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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
ARCH 1611 / 5611 Environmental Systems I: Site and Sustainability X ~ ~ 3 Focused Staff
ARCH 2616 / 5616 Environmental Systems II: Building Dynamics ~ X ~ 3 Related Staff
ARCH 2102 Design IV ~ X ~ 6 Related ARCH 1501, ARCH 1502, and ARCH 2101, or permission of instructor Staff
ARCH 2614 / 5614 Building Technology I: Materials and Methods X ~ ~ 3 Related Staff
ARCH 4601 Ecological Literacy and Design ~ X ~ 3 Focused J. Elliott
ARCH 5113 Core Design Studio III: Engaged Practices X ~ ~ 6 Related ARCH 5112, enrollment limited to M.Arch. students Staff
ARCH 3100 Elective Design Studio X X X 6 Related Staff
ARCH 3311 / 6311 Tales of Two Cities X ~ ~ 3 Related ARCH 2301 and ARCH 3301, or permission of instructor Staff
ARCH 3301 Architectural Analysis II: Architecture, the City, and Landscape X ~ ~ 3 Focused ARCH 2301 or permission of instructor Staff
ARCH 4101 Design VII X X ~ 6 Related ARCH 3102 Staff
ARCH 5101 Design IX X X ~ 6 Related ARCH 4102 Staff
ARCH 4102 Design VIII X X ~ 6 Related ARCH 3102 Staff
ARCH 5402 Architecture, Culture, and Society X ~ ~ 3 Related Staff
ARCH 4621 Sustainable Architecture: The Science and Politics of Green Building ~ X ~ 3 Focused J. Ochshorn
ARCH 4619 Special Topics in Environmental Systems and Conservation X X ~ 3 Focused ARCH 1611, ARCH 2613, and ARCH 2616 or permission of instructor Staff
ARTH Ecocriticism and Visual Culture X ~ ~ 3 Focused Rickard
BEE 3299 Sustainable Development ~ X ~ 3 Focused B. Richards
BEE 4750 / 5750 Environmental Systems Analysis X ~ ~ 3 Related BEE 2510 or BEE 2600 L. Anderson, V. Srikrishnan
BEE 4760 Solid Waste Engineering ~ X ~ 3 Related BEE 3500 or CEE 3510 D. Haith
BEE 4110 / 6110 Hydrologic Engineering in a Changing Climate X ~ ~ 3 Focused CEE 3040 or ENGRD 2700; one hydrology course (BEE 3710) at the 2xxx level or higher or permission of S. Steinschneider
CEE 2550 / 5051 AguaClara: Sustainable Water Supply Project X X ~ 1-3 Focused Permission R. Richardson
CEE 4410 / 6410 Retaining Structures and Slopes ~ X ~ 4 Related CEE 3410 T.D. ORourke
CEE 6200 Water-Resources Systems Engineering ~ X ~ 3 Related CEE 3230 and CEE 5930, or BEE 4750 P.M. Reed
CEE 4750 / 6750 Concrete Materials and Construction ~ X ~ 3 Related K. Hover
CEE 6020 Seminar - Water Resources and Environmental Engineering X ~ ~ 1 Focused Staff
CEE 7020 Environmental and Water Resources Systems Analysis Research X X ~ 1-6 Focused permission Staff
CEE 7050 Research in Environmental Engineering X X ~ 1-6 Related Staff
CEE 7073 Civil and Environmental Engineering Materials Project ~ ~ ~ 1-3 Related Staff
CEE 1165 Climate Change and You, the Engineer ~ X ~ 3 Focused Freshman and Sophomores E.A. Cowen
CEE 4565 / 6565 Waste Water Processes and Resources Recovery ~ X ~ 3 Focused BEE 2510, CEE 3510 A. Gu
CHEME 4610 Concepts of Chemical Engineering Product Design and Lean Manufacturing X ~ ~ 3 Related CHEME 3230, CHEME 3240, CHEME 3320, CHEME 3900 or equivalent A. Woltornist
