Sustainability Course Description

Core Courses

16:375:523 (F) Environmental Fate And Transport (3)
Fate and transport of chemicals, chemical exposures in aquatic systems, and prediction of future conditions. Water quality problems introduced by addition of nutrients and oxygen-demanding material, metals, and toxic organic chemicals to water, soil, and air. Models to assess environmental mobility and predict scenarios. New paradigm of "environmental indicators" to assess environmental quality emphasized. Corequisites: CALC1, CALC2.

16:215:650 Fundamentals of Ecosystem Ecology (4)
A critical review of ecosystem ecology, including biogeochemical cycles and budgets, ecosystem energetics, the theory and history of ecosystem ecology, and the response of ecosystems to disturbance.

16:375:534 (F) Environmental Sustainability  (3)
Theory and practice of analytical tools to assess environmental sustainability of goods and services including sustainability metrics; material flow analysis; SETAC-EPA life-cycle assessment; economic input-output life-cycle assessment; and cost-benefit analysis.   

14:332:402/585 Sustainable Energy: Choosing Among Options (3)
This course covers the following three parts: (1) An introductory part that provides “just intime” analysis tools such as energy formulas and physics, engineering economics, thermodynamics and sociopolitical analysis tools. (2) A section of analysis of all the major non-renewable sources and (3) A section of analysis of all the major renewable sources. Topics include: Evaluation of energy resources, efficiency, environmental effects of energy, sustainability metrics, and energy sources: fossil fuels, nuclear power, geothermal, hydropower, solar, ocean waves, and wind.(A graduate course number will also be available.) See full description here.

34:970:571. Industrial Ecology (3)
Explores the metaphor of industrial ecology and tests whether it is a framework for implementing sustainable development. Evaluates current research and practice in industrial ecology at the macrolevel (materials and energy flows), mesolevel (morphology and structure), organizational level (how firms work), and microlevel (individual motives and behaviors). Examines the implications for environmental planning and policy.

26:120:590 Introduction to Environmental Biophysics. (3)
In this course, fundamental fluid mechanics in terrestrial ecosystems will be taught. Fluid encompasses all gaseous and liquid media, and their mechanics are transport phenomena, conductivity of surfaces, and their physical properties. Through mechanistic models, data handling and simulation the students will quantitatively assess transport processes such as e.g. carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H2O) in the atmosphere, biosphere and in soil in terrestrial ecosystems such as forests, wetlands and urban areas.

26:120:507 Computational Ecology (3)
This course is designed to be accessible to biology and ecology graduate students. This is not an "equations on chalkboard" course. As well as ecological theory, you will learn how to use a general-purpose computing package--a skill which will likely help you in your own research, whether you use it for design, analysis, or simply processing data. Prerequisite: Basic college calculus.

26:120:522 Resource Sustainability (3)
In this course, the students will built upon fundamental principles of ecology such as resource dynamics, population density and ecological crisis to include the alteration of the ecology on Earth through human influence. The interdependency of social, economical and environmental factors influencing resources, their distribution and depletion are the focus of this course. Building upon Rutgers Newark urban setting the course will integrate the many facets of urban living, resource availability and consumption and the sustainability for future generations to live. This is also in close alignment with UNESCO’s mission to enhance sustainability education  as it is crucial to make decisions that are critical to the lives of our students and beyond. 

16:137:555 Concepts in Corporate Sustainability (3)
Concepts in Corporate Sustainability provides an understanding of the rationale and theory that integrates economic principles and incentives that support market based approaches to proactive sustainability. The historical context of corporate environmental engagement, strategies and frameworks within which companies perform carbon management will be discussed. Different aspects of sustainability are also introduced and the synergies between major topics of sustainability are identified. 

22:799:672  Supply Chain Environmental Management/Green Purchasing (3)
There is global experience and examples that show how sustainability criteria (using Sustainable Development as a point of reference) in the ‘upstream’ supply chain management and procurement process and decision-making of public and private agencies, organizations and corporate entities can both improve environmental performance, while addressing ethics, social regeneration and economic concerns (e.g. the ‘triple bottom-line’). This course will allow students to participate in applied research (real-time programs currently being developed in the U.S., and around the world) to explore the application of environmentally responsible supply chain and ‘green’ procurement principles across multiple public and private sectors which includes: designing supply chain management and procurement schemes which address environmental, social and ethical considerations in organizational policy development as well as the procurement process. Research themes include: the public and private supply chain management and procurement process, green purchasing process and policy development (and performance measurement), contract design, procurement which promotes low carbon emission considerations and zero waste (avoidance and minimization), “the Rutgers Purchasing Low Carbs-Zero Waste Research Program”, social and economic regeneration (as a result of targeted green procurement), civic infrastructure policy, e-procurement applications, and cost cutting measures derived from life cycling costing modeling.  Our goal in this class is to bring business students (and other academic students) together with different experiences to examine environmental management from a supply chain management perspective. It is our intention to provide each of you with an opportunity to apply your general background knowledge and specific expertise of your foci to a single issue that is relevant not only to the local area but also to the global environment as well.