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Graduate and Undergraduate Transportation Courses


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Transportation Fall 2013

Courses offered in the Fall 2013 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 (also also PA395; CDAE395; NR385)

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: Wednesday 4:05-7:05PM 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

Civil and Environmental Engineering

CE 133: Transportation Systems

Transportation systems planning, analysis, and design with foci on modeling, decision support, environmental impacts, and economic evaluation.

Time: TR 8:30-9:45a

Instructor: Brian Lee


CE 253: Transportation and Air Quality

Air pollution sources, measurement methods, legislation, vehicle emissions formation, control and transport processes. Emphasis on emission factor and dispersion multi-scale modeling using latest modeling tools.

Time: TR 8:30-9:45a

Instructor: Britt Holmen

Community Development and Applied Economics

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

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 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.

When: Mondays, 5:10-8:10PM

Faculty: Eric Garza, CDAE

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


Complex Systems

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.

When: TR 1-2:15p

Faculty: Peter Dodds

Environmental Studies

Cars, Culture and the Media ENVS 295 Z7

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.

Instructor:Robert Williams, Jr.

Environmental Sciences

Biomass to Biofuels TRC 295 / ENSC 285 Z4/ NR 285 (4CR)

A hands-on experience in various Renewable Energy biofuels including: LIQUID BIOFUELS (seed- based biodiesel; bioethanol; algae-biofuel); SOLID BIOFUELS (wood & grass energy), and BIOGAS (the farm-based energy). The course will provide the participants including regular students, farmers, entrepreneurs, and others with hands-on technical exposure to various Biofuels related science & technology topics, background & literature information besides addressing the environmental, economic, social and other Biofuels related issues. Numerous field trips.

Time: W F 12-3:00p

Instructor: Anju Dahiya, Sidney Bosworth, Heather Darby


Principles and Applications of Renewable Energy ENSC 285

Energy is the most important natural resource because it is used to extract and produce all other resources, as well as powering transportation, industry, and housing. The availability of energy is key to economic development. As fossil fuels become less available and more expensive, and climate change becomes more extreme, the transition to renewable energy sources will be essential. This course will provide students with the scientific principles of renewable energy, as well the capability to design a small-scale renewable energy system. The internship component will provide students with an introduction to the renewable energy industry if they should choose to follow this career direction. It is suitable for students in eco-design, green building design, or preparing for graduate work in architecture, renewable energy, or planning.

When: Th 4-6:45p

Faculty: Gary Flomenhoft

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: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8:30-9:45 AM

Faculty: D. Bergquist


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

Associated Lab, see course details for more information.

Faculty: Staff


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

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