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EVEN Special Option: Engineering for Developing Communities (EDC)


Environmental engineers in this option are interested in using their environmental engineering skills to address the needs of developing communities worldwide. This includes rural, underserved areas in the U.S. and developing countries. This work will contribute to helping meet the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. For example, almost half of the world's population face a scarcity of water, in developing areas 1 in 1 people has no access to sanitation, etc. The Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities (EDC) at the University of Colorado focuses on training engineers to solve these global problems using sustainable and appropriate technology.
COURSES

This isn't a formally approved option, so you will need to fill out a Special Option form. Recommended courses are:
CVEN 3424 Water and Wastewater treatment, S; prerequisites: CVEN 3414
CVEN 5834 Sp Tpcs: Water, Sanitation, and Health, F; prerequisite: CVEN 3424
CVEN 5834 Sp Tpcs: Sustainable Community Development, F; prerequisite: instructor consent
Sustainability course such as CVEN 4700: sustainability and the built environment(i; CAETE)
ENVD 4035: Solar and Sustainable Design (pre-req. PHYS 1; open to non-majors if space available)
EBIO 3180: Global Ecology (pre-reqs General Biology 1 and 2)
And may include no more than one of the following social science related courses:
GEOG 3682: Geography of International Development (various recommended pre-reqs; seek instructor consent)
GEOG 4732: Population Geography (lots of recommended pre-reqs; seek instructor consent)
GEOG 4742: Environmental and Peoples, including Disease Ecology; topics vary
GEOG 4812: Environment and Development in South America (lots of recommended pre-reqs; seek instructor consent)
ECON 4774: Economic Reform in Developing Countries (pre-reqs ECON 3070 or 3080)
ECON 4784: Economic Development (pre-reqs ECON 3070 or 3080)

See more information on the EDC website

You may be interested in the International Engineering Certificate or the Certificate in Engineering, Science, and Society. The College of Engineering is also considering an undergraduate Certificate in EDC... stay tuned!


The College of Engineering also participates in the Global E3 program.
Humanities and Social Science electives that complement the EDC interest area include:

  • ANTH 1150-3 Exploring a Non-Western Culture: Regional Cultures of Africa
  • ANTH/HIST 3218-3 Peoples and Cultures of West Africa
  • COMM 3410-3 Intercultural Communication
  • ETHN 3201/INVS/LDSP 3100-3-4 Multicultural Leadership: Theories, Principles and Practices
  • GEOG/WMST 3672-3 Gender and Global Economy
  • GEOG 4742-3 Environment and Peoples
  • GEOG 4812-3 Environment and Development in South America
  • GEOG 4822-3 Environment and Development in China
  • INVS 3304-3 Human Rights: Promotion and Protection, an NGO Perspective
  • INVS 4302/PSCI 4732-3 Critical Thinking in Development
  • PSCI 4012-3 Global Development
  • PSCI 4783-3 Global Issues
  • WMST 2600-3 Gender, Race, and Class in a Global Context
  • SOCY/WMST 3012-3 Women, Development, and Fertility
  • WMST 3670-3 Immigrant Women in the Global Economy Note: you may need to petition a "thoughtful grouping" of these courses if they are not already approved HSS courses in HOMER. AND many of these courses have pre-requisites or recommended pre-requisities, so plan ahead....
    Organizations Related to EDC:

    Engineers Without Borders-USA
    University of Colorado chapter of EWB
    US Peace Corps
    National Rural Water Association
    Water for People
    iCAST, international Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology
    US EPA P3: People, Prosperity, and the Planet Competition for Sustainability



    LINKS

    American Ecological Engineering Society

    Example 4-year course Plan -- Special EDC Option

    Courses offered only semester shown

     
             
    First Year Fall
    Credits
     
    First Year Spring
    Credits

    APPM 1350 Calculus 1 for Engineers
    4
      APPM 1360 Calculus 2 for Engineers
    4
    CHEN 1211 General Chemistry
    3
      GEEN 1400 Engineering Projects
    3
    CHEM 1221 General Chemistry Lab
    2
      H&SS Elective II
    3
    EVEN 1000 Intro to Environ Engr
    1
    PHYS 1110 General Physics 1
    4
    GEEN 1300 Intro to Engr Computing
    3
      Technical Elective I - recommend GEOL
    3
    H&SS Elective I
    3
       

     
    16
     
     
    17
             
    Second Year Fall
    Credits
     
    Second Year Spring
    Credits

    APPM 2350 Calculus 3 for Engineers
    4
      APPM 2360 Intro Diff Eqns Lin Alg
    4
    CVEN 3414 Fund of Environ Engr
    3
      CHEM 4521 Phys Chem for Engrs
    3
    Solid Mechanics - rec. CVEN 2121
    3
      CHEN 2120 Matl & Energy Balances
    3
    PHYS 1120 General Physics 2
    4
      H&SS Elective III
    3
    PHYS 1140 Experimental Physics 1
    1
      Fluid Mechanics - Rec CVEN 3313
    3

     
    15
     
     
    16
             
    Third Year Fall
    Credits
     
    Third Year Spring
    Credits

    CVEN 4404/4414 Water Chem & Lab
    4
      CVEN 4424 Environ Organic Chem
    3
    Engineering Economics
    3
      Heat Transfer - rec. MCEN 3022
    3
    Probability/Statistics - rec CHEN 3010
    3
      CVEN 4484 Intro Environ Microbiology
    3
    Required Communication Course
    3
      CVEN 3424 Water/WW Treatment (Option course 1)
    3
    Thermodynamics - rec AREN 2110

    3

      H&SS elective IV
    3

     
    16
     
     
    15
             
    Fourth Year Fall
    Credits
     
    Fourth Year Spring
    Credits

    Option Course II

    3

      CVEN 4434 Environ Eng Design
    4
    CVEN 4444 (5834) Env Eng Processes
    3
      Air/Earth Science Lab/Field Course - rec EVEN 4100

    3

    H&SS Elective V
    3
      CVEN 4333 Engineering Hydrology
    3
    Option course III
    3
      MCEN 4131 Air Pollution Control
    3
    Technical Elective II
    3
      Technical Elective IV / Senior Thesis
    3
    Technical Elective III / Senior Thesis
    3
         

     
    18
     
     
    16
             
         

    Total Credits:

    128

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