Courses

Credit: Don Erhardt

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Explore more than 600 courses at the undergraduate and graduate level that address environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainability. 

Sustainability courses either concentrate on the concept of sustainability, including its environmental, social and economic dimensions (overlap of the 3 pillars), or examine an issue or topic using sustainability as a lens.

Courses that includes sustainability fall within one or more of the three pillars (Environment, Society, and Economic) and incorporate one or more aspects of sustainability as a distinct course component, unit, module, challenge or an activity. 

The listing was created by asking UBC instructors to self-identify their sustainability courses. Contact us to update or add new course information. 

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Faculty of Education CCFI 501 Living Inquiry in Learning Communities

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Faculty of Applied Science CEEN 501 Energy System Fundamentals 2015W2, 2016W2, Thermodynamic analysis of energy conversion processes, power cycles and refrigeration cycles. Exergy analysis of conventional energy systems. Thermal conversion technologies.

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Faculty of Applied Science CEEN 502 Alternative Energy Technologies Factors affecting energy source adoption. Solar, wind, small-scale hydro, tidal, geothermal, electrochemical (batteries, capacitators, and fuel cells), and biochemical energy, electromechanical conversion processes. Energy storage, microgrids, interfacing with main transmissions grids. Techno-economic assessment of alternative energy technologies.

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Faculty of Applied Science CEEN 503 Sustainable Energy Systems 2015W2, 2016W2, Planetary thermodynamics, energy system evolution, energy services, role of renewable energy sources. Alternative energy technologies. Solar, wind, small-scale hydro, tidal, geothermal, electrochemical (batteries, capacitors, and fuel cells), and biochemical energy, electromechanical conversion processes. Techno-economic assessment of alternative energy technologies.

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Faculty of Applied Science CEEN 523 Energy and the Environment 2015W2, 2016W2, Energy/environment/society interactions; development of energy resources; energy demand and its determinants; policy dimension of energy and climate change; impacts on ecosystems; life cycle analysis; impact assessment and other tools for quantitative and qualitative evaluation of alternative energy sources.

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Faculty of Applied Science CEEN 550 Energy Efficiency and Conservation 2015W2, 2015W1, 2016W1, 2016W2, Engineering concepts of demand side management (DSM), energy auditing, analysis of buildings and industrial equipment, measurement & verification, and system data analysis. Energy efficient technologies for green buildings and industrial processes. Behavior and energy use. DSM policy concepts.

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Faculty of Applied Science CEEN 590A Topics in Clean Energy Engineering 2015W2, 2016W2,

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Faculty of Applied Science CEEN 590D Topics in Clean Energy Engineering

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Faculty of Arts CENS 307 Witches: Myth and Reality 2015W2, 2016W1, Examination of the cultural, social, and historical construction of the witch in central and northern Europe with comparisons to recent history, current events, and popular culture.

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Faculty of Applied Science CHBE 364 Environmental Engineering Laboratory 2015W1, 2016W1, Laboratory experiments to illustrate key concepts and measurement techniques in environmental engineering as used by engineers.

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Faculty of Applied Science CHBE 366 Chemical Engineering Laboratory 2015W2, Experiments to illustrate and use material presented in 300-level CHBE process option courses. Field trips may be required.

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Faculty of Applied Science CHBE 373 Water Pollution Control 2015W1, 2016W1, Legal, environmental and physicochemical aspects of industrial water pollution and its abatement will be surveyed; techniques for design of wastewater treatment processes currently used in industry; case studies from chemical and process industries will be considered in detail.

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Faculty of Applied Science CHBE 402 Biomass Fractionation Technology 2015W2, Process and unit operations in the conversion of wood chips to pulp and green bio-products. Biorefinery concepts and emerging technologies for the production of biomaterials, biochemicals and bioenergy.

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Faculty of Applied Science CHBE 452 Environmental Process Design Project 2015W1, 2015W2, 2016W1, 2016W2, Design and economic assessment of an environmental engineering process.

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Faculty of Applied Science CHBE 453 Biological Process and Product Design 2015W1, 2015W2, 2016W1, 2016W2, Design and economic assessment of a major biological engineering process. Students perform the synthesis of a detailed design for a practical and environmentally sound process

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Faculty of Applied Science CHBE 454 Chemical Process and Product Design 2015W1, 2015W2, 2016W1, 2016W2, Design and economic assessment of a major chemical engineering process. Students perform the synthesis of a detailed design for a practical and environmentally sound process.

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Faculty of Applied Science CHBE 457 Process Synthesis 2015W1, 2016W1, Strategy for the conceptual design of industrial chemical and biological processes; rules of thumb for chemical engineers, simulation to assist process synthesis, reactor-separator network synthesis, introduction to product design and molecular structure design, efficiency and sustainability in the chemical industry.

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Faculty of Applied Science CHBE 459 Chemical and Biological Engineering Economics 2015W2, 2016W2, Estimation of capital and operating costs; interest calculations; taxes; economic comparison of alternatives; economic optimization.

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Faculty of Applied Science CHBE 483 Energy Engineering 2015W1, 2016W1, 2016W2, Supply and use of conventional and alternative fuels and energy. Design and operation of unit operations for processing of fossil fuels, biomass, and other energy sources. Environmental considerations of energy use.

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Faculty of Applied Science CHBE 484 Green Engineering Principles and Applications for Process Industries 2015W2, 2016W2, Pollution prevention, cleaner production, green chemistry and engineering, industrial ecology, eco-industrial parks, and sustainable development; environmental impact assessment including life-cycle assessment, total cost analysis and environmental systems analysis; reduce/recycling/reuse of wastes and by-products.

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