Curricular Requirements of Certificate

CURRICULAR REQUIREMENTS OF CERTIFICATE

A minimum of 15 credits, distributed as follows:

  • - TRC312 Sustainability & Transportation
  • - TRC314 Risk/Behavior in Transportation
  • - TRC 316 (NR377) Land Use Policy and Economics
  • - Two additional courses (6 credits total) selected from approved electives (see below) or other courses relevant to the program if approved by the TRC Graduate Coordinator. To view all courses approved for Graduate Credit see the current catalogue

Certificate Core Required Courses:

TRC312: Sustainability & Transportation

See sample syllabus

Introduction to the complex interconnection of engineering, policy, science and social science that characterize transportation systems, mobilty problems and solutions. Interdisciplinary teams conduct case studies. Prerequisite: Instructor permission required. Cross-listed with: CE 312, PA 342.

Credits: (3)

TRC 314: Risk/Behavior in Transportation

See sample syllabus

In-depth examination of human, environmental and vehicle factors in transportation crashes. Students develop safety research proposals and statistical measurements of risk and rates. Prerequisite: Instructor permission required.

Credits: (3)

TRC 316 (NR 377): Land Use Policy & Economics

See sample syllabus

Economic and social forces that drive urban and suburban land use patterns, such as urban sprawl, and the policy mechanisms designed to intervene in those processes. Pre/co-requisites: Graduate standing; Instructor permission. Cross-listed with: NR 377.

Credits: (3)

Certificate Electives:

In some cases, other graduate courses not already pre-approved for the certificate (e.g., special topics courses) may be used in fulfillment of requirements, with written approval from the TRC Graduate Program Coordinator.

Transportation Research Center (TRC)

TRC 310: Transportation Systems Seminar

This special seminar course covers topical issues related to transportation systems, transportation energy use, planning, mobility and access. The seminar affords an opportunity to explore and experience key issues and work being conducted in sustainable transportation systems in different settings, with an emphasis on scholarly writing and research techniques. Credits: (1)-usually offered as three consecutive or simultaneous courses to constitute a full 3CRs

TRC 395: Special Topics

See Schedule of courses for specific offerings.

Credits: (1-18)

Civil Engineering (CE)

CE 295 B Fall 2009: Transportation & Air Quality

Students will learn to quantify the effects of transportation on air quality at local, regional and national scales. Credits: (3)

CE 241: Traffic Operations & Design

This course explores advanced concepts of traffic engineering and capacity analysis, highway and intersection capacity, traffic analysis and simulation software as well as design and application of controls. Prerequisite: CE 140 or instructor permission. Credits: (3)

CE 395: Transportation Demand Modeling

This course explores models used to forecast future travel and trip rates. Topics include four-step demand modeling, trip generation, trip distribution, mode split, traffic assignment, gravity models, network equilibrium models, discrete choice models, and applications of TransCAD, a GIS based software. Prerequisite: CE 133 or instructor permission. Credits: (3)

CE395: Travel and Activity Choice

Discrete choice analysis is an integral part of examining individual choice behavior & is widely used in different fields to model consumer demands for goods and services. This course will provide an understanding of the theory & models of choice behavior & build on econometric modeling approaches to develop guidelines for the formulation & estimation of discrete choice models. Class examples will focus on applications in the context of travel demand & activity participation but the course instruction will emphasize general theory and modeling methodology applicable to any discrete choice problems. Credits: (3)

CE226: Civil Engineering Systems Analysis

Linear programming, dynamic programming, network analysis, simulation; applications to scheduling, resource allocation, routing, and a variety of civil engineering problems. Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing in CEE or instructor permission.

CE 245: Intelligent Transportation Systems

Introduction to Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), ITS user services, ITS applications, the National ITS architecture, ITS evaluation, and ITS standards. Pre/co-requisite: CE 140 or equivalent, instructor permission.

Community Development of Applied Economics (CDAE)

CDAE 237: Economics of Sustainability

Economic analysis that integrates natural resource and community planning for sustainable
development at local, national and international levels. Examples include land use, sustainable agriculture and green business. Prerequisites: PA 061 or equivalent, or instructor permission.

Credits: (3)

CDAE 238 – Ecological Landscape Design

Studio course synthesizing work from fields of landscape ecology and landscape design, exploring ecological design alternatives at multiple scales, and developing multifunctional landscape solutions.  Pre/co-requisites: Minimum junior standing; PSS 137 or one course in ecology plus one course in design or drawing. Cross-listed with PSS 238, ENVS 238, NR 238. Credits: 4

CDAE 276 – Community Design Studio

Problem-based community design studio course with research on existing conditions, needs assessment, sense of place, and development of sustainable and integrative design solutions and processes. Pre/co- requisites: CDAE 101, 118, 171 or 273; or instructor permission. Credits: 3

CDAE/PA 326 – Community Economic Development

Examines how rural and urban communities address poverty, unemployment and other economic problems through job creation and retention, workforce training and support, and other development strategies. Credits: 3

Complex Systems (CSYS)

CSYS 300: Principles of Complex Systems

Introduction to fundamental concepts of complex systems. Topics include: emergence, scaling phenomena and mechanisms, multi-scale systems, failure, robustness, collective social phenomena, complex networks. Students from all disciplines welcomed.
Pre/co-requisites: Calculus and statistics required. Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, and Computer programming recommended but not required. Cross-listing: MATH 300.

CSYS 303: Complex Networks

Detailed exploration of distribution, transportation, small-world, scale-free, social, biological, organizational networks; generative mechanisms; measurement and statistics of network properties; network dynamics; contagion processes. Students from all disciplines welcomed.  Pre/co-requisites: Math 301/CSYS 301, Calculus, and Statistics required. Cross-listing: MATH 303.

