The application of the principles by which engineers have a positive impact on sustainability is known as sustainable engineering or, more colloquially, green engineering. The latter terminology resonates with resurging interest in the environmental impact of human activity and the associated “green” approaches in mitigating them. While elements of sustainable engineering permeate the broad-based Stevens undergraduate engineering programs, the scope is somewhat limited. We encourage any student, who wishes to explore sustainable approaches to engineering in some depth, to pursue a minor program.
Green Engineering Minor Objectives
Provide a holistic, systems perspective to the impact of human activity on the environment, including the role of engineering. Educate students in the concepts of sustainable development and industrial ecology. Provide insight into sustainability tools and metrics such as life cycle analysis and ecological footprint. Show how engineering decisions, particular with regard to design, can support sustainability goals. Develop awareness of the ethical, economic, social and political dimensions that influence sustainability.
Green Engineering Minor Content
The Green Engineering Minor consists of six courses, three of which are required as core. These core courses comprise a two-course technical foundation (Sustainable Engineering and Sustainable Energy) plus one contextual course (Environmental Policy: Economic & Philosophical Issues). This is followed by two technical electives which can also provide a sustainable engineering focus area. An elective contextual course completes the Minor. It should be noted that some of the courses taken towards the minor might also be applicable to meet Humanities/Social Science as well as General Education course requirements where appropriate.
Engineering Minor General Requirements
- A minimum of two courses are required beyond those needed to meet the requirements of the student’s BE degree (including general electives)
- A minimum course grade of C in a minor course is required for it to count
- A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required to commence the minor program
Must be an undergraduate engineering junior. Green Engineering Minor Study Plan