Curriculum

The Sustainable Energy and Environmental Management (SEEM) program is designed to have a professional focus in Sustainable Energy & Environmental Management.

To earn the CSEEM certificate, students are required to complete 12 credit hours consisting of 3 key elements:

Flow chart of the CSEEM curriculum: 2 required courses: Sustainable Energy & Environmental Management plus Economics of Environmental Policy; one quantitative methods course; one SEEM elective or policy and management elective.

The MSEEM can be completed either full time (4-4-2 courses in a single year) or part time (2-2-1 courses each year for 2 years).

To earn the MSEEM degree, students are required to complete 30 credit hours consisting of 5 key elements:

Flow chart for the MSEEM degree requirements: two required courses; two quantitative methods courses; three SEEM electives plus one policy and management elective; a professional paper to be completed in two three-credit-hour courses.

Course Subjects

  • Public Policy (PUBP)
  • Aerospace Engineering (AE)
  • Building Construction (BC)
  • Chemical & Biomolecular Engr (CHBE)
  • City Planning (CP)
  • Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EAS)
  • History, Technology & Society (HTS)
  • International Affairs (INTA)
  • Materials Science & Engr (MSE)
  • Architecture (ARCH)
  • Chemistry (CHEM)
  • Civil and Environmental Engr (CEE)
  • Economics (ECON)
  • Industrial & Systems Engr (ISYE)
  • Management (MGT)
  • Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Complete List of Courses

Required Courses:

  • PUBP 6312 Economics of Environmental Policy
  • PUBP 6801 Professional Paper
  • PUBP 8803 Special Topics (Sustainable Energy and Environmental Management Policy and Management)

Methods Electives:

  • PUBP 6114 Applied Policy Methods
  • PUBP 6120 Cost Benefit Analysis
  • PUBP 6218 Quantitative Models in Public Policy
  • PUBP 6530 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • PUBP 8200 Advanced Research Methods 1
  • PUBP 8205 Advanced Research Methods 2
  • PUBP 8751 Big Data and Public Policy
  • CETL 6490 Advanced Environmental Data Analysis
  • CP 6514 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • CP 6541 Environmental Analysis Using GIS
  • ISYE 8803 Life Cycle Assessment
  • MGT 6203 Data Analytics in Business
  • MSE 6759 Materials in Environmentally Conscious Design and Manufacturing

Sustainable Energy & Environmental Management Electives:

  • PUBP 6300 Earth Systems
  • PUBP 6310 Environmental Issues
  • PUBP 6326 Environmental Values and Policy Goals
  • PUBP 6327 Sustainability and Environmental Policy
  • PUBP 6330 Environmental Law
  • PUBP 6350 Energy Policy and Markets
  • PUBP 6352 Utility Regulation and Policy
  • PUBP 6380 Economics of Natural Resources and the Environment
  • PUBP 6701 Energy Technology and Policy
  • PUBP 8803 Special Topics (Environmental Finance)
  • PUBP 8803 Special Topics (Sustainability and Environmental Policy)
  • PUBP 8803 Special Topics (Smart Cities)
  • AE 4803/8803 Special Topics (Energy Efficiency and Environmental Impacts)
  • ARCH 6531 Environmental Systems I
  • BC 6002 Issues in Sustainable Construction Technology
  • BC 6731 Zero Energy Housing
  • CEE 4300 Environmental Engineering Systems
  • CEE 4395 Environmental Systems Design Project
  • CEE 4620 Environmental Impact Assessment
  • CEE 6314 Fundamentals of Environmental Modeling and Mathematics
  • CEE 6345 Sustainable Engineering
  • CEE 6390 Air Pollutant Formation and Control
  • CEE 6625 Transportation, Energy, and Air Quality
  • CEE 6790 Air Pollution Physics and Chemistry
  • CHBE 4803/8803 Special Topics (Chemical Engineering of Energy Systems)
  • CHEM 8833 Special Topics in Organic Chemistry (Fundamentals and Challenges for a Sustainable Chemical Enterprise)
  • CP 6190 Introduction to Climate Change Planning
  • CP 6213 Urban Environmental Planning and Design
  • CP 6214 Environmental Planning and Impact Assessment
  • CP 6217 Climate Change and the City
  • CP 6233 Sustainable Urban Development
  • CP 6261 Environmental Law
  • EAS 6132 Introduction to Climate Change
  • EAS 6135 Introduction to Complex Environmental Systems
  • EAS 8803 Special Topics (Climate and Global Change)
  • EAS 8803 Special Topics (Environmental Geochemistry)
  • EAS 8813 Biodiversity Dynamics
  • ECON 6380 Economics of Natural Resources and the Environment
  • ECON 7032 Macroeconomics of Innovation
  • HTS 6116 The Environment in World History
  • HTS 6120 Inequality, Science and Technology
  • INTA 8803 Special Topics (Energy and International Security)
  • LMC 6215 Issues in Media Studies (Climate Change Imaginaries, Environmental Media Studies, and Global Challenges of the 21st Century)
  • MGT 6369 Sustainable Business Consulting Practicum
  • MGT 6359 Business Strategies for Sustainability
  • MSE 6759 Materials in Environmentally Conscious Design and Manufacturing
  • PHIL 6710 Ethics of Biotechnology and Bioengineering Research

