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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 886 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 2500 Environmental and Resource Economics X ~ ~ 3 Focused ECON 1110 Ortiz Bobea
AEM 4500 / 7500 Resource Economics ~ X ~ 3 Related MATH 1110, ECON 3030 or AEM 2600 and familiarity with Excel Lawell
AEM 4510 Environmental Economics ~ X ~ 3 Focused MATH 1110, AEM 2600 or ECON 3030 Li
AEM 6510 Environmental and Resource Economics X ~ ~ 3 Focused graduate standing, MATH 1110 or equivalent Rudik
AEM 6600 Natural Resources and Economic Development ~ X ~ 3 Focused graduate standing Lee
AEM 7510 Environmental Economics X ~ ~ 3 Focused ECON 6090 and graduate-level econometrics course Gerarden
AEM 4640 Economics of Agricultural Development X ~ ~ 3 Related ECON 1110 Kyle
AEM 7620 Microeconomics of International Development ~ X ~ 3 Related completion of first-year Ph.D. course sequence in AEM or ECON, or permission Dillon
AEM 2600 Managerial Economics X ~ ~ 3 Related ECON 1110, MATH 1106 or MATH 1110 Alexander, Leyden
AEM 4310 Agricultural and Food Policy ~ X ~ 3 Related PAM 2000, ECON 3030, or equivalent. Enrollment limited to: juniors, seniors, or graduate students Rickard
AEM 1500 An Introduction to the Economics of Environmental and Natural Resources ~ X X 3 Focused MATH 1106 or MATH 1110 or equivalent Kling
AEM 2770 Excursions in Computational Sustainability ~ X ~ 3 Focused basic knowledge of probability theory and calculus Gomes, Selman
AEM 2350 Introduction To The Economics Of Development X ~ X 3 Related ECON 1110, ECON 1120 Fall, Kyle; Summer, Upton
AEM 6080 Production Economics X ~ ~ 3 Related ECON 3030 and MATH 1110 or equivalents. Tauer
AEM 2010 Spreadsheet Modeling for Management and Economics X X ~ 3 Related limited to Dyson/AEM majors in the F&Sp. Course is open to all non-Dyson maj Haeger
AEM 7650 Development Microeconomics Graduate Research Seminar ~ X ~ 1-3 Related Permission of instructor required. Enrollment limited to: graduate students Hoddinott
AEM 2000 Contemporary Controversies in the Global Economy X X ~ 3 Related ECON 1110 /ECON 1120 or equivalent Barett
AEM 1600 The Business of Modern Medicine X ~ ~ 1 Related Karpman
AEM 3290 International Agribusiness Study Trip ~ X ~ 2 Related Orta-Ramirez, Schmit, Tako
AEM 4030 Farm Management Study Trip ~ X ~ 1 Related AEM 3020 Knoblauch
AEM 4880 Global Food, Energy, and Water Nexus- Engage the US, China, and India for Sustainability X ~ ~ 3-4 Focused Junior, senior, or graduate status Lei, Li, Miller, Pingali, Test
AEM 2011 Spreadsheet Modeling for Non-Dyson Majors X X X 3 Related Haeger, Moghimi
AEM 2050 Introduction to Agricultural and Development Finance ~ X ~ 3 Related calculus and/or statistics; a course in Economics Turvey
AEM 3020 Farm Business Management X ~ ~ 4 Related Knoblauch
AEM 3385 Social Entrepreneurship Practicum: Anabel’s Grocery X X ~ 3 Focused Wessels
AEM 4090 Environmental Finance and Markets ~ X ~ 3 Focused AEM 2240, AEM 2225, or equivalent. Tobin
AEM 4485/6485 Economics of Food and Malnutrition ~ X ~ 3 Related ECON 1110, AEM 2100 or equivalent, and 9 additional credits in Economics, Applied Economics, or Nutr Hoddinott
AEM 7010 Applied Microeconomics X ~ ~ 1.5 Focused co-requisite: ECON 6090 Leyden, Ortiz Bobea
AEM 3390/6390 Research Methods in International Development ~ X ~ 3 Focused AEM 2100, ECON 1110 Basu
AEM 4420 Emerging Markets X ~ ~ 3 Related AEM 2420, PAM 2000 or ECON 3030 or AEM 2600 Christy
AEM 2555 Corporate Sustainability ~ X ~ 3 Focused FWS or equivalent Tobin
AEM 7021 Applied Microeconomics III: Applied General Equilibrium Analysis ~ X ~ 3 Related Intended for Dyson phD students Chau
AEM 3260 Cooperative Business Management ~ X ~ 3 Related AEM 1200 or AEM 2200 or ILRID 1700 or permission Schmit
AEM 3600 / 3601 Impact Learning: Field Study Prep Experience and Project Reflection, Completion and Presentation X ~ ~ 3 Related van Es
