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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 2110 The Business of Biofuels X ~ ~ 1.5 Focused ECON 1110 de Gorter
AEM 4515 Business and Economics of Energy X ~ ~ 3 Related MATH 1110, AEM 2100, AEM 2600 or equivalent Gerarden, Rudik
AEP 4130 Introduction to Nuclear Science and Engineering X ~ ~ 3 Related PHYS 2214 and MATH 2940 Hammer
AEP 4840 Introduction to Controlled Fusion: Principles and Technology ~ X ~ 3 Related PHYS 1112, PHYS 2213, and PHYS 2214, or equivalent background Hammer
AEP 5500 Applied Solid State: Physics of Renewable Energy ~ X ~ 3 Focused a course in thermodynamics, statistical mechanics or physical chemistry Muller
AMST 4646 Indigeneity and Energy in Native America ~ X ~ 4 Focused Powell
AMST 4647 The Energy Transition in the Nineteenth Century ~ X ~ 4 Related Ron
ANSC 4880 Global Food, Energy, and Water Nexus- Engage the US, China, and India for Sustainability X ~ ~ 3-4 Focused Lei, Li, Miller, Pingali, Test
ANTHR 4145 / 7145 Indigeneity and Energy in Native America ~ X ~ 4 Focused Powell
BEE 2220 Bioengineering Thermodynamics and Kinetics ~ X ~ 3 Related MATH 1920, PHYS 2213, and chemistry course Hunter
BEE 3710 Physical Hydrology for Ecosystems ~ X ~ 3 Related MATH 1920 Walter
BEE 4010 Renewable Energy Systems ~ X ~ 3 Focused BEE 2220, ENGRD 2210, BEE 3310, or CEE 3310 Timmons
BEE 4870 Sustainable Bioenergy Systems X ~ ~ 3 Focused BEE 2220 or equivalent thermodynamics course Hunter
BEE 6740 Ecohydrology ~ X ~ 3 Related ecology or hydrology course Walter
BEE 4270 Water Measurement and Analysis Methods X ~ ~ 3 Related CEE 3310 or hydrology course Richards, Steenhuis, Walter
BEE 4350 Principles of Aquaculture ~ X ~ 3 Related one semester of physics and chemistry, at least junior standing Timmons
BEE 3500 Heat and Mass Transfer in Biological Engineering X ~ X 4 Related MATH 2930 and fluid mechanics course 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 1 year of biology, BEE 2220 or an equivalent thermodynamics course, or co-registration in BEE 3500 Wu
BEE 6640 Sustainable Bioenergy Production on Marginal Lands of New York and the Northeast ~ X ~ 1 Focused graduate students and upper level undergraduate students Richards
BEE 3800 Sustainability and Sustainable Energy Systems ~ X ~ 1 Focused basic physics, basic mathematics. Scott
CEE 3510 Environmental Quality Engineering ~ X ~ 3 Related MATH 2930 Richardson
CEE 6550 Transport, Mixing, and Transformation in the Environment ~ X ~ 3 Related CEE 3310 Albertson
CEE 3410 Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering X ~ ~ 4 Related ENGRD 2020 Stewart
CEE 3610 Introduction to Transportation Engineering ~ X ~ 3 Related Vanek
CEE 4650/6650 Transportation, Energy, and Environmental Systems for Sustainable Development ~ X ~ 3 Focused CEE 3610 or permission of instructor Vanek
CEE 4110 Applied Remote Sensing and GIS for Resource Inventory and Analysis X ~ ~ 3 Related Laba
CEE 6667 Transportation Energy Systems Module ~ X ~ 1 Focused Co-requisite: CHEME 6660.  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 Reid
CEE 6364 Hydrokinetic and Aerodynamic Energy Module X ~ ~ 1 Related CHEME 6660 Barthelmie
CHEME 3130 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics X ~ ~ 3 Related physical chemistry II Varner
CHEME 6610 Air Pollution Control ~ X ~ 3 Related Steen
CHEME 6661 Bioenergy and Biofuels Module ~ X ~ 1 Focused CHEME 6660 Posmanik, Tester, Staff
