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. For example, almost half of the world's population is afflicted by water scarcity, in developing areas 1 in 1 people has no access to sanitation, etc. The Mortenson Center in Global Engineering 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.
Courses below are 1 credit each they are 5 week sessions each; student must complete 3 sessions to satisfy an option course (3 credits):
See more information on the Mortenson Center in Global Engineering 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.
Humanities and Social Science electives that complement the Global Engineering 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-requisites, so plan ahead...
Organizations Related to Global Engineering:
- 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