CHEME 4630 Practice of Chemical Engineering Product Design ~ X ~ 5 Related CHEME 4320 T. Hanrath, R. Yang
CHEME 6440 Aerosols and Colloids ~ X ~ 3 Focused D.L. Koch
CHEME 6664 Hydrokinetic and Aerodynamic Energy Module X ~ ~ 1 Focused Corequisite: CHEME 6660 R. Barthelmie
CHEME 6672 Electric Power Systems Module X ~ ~ 1 Related Corequisite: CHEME 6660 L. Anderson, E. Bitar, Staff
COGST 1111 Making a Difference by Design X ~ X 3 Related H. Kao
CRP 1101 The Global City ~ X ~ 3 Related V. Beard
CRP 3840 / 5840 Green Cities X ~ ~ 3 Focused S. Schmidt
CRP 3072 / 5072 Land Use, Environmental Planning, and Urban Design Workshop X X ~ 4 Related Staff
CRP 4770 / 6770 Seminar on Issues in African Development X X ~ 2 Focused N. Assie-Lumumba
CRP 1100 The American City X ~ ~ 3 Related T. Campanella
CRP 5640 Building Materials Conservation ~ X ~ 3 Related J. Chusid
CRP 2000 The Promise and Pitfalls of Contemporary Planning X ~ ~ 3 Related CRP 1100 J. Minner
CRP 4080 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) X X ~ 4 Related Staff
CRP 5190 Urban Theory X ~ ~ 4 Related N. Kudva
CRP 3850 Special Topics in Planning X X ~ 1-4 Spec Staff
CRP 6890 Special Topics in Environmental Planning X X ~ 1-4 Spec Staff
CRP 5071 City and Regional Planning Workshop X X ~ 4 Related Staff
CRP 5250 Introductory Methods of Planning Analysis ~ X ~ 4 Related introductory statistics and principle of economic analysis at the level of ECON 1110 J. Carruthers
CRP 5560 Creating the Build Environment X ~ ~ 1.5 Focused S. Charles
CRP 3860 / 6860 Planning for Sustainable Transportation ~ X ~ 3 Focused N. Klein
CRP 3900 / 7850 City and Regional Futures: Planning Practice, Policy and Design X X ~ 1 Related Staff
CRP 3853 / 6690 Special Topics in Land Use and Environment X X ~ 1-4 Spec Staff
CRP 5530 Land Use and Spatial Planning Methods ~ X ~ 3 Related Working knowledge of GIS is preferred J. Minner
CRP 5630 Problems in Contemporary Preservation Practice ~ X ~ 1-4 Related Staff
CRP 5820 X ~ ~ 3 Related T. Campanella
DEA 3590 / 6500 Problem-Seeking through Programming X ~ ~ 3 Related Staff
DEA 3030 Materials for Design and Sustainability X ~ ~ 3 Focused DEA 1110 and DEA 1150 R. Gilmore
DEA 2201 Magnifying Small Spaces Studio X ~ ~ 4 Related DEA 1101 and DEA 1150 L. Beaman
DEA 2020 Introduction to Sustainable Design X ~ ~ 3 Focused L. Beaman
DEA 4401 Adaptive Reuse Studio: Recycling the Built Environment X ~ ~ 4 Focused two DEA studio courses at 2000 and 3000 level, DEA 3050 R. Gilmore
DEA 6200 Studies in Human-Environment Relations X ~ ~ 3 Related DEA graduate students J. Loebach
DEA 3500 / 6520 The Ambient Environment X ~ ~ 3 Related DEA 1500 S. Kalantari
DEA 2510 History of Design Futures X ~ ~ 3 Related R. Militello
DEA 3770 Enabling Design: The Intersection of Age, Ability, and Design X ~ ~ 1 Related E. Greenhouse
DEA 2040 High Performance Buildings ~ X ~ 3 Related Y. Hua
DEA 2422 Making Green: Sustainable Product Design Studio ~ X ~ 4 Focused DEA 1101 or equivalent, minimum of one course on sustainability J. Elliott
DEA 2550 Design Strategy and Management X ~ ~ 3 Related Staff