CHEME 6660 Analysis of Sustainable Energy Systems X ~ ~ 2,3 Focused engineering thermodynamics or equivalent recommended Tester
CHEME 5207 Hydrocarbon Resources ~ X ~ 2 Related Center
CHEME 6662 Solar Energy Module ~ X ~ 1 Focused CHEME 6660 Hanrath, Tester
CHEME 6664 Hydrokinetic and Aerodynamic Module X ~ ~ 1 Related CHEME 6660 Barthelmie
CHEME 5208 Renewable Resources from Agriculture ~ X ~ 1 Focused Somaiya
CHEME 5430 Bioprocess Engineering X ~ ~ 3 Related CHEME 3900 DeLisa
CHEME 6440 Aerosols and Colloids ~ X ~ 3 Related Koch
CHEME 6670 Fossil Fuels Module ~ X ~ 1 Focused Corequisite: CHEME 6660 Tester, Weill
CHEME 6672 Electric Power Systems Module X ~ ~ 1 Focused Corequisite: CHEME 6660 Anderson, Bitar, staff
CHEME 6671 Nuclear Energy Module ~ X ~ 1 Focused Corequisite: CHEME 6660 Hammer, staff
CHEME 4130 Introduction to Nuclear Science and Engineering X ~ ~ 3 Related PHYS 2214 and MATH 2940 Staff
CHEME 5870 Energy Seminar I X ~ ~ 1 Related Tester, Hammer
CHEME 5880 Energy Seminar II ~ X ~ 1 Related Tester, Hammer
CHEME 6663 Geothermal Energy Module ~ X ~ 1 Focused CHEME 6660 Tester
CHEME 6673 Tools for Analyzing Energy and Society Module ~ X ~ 1 Related CHEME 6660 Doing
CHEME 6675 Energy Life Cycle Assessment Module ~ X ~ 1 Related CHEME 6660. Enrollment limited to graduate students or permission of instructor Anderson, Gerber, Tester
CHEME 6678 Water - Energy Nexus Module X ~ ~ 1 Related Corequisite: CHEME 6660 Albertson, Reed, Riha
CHEME 6679 Energy Storage Module X ~ ~ 1 Related Archer, Hanrath, Tester
CHEME 5440/7770 Advanced Principles of Biomolecular Engineering ~ X ~ 3 Related Varner, Paszek
CHEME 6676 Energy Markets and Regulations Module X ~ ~ 1 Related Moore
CHEME 6680 Special Topics in Sustainable Energy ~ X ~ 1 Focused Staff
CHEME 6800 Computational Optimization X ~ ~ 4 Related You
EAS 1101 Climate and Energy: a 21st Century Earth Science Perspective X ~ ~ 3 Focused Ault, Pritchard
EAS 4010/5010 Fundamentals of Energy and Mineral Resources X ~ ~ 3 Focused course in geology recommended Olson Hoal
EAS 2550 Observing the Earth: Remote Sensing and GIS ~ X ~ 3 Related Lohman
EAS 1600 Environmental Physics X X ~ 3 Related mathematics through high school trigonometry Fall: Riha, Spring: Wysocki
EAS 6920 Special Topics in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (Graduate Level) X X ~ 1-6 Spec Staff
EAS 2250 The Earth System X ~ ~ 4 Related MATH 1110 or MATH 1910 Lohman
EAS 4120 Community Wind Energy Research ~ X ~ 3 Focused MAE 4020/MAE 4021/MAE 5020, or EAS 2500 or permission of instructor. Staff
EAS 4050 Active Tectonics X ~ ~ 3 Related EAS 4260 or equivalent Pritchard
ECE 5880 Energy Seminar II ~ X ~ 1 Related Hammer, Tester
ECE 4510 Electric Power Systems I X ~ ~ 4 Related ECE 3250 Chiang
ECE 4520/5520 Power Systems and Market Operations ~ X ~ 3 Related ECE 2100, ECE 3100, ECE 4510 or equivalent Tong
ECE 4840 Introduction to Controlled Fusion: Principles and Technology ~ X ~ 3 Related PHYS 1112, PHYS 2213, and PHYS 2214, or equivalent background Hammer
ECE 5870 Energy Seminar I X ~ ~ 1 Related Archer, Hammer, Zhang
ECE 4320 Integrated Micro Sensors and Actuators: Bridging the Physical and Digital Worlds X ~ ~ 4 Related ECE 2100 Lal
ECE 4130 Introduction to Nuclear Science and Engineering X ~ ~ 3 Related PHYS 2214 and MATH 2940 Staff
ECE 5510 Tools for Analyzing Energy and Society Module ~ X ~ 1 Related CHEME 6660 Doing
ECE 4340 Power Semiconductor Devices ~ X ~ 4 Related ECE 3150 Staff
