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Sustainable Product Development Minor

Brian Thorn, Minor Adviser
(585) 475-6166, bkteie@rit.edu

This multidisciplinary minor is for students interested in exploring issues associated with developing and delivering sustainable product systems. Courses enhance the understanding of the three dimensions of sustainability (economic, ethical, and environmental), develop awareness of the need for more sustainable approaches to product development, and explore strategies for developing and delivering sustainable product systems.

Course
Required Courses
ISEE-345 Engineering Economy*
ISEE-785 Fundamentals of Sustainable Engineering
ISEE-786 Lifecycle Assessment
Electives
Choose two courses from the following groups (at least one course must come from the social context group):
   Social Context
   ANTH-280    Sustainable Development
   CMDS-333    Wicked Problems
   ECON-520    Environmental Economics
   PUBL-510    Technology Innovation and Public Policy
   PUBL-530    Energy Policy
   STSO-120    Introduction to Environmental Studies
   STSO-140    Science, Technology, and Values
   STSO-201    Science and Technology Policy
   STSO-220    Environment and Society
   STSO-240    Social Consequences of Technology
   STSO-321    Face of the Land
   STSO-326    History of Ecology and Environmentalism
   STSO-330    Energy and the Environment
   STSO-421    Environmental Policy
   STSO-422    Great Lakes
   STSO-521    Biodiversity
   STSO-550    Sustainable Communities
   Technical
   EEEE-221    Clean and Renewable Energy Systems and Sources
   EEET-251, 252    Green Energy Systems and Lab
   ESHS-310    Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
   ESHS-330    Industrial Wastewater Management
   ESHS-500    Social Responsibility and Environmental Sustainability
   ESHS-525    Air Emissions Management
   ESHS-720    Environment, Health, and Safety Management
   ISEE-684    Engineering and the Developing World
   ISEE-787    Design for the Environment
   MECE-348    Contemporary Issues in Energy and the Environment
   MCEE-520    Photovoltaic Science and Engineering
   MCET-560    Alternative Energy
   MCET-580    Plastics Manufacturing Technology
   MCET-583    Plastics Product Design
   MECE-629    Renewable Energy Systems
   MECE-710    Fuel Cell Technology
   PACK-530    Packaging Sustainability and the Environment
   PUBL-510   Technology Innovation and Public Policy
   PUBL-530   Energy Policy
   STSO-442    Great Lakes
   STSO-521    Biodiversity and Society

* Students majoring in industrial engineering must complete an alternative course.




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This multidisciplinary minor is aimed at students interested in exploring issues associated with developing and delivering sustainable product systems. Courses in the minor enhance the understanding of the three dimensions of sustainability (economic, ethical, environmental), develop awareness of the need for more sustainable approaches to product development, and explore strategies for developing and delivering sustainable product systems.

Prerequisite:
Math at the level of 1016-226 or higher

Required Courses:
0303-520/620 Engineering Economy
0617-436 Engineering Economics (or equivalent)
0303-691/790 Fundamentals of Sustainable Product Design
0303-791 Introduction to Life Cycle Assessment and Costing

Electives—Choose two of the following (one must be a social context course):

Social Context Electives
0508-211 Science, Technology, and Values
0508-212 Introduction to Environmental Studies
0508-441 Science and Technology Policy
0508-443 Face of the Land
0508-444 Social Consequences of Technology
0508-460 Environment and Society
0508-463 Great Lakes I
0508-464 Great Lakes II
0508-482 Energy and the Environment
0508-483 Environmental Values
0508-484 Environmental Policy
0508-490 Biodiversity and Society
0521-408 Technology Innovation and Public Policy
0521-451 Energy Policy

Technical and Engineering Electives
0303-792 Design for the Environment
0304-460 Contemporary Issues in Energy and the Environment
0304-710 Fuel Cell Technology

Civil Engineering Technology and Environmental Management Electives
0630-465 Product Stewardship
0630-521 Environment, Health, and Safety for Engineering Technology
0630-350 Survey of Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
0630-352 Survey of Industrial Wastewater Management
0630-354 Survey of Air Emissions Management