Students taking the industrial ecology and green design specialization are strongly encouraged
to complete the MEM Foundations courses.
These courses expose students to methodological tools and theories that all MEM students should learn, regardless of their specialization, to excel as environmental professionals. The Foundations courses are
3 core courses, 4 electives, plus a capstone course or project
Students must complete the following 3 courses from within the Specialization Core (9 credits):
In addition, at least one course from each of the following four Elective clusters is required:
Technology and Design
Management and Policy
Pollution, Risk, and Assessment
The Capstone requirement may be satisfied by enrolling in F&ES 883: Advanced Industrial Ecology Seminar
. Another FES Capstone may be substituted if the project has a strong focus and a compelling case can be made to a faculty advisor. The Capstone Project itself should focus on applied problem solving and rely on the application of knowledge, methodological approaches, and interpretive techniques gained from courses taken during prior semesters of study. The project should originate with the student, with input and advice from the student’s major faculty advisor and/or specialization coordinator. With permission from faculty, students in other specializations can take F&ES 950 Life Cycle Assessment Practicum
as a capstone as space permits.
All Capstone Projects have four basic deliverables that will be evaluated by the specialization coordinator: (i) a brief project proposal submitted by the third week of the semester; (ii) a mid-semester progress report; (iii) a final written report; and (iv) an oral presentation of the final project. An extended abstract describing the project is expected to be published on the School’s Student Research Database, and the oral presentation will be open to students and faculty of the F&ES community.
Thomas Graedel, Julie Zimmerman, Paul Anastas, Reid Lifset, Gaboury Benoit, Ken Gillingham