Three courses totaling 12 credit hours + an experiential learning requirement approved by one of the program co-directors.  The four core areas are listed below:

Program in Industrial Ecology Core Course (required)

  • NRE 557/CEE 586                                          Industrial Ecology

System Analysis and Sustainability (one course from this section is required)

  • NRE 501.036                                                   Consumption, Trade and Environ Input-Output Analysis
  • NRE 501.037                                                   Urban Sustainability
  • NRE 501.087                                                   Technology and Community Sustainable Development
  • NRE 514/EHS 572                                         Environmental Impact Assessment
  • NRE 523                                                             Ecological Risk Assessment
  • NRE 550/STRAT566                                    Systems Thinking for Sustainable Development and Enterprise
  • NRE 597                                                            Environmental Systems Analysis
  • EHS 672                                                             Life Cycle Assessment: Human Health and Environ Impacts
  • MECHENG 589                                                Sustainable Design of Technology Systems

Energy Systems (one course from this section is required)

  • NRE 501.091                                                   Renewable Electricity and the Grid
  • NRE 574/PUBPOL519                                 Sustainable Energy Systems
  • NRE 567                                                            Transportation Energy & Climate
  • CEE 567                                                             Energy Infrastructure Systems

Environmental Policy and Economic Analysis (one course from this section is required)

  • NRE 475                                                            Environmental Law
  • NRE 532                                                            NR Conflict Management
  • NRE 513/STRAT564&565                         Strategy for Sustainable Development
  • UP 532                                                               Sustainable Development: Resolving Economics and Environ Conflicts
  • NRE 686/PubPol 563                                  The Politics of Environmental Regulation
  • NRE 527/BE 527                                          Energy Markets and Energy Politics
  • EHS 508                                                            Principles of Risk Assessment
  • NRE 570 & NRE 501.060/059               Environmental Economics: Quantitative Methods and Tools and one other Environ Econ Topics course*
  • NRE 668/ECON 661                                     Advanced Natural Resource Economics
  • NRE 669/ECON 662                                    Environmental Energy and Resource Economics
  • ECON 437                                                        Energy Economics and Policy

*NRE 570 and NRE 501.060/059 (topical courses) are half term courses.  Taking NRE 570 and either 501.060 or 059 are considered as one full time course for PIE.

Experiential Learning Requirement* (one activity to be approved by one of the program co-directors)

  • Participate in Sustainability Without Borders Project
  • Sustainability Internship
  • Other to be defined with program co-director

*One additional course from the above list can be taken to fulfill the experiential learning requirement, if approved by one of the program co-directors.


Graduation Requirements

  • Upon admission to the program, meet with the certificate program co-directors (Greg Keoleian and Ming Xu) to clearly outline a plan to fulfill all of the certificate requirements in accordance with the conditions outlined in this document.
  • Complete Rackham’s dual degree election form for a certificate program prior to graduation, and submit to Registrar’s at SNRE and your primary graduate program.…
  • Apply for graduation from the Industrial Ecology Certificate program through Wolverine Access, similarly as one applies for graduation from a degree program.

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