Policy & Management Electives:

  • PUBP 6010 Ethics and the Policy Profession
  • PUBP 6012 Fundamentals of Policy Process
  • PUBP 6017 Public Management
  • PUBP 6018 Policy Implementation and Administration
  • PUBP 6116 Microeconomic Analysis in Public Policymaking
  • PUBP 6118 Public Finance and Policy
  • PUBP 6201 Public Policy Analysis
  • PUBP 6221 Policy and Program Evaluation
  • PUBP 6314 Policy Tools for Environmental Management
  • PUBP 6326 Environmental Values and Policy Goals
  • PUBP 6327 Sustainability and Environmental Policy
  • PUBP 6330 Environmental Law
  • PUBP 6350 Energy Policy and Markets
  • PUBP 6354 Climate Policy
  • PUBP 6401 Science, Technology, and Public Policy
  • PUBP 6701 Energy Technology Policy
  • PUBP 8540 Advanced Environmental Policy
  • PUBP 8803 Special Topics (Environmental Policy and Politics)
  • CP 6016 Growth Management Law and Implementation
  • CP 6223 Policy Tools for Environmental Management
  • CP 6261 Environmental Law
  • MGT 8803 Understanding Markets with Data Science

Descriptions of each course can be found in the MSEEM Course Catalog.

Illustrative MSEEM Curriculum, One Year, Full Time

Fall Semester

Total Semester Credit Hours:  12

  • PUBP 8833 Sustainable Energy & Environmental Management (Required Course)
    Topics to be covered will include the Tragedy of the Commons; Complex Socio-ecological systems; Defining Sustainability & Sustainable Development; Defining Institutions; Action Arenas; Social Dilemmas; Big Debates & Discourses; and Energy Fundamentals. Bureaucratic Management/Command and Control/ Deliberative Democracy/Participatory Models/Market – based solutions/Corporate Social Responsibility and Voluntary Initiatives will also be discussed.

  • PUBP 6352 Utility Regulation & Policy (Sustainable Energy & Environmental Management Elective)
    This course covers governance and policy issues impacting electricity and water systems. It will include approaches to integrated resource planning, rules around solar integration, rate setting including dynamic rates and smart meters, decoupling of sales from profits, and modeling tools that support regulation and utility planning including the National Energy Modeling System. The focus will be on U.S. systems, but there will be some case study coverage of several European countries as well as China.

  • PUBP 6120 Cost Benefit Analysis (Methods Elective)
    This course provides an introduction to theory and methods used for Cost-Benefit analysis.

  • PUBP 6300 Earth Systems (Sustainable Energy & Environmental Management Elective)
    Describes the scientific principles and interactions that make up the Earth's environmental system. The course examines the interaction of natural and human influences that shape the development and operation of the Earth system and how public and private decision-making impacts this system.

Spring Semester

Total Semester Credit Hours:  12

  • PUBP 6312 Economics of Environmental Policy (Required Courses)
    This course addresses key concepts in environmental economics, including externalities, efficiency, social welfare and environmental quality as a public good. Addresses environmental problems (i.e., water resources, air quality, urbanization) and vehicles of collective environmental action.
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  • PUBP 6701 Energy Technology and Policy (Sustainable Energy & Environmental Management Elective)
    This course examines energy production, use, and policy using quantitative engineering and policy analysis. Addresses resource constraints, physical principles, and policy analysis methods.
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  • PUBP 8813 Big Data & Public Policy (Methods Elective)
    This course will provide an introduction to data science tools and methodologies for social science applications. Students will learn to conduct experiments and to identify causal mechanisms in large-scale social and administrative data.
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  • PUBP 6354 Climate Policy (Policy & Management Elective)
    Climate change is a global problem requiring unprecedented international cooperation and interdisciplinary investigation. This course aims to address the whole complexity of climate change, by bringing together the science of climate change, the analysis of impacts, and the economic, political and engineering strategies to reduce emissions. In class we will look from these different perspectives to answer to the following questions: What is Climate Change? How should we respond to Climate Change? This class will be taught as a seminar: students will be actively engaged in exploring the different issues underlying the threat of climate change and the institutions engaged in negotiating an international response.

Summer Semester

Total Semester Credit Hours: 6

  • PUBP 6801 Capstone Research/Project Paper
    The summer term of the MSEEM will be devoted to the Capstone Project in which students identify and define a real-world problem in the area(s) of energy, sustainability and/or environment and a methodology (from one learned in the methods electives courses) to address the problem. During the identification of the problem and the development of the project, students will apply their knowledge and skills in order to deliver valuable solutions.