Center for Socially Engaged Design

The Program in Sustainable Engineering offers a unique specialization that allow undergraduate engineering students to take 9-credit hours focused on sustainability to earn the notation “Specialized Study in Sustainable Engineering” on their transcript.

Curriculum

The 9-credit PISE program requires the 3-credit course Sustainable Engineering Principles (CEE 265). The Course ME 499 Sustainable Engineering and Design is equivalent to CEE 265 and can be used as the 3-credit foundation course. CEE 265 and ME 499 cannot both count toward the program, and should not both be taken by a single student. The remaining 6-credits are taken from a list of engineering courses (3 credits) and a list of non-engineering courses (3 credits). The program can be completed without exceeding the 128 credits required for a BS/BSE and provides students the opportunity to organize their elective courses around this theme. The PISE designation is earned after taking:

Foundation Courses (3 credits)

  • Sustainable Engineering Principles (CEE 265) or Sustainable Engineering and Design (ME 499).

Engineering / Technical Courses (3 credits)

  • Coursework from a selection of courses identified within the College of Engineering that feature significant content in sustainable engineering. (List A)

Breadth Courses (3 credits)

  • Coursework from a selection of courses identified outside the College of Engineering that feature significant content in sustainability, specifically considering non-engineering issues at the intersection of technology and society. The course list can be found below.

Approved Course Lists

List A: Engineering/Technical Courses (3 credits required)

  • ARCH 357 (3) Architecture, Sustainability and the City
  • AOSS 480 (3) Climate Change: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Problem Solving
  • CEE 307 (3) Sustainable Cities
  • CEE 501 (3) Wind Development Engineering (Section 7)
  • CEE 501 (3) Greenhouse Gas Control (Section 014)
  • CEE 586 (3) Industrial Ecology
  • CEE/ChE 686 (3) Case Studies in Environmental Sustainability
  • CEE 565 (3) Seminars on energy science, technology & Policy
  • CEE 567 (3) Energy Infrastructure Systems
  • CEE 574 (ARCH 595) Materials Selection for Sustainable Design
  • CEE 624 (3) Restoration Fundamentals and Practice in Ecological Systems
  • EECS 498-04 Grid Integration of Alternative Energies
  • ENG 521 (3) Clean Tech Entrepreneurship
  • ME 433 (3) Advanced Energy Solutions
  • ME 589 (3) Sustainable Design of Technology Systems
  • NRE 501.036 (3) Environmental Input-Output Analysis

List B: Non-Engineering Courses (3 credits required)

  • AMCULT 496 (3) American Values and Sustainability
  • ANTHROCUL 408/DAAS 409 (3) Material/Child Health, the Environment, and Pollution in Africa
  • ARCH 357 (3) Architecture, Sustainability and the City
  • ARCH 423 (3) Introduction to Urban and Environmental Planning
  • CMPLXSYS 391 (4) Introduction to Modeling Political Processes
  • ECON 370 (3) Environmental and Resource Economics
  • ECON 437 (3) Energy Economics
  • EHS 500 (3) Principles of Environmental Health Sciences
  • ENVIRON 110 (3) The Science of Sustainability
  • ENVIRON 111 (3) Introduction to Global Change: Human Impacts
  • ENVIRON 201 (3) Ecological Issues
  • ENVIRON 207(3) Sustainability and Society
  • ENVIRON 208 (3) Business and the Natural Environment
  • ENVIRON 211 (3) Social Sciences and Environmental Problems
  • ENVIRON 232 (3) The Inexhaustible Seas? Marine Resources and Environmental Issues
  • ENVIRON 250 (3) Social Systems, Energy, and Public Policy
  • ENVIRON 256 (3) Culture, Adaptation, and Environment
  • ENVIRON 270 (4) Our Common Future
  • ENVIRON 301 (3) Nature, Culture, and Landscape
  • ENVIRON 302 (3) Leadership and Environmental Stewardship in Organizations
  • ENVIRON 302 (3) Energy Politics (also PolSci 336)
  • ENVIRON 304 (3) Topics in Culture and Environment
  • ENVIRON 305 (3) Environment à la mode
  • ENVIRON 306 (3) Global Water
  • ENVIRON 308 (3) Sustainability and Health
  • ENVIRON 312 (3) Environmental Politics and Policy
  • ENVIRON 317 (3) Conservation Biology
  • ENVIRON 321 (3) Climate Change and Adaptation: Adaptive Development in a Changing World
  • ENVIRON 344 (3) Sustainability & Fossil Energy
  • ENVIRON 345 (3) Environmental Public Opinion Analysis
  • ENVIRON 360 (3) Behavior & Environment
  • ENVIRON 365 (3) International Environmental Policy
  • ENVIRON 367 (3) Global Enterprise & Sustainable Development
  • ENVIRON 370 (3) Introduction to Urban and Environmental Planning
  • ENVIRON 376 (3) Environmental Ethics
  • ENVIRON 377 (3) Literature and Oil
  • ENVIRON 380 (3) Mineral Resources, Economics, and the Environment
  • ENVIRON 390 (3) Environmental Activism: Citizenship in a Republic
  • ENVIRON 391 (3) Sustainability and the Campus
  • ENVIRON 407 (3) Sustainable Cities
  • ENVIRON 412 (3) Environmental Values in Public Policy
  • ENVIRON 475 (3) Environmental Law and Policy (NRE 475)
  • GERMAN 326 (3) Section 002 only – Germany and the Environment
  • NRE/AOSS 480 (3) Climate Change: The Move to Action
  • NRE 501.036 (3) Consumption, Trade, and Environmental Input Output Analysis
  • NRE 501.041 (3) Climate Policy
  • NRE 550 (3) Systems Thinking for Sustainable Development
  • NRE 574 (3) Sustainable Energy Systems
  • PH210 (3) Energy for our Future
  • PSYCH 385 (3) The Psychology of Environmental Stewardship
  • PUBPOL 481 (3) Science, Technology, and Public Policy
  • RCIDIV 302 (3) Advanced Issues in Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society: Environmental Literature / Social Justice
  • SOC 415 (3) Culture and Consumption
  • STRATEGY 411 (3) The Corporation in Society
  • UP 402 (3) Foundations of Sustainable Food Systems
  • UP 403 (3) Sustainable Neighborhoods

 

  • Any letter graded umich class can be petitioned for addition to List A or List B.
  • CEE 265 or ME 499-089 is required by PISE and cannot be substituted.
  • To petition a course to count on List A or List B: Send the course syllabus by email to: sustainable.engineering@umich.edu Be sure to include which list you would like the course counted as (list A or list B).

How to Declare

To declare your intent to pursue the 9-credit specialized study Program in Sustainable Engineering, send an email to:

sustainable.engineering@umich.edu

With subject:

“Please declare me to the specialized study Program in Sustainable Engineering”

The body should include:

  • Your name
  • UMID#
  • Any comments/questions