Curriculum

Curriculum (beginning 2019-20)

Full S-minor pathway

The minor consists of the following required courses (click on the hyperlink to see course syllabi):

Lower division (11 lower division units):
  • ECE80S (Fall, 5 units): Sustainability Engineering & Design. Topical introduction to principles and practices of sustainability engineering and ecological design with emphasis on implementation in society. Provides an understanding of basic scientific, engineering, and social principles in the design, deployment, and operation of resource-based human systems, and how they can be maintained for this and future generations. No specialized background in engineering, science, or social sciences is assumed (General Education Code: SR) K. Monsen
  • CRSN 55 (F,W,S, 2 units each): Service Learning Practicum. Introduction to service learning theory and practice for students engaging in service-learning work in Rachel Carson College, Rachel Carson College-related projects, campus and community environmental stewardship and service organizations, or public agencies. CRSN 55 is offered in the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters.  Students planning on declaring the minor need to take CRSN 55 twice.  Students in the minor enroll by permission of the instructor. Enrollment restricted to Rachel Carson College members. Enrollment limited to 40. May be repeated up to three times (General Education Code(s): PR-S.) S. Watrous
Upper division (30-31 upper division units)
  • CRSN 151A (Winter, 5 units): Sustainability Practicum in the Built Environment. Introduction to the concepts, methods and practices of research on sustainable energy, water and food production and consumption; resources surveying and assessment; building energy auditing; renewable energy systems; water supply, demand and distribution; Problem solving in sustainability through basic STEM concepts, statistical tools and analytical methods for engaging in advanced sustainability studies, drawn from physics, chemistry, biology, ecology, engineering, electronics, sociology, economics and public policy (General Education Code: PE-T). K. Kusic-Heady
  • CRSN 151B (Spring, 5 units): Innovation & professionalization for sustainability designers, engineers & entrepreneurs.  Concepts and principles of developing sustainable designs, enterprises and businesses, seeking support for them. How to conceptualize and design projects in applied areas of sustainability studies, to devise a business plan, solicit participation from mentors and prepare funding proposals.  How to identify markets and customer bases, and to present professionally. Staff.
  • CRSN 151C (Fall/Winter/Spring, 3 units):Sustainability Laboratory Tools, Techniques, and Applications. Training in tools, techniques, safety and project development in the Sustainability Lab. T. Favaloro
    • Introduces the concepts, skills, and strategies fundamental to the successful development of sustainability-related projects appropriate to the Sustainability Lab.  Provides access to functional and living laboratory space, equipment, professional development, and technical training.  May be repeated for credit.
  • CRSN 161 (Spring, 5 units) Education for Sustainable Living Program. Analyzes sustainability and its application in daily life and on campus, involving collaboration between students, faculty, staff, administration, and the community. Guest lecturers, discussions, an optional UC-wide retreat, and essays allow engagement with aspects of ecological and social sustainability. For additional information about ESLP, see here. Supervised by Rachel Carson College Provost
    • Students taking leadership roles within ESLP will earn additional 2-unit credit by enrolling in CRSN 61.
And either
  • Two breadth electives (5 units each) from the approved list below or a substitution approved by the program advisor

or

    • One breadth elective (5 units) from the list or approved by advisor and 
    • 3 quarters of CRSN 152 (2 units/qtr) IDEASS (Impact Designs: Engineering and Sustainability through Student Service) project design & development. Two-unit sequence of project-based learning courses that provide students with the opportunity to work on projects with on and off-campus mentors and project partners.  May be repeated up to three times for credit. T. Ball, S. Hein, K. Kusic-Heady, T. Rettenwender, T. Favaloro
    • CRSN 152-1: IDEASS Lab Practicum (Tamara Ball). Practical applications course designed to advance sustainability education with real-world impact. Enables students to develop as change agents and to make valued contributions to sustainable-design projects that advance new technologies or strategies and bring about societal and environmental change. May be repeated for credit. CRSN 152-01 focus: Resource Recovery for a Circular Economy
    • CRSN 152-2: Coastal and Marine Health (Stella Hein). Practical applications course designed to advance sustainability education with real-world impact. Enables students to develop as change agents and to make valued contributions to sustainable-design projects that advance new technologies or strategies and bring about societal and environmental change. May be repeated for credit. CRSN 152-02 focus: Coastal and marine health.
    • CRSN 152-3: Natural Resource Management (Kristen Kusic-Heady). Practical applications course designed to advance sustainability education with real-world impact. Enables students to develop as change agents and to make valued contributions to sustainable-design projects that advance new technologies or strategies and bring about societal and environmental change. May be repeated for credit. CRSN 152-03 focus: Natural resource managagement. 
    • CRSN 152-4: Sustainable Designs for the Built Environment (Thomas Rettenwender). Field-based course designed to advance sustainability education with real-world impact. Enables students to develop as change agents and to make valued contributions to sustainable-design projects that advance new technologies or strategies and bring about societal and environmental change. May be repeated for credit. CRSN 152-04 focus: Sustainable designs for the built environment.
    • CRSN 152-5: Sustainable Designs for the Built Environment (Tela Favaloro) Practical applications course designed to advance sustainability education with real-world impact. Enables students to develop as change agents and to make valued contributions to sustainable-design projects that advance new technologies or strategies and bring about societal and environmental change. May be repeated for credit. CRSN 152-05 focus: Sustainability-Lab member projects.

If you are interested in facilitating an ESLP class, you can take CRSN 160 and CRSN-199 to fulfill breadth requirements.

For a full list of our Breadth Electives, click here!