AEM 4415 Pre-Engagement with Social Enterprises in Emerging Markets X ~ ~ 1.5 Related Christy
ALS 2300 / 2301 CALS Global Fellows Program Pre- and Post- Engagement Course X X ~ 2 Related Enrollment limited to students accepted into the CALS Global Fellows Program C. Tarter, D. Viands
ANSC 4000 Feeding the World: The Biological and Quantitative Analyses of Livestock and Crop Systems X ~ ~ 4 Related prefer students have at least one course in biology, in agriculture, or in economics Brown
ANSC 4120 Whole-Farm Nutrient Management ~ X ~ 4 Related ANSC 4110 preferred Ketterings, Van Amburgh
ANSC 4560 Dairy Management Fellowship ~ X ~ 2 Related ANSC 2500, ANSC 3510, AEM 3020, ANSC 3511 and ANSC 4510 Van Amburgh
ANSC 4140 Ethics and Animal Science ~ X ~ 2 Related Cherney
ANSC 3510 Dairy Herd Management ~ X ~ 4 Focused ANSC 2500, AEM 3020 recommended Giordano
ARCH 5114 Core Design Studios IV: Integrative Design Practices ~ X ~ 6 Related ARCH 5113 Staff
ASIAN 2284 Capitalism in China X ~ ~ 4 Related Nee
BSOC 4691 Food, Agriculture, and Society ~ X ~ 3 Focused introductory ecology course or permission of instructor Power
CEE 5970 Risk Analysis and Management ~ X ~ 3 Related introduction to probability and statistics, two semesters of calculus Stedinger
CEE 3040 Uncertainty Analysis in Engineering X ~ ~ 4 Related MATH 1910 and MATH 1920 or equivalents Stedinger
CEE 5980 Introduction to Decision Analysis X ~ ~ 3 Related introduction to probability and statistics course Reed
CEE 6660 Multiobjective Systems Engineering Under Uncertainty ~ X ~ 3 Related graduate standing and prior programming experience Reed
CEE 6930 Public Systems Modeling X ~ ~ 4 Related Loucks
CRP 3270/6270 Regional Economic Impact Analysis X ~ ~ 3 Related Staff
CRP 6560 Real Estate Transactions and Deal Structuring ~ X ~ 3 Related Staff
DEA 4040 Professional Practices and Ethics ~ X ~ 1.5 Related DEA Seniors only. Other students by permission of instructor. Ahmadi
DSOC 1100 Perspectives on International Agriculture and Rural Development X ~ ~ 3 Related Wolford, Nelson, Giroux
DSOC 6250 State, Economy, and Society ~ X ~ 3 Related McMichael
DSOC 6610 Complex Organizations, Education, and Development X ~ ~ 3 Related Sipple
ECON 4560 Development Economics X ~ ~ 4 Related ECON 3030 or equivalent Staff
ECON 7852 Environmental, Real Estate and Urban Economics Workshop X X ~ 3 Related Staff
ECON 4901 Sustainable Development: Theoretical Issues in Dynamic Economics ~ X ~ 4 Focused ECON 3030 and ECON 3040 with grades of B+ or better, and a strong background in calculus Staff
ECON 3300 Development of Economic Thought and Institutions X X ~ 4 Related ECON 1110-ECON 1120 or equivalent Boyer
ECON 4810 Resource Economics ~ X ~ 3 Focused MATH 1110, ECON 3030, and familiarity with Excel Lin Lawell
ECON 4820 Environmental Economics ~ X ~ 3 Focused MATH 1110 and ECON 3030. Enrollment limited to: undergraduate students Li
ECON 7650 Development Microeconomics Graduate Research Seminar X X ~ 1-3 Related Permission of instructor required. Enrollment limited to: graduate students Barrett
ECON 7660 Microeconomics of International Development ~ X ~ 3 Related completion of first-year Ph.D. course sequence in AEM or ECON or permission of instructor Dillon
ECON 3610 The Economics of Consumer Policy ~ X ~ 4 Related PAM 2000 or equivalent or permission of instructor Tennyson
ECON 6100 Microeconomic Theory II ~ X ~ 4 Related ECON 6090 and ECON 6170 with a grade of B- or better, or permission of instructor Staff
ECON 6140 Macroeconomics II ~ X ~ 4 Related ECON 6130 and ECON 6170 with a grade of B- or better, or permission of instructor Staff
ECON 7720 Economics of Development ~ X ~ 4 Related first-year graduate economic theory and econometrics Staff
ENGRG 3030 Green Business Lab ~ X ~ 1 Focused Socci, Kohut, Dawson
ENMGT 5980 Introduction to Decision Analysis X ~ ~ 3 Related CE 3040 or ENGRD 2700 or ILRST 2100 or BTRY 3010 or AEM 2100 or equivalent Reed
FDSC 4010 Concepts of Product Development ~ X ~ 2 Related Loss, Padilla-Zakour
