Summary of Revisions to the Energy and Sustainability (ESS) Major

Old Prerequisites: PHYS 143, CSC 151, GEO 116, GEO 180  (12 credits)

New Prerequisites: PHYS 143 or 243, CIS 128, GEO 180, BUS 201 (Intro to Accounting) (13-14 credits)

Old Requirements: Sixty (60) credits, distributed as follows:

A. Science Foundations.  GEO 150, 272, 282 (11 credits)
B. Techniques.  GEO 203, 304, RPL 370, 371, 476 (17 credits)
C. Professional Development.  ECON 201, GEO 297, 298, RPL 260  (9 credits)
D. Energy and Sustainable Development.  GEO 380, 385, 490, 491, RPL 311, 312, 472, 495 (23 credits)

New Requirements: Sixty-two (62) credits, distributed as follows:

A. Science Foundations.  GEO 150, 272, 282 (11 credits)
B. Techniques. GEO 203, 304, RPL 260, 370, 371 (18 credits)
C. Lifecycle Analysis and Economics. RPL 390 (3-cr. new course, Lifecycle Analysis) ECN 202 (Microeconomics), ECN 376 (Environmental Economics) (9 credits)
D. Energy and Sustainable Development. GEO 380, 385, 490, 491, RPL 311, 411, 476, GEO 498 (24 credits)

Summary of Changes

Prerequisites: CIS 128 is a 3-credit course that covers spreadsheets better than CSC 151, and also fulfills the Technology Gen Ed requirement.  BUS 201 is Intro to Accounting and will allow ESS graduates to understand how renewable technologies fit into current business models. GEO 116 has been dropped.

Science foundations – no changes

Techniques: RPL 260 (4 cr.) has been shifted from “Professional Development”; RPL 476 also shifted from “Techniques” to “Energy and Sustainable Development”

Lifecycle Analysis and Economics:  Title has changed from “Professional Development”; a new course--RPL 390 (Lifecycle Analysis) will familiarize students with Industrial Ecology, and methods for performing lifecycle analysis (tracking the flows of products and energy into and out of buildings, firms, and regions); ECN 201 (Macroeconomics) changed to ECN 202 (Microeconomics); this will allow our students access to the upper-level ECN courses, and the course material is more relevant to the Sustainability professions. ECN 376 – Environmental Economics has been added to give our students more in-depth knowledge of economic techniques (cost-benefit analysis, etc.).

Energy and Sustainable Development: RPL 312, RPL 472, and RPL 495 have been dropped. RPL 411 (Land Use) and GEO 498 (Internship) have been added; RPL 476 was moved from Techniques.  RPL 411 will offer students a chance to model new redevelopment scenarios in urban areas and gain valuable skills using 3-D modeling techniques; the Internship course will improve the visibility of the program and help employ our students.