ECE 5010 Professional Seminar for M.Eng. Students X ~ ~ 1 Related M.Eng. students Jessel
ECE 5570 Compound Semiconductors Materials Science X ~ ~ 3 Related MSE 2620 or equivalent Jena
ENGRD 2210 Thermodynamics X ~ X 3 Related MATH 1920 and PHYS 1112 Pepiot
ENGRD 2510 Engineering Processes for Environmental Sustainability X ~ ~ 3 Focused CHEM 2070, CHEM 2090 or AP Chem; MATH 2930 Goldfarb
ENGRD 2250 The Earth System X ~ ~ 4 Related MATH 1110 or MATH 1910 Lohman
ENGRG 2500 Technology in Society X ~ ~ 3 Related Staff
ENGRI 1110 Nanotechnology for Global Health and a Sustainable World ~ X ~ 3 Related Umbach
ENGRI 1130 Sustainable Engineering of Energy, Water, Soil, and Air Resources ~ X ~ 3 Focused Reid
ENGRI 1140 Materials: The Future of Energy X ~ ~ 3 Focused Knowledge of calculus, physics, and chemistry Umbach
ENGRI 1220 Earthquake! ~ X ~ 3 Related Brown
ENGRI 1165 Climate Change and You, the Engineer X ~ ~ 3 Focused Ingraffea
FDSC 4880 Global Food, Energy, and Water Nexus- Engage the US, China, and India for Sustainability X ~ ~ 3-4 Focused Junior, senior, or graduate student status, or permission of instructor Lei, Li, Miller, Pingali, Test
HIST 4647 / 6647 The Energy Transition in the Nineteenth Century ~ X ~ 4 Related Ron
MAE 3240 Heat Transfer ~ X X 3 Related MAE 3230 Fisher
MAE 4020/4021/5020 Wind Power X ~ ~ 3-4 Focused MAE 3230, MAE 3050, or MAE 3250 Barthelmie
MAE 5010 Future Energy Systems ~ X ~ 3 Focused ENGRD 2210; MAE 3230 and MAE 3240 recommended Barthelmie
MAE 5430 Combustion Processes ~ X ~ 3 Related Avedisian
MAE 6510 Advanced Heat Transfer X ~ ~ 4 Related Avedisian
MAE 6160 Advanced Composite Materials ~ X ~ 4 Related S. Phoenix
MAE 6560 Nanoscale Energy Transport and Conversion ~ X ~ 3 Focused Tian
MAE 4120/4121 Community Wind Energy Research ~ X ~ 3 Focused MAE 4020/MAE 4021/MAE 5020 or EAS 2500 or permission of instructor Barthelmie
MAE 4580 Introduction to Nuclear Science and Engineering X ~ ~ 3 Related PHYS 2214 and MATH 2940 Staff
MAE 4590 Introduction to Controlled Fusion: Principles and Technology ~ X ~ 3 Related PHYS 1112, PHYS 2213, and PHYS 2214, or equivalent background Hammer
MAE 5459 Energy Seminar I X ~ ~ 1 Related Clancy, Hammer
MAE 5469 Energy Seminar II ~ X ~ 1 Related Clancy, Hammer
MAE 2210 Thermodynamics X ~ X 3 Related MATH 1920, PHYS 1112 Pepiot
MSE 4330/5330 Materials for Energy Production, Storage, and Conversion X ~ ~ 3 Focused Robinson
MSE 5150 Structures and Materials for Sustainable Energy Systems ~ X ~ 3 Focused Petrina
MSE 5460 Compound Semiconductors Materials Science X ~ ~ 3 Related MSE 2620 or equivalent Jena
MSE 1110 Nanotechnology for Global Health and a Sustainable World ~ X ~ 3 Focused Umbach
MSE 1140 Materials: The Future of Energy X ~ ~ 3 Focused Knowledge of Calculus, Physics, and Chemistry at the high school level 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 Hammer
NTRES 3030 Introduction to Biogeochemistry X ~ ~ 4 Related CHEM 2070 or equivalent, MATH 1120, and a course in biology and/or geology Derry, Yavitt
PLSCS 4110 Applied Remote Sensing and GIS for Resource Inventory and Analysis X ~ ~ 3 Related Laba
SHUM 4645 / 6645 Indigeneity and Energy in Native America ~ X ~ 4 Related Powell
SHUM 4647 / 6647 The Energy Transition in the Nineteenth Century ~ X ~ 4 Related Ron
STS 6321 Inside Technology X ~ ~ 4 Related Pinch
STS 6647 The Energy Transition in the Nineteenth Century ~ X ~ 4 Related Ron
STS 4647 The Energy Transition in the Nineteenth Century ~ X ~ 4 Related Ron