FDSC 4250 Food Processing B: Dairy Processing and Emerging Technologies ~ X ~ 2-3 Related Moraru
GOVT 2284 Capitalism in China X ~ ~ 4 Related Nee
HADM 4500/6500 Sustainable Development ~ X ~ 4 Focused HADM 4550, HADM 6500 or equivalent Varney
HADM 3310/6310 Case Studies in Restaurant Management and Sustainability X X ~ 3 Focused Adalja
HADM 4385 The Business of Coffee: From Farm to Cup X ~ ~ 3 Focused HADM 1350 Chestnut
HADM 4200 Principles of Real Estate X X ~ 3 Related Liu, Liu
HD 6410 Psychology and Culture of Human-Environment Relationships X ~ ~ 3 Focused Ojalehto
HIST 2881 Ten Technologies That Shook the World X X ~ 3 Focused Pritchard
IARD 6960 Perspectives in International Development X X ~ 1 Focused Christy, Buck, Lauren
IARD 4020 Agriculture in Developing Nations I X ~ ~ 2 Related Raman, Tucker
IARD 6030 Planning and Management of Agriculture and Rural Development ~ X ~ 4 Related Uphoff
IARD 6020 International Agriculture in Developing Nations ~ X ~ 3 Related IARD 4020 Parra, Pritts, Raman, Rizvi, T
IARD 5655 The Planning and Management of Agricultural and Rural Development ~ X ~ 4 Related Uphoff
IARD 7830 Farmer-Centered Research and Extension ~ X ~ 3 Related Tucker
IARD 4000 Feeding the World: The Biological and Quantitative Analyses of Livestock and Crop Systems X ~ ~ 4 Related prefer students have at least one course in biology, in agriculture or in economics Brown
ILRHR 4615/6615 Socially Responsible Business ~ X ~ 2 Related graduate, senior, and junior students Grasso
ILRIC 6350 Labor Markets and Income Distribution in Developing Economies ~ X ~ 4 Related ILRLE 2400, ILRLE 5400, ECON 3030 Fields
ILRLE 7490 Economics of Development ~ X ~ 4 Related first-year graduate economic theory and econometrics Staff
ILRLE 3440 Development of Economic Thought and Institutions X X ~ 4 Related ECON 1110 /ECON 1120 or equivalent Boyer
NBA 6030 Strategies for Sustainability ~ X ~ 1.5 Focused Dowell
NBA 6410 Supply Chain Management ~ X ~ 3 Related NCC 5080 Chen
NBA 6190 Leaders in Sustainable Global Enterprise X ~ ~ 1 Focused Milstein
NBA 6380 Finance and Sustainable Global Enterprise Colloquium ~ X ~ 1 Focused Milstein
NTRES 4800 Global Seminar: Building Sustainable Environments and Secure Food Systems for a Modern World ~ X ~ 3 Focused Kassam
NTRES 3250 Forest Management and Maple Syrup Production ~ X ~ 3 Related Smallidge
PADM 1570 Corporate Sustainability ~ ~ X 3 Focused Tobin
PADM 5456 Comparative Public Administration: The Cause of Dubai, United Arab Emirates X ~ ~ 1.5 Related Enrollment limited to MPA students. PADM 5110 recommended Brenner, O'Toole
PADM 5579 Environmental Finance and Impact Investing Practicum ~ X ~ 3 Related Enrollment limited to: Master of Public Administration (MPA) EFII Fellows. Tobin
PAM 3400 / 5400 The Economics of Consumer Policy ~ X ~ 4 Related PAM 2000 Tennyson
PAM 4280 The Economics of Risky Health Behaviors X ~ ~ 4 Related PAM 2000 / ECON 3030 and PAM 3100 / ECON 3120 / ECON 3140 Cawley
PAM 3410 Economics of Consumer Protection and the Law X ~ ~ 3 Related Intro to Microeconomics or equivalent, Intermediate Microeconomics or equivalent Mathios
PAM 6020 Intermediate Statistics for Sociological Research ~ X ~ 4 Related SOC 6010 Maralani
PLBRG 2010 Plants, Genes, and Global Food Production ~ X ~ 3 Focused Brown
PLHRT 3100 Production and Marketing of Greenhouse Crops ~ X ~ 4 Related PLSCI 1101 Miller
PLSCS 4500 Master Composter Training and Extension Internship ~ X ~ 2 Spec junior, senior, or graduate standing Thies, Bonhotal, Michaelides
SOC 2840 Capitalism in China X ~ ~ 4 Related Nee
SOC 2190 Introduction to Economic Sociology X ~ ~ 3 Related Nee
SOC 3540 Capitalism, Competition, and Conflict in the Global Economy X ~ ~ 4 Related Katzenstein
SOC 3950 Advanced Economic Sociology ~ X ~ 4 Related Swedberg
SOC 4170 / 6170 Organizational Networks ~ X ~ 2 Related Cornwell
SOC 4330 / 6330 Seminar in Economy and Society ~ X ~ 3 Related two courses in economic sociology and economics, or permission Nee