Implementation of sustainable engineering practices in industry has created a demand for engineers skilled in both rigorous disciplinary background (i.e. Civil, Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical, etc. engineering) and working knowledge of environmental regulations, policies and practices. The Concentrations in Environmental Sustainability (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 relating to engineering practices that will ensure environmental sustainability. The concentration comprises a coherent sequence of courses designed to enhance general environmental literacy and prepare students to integrate environmental 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:
- Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering (A.O.S.S. department name change effective 9/1/15)
- Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
*Additional departments may offer ConsEnSus at a later date.
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.
ConsEnSus Program Coordinator
Enrollment and Graduation Data
The University Registrar publishes the number of student enrolled annually in this program, and the number of degrees granted each term by this program.