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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
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 Staff
ARCH 2614 / 5614 Building Technology I: Materials and Methods X ~ ~ 3 Related Staff
ARCH 3821/5821 History of European Landscape Architecture X ~ ~ 3 Related ARCH 1801 and ARCH 1802 Mirin
ARCH 3822/5822 History of American Landscape Architecture ~ X ~ 3 Related ARCH 1801 and ARCH 1802 Mirin
ARCH 4618 Special Investigations in Environmental Systems and Conservation X X ~ 1-3 Focused Permission of instructor and approved independent study form are required Staff
ARCH 4601 Ecological Literacy and Design X ~ ~ 3 Focused Elliott
ARCH 5113 Core Design Studio III 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 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 None Ochshorn
ARCH 3310 Modern Landscape Architecture X ~ ~ 3 Related Mirin
ARCH 4619 Special Topics in Environmental Systems and Conservation X X ~ 3 Focused Staff
ARCH 5611 Environmental Systems I: Site and Sustainability X ~ ~ 3 Focused Staff
ARTH 2255 Ecocriticism &,amp, Visual Culture X ~ ~ 3 Focused Rickard
BEE 3299 Sustainable Development ~ X ~ 3 Focused at least sophomore standing Richards
BEE 4750 Environmental Systems Analysis X ~ ~ 3 Related BEE 2510 or BEE 2600 Anderson
BEE 4760 Solid Waste Engineering ~ X ~ 3 Related BEE 3500 or CEE 3510 Haith
BEE 4110 / 6110 Hydrologic Engineering in a Changing Climate X ~ ~ 3 Focused Intor to probability and statistics, one hydrology course or climate course at 2000 level or above Steinschneider
CEE 4520 Sustainable Safe Water on Tap X ~ ~ 3 Focused CEE 3310 Weber-Shirk
CEE 2550 / 5051 AguaClara: Sustainable Water Supply Project X X ~ 1-3 Focused Weber-Shirk
CEE 4410/6410 Retaining Structures and Slopes ~ X ~ 4 Related CEE 3410 O’Rourke
CEE 6200 Water-Resources Systems Engineering ~ X ~ 3 Related CEE 3230 and CEE 5930 or BEE 4750 Reed
CEE 4750/6750 Concrete Materials and Construction ~ X ~ 3 Related Hover
CEE 4560 Environmental Engineering in an International Context I X ~ ~ 3 Focused CEE 2550, CEE 4540, CEE 4550, CEE 5051, or CEE 5052 Weber-Shirk
CEE 4561 Environmental Engineering in an International Context II ~ X ~ 3 Focused CEE 4560 Weber-Shirk
CEE 6020 Seminar - Water Resources and Environmental Engineering X ~ ~ 1 Focused Staff
CEE 7020 Environmental and Water Resources Systems Analysis Research ~ ~ ~ 1-6 Focused
CEE 7050 Research in Environmental Engineering ~ ~ ~ 1-6 Related Staff
CEE 7073 Civil and Environmental Engineering Materials Project ~ ~ ~ 1-3 Related Staff
CEE 7400 Engineering Behavior of Soils X ~ ~ 3 Related CEE 3410 Stewart
CEE 1165 Climate Change and You, the Engineer X ~ ~ 3 Focused Ingraffea
CEE 4565 / 6565 Waste Water Processes and Resources Recovery X ~ ~ 3 Focused BEE 2510, CEE 3510 Gu
CHEME 4610 Concepts of Chemical Engineering Product Design X ~ ~ 3 Related CHEME 3230, CHEME 3240, CHEME 3320, CHEME 3900 Vaeth
CHEME 4630 Practice of Chemical Engineering Product Design ~ X ~ 5 Related CHEME 4320 Hanrath, Vaeth
COGST 1500/1501 Introduction to Environmental Psychology X ~ X 3 Related Evans
COGST 1111 Making a Difference by Design X ~ X 3 Related Koa
CRP 1101 The Global City ~ X ~ 3 Related Staff
CRP 3840/5840 Green Cities ~ X ~ 3 Focused Staff
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 Staff
CRP 1100 The American City X ~ ~ 3 Related Staff
CRP 5530 Concepts and Methods of Land Use Planning ~ X ~ 3 Related Staff
CRP 5640 Building Materials Conservation ~ X ~ 3 Related Enrollment limited to: junior, senior, or graduate standing Staff
CRP 2000 The Promise and Pitfalls of Contemporary Planning X ~ ~ 3 Related CRP 1100 Staff
CRP 4080 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) X X ~ 4 Related Staff
CRP 5820 Principles of Site Planning and Urban Design X ~ ~ 3 Related Staff
CRP 5190 History and Theory of Urban Spatial Development ~ X ~ 3 Related Staff
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 Staff
CRP 5560 Creating the Build Environment X ~ ~ 1.5 Focused Staff
CRP 3860/6860 Planning for Sustainable Transportation ~ X ~ 3 Focused Staff
CRP 3900/7850 City and Regional Futures: Planning Practice, Policy and Design X X ~ 1 Related Staff
CRP 3853 Special Topics in Land Use and Environment X X ~ 1-4 Spec Staff
CRP 6740 Urban Transformations in the Global South X X ~ 3 Related Staff
DEA 2040 High Performance Buildings ~ X ~ 3 Related Hua
DEA 3590/6500 Problem-Seeking through Programming X ~ ~ 3 Related Maxwell
