Sustainability Curriculum

Case Western Reserve University offers many opportunities to integrate sustainability into your studies. Whether you want to craft your educational career around sustainability, or just take a few classes to learn more about environmental science, social justice or economic vitality, CWRU offers many ways to engage, and learn about sustainability.

A great deal of classes within many disciplines include content that relates to sustainability. This list is ever evolving and may not be complete. Please check with professors to ensure sustainability content. Find a more updated list at our classes page also. 

ANTH 102 Being Human : Intro to cultural anthropology.

ANTH 103 Introduction to Human Evolution.

ANTH 107 Archeology: An Introduction.

ANTH 319 Statistical Analysis in the Social Sciences.

ANTH 355 Paleodiet(s) Past & Present.

ANTH 366 Population Change.

ANTH 382 Anth/Ecol Perspectives Natural World.

BIOL 114 Principles of Biology (non-majors).

BIOL 214 Genes, Evolution, Ecology.

BIOL 306 Dynamics of Biological Systems, II Math Biol.

BIOL 309 Biology Field Study: Costa Rica.

BIOL 318 Entomology (w Friday lab).

BIOL 336 Aquatic Biology.

BIOL 339 Aquatic Biology Lab.

BIOL 345 Mammal Diversity and Evolution.

BIOL 351 Principles of Ecology.

BIOL 353 Ecophysiology of Global Change (Mon lab).

BIOL 431 Statistical Methods.

ECON 102 Principles of Microeconomics.

ECON 330 Economic Behavior & Psychology.

EEPS 110 Physical Geology.

EEPS 117 Weather & Climate.

EEPS 119 Geology Laboratory.

EEPS 220 Environmental Geology.

EEPS 301 Stratigraphy & Sedimentation.

EEPS 321 Hydrogeology.

EEPS 367 Topics in Evolutionary Biology.

ESTD 398/399 Seminar in Environmental Studies.

HSTY 204 Introduction to Nonprofit Sector.

HSTY 240b Shopping for Change: Consumer Culture.

HSTY 356 Industrial America: 1880-1940.

MATH 224 Elementary Differential Equations.

MATH 376 Mathematical Analysis of Biological Models.

PHIL 322 Science of Happiness Anthony.

PHIL 335 Philosophy of Law.

PHIL/POSC 384 c Ethics and Public Policy

POSC 370J International Law & Organizations.

SOCI 113 Critical Problems in Society.

STAT 201,312 Statistics for Life Sci or Sci/Engr.

STAT 325 Data Analysis and Linear Models.

UCAP 395A d Sages Capstone - Engage Cleveland

USNA 287C Animal & Humans: making sense of the bond.

USNA 287S Society & Natural Resources.

USNA 288J Sustainable Energy.

USSO 286L Exploring Non-Profit Organizations

USSO 288Y The Secret History of Corporate America.

USSO 289P Polar Regions in History.

The following Engineering courses are good electives but may come with pre-requisites; check with instructors.

EECS 324 Modeling/Simulation of Dynamical Systems.

EECS 342 Introduction to Global Issues, Advanced Control & Energy Systems, Water Resources Engineering.

ECHE 360 Transport Phenomena for Chemical Systems.

ENGR 225 Thermodynamics, Fluid Dynamics.

EMAE 325 Fluid and Thermal Engineering II.

EMSE 349 Materials for Energy & Sustainability.

Undergraduates at Case Western Reserve University have the opportunity to major or minor in this multidisciplinary program. Students will learn about the societal consequences of our industrial environmental impact, and explore the many complexities of environmental problems and solutions. This is a great opportunity for both individuals seeking a career in an environmental field, those who want to offer future employers a value-added and diversified skill set, as well as those seeking a better education of the world around us. Learn more at the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Program's page.

Students pursuing a PhD in Management have the opportunity to extend their formal studies by one year for research and a series of seminars on sustainability, design, and complex systems. This program offers students an opportunity to utilize their knowledge from diverse studies within business, to challenge themselves to think about our world’s greatest environmental and social challenges. The program is ideal for those seeking a future career in research and academia, and offers the opportunity for individuals to learn about how the greatest problems of our time can be solved through sustainable business practices. Learn more at Weatherhead's site.

In addition to the the undergraduate major/ minor and PhD program, CWRU offers sustainability-focused programs.  Many other academic programs have sustainability as an integral part of their required learning outcomes.  Students completing these programs will acquire skills and knowledge directly related to sustainability:

  • BSE Civil Engineering

  • Minor Civil Engineering

  • BSE Systems and Control Engineering

  • BA Environmental Studies

  • Minor Environmental Studies

  • Executive MBA

  • Full Time MBA

  • Part-Time MBA (Cohort)

  • Masters of Positive Organizational Development