Integrating fundamental science and engineering concepts into a civil engineering sustainability course

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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


In conclusion, although ENCE 215 remains very much a work in progress, it has evolved from humble beginnings into a unique and interesting course. While using an overall theme of engineering for sustainability within the CEE domain, students are introduced to many of the complex challenges facing engineers and society todayand anticipated in the future. In the process of covering these topics, students learn and apply fundamental analyses and approaches from thermodynamics, chemistry, and biology that are required for understanding and solving these problems of concern. Importantly, the fundamental science and engineering concepts are integrated and reinforced throughout several sustainability topics. Finally, this intertwined combination of fundamental science and engineering topics and various sustainability themes allows for coverage of many program outcomes that must be assessed for ABET accreditation.

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© ASCE. Publisher’s version of record: https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)EI.1943-5541.0000065

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Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice