Curricular Requirements of Certificate


A minimum of 15 credits, distributed as follows:

  • Sustainability & Transportation
  • Risk/Behavior in Transportation
  • 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:

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)

Risk/Behavior in Transportation

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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.  Cross-listed with: CE 314

Credits: (3)

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:

Students may select courses from multiple disciplines in departments across campus in fulfillment of requirements for the Certificate.  These courses are selected in consultation with the TRC Graduate Program Coordinator and built into the Certificate program plan during or shortly after the first semester.  Changes can be made with permission of the Grad Coordinator.

The TRC offers occasional courses that can be used to fulfill the requirements under the following headings:

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


Examples of courses that previous Certificate Students have taken include:

Civil Engineering (CE)

Transportation & Air Quality

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

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. Credits: (3)

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. Credits: (3)

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)

Community Development of Applied Economics (CDAE)

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. Credits: (3)

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.   Cross-listed with PSS 238, ENVS 238, NR 238. Credits: 4

Complex Systems (CSYS)

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. Cross-listing: MATH 300. Credits: (3)

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.  Cross-listing: MATH 303. Credits: (3)

Environmental Sciences (ENSC)

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. Credits: (3)

Geography (GEOG)

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. Credits: 3

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)

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)

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.  Credits: (4)

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.  Cross-listed with CDAE 238, ENVS 238, PSS 238. Credits: 4

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. Credits: 1 to 3

Integrating GIS & Statistics

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

Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems

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

Parks, Recreation and Tourism (PRT)

Park and Wilderness Management

History, philosophy, and management of wilderness, national parks, and related areas.  Credits: (3)

Public Administration (PA)

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)

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)

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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