DEA 2550 Design Strategy and Management X ~ ~ 3 Related Enrollment preference given to: DEA undergraduate majors. Other students by permission only. Staff
DEA 3030 Materials for Design and Sustainability X ~ ~ 3 Focused Recommended for juniors and seniors Gilmore
DEA 2201 Magnifying Small Spaces Studio X ~ ~ 4 Related DEA 1101 and DEA 1150 Staff
DEA 2700 Healthy Places: Design, Planning, and Public Health X ~ ~ 3 Related Wells
DEA 2020 Introduction to Sustainable Design ~ X ~ 3 Focused Ahmadi
DEA 4401 Adaptive Reuse Studio: Recycling the Built Environment X ~ ~ 4 Focused two DEA studio courses at 2000 and 3000 level, DEA 3050 Gilmore
DEA 6200 Studies in Human-Environment Relations X ~ ~ 3 Related Enrollment limited to graduate students. Graduate students outside of DEA require permission Maxwell
DEA 3500/6520 The Ambient Environment X ~ ~ 3 Related Recommended prerequisite: DEA 1500 Kalantari
DEA 1200 Art + Science: Sustainability, Multiculturalism and Transdisciplinarity ~ X ~ 3 Related Kao
DEA 2510 History of Design Futures X ~ ~ 3 Related Militello
DEA 5560 Health Impact Assessment ~ X ~ 3 Related Recommended prerequisites: DEA 1500, DEA 2700, DEA 6610 Wells
DEA 3770 Enabling Design: The Intersection of Age, Ability, and Design X ~ ~ 3 Related Permission required for sophomores Greenhouse
DEA 2422 Making Green: Sustainable Product Design Studio X ~ ~ 3 Focused Elliott
DEA 6610 Environments and Health ~ X ~ 3 Focused Wells
DEA 1500 Introduction to Environmental Psychology X ~ X 3 Related Evans
ECE 5555 Stochastic Systems: Estimation and Control X ~ ~ 4 Related MAE 4780 (or equivalent); ECE 3100 Bitar
FDSC 4800 Global Seminar: Building Sustainable Environments and Secure Food Systems for a Modern World ~ X ~ 3 Focused Junior, senior, or graduate student status. Kassam
FSAD 4021 Textile and Apparel Production in India X ~ ~ 2 Related Green
FSAD 3250 Color and Surface Design of Textiles X ~ ~ 4 Related Conroy
FSAD 4440 Global Fashion Management ~ X ~ 3 Related FSAD 1350 or FSAD 2310 and economics course Lewis
IARD 4800 Global Seminar: Building Sustainable Environments and Secure Food Systems for a Modern World ~ X ~ 3 Focused Junior, Seniors, or graduate students Kassam, Lassoie
INFO 2770 Excursions in Computational Sustainability ~ X ~ 3 Focused basic knowledge of probability theory and calculus Gomes, Conrad, Selman
LA 7010 Urban Design and Planning X ~ ~ 5 Related Staff
LA 4070/6070 Emerging Dimensions in Urban Ecology and Sustainable Practices ~ X ~ 3 Focused Cerra
LA 3170/5170 Design and Environmental Systems X ~ ~ 3 Focused Cerra
LA 4020 Capstone Community Design Studio ~ X ~ 5 Focused Staff
LA 3160 Site Engineering X ~ ~ 5 Focused permission of instructor Aymer
LA 6020 Integrating Theory and Practice II ~ X ~ 5 Related graduate standing Staff
LA 3010 Integrating Theory and Practice I X ~ ~ 5 Related LA 2020 Staff
LA 1410 Grounding in Landscape Architecture X ~ ~ 4 Related Staff
LA 4010 Urban Design Studio X ~ ~ 5 Related LA 3020 with a grade of C or better Staff
LA 5010 Composition and Theory X ~ ~ 5 Related Staff
LA 6160 Site Engineering X ~ ~ 5 Focused Aymer
LA 6900 Methods of Landscape Architectural Inquiry X ~ ~ 3 Related graduate standing Goula
LA 6010 Integrating Theory and Practice I X ~ ~ 5 Related graduate standing or permission of instructor 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 Ellner, Wesson
NTRES 2470 Green Cities: Creating the Living City ~ ~ X 3 Focused 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 Wolf
PADM 5320 Public Systems Modeling X ~ ~ 4 Related Enrollment limited to MPA Students. Others by permission of instructor. Loucks
PLHRT 4910 / 4920 Creating the Urban Eden: Woody Plant Selection, Design, and Landscape Establishment X ~ ~ 4 Related enrollment limited to: Plant Sciences and Landscape Architecture majors Bassuk, Rood
PSYCH 1500 Introduction to Environmental Psychology X ~ X 3 Related Evans
SOC 6440 Urban Structure and Process ~ X ~ 4 Related enrollment limited to sociology graduate students only York Cornwell
STS 6671 Tools for Analyzing Energy and Society Module ~ X ~ 1 Related CHEME 6660 Doing
SYSEN 5100 Model Based Systems Engineering X ~ ~ 4 Related enrollment in group-based project with strong system design component approved by course instructor. 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 prior programming experience Reed
TOX 5970 Risk Analysis and Management ~ X ~ 3 Related introduction to probability and statistics course; two semesters of calculus Stedinger