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Concentrations in Environmental Sustainability

What is ConsEnSus?

Implementation of sustainable engineering practices in industry has created a demand for engineers with both rigorous disciplinary skills and knowledge of environmental regulations, policies, and practices. The Concentrations in Environmental Sustainability, or ConsEnSus, program is designed to prepare students to meet this demand by providing the opportunity to pursue an MSE degree in a traditional engineering discipline coupled with advanced study in issues of environmental sustainability. The concentration comprises a coherent sequence of courses designed to enhance general sustainability literacy and prepare students to integrate sustainable engineering principles into professional practice.

Who is eligible?

Students must be enrolled in one of the participating five College of Engineering departments to receive credit for the ConsEnSus Program. Participating departments include:

*Additional departments may offer ConsEnSus at a later date.

Program Requirements

Successful completion of the ConsEnSus Program requires twelve credits of coursework in environmental sustainability. Two specific courses comprising six credit hours are required of all ConsEnSus participants: CEE 586/NRE 557 Industrial Ecology or ME 599 Eco-Design and Manufacturing and CEE 686/ChE 686 Case Studies in Environmental Sustainability (or equivalent). The remaining six of the credit hours may be selected from a list of approved courses. Courses are divided into three categories:

  • Environmental Law and Regulations
  • Environmental Assessment and Policy
  • Environmental Science and Technology

The six elective credit hours required for completion of the ConsEnSus concentration must be selected from at least two of the three course categories, with a maximum of three credits from Environmental Law and Regulations and up to six from Environmental Assessment and Policy.

Approved Course List
See the ENSCEN Division course list.

Contact Information:
Susan Hamlin
NCRC 28-G040S