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Current Course Offerings - Fall 2018

Princeton University offers a wide range of sustainability-related and sustainability-focused courses across multiple disciplines, some of which specifically integrate the campus environs or infrastructure into the curriculum.

For additional sustainability-related course information, consult course listings of the Princeton Environmental Institute and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.

Browse our list of research questions for project ideas.

Investigating an Ethos of Sustainability at Princeton

Shana Weber, Director, Office of Sustainability

ENV 327

Students meet with faculty and staff of diverse expertise to examine global sustainability issues and how they manifest locally on the Princeton campus. For the final assignment, students propose demonstration-scale sustainability recommendations for campus with the overall goal of strengthening the sustainability ethos at Princeton.

Exhibiting 'Nature's Nation': American Art, Ecology, and Environmental History

Karl E. Kusserow

ART 470 / AMS 470 / ENV 470 (LA)

This course explores the interface of American art, ecology, and environmental history in the context of a groundbreaking exhibition held at Princeton's art museum in Fall 2018. Using emerging interpretive strategies of ecocriticism, students will approach American art as creative material that has imagined and embodied environmental issues and attitudes concerning nationhood, development, species extinction, pollution, climate change, sustainability, and justice since the 18th century, when the foundations of ecology began to emerge. Students will will also address conceptual and practical issues surrounding the mounting of a major traveling loan exhibition.

Past Course Offerings

Course Title Instructor(s) Project Examples
COS 333 Advanced Programming Techniques Brian Kernighan

Offered annually in the Spring

Spring 2015: Campus Heat Map

CEE 306 Hydrology James Smith

Offered annually in the Spring

A problem set involves analyzing hydrologic cycles and climatology through flux and surface exchange measurements from data loggers around campus.

CEE 308

Environmental Engineering Laboratory

Elie Bou-Zeid

James Smith

Spring 2017: Students explored the spatial and temporal variability of precipitation within a local watershed by conducting rainfall measurements across Princeton's campus. Although specific trends could not be reliably identified, data collected by rain gauges indicated a noticeable amount of variation in the amount of rainfall over the 2 kilometer span of campus. 
CEE 364/ARC 364

Materials in Civil Engineering

Claire White

Spring 2018: Students experimented with sustainable concrete solutions.

Spring 2017: Students experimented with sustainable concrete solutions. Cylindrical molds have been placed outside on campus and are being monitored for structural resiliency over time.


State of the Earth: Shifts and Cycles

Earth’s Environments and Ancient Civilizations

Earth's Changing Surface & Climate

Adam Maloof

Frederik Simons

Multi-year projects in which students used campus as a training ground to learn key geophysical field techniques that they later apply in various locations around the world to study environmental change and ancient societies. 
WWS Junior Policy Task Force Sustainability at Princeton University: Lessons for Campus and the World Denise Mauzerall Spring 2017
ENV 330/ART 342 The Ecocritical Exhibition: Pursuing Sustainability at the Princeton University Art Museum Alan Braddock Spring 2017
EEB 321 Ecology:  Species Interaction, Biodiversity, and Society Rob Pringle

Students have the opportunity to analyze species diversity, abundance, and interactions in several landscapes across campus with varying degrees of human disturbance such as campus green roofs, the Washington Stream, West Windsor Wildflower Garden, and Forbes Garden.

GEO Analyzing Ecological Integrity Adam Maloof

This student-initiated seminar started by Artemis Eyster '19 developed a natural stewardship framework for the new campus sustainability plan. Students set up long term monitoring of Princeton-owned natural areas and performed quantitative field work on unprotected forest patches to test and modify the existing methodology for determining the relative importance of each undeveloped natural area.

ENV 327 Investigating an Ethos of Sustainability at Princeton Shana Weber

Fall 2017

Fall 2016

ENE 561/WWS 586C The Psychology of Environmental Decision Making Sander van der Linden

Spring 2016

Spring 2015

ENE 202/ARC 208/EGR 208/ENV 206 Designing Sustainable Systems - Applying the Science of Sustainability to Address Global Change Forrest Meggers

Spring 2015

Spring 2017

WWS Junior Policy Task Force Development of Policy Initiatives for the Sustainable Use of Energy at Princeton University Denise Mauzerall Spring 2007