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.
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.
*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:
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....
Organizations Related to EDC: