This course enables students to ask the right questions and search for the answers, so the decisions they make that affect the state of the earth and its inhabitants are informed ones. Through the study of human ecology students gain an understanding of humanity's impact on the biosphere. 3 credits

SE563 Chemistry for Interior Environments: Seminar

Students develop an understanding of fundamental chemistry concepts through a series of research projects, lectures, and case studies related to materials and practices used in sustainable interior environments. These examinations will include extensive study of sustainable/green chemistry practices and toxins commonly found in interior environments. 1.5 credits

SE571 Materials and Products for Sustainable Interior Environments

The course looks at the most significant attributes of materials and products that affect interior spaces. Students expand their scope of consideration from the interior to include the impacts on the regional and global environments, and on the society at large, through the fundamental concepts of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). 3 credits

SE521 Survey of Sustainable Architecture and Interior Design Historical Origins

The course examines the historical relationship between man's built environment and nature, and how specific building techniques, particularly in vernacular structures, were developed in response to local climatic conditions. Special attention is given to the evolving layouts and organization of interiors, methods of providing climate controls and lighting. 3 credits

SE672 Integrated Environmental Systems: Air, Sound, Light

The course presents a comprehensive approach to the integrated design of the elements of indoor environmental quality. Taught by professionals specializing in indoor air, acoustics, and lighting, this course addresses complex and interconnected environmental systems designs that minimize use of natural resources, and provide for human safety, health and comfort. 3 credits

SE671 Harvesting Daylight

Daylight is an important component of sustainable design. This course consists of two distinct, interwoven parcels: the first addresses the physics and measurement of light along with the optical properties of materials and surfaces; the second addresses all of the aspects of daylight harvesting as both energized and non-energized components. 1.5 credits; 1.5 lecture hours

SE682 Graduate Seminar: Segment IV - Future of Sustainable Interiors

The Graduate Seminar: Segment IV presents an opportunity for students to explore and discuss a variety of propositions for the future of sustainable interior environments. This student-driven forum provide continuity of conceptual approach for the program graduates who will be taking on leadership roles as sustainable interior environment professionals and educators. 3 credits

SE631 Sustainable Practice Today

The 21st century's volatile economy, rapidly developing technologies, and changing political climate, all demand the establishment of a well-structured sustainable organization or professional practice. This course guides students through the development of professional tools based on their personal goals and ethics in order to develop a sustainable design practice. 3 credits

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