH 1910 R. Lohman
EAS 1101 Climate and Energy: a 21st Century Earth Science Perspective X ~ ~ 3 Focused T. Ault, M. Pritchard
EAS 4120 ~ X ~ 3 Focused Staff
EAS 4570 Atmospheric Air Pollution X ~ ~ 3 Focused EAS 3410 or thermodynamics course, and one semester of chemistry M. Wysocki
ECE 5880 Energy Seminar II ~ X ~ 1 Related L.A. Archer, D. Hammer, K. Zha
ECE 4510 / 5510 Electric Power Systems I X ~ ~ 4 Related ECE 3250 H.D. Chiang
ECE 4520 Power Systems and Market Operations ~ X ~ 3 Related ECE 2100, ECE 3100, ECE 4510 or equivalent L. Tong
ECE 4840 Introduction to Controlled Fusion: Principles and Technology ~ X ~ 3 Related PHYS 1112, PHYS 2213, PHYS 2214, or equivalent background in electricity and magnetism and mechanics D. Hammer
ECE 5870 Energy Seminar I X ~ ~ 1 Related C.L. Anderson, D. Hammer, K. Z
ECE 4320 Integrated Micro Sensors and Actuators: Bridging the Physical and Digital Worlds ~ X ~ 4 Related ECE 2100 or equivalen A. Lal
ECE 4130 Introduction to Nuclear Science and Engineering X ~ ~ 3 Related PHYS 2214, MATH 2940 D. Hammer
ECE 5010 Professional Seminar for M.Eng. Students X ~ ~ 1 Related M.Eng. students P. Jessel
ENGRD 2510 Engineering Processes for Environmental Sustainability X ~ ~ 3 Focused CHEM 2070, CHEM 2090 or AP Chem; MATH 2930 J. Goldfarb
ENGRD 2250 The Earth System X X ~ 4 Related MATH 1110 or MATH 1910 R. Lohman
ENGRI 1130 Sustainable Engineering of Energy, Water, Soil, and Air Resources ~ X ~ 3 Focused D. Helbling, G. Gadikota
ENGRI 1140 Materials: The Future of Energy X ~ ~ 3 Focused Knowledge of calculus, physics, and chemistry R.B. van Dover
ENGRI 1220 Earthquake! X ~ ~ 3 Related L. Brown
ENGRI 1165 Climate Change and You, the Engineer ~ X ~ 3 Focused E.A. Cowen
FDSC 4880 / 6880 Global Food, Energy, and Water Nexus- Engage the US, China, and India for Sustainability X ~ ~ 3-4 Focused X. Lei, T. Li, D. Miller, P. P
MAE 3240 Heat Transfer ~ X X 3 Related MAE 3230 Staff
MAE 4020 / 4021 / 5020 Wind Power X ~ ~ 3 Focused MAE 3230 (or equivalent) or MAE 3050, MAE 3270 R. Barthelmie
MAE 5010 Future Energy Systems ~ X ~ 3 Focused ENGRD 2210; MAE 3230 and MAE 3240 recommended Staff
MAE 5430 Combustion Processes X ~ ~ 3 Related S. Sobhani
MAE 6510 Advanced Heat Transfer X X ~ 4 Related Fall: C. Avedision; Spring: M.
MAE 6160 Advanced Composite Materials ~ X ~ 4 Related Staff
MAE 6560 Nanoscale Energy Transport and Conversion ~ X ~ 3 Focused Staff
MAE 4120/4121 Community Wind Energy Research ~ X ~ 3 Focused MAE 4020/MAE 4021/MAE 5020 or EAS 2500 Staff
MAE 4580 Introduction to Nuclear Science and Engineering X ~ ~ 3 Related PHYS 2214, MATH 2940 D. Hammer
MAE 4590 Introduction to Controlled Fusion: Principles and Technology ~ X ~ 3 Related PHYS 1112, PHYS 2213, and PHYS 2214, or equivalent background D. Hammer
MAE 5459 Energy Seminar I X ~ ~ 1 Related C.L. Anderson, D. Hammer, K. Z
MAE 5469 Energy Seminar II ~ X ~ 1 Related L.A. Archer, D. Hammer, K. Zha
MAE 2210 Thermodynamics X ~ X 3 Related MATH 1920, PHYS 1112 Fall: E. Fisher; Summer: J. Ca
MSE 4330 / 5330 Materials for Energy Production, Storage, and Conversion X ~ ~ 3 Focused MSE 2060 and MSE 2620 R. Robinson
MSE 5150 Structures and Materials for Sustainable Energy Systems ~ X ~ 3 Focused P. Petrina
MSE 1140 Materials: The Future of Energy X ~ ~ 3 Focused knowledge of Calculus, Physics, and Chemistry at the high school level. Course in introduction to en R.B. van Dover
NSE 4130 Introduction to Nuclear Science and Engineering X ~ ~ 3 Related PHYS 2214 and MATH 2940 Staff
NSE 4840 Introduction to Controlled Fusion: Principles and Technology ~ X ~ 3 Related PHYS 1112, PHYS 2213, and PHYS 2214, or equivalent background D. Hammer
NTRES 3030 Introduction to Biogeochemistry X ~ ~ 4 Related CHEM 2070 or equivalent, MATH 1120, and a course in biology and/or geology L. Derry, J. Yavitt
PLSCS 4110 Applied Remote Sensing and GIS for Resource Inventory and Analysis X ~ ~ 3 Related M. Laba
STS 6321 Inside Technology X ~ ~ 4 Related T. Pinch