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Graduate and Undergraduate Transportation Courses


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Transportation Fall 2012

Courses offered in the Fall 2012 Semester by TRC Faculty and Associated Faculty, as well as courses eligible as electives in the Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Transportation Systems.


Core Courses

TRC 312: Critical Issues in Transportation

A three-credit graduate course that examines how transportation designs, programs and policies impact the environment, energy, culture, equitable mobility between regions and groups, as well as our overall quality of life. In the context of 4-6 critical issues in transportation, students are introduced to advanced engineering, policy, science and social science frameworks that are used to characterize issues and design solutions. The course concludes with students working in interdisciplinary groups for detailed study and analysis of the most critical transportation and mobility issues facing a stakeholder group in society.

When: Tuesdays, Thursdays 4:00-5:15PM at the Farrell Hall Decision Theater

Faculty: Assistant Professor Brian Lee, School of Engineering and Transporation Research Center

Contact the instructor for more information: bhylee@uvm.edu


Community Development and Applied Economics

CDAE 006 Z1: Energy Alternatives

Concepts of energy, work, and power. Energy conversion, utilization, and conservation. Alternatives to fossil fuels including solar, wind, biomass, etc. Energy systems for rural areas.

When: Thursdays, 4:00-6:45PM at Dewey Hall 314

Faculty: Assistant Research Professor Richard Watts, CDAE and Transporation Research Center

Contact the instructor for more information: rwatts@uvm.edu


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: 61 or equivalent, or permission.

When: Tuesdays, Thursdays, 11:30AM-12:45PM at LaFayette Hall L411

Faculty: Associate Professor Joshua Farley, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, Gund Institute, and CDAE

Contact the instructor for more information: joshua.farley@uvm.edu


CDAE 295 Z1: Cars, Media and Culture

In this course we break down the "love affair with the car" by examining the culture that surrounds the automobile, the promotion of that culture over time and the role of the media in promulgating car-related cultural artifacts.

When: Mondays, 4:05-7:05PM at the Aiken Center 102

Faculty: Assistant Research Professor Richard Watts, CDAE and Transporation Research Center

Contact the instructor for more information: rwatts@uvm.edu


CDAE 295 Z3: Energy Use in the US Food System

The course will focus on using the tools of input-output analysis and life-cycle energy assessment to investigate energy use in different sectors of the US food system as well as smaller-scale food supply chains. Particular elements of the food system studied in this course include agriculture, processing and packaging, transportation, wholesale and retail establishments, etc.
Class Website.

When: Mondays, 5:10-8:10PM at LaFayette L100

Faculty: Eric Garza, CDAE

Contact the instructor for more information: eric.garza@uvm.edu


Natural Resources

NR 205: Ecosystem Management: Integrating Science, Society and 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.

When: Thursdays, 11:30AM-12:45PM at Rowell Hall 103

Faculty: Staff


NR 206 SL: Environmental Problem Solving & Impact Assessment

Group dynamics, impact assessment, risk assessment, and decision making. The course emphases the process of solving complex environmental problems, facilitating interdisciplinary team work, and understanding the National Environmental Policy Act.

When: Tuesdays, Thursdays, 10:00-11:15AM at Stafford Hall 101

Associated Lab, see course details for more information.

Faculty: Matthew Peter Kolan, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

Contact the instructor for more information: matthew.kolan@uvm.edu


NR 343: Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems

The purpose of this course is to introduce graduate students to the theories and methods of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). This course goes beyond traditional introductory GIS course by introducing advanced methods with potential applications to graduate research. Labs help illustrate concepts learned in lecture and teach students how to use the Arc GIS suite. Class projects allow students to apply the tools they have learned to a spatial problem of their choosing.

When: Tuesdays, Thursdays, 8:30-11:15AM at the Aiken center 101

Faculty: Brian Voigt, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources and the Spatial Analysis Lab

Contact the instructor for more information: brian.voigt@uvm.edu