Credits: (3)

Economics (EC)

EC 240: Economics of Transportation

This course is designed to provide advanced undergraduates a solid grounding in the economics of the transportation sector. It offers the opportunity for students to apply microeconomic theory and statistical techniques to a particular context, one which is vital to the functioning of the global economy. Topics include demand, supply, pricing network and environmental externalities, and regulation. Industries examined include airlines, railroads, shipping, automobiles and trucking. Credits: (3)

EC 133: Economics of Environmental Policy

This course applies economic concepts of market equilibrium and market efficiency in analyzing environmental issues. It focuses on a particular type of market failure, externalities, and analyzes various types of regulatory instruments including pollution taxes, emission standards and pollution permits. Credits (3)

Environmental Sciences (ENSC)

ENSC 222: Pollution Ecology

Impacts of pollutants on the structure and function of ecosystems. Examination of how air, land, and water influence ecological fate and effects of pollutants. Prerequisites: BioCore 011; Chemistry 023, Natural Resources 103 or equivalent ecology course. Credits: (3)

Instructor(s): Gary J. Hawley, Alan W. McIntosh.

Geography (GEOG)

GEOG 281 – Advanced Topic: GIS & Remote Sensing

Advanced offerings in GIS or remote sensing focusing on landscape interpretation for decision-making practices. Incorporation of applications from Vermont public and private sectors. Prerequisites: Senior or Graduate standing with 9 hours in Geography; or instructor’s permission. Credits: 3

GEOG 287 – Spatial Analysis

Analysis of spatial pattern and interaction through quantitative models; introduction to measurement, sampling, and covariation in a spatial framework. Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing with at least nine hours in geography or instructor permission.

Credits: 3

Historic Preservation (HP)

HP 304: Contemporary Preservation Planning and Policy Seminar

This introduction to the professional practice of preservation planning traces the evolution of the historic preservation movement and examines contemporary preservation policy-making issues. Prerequisites: HP graduate majors only. Credit Hours: (3)

Natural Resources (NR)

NR 205: Ecosystems Management: Integrating Science, Society & Policy

Integration of natural and social science into ecosystem management and policy. Consideration of ecosystem integrity, ecosystem degradation, human needs and values, and the application of management principles within a holistic context. Prerequisites: NR 001, 002, 103, 104. Credits: (3)

NR 206 SL: Environmental Problem Solving & Impact Assessment

Group dynamics, impact assessment, risk assessment, and decision making. Emphasis on the process of solving complex environmental problems, interdisciplinary team work, and the National Environmental Policy Act. Prerequisites: NR 001, 002, 103, 104, 205, and Statistics. Credits: (4)

NR 238 – Ecological Landscape Design

Studio course synthesizing work from fields of landscape ecology and landscape design, exploring ecological design alternatives at multiple scales, and developing multifunctional landscape solutions. Pre/co-requisites: Minimum junior standing; PSS 137 or one course in ecology plus one course in design or drawing. Cross-listed with CDAE 238, ENVS 238, PSS 238. Credits: 4

NR 242 – Advanced Geospatial Techniques

Advanced course encompassing a wide range of topics in GIS, remote sensing, GPS, modeling, and visualization designed to provide technical expertise in geospatial techniques. Prerequisite: Introductory GIS (NR 143 or GEOG 184 or NR 343) or remote sensing (NR 146, NR 346, GEOG 185) course as determined by instructor. Credits: 1 to 3

NR 265 – Environment & Human Behavior

Applies social psychological frameworks–attitudes, exchange theory, symbolic interaction, group processes, social cognition, discourse theory–to help understand environmentally related behaviors, conflict, and management.. Credits: 3

NR 245: Integrating GIS & Statistics

Advanced approaches in integrating Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and statistical methods to analyze quantitatively spatial patterns and relationships.
Prerequisite: Senior/Grad standing. Credits: (3)

NR 343: Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems

This is an introductory course on GIS for graduate students. Credits: (3)

Parks, Recreation and Tourism (PRT)

PRT 240: Park and Wilderness Management

History, philosophy, and management of wilderness, national parks, and related areas.
Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing in Recreation Management. Credits: (3)

Public Administration (PA)

PA 311: Policy Analysis & Program Evaluation

A seminar providing hands-on knowledge in policy analysis and program evaluation using case studies of current analysis projects and problems. Specific techniques include planning, survey administration, forecasting, cost benefit analysis, and impact assessment. Credits: (3)

PA317: Systems Analysis & Strategic Management

Students will be introduced to systems thinking and network dynamics with a particular focus on managing across organizational and sectoral boundaries, including public-private partnerships, intergovernmental arrangements, and strategic alliances. Tools to undertake strategic analysis and planning will be explored. Credits: (3)

PA 395: Energy Policy

Debates rage about remaining oil reserves, much of it in the volatile Middle East. Is climate change a reality and does it require a policy response? The US has withdrawn from the Kyoto protocol, citing unacceptable impacts on the US economy. The price of energy is crucial to the economy, so few things are more critical than energy policy. International agreements, national Legislation including the National Energy Policy Act, and statewide energy legislation will be reviewed. Students will get a sense of the history of energy policy within the US; gain an understanding of the major actors in energy policy; and explore the implications for energy policy from local to global levels. A specific focus will be placed on energy issues as they pertain to Vermont. Credits: (3)

Statistics (STAT)

STAT 235 – Categorical Data Analysis

(Cross listed with Biostatistics 235.) Measures of association and inference for categorical and ordinal data in multiway contingency tables. Log linear and logistic regression models. Categorical data are prominent in transportation research. Prerequisite: 211. Credits: 3

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