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 Applied Science CHBE 485 Air Pollution Prevention and Control 2015W1, 2016W1, Impacts of air pollutants on health, visibility, smog formation, ozone depletion and global warming; air quality and emission standards; atmospheric dispersion of air pollutants; prevention and control technologies for particulates, SOx, NOx, VOCs, and CO2.

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Faculty of Applied Science CHBE 486 Waste Management for Resource Recovery 2015W2, 2016W2, Physico-chemical, thermal, and biological methods for purification of solid waste and wastewater, and conversion to bioproducts/industrial products, energy and clean water.

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Faculty of Applied Science CHBE 573 Environmental Engineering and Sustainability Topics may include: design of pollution control technologies, fate and transport of pollutants, function and rehabilitation of natural ecosystems, life cycle assessment, and industrial ecology and waste management.

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Faculty of Applied Science CHBE 575 Air Pollution Control 2015W1, 2016W1, Characteristics of various air pollutants, their behaviour in the atmosphere, monitoring problems, technology of particle collection and control of pollutant gases. Particular problems of regional interest are discussed.

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Faculty of Applied Science CHBE 575D Air Pollution Control Characteristics of various air pollutants, their behaviour in the atmosphere, monitoring problems, technology of particle collection and control of pollutant gases. Particular problems of regional interest are discussed.

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Faculty of Applied Science CHBE 583 Energy Engineering 2015W1, 2016W1, 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 Science CHEM 121 Structure and Bonding in Chemistry 2015S1, 2015W1, 2016S1, 2016W1, Fundamentals of bonding theories and structural chemistry, with applications relevant to modern society.

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Faculty of Science CHEM 301 Aqueous Environmental Chemistry 2015W1, 2016W2, Properties of natural waters, including gas and solid equilibria, pH, redox, complexation analysis, corrosion treatment, ion exchange, colloids and microbial transformations.

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Faculty of Science CHEM 302 Atmospheric Environmental Chemistry 2015W2, 2016W2, Introduction to structure, composition and chemical processes occurring in Earth's atmosphere, including interactions with solar radiation, stratospheric ozone layer, photochemical smog and acid rain.

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Faculty of Science CHEM 341 Global Challenges: A Chemical Perspective 2015W2, 2016W2, Importance of chemistry in society. Detailed case studies drawn from modern chemistry: human health, energy, commodity chemicals, materials, green chemistry, agriculture.

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Faculty of Science CHEM 418 Organometallic Chemistry 2015W2, 2016W2, The chemistry of compounds containing organic groups directly bonded to metals and metalloids. Emphasis will be placed on the structure and bonding of the compounds and their use in synthetic chemistry. Credit will not be given for both CHEM 418 and CHEM 524.

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Faculty of Applied Science CIVL 200 Engineering and Sustainable Development 2015S1, 2015S2, 2015W1, 2015W2, 2016S1, 2016S2, 2016W1, 2016W2, Implications of a finite biosphere and the complexities inherent in environmental decision-making.

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Faculty of Applied Science CIVL 201 Civil Engineering I 2015W1, 2016W1, Sustainable development, design process, project planning, and modeling with sketches, spreadsheets, and other tools.

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Faculty of Applied Science CIVL 202 Civil Engineering II 2015W2, 2016W2, The social and biophysical context of infrastructure and the impact of technologies on people, the economy, and the environment. Specific topics vary from year to year.

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Faculty of Applied Science CIVL 304 Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering 2015W2, 2016W2, Environmental engineering issues and projects; application of scientific and engineering principles to addressing these; soil, water and air pollution, and remediation.

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Faculty of Applied Science CIVL 305 Introduction to Environmental Engineering 2015W2, 2015W1, Environmental ethics and legislation; risk assessment; urban water sources and sinks; water pollutants and impacts; mass balance and reactor design concepts; water and wastewater treatment; the environmental impact assessment process.

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Faculty of Applied Science CIVL 404 Introduction to Solid Waste Management 2015W1, 2016W1, Characteristics of solid wastes; solid waste collection, treatment, and disposal; evaluation and analysis of landfills, composting, combined treatment, recycle, and re-use.

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Faculty of Applied Science CIVL 406 Water Treatment and Waste Management 2015W2, 2016W1, Processes used in water and wastewater treatment. Conditions which necessitate treatment of water or wastewater, water and wastewater treatment processes and plant design. Municipal services required and associated with solid waste management.

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Faculty of Applied Science CIVL 408 Geo-Environmental Engineering 2015W2, 2016W2, Site remediation technologies and design considerations related to mechanisms of soil-contaminant interaction, geochemistry and contamination, regulatory requirements. Design and performance case histories.

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Faculty of Applied Science CIVL 409 Municipal Engineering 2015W1, 2016W2, Design of municipal infrastructure, including streets, water supply networks, and sewers, garbage collection and solid waste management. Focus is on solutions for providing an adequate water supply, collecting and disposing of stormwater and sewage, and managing excess stormwater flow.

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