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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ECH5785
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2009-03-04
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2008-09-04
  2. Department: Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
  3. College: EN
  4. Budget Account Number: 2107
  5. Contact Person: Norma Alcantar
  6. Phone: 48009
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: ECH
  9. Number: 5785
  10. Full Title: Sustaining the Earth: An Engineering Approach
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Sustaining the Earth: Eng. App
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: CI
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: An approach of global perspective on ecological principles revealing how all the world’s life is connected and sustained within the biosphere and how engineering provides the tools to design solutions engaging materials science & environmental ethics.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: This course is necessary for the new workforce of engineers facing national and international environmental problems including toxic pollution, climate change, resource depletion, and problems related to the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem integrity. P
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? This course is part of an effort of Engineers, Public Health professionals and Anthropologists to join efforts to create a course that will include all three disciplines and their philosophies to understand how to develop environmentally sustainable engineering processes in conjunction with societies. The guidelines and strategies for achieving more sustainable processes and societies will be learn from the Earth.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Not yet. It is expected to be taught for the first time in the 2009 Spring semester.
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering or Instructors with experience in sustainable projects.
  29. Objectives: Students will apply engineering knowledge to study how the Earth works, how to interact with the Earth, how to solve environmental problems, and how to determine and analyze sustainable solutions including the study of human cultural systems and economies.
  30. Learning Outcomes: At the end of the course, students should be able to understand how the Earth works and sustains itself, and use such knowledge to evaluate our environmental world views. Students will also learn how to evaluate beneficial and harmful consequences to the Earth when engineering is used. The students that finish this course will be environmentally literate citizens and leaders who will have a positive vision of the future, and commitment to make the world a better place to live. Students will exhibit critical thinking in the analysis of environmental processes and the construction of solutions.
  31. Major Topics: Topic 1. Design Cycles.

    Topic 2. First Principles.

    Topic 3. How Clean Is Clean?.

    Topic 4. The Foundation For Sustainable Sites.

    Topic 6. The Sustainability Imperative.

    Topic 7. Carbon in the Atmosphere: Essential and Detrimental.

    Topic 8. We Have Met the Future and it is Green.

    Topic 9. Economics, Politics, World views, Environment, and the Earth: As tools for sustainability.

  32. Textbooks: Sustaining the Earth: An Integrated Approach

    By George Tyler Miller, G. Tyler Miller, Jr.

    Published by Thomson Brooks/Cole, 2004

    ISBN 0534496725, 9780534496722

    Sustainable Design: The Science of Sustainability and Green Engineering

    Daniel A. Vallero, Chris Brasier

    ISBN: 978-0-470-13062-9


    April 2008

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