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. 

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 a 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