Engineering for Developing Communities

Mcedc CardEnvironmental 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.

Environmental Engineering Technical Electives (upper-division)

Students select at least Two courses from this list (or a second from list A, no double counting). Faculty can petition to add additional courses.

  • 1CVEN 3424 Water and Wastewater Treatment (3 credits, S; prerequisite: CVEN 3414)
  • CVEN 4554 Fundamentals of Air Quality Management (3 credits, F, Prerequisite: APPM 2360 (or MATH 3130 and 4430) and CHEN 3313 (or CHEN 3200 or MCEN 3021)
  • GEOG 3682 Geography of International Development (3 credits, F): recommended prerequisite: GEOG 1982, 1992, 2002 or 2412
  • EMEN 4200 Technology and Entrepreneurship for the Developing World (3 credits, F or sum; Jrs or Srs only)
  • CVEN 4837 Sp Top: Global Engineering (3 credits, S)
  • CVEN 4969 Water Air Sanitation Hygiene (3 cr starting in 2017, prereq: CVEN 3414) New starting in Spring 17

*I Offered intermittently 
1 Also on List A

See more information on the EDC website

You may be interested in the Global Engineering Minor: Undergraduate minor focusing on how to operate in an international context from an engineering perspective, including international teamwork. Students take courses in global perspective, regional/local perspective, foreign language and acquire a global experience (approved study, research, or internship abroad, or equivalent experience) in coherence with a language/regional course selection.

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
  • HIST 3218-3 Seminar of African History
  • 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 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 and many of these courses have pre-requisites or recommended pre-requisities, so plan ahead....

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