Sustainable Systems Themes - Course List

Mobility/Transportation Systems

Sample courses 

  • NRE 557/CEE 586                    Industrial Ecology (W)
  • AERO 536                                Electric Propulsion (F)
  • AUTO 566                               Hybrid Electrical Vehicles (W)
  • CEE 501.063                           Traffic Engineering (W)
  • AUTO 533/MECHENG 433       Advanced Energy Solutions (F/W)

Relevant websites 


Energy Systems

Sample courses

  • ESENG 567/CEE 567     Energy Infrastructure Systems (W)
  • NRE 527                       Energy Markets and Energy Politics (F)
  • NRE 501.091                Renewable Electricity and the Grid (W)
  • NRE 574                       Sustainable Energy Systems (F)
  • CEE 501.007                Wind Energy Development, Engineering and Construction (F)
  • AUTO 533/MECHENG 433 Advanced Energy Solutions (F/W)
  • FIN 583                        Energy Project Finance (W)
  • ENGR 521                     Cleantech Entrepreneurship  (F/W)

Relevant websites


Built Environment

Sample courses

  • ENVIRON 407/CEE 307   Sustainable Cities W)
  • CEE 501.059                  Sustainable Civil Infrastructure Systems (W)
  • ARCH 555                      Building Systems & Energy Conservation (F)
  • ENVIRON 405                 Urban Sprawl (F)
  • NRE 531                         Principles of GIS (W)
  • Arch 575                        Building Ecology (F)
  • UP 533                           Sustainable Urbanism and Architecture
  • UP 517                           Real Estate Essentials
  • UP 520                           Urban Land Use Planning (F)

Relevant websites

Food Systems

Sample courses

  • NRE 501.007                Sustainable Aquaculture (F)
  • NRE 501.031                Urban Agriculture (W)
  • NRE 501.038                Foundations of Sustainable Food Systems (F)
  • NRE 540                       GIS and Natural Resource Applications (F)
  • NRE 564                       Localization: Transitional thinking for the new normal (F)
  • EHS 540                        Maternal & Child Nutrition (W)
  • EHS 585                        Food Service Management (W)
  • NRE 565                       Principles for Transistion: Food, Fuel and Finance in a Biophysically Constrained, Ethically Challenged World (F/W)

Relevant websites


Water Systems

Sample Courses

  • NRE 508              Wetland Ecology (W)
  • NRE 520              Fluvial Ecosystems (F)
  • NRE 558              Water Resource Policy (W)
  • CEE 460              Design of Environmental Engineering Systems (F)
  • CEE 549              Geoenvironmental Engineering (F)
  • CEE 580              Physical Chemical Processes in Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 591              Environmental Fluid Mechanics (F)
  • CEE 880              Seminar Environmental & Water Resource Engineering (W)
  • Earth 581            Aquatic Chemistry
  • EHS 570              Water Quality Management (F)


Relevant Websites
Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Water Center, Graham Sustainability Institute

SNRE/CoE Engineering Sustainable Systems, Sustainable Water Systems[GAK2] 
School of Public Health Environmental Health Sciences

University of Michigan Water Center


Climate Change

Sample Courses

  • NRE 501.060       Climate Change Economics (F)
  • AOSS 473            Climate Physics (F/W)
  • AOSS 474            Ice & Climate (W)
  • AOSS 480            Climate Change Move to Action (W)
  • AOSS 530            Engineering Climate Change (F)
  • CEE 501.014       Greenhouse Gas Control (F)

Relevant Websites

Climate Change Research[GAK3] 

Climate Center, Graham Sustainability Institute

Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute searchable list by interest
U-M Engineering Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences

Applied Climate Course List (ME)


*SNRE students have access to opportunities across the U-M campus.  This page identifies courses and course search engines spanning several sustainable systems themes. If you find other courses applicable to these themes, please contact OAP at