CEE 70 Environmental Science & Technology
3 units; R. Kopperud
Introduction to environmental quality and the technical background necessary for understanding environmental issues, controlling environmental degradation, and preserving air and water quality. Material balance concepts for tracking substances in environmental and engineering systems.
CEE 73 Water: An Introduction
3 units; D. Fong, A. Pieja and A. Robertson
Lake Tahoe's waters are so clear you can follow a diver 70 feet below your boat. A Lake Erie summer often means that nearshore waters have a green surface scum obscuring everything below. California, suffering from drought, is seriously considering reclamation and direct potable reuse of sewage—a.k.a. toilet to tap. Can we (or should we) do this? Why is Tahoe clear, Erie green? This class introduces students to the fundamental tools and science used to understand and manage both natural and human-engineered water systems. Each student will use these tools to explore a water topic of their choosing. More info...
CEE 201S Science and Engineering Problem Solving with MatLab
3 units; D. Fong
Introduction to the application of MATLAB to solving problems in science and engineering. Emphasis on computational and visualization methods in the design, modeling and analysis of science and engineering problems. Recommended: Introductory Calculus. Open to Summer College students and undergraduates (freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors) as CEE 101S. More info...
CEE 207S Energy Resources: Fuels & Tools
3 units; E. Grubert and K. Knapp
Energy is a vital part of our daily lives. This course examines where that energy comes from, and the advantages and disadvantages across different fuels. Contextual analysis of energy decisions for transportation and electricity generation around the world. Energy resources covered include oil, biomass, natural gas, nuclear, hydropower, wind, solar, geothermal, and emerging technologies. Prerequisites: Algebra. Note: May not be taken by students who have completed CEE 173A, CEE 207 or EARTHSYS 103. Open to Summer College students and undergraduates (freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors) as CEE 107S. More info...
CEE 265C Water Resources Management
3 units; A. Findikakis
Examination of the basic principles of surface and ground water resources management in the context of increasing water scarcity and uncertainty due to climate change and other factors. Specific topics include reservoir, river basin and aquifer management, conjunctive use of surface and ground water, and treated wastewater reuse. Special emphasis is placed on demand management through conservation, increased water use efficiency and economic measures. Besides the technical aspects of water management, an overview of its legal and institutional framework is provided. Open to Summer College students and undergraduates (freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors) as CEE 165C.
CEE 273F Urban Water Use Efficiency and Conservation New!
2 units; M. Reinhard
Introduction to water reuse, including membrane treatment, groundwater infiltration, artificial turf, runoff collection and use. Open to undergraduates as CEE 173F (freshmen and sophomores require consent of instructor). More info...
CEE 275P Persuasive Communication for Environmental Scientists, Practitioners, and Entrepreneurs
2 units; C. Stanton and A. de Morree
Achieving environmental goals depends not only on innovative ideas and great science but also persuasive communication. What makes communication persuasive? The ability of the communicator to create value for his or her audience. This course will teach students how to: 1) focus on their audience and 2) create value for their audience using research-proven communication techniques. Students will master these techniques through oral and written exercises so that, after taking this course, they speak and write more persuasively. Open to Summer College students and undergraduates (freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors) as CEE 175P. More info...
CEE 275Q Changing Human Behavior: Drivers and Barriers in Environmental Action New!
2 units; J. Wang and L. Ortolano
Beyond the scientific and technological challenges of climate change, there are important psychological factors and barriers to individual attitude and behavior change. Students will analyze and identify barriers to individual action; distinguish between targeting individual behaviors vs. attitudes; understand specific psychological challenges and opportunities that climate change raises; develop strategies to address these factors in contexts where behavior change is sought. Students will propose and develop their own ideas for addressing a specific psychological barrier to individual action in an environmental context. Open to Summer College students and undergraduates (freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors) as CEE 175Q.
CEE 275S Environmental Entrepreneurship & Innovation
3 units; B. Shelander, A. Robertson
Our current infrastructure for provision of critical services-clean water, energy, transportation, environmental protection; requires substantial upgrades. As a complement to the scientific and engineering innovations taking place in the environmental field, this course emphasizes the analysis of economic factors and value propositions that align value chain stakeholder interests. Open to Summer College students and undergraduates (freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors) as CEE 175S.
CEE 276G Sustainability Design Thinking
3 units; G. Katz
Application of design thinking to make sustainability compelling, impactful and realizable. Analysis of contextual, functional and human-centered design thinking techniques to promote sustainable design of products and environments by holistically considering space, form, environment, energy, economics, and health. Includes Studio project work in prototyping, modeling, testing, and realizing sustainable design ideas. Open to Summer College students and undergraduates (freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors) as CEE 176G.
CEE 277L Smart Cities & Communities
3 units; R. Lechner
A city is comprised of people and a complex system of systems. Data provides the connective tissue between those systems. Smart cities use information technology (IT) to harness that data for operational efficiency, efficacy of government services, and sustainability. Key enablers covered include: IoT, open data, analytics, cloud & cognitive computing, and systems of engagement. System case studies will include: water, energy, transportation, buildings, food production, urban design, and social services. The evolving relationship between a city and its citizens as well as the risks/challenges of smart cities will also be explored. Open to Summer College students and undergraduates (freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors) as CEE 177L. More info...
CEE 279S Seminar: Issues in Environmental Engineering, Science & Sustainability
1-2 units; A. Robertson
Invited faculty, researchers and professionals share their insights and perspectives on a broad range of environmental and sustainability issues. Students critique seminar presentations and associated readings. Open to Summer College students and undergraduates (freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors) as CEE 179S. S/NC grading only.