DEA 2700 Healthy Places: Design, Planning and Public Health X ~ ~ 3 Focused N. Wells
DEA 6610 Environments and Health ~ X ~ 3 Focused N. Wells
ECE 5555 Stochastic Systems: Estimation and Control ~ X ~ 4 Related ECE 3100 E. Bitar
ENVS 4960 Internship in Environment and Sustainability X X X 1-3 Focused Staff
FSAD 4021 Textile and Apparel Production in India X ~ ~ 2 Related permission D. Green
FSAD 3250 Color and Surface Design of Textiles X ~ ~ 4 Related FSAD 1140 and FSAD 1350 M. Conroy
FSAD 4440 Global Fashion Management ~ X ~ 3 Related FSAD 1350 or FSAD 2310, and economics course T. Lewis
INFO 2770 Excursions in Computational Sustainability ~ X ~ 3 Focused basic knowledge of probability theory and calculus C. Gomes
LA 7010 Urban Design and Planning X ~ ~ 5 Related graduate standing Staff
LA 4070 / 6070 Emerging Dimensions in Urban Ecology and Sustainable Practices ~ X ~ 3 Focused J. Cerra
LA 3170 / 5170 Design and Environmental Systems X ~ ~ 3 Focused J. Cerra
LA 4020 Capstone Community Design Studio ~ X ~ 5 Focused Staff
LA 3160 / 6160 Site Engineering X ~ ~ 5 Focused permission V. Aymer
LA 6020 Integrating Theory and Practice II ~ X ~ 5 Related graduate standing Staff
LA 3010 Integrating Theory and Practice I X ~ ~ 5 Related Staff
LA 1410 Grounding in Landscape Architecture X ~ ~ 4 Related Staff
LA 4010 Urban Design Studio X ~ ~ 5 Related Staff
LA 5010 Composition and Theory I X ~ ~ 5 Related Staff
LA 6900 Methods of Landscape Architectural Inquiry X ~ ~ 3 Related graduate standing M. Goula
LA 6010 Integrating Theory and Practice I X ~ ~ 5 Related graduate standing Staff
LA 2020 Medium of the Landscape II ~ X ~ 5 Related Staff
LA 5020 Composition and Theory II ~ X ~ 5 Related Staff
MATH 3620 Dynamic Models in Biology ~ X ~ 4 Related 2 majors-level biology courses and completion of math requirements for biological sciences major S. Ellner
NTRES 2470 Green Cities: Creating the Living City ~ ~ X 3 Focused A. Kudryavtsev
NTRES 4520 Land Use and Sustainable Livelihoods in the Nilgiris ~ X ~ 3 Focused CRP 3750, enrollment limited to students admitted to the Nilgiris Fields Learning Center study abroa S. Wolf
PADM 5320 Public Systems Modeling X ~ ~ 4 Related Enrollment limited to MPA Students. Others by permission of instructor. P. Loucks
PLHRT 4910 / 4920 Creating the Urban Eden: Woody Plant Selection, Design, and Landscape Establishment X ~ ~ 8 Related enrollment limited to: Plant Sciences and Landscape Architecture majors N. Bassuk
PSYCH 1500 Introduction to Environmental Psychology X ~ X 3 Related G. Evans
SOC 6440 Urban Structure and Process X ~ ~ 4 Related enrollment limited to sociology graduate students only E. York Cornwell
SYSEN 5100 Model Based Systems Engineering X ~ ~ 4 Related enrollment in group-based project with strong system design component approved by course instructor. D. Schneider
SYSEN 5700 Special Topics in Systems Engineering X X ~ 1-6 Spec Staff
SYSEN 6410 Multiobjective Systems Engineering Under Uncertainty X ~ ~ 3 Related students with graduate standing and programming experience, CS 4210 or ENGRD 3200, ORIE 3310, CEE 5 P.M. Reed