Sustainable Systems Engineering Major, B.S.
Sustainable development has become one of the fundamental criteria for best practices in engineering. Responsible for providing effective and innovative solutions that address the challenges of sustainability, Sustainable Systems Engineers play a lead role in planning, designing, building, manufacturing and ensuring a sustainable future.
MSU Denver’s new degree in Sustainable Systems Engineering moves beyond engineering’s tradition of breaking designs down into disconnected parts to apply a holistic, systemic approach to solving problems. It integrates MSU Denver’s civil, electrical and mechanical engineering technology programs with earth and atmospheric sciences, political science, business management and communication arts and sciences to examine how engineering activities influence humanity’s well-being.
As a Sustainable Systems Engineering student, you will gain the knowledge and methods to analyze and solve sustainable development problems by studying the relationship of engineering to economic development, environmental impact, social structure and the sustainability of natural resources.
MSU Denver offers a range of engineering-related programs including:
Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver
The Sustainable Systems Engineering program provides students with numerous choices and opportunities to participate in real-world sustainable development projects that focus on engineering solutions. Both local and international projects are available to you through internships, work-study positions, international exchange programs and study-abroad.
Current student projects include environmental sustainability, power/renewable energy sustainability, water resources sustainability, humanitarian engineering and advanced manufacturing sustainability.
MSU Denver also has four engineering-related student groups offering collaborative and networking opportunities.
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Career Opportunities for Our Graduates
Sustainable Systems Engineering graduates are immediately prepared to work on or lead projects that require a systemic, interdisciplinary approach to complex situations or to pursue graduate studies or engineering licensure. The career-focus areas where Sustainable Systems Engineers are needed include:
- Water supply
- Food production
- Housing and shelter
- Sanitation and waste management
- Energy development
- Industrial processing
- Development of natural resources
- Cleaning up polluted waste sites
- Planning projects to reduce environmental and social impacts
- Restoring natural environments such as forests, lakes, streams and wetlands
- Providing medical care to those in need
- Minimizing and responsibly disposing of waste
- Improving industrial processes to eliminate waste and reduce consumption
- Recommending the appropriate and innovative use of technology
Facilities and Resources
MSU Denver’s new Aerospace and Engineering Sciences Building (AES) is a dynamic learning space that houses the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and integrates the disciplines of Electrical, Civil and Mechanical Engineering Technology, Industrial Design, Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Aerospace Science and Aviation Technology.
Students of these disciplines will benefit from the advanced-technology opportunities and experiential laboratories that the AES Building provides, such as a state-of-the-art 3D printer.
MSU Denver, located on the Auraria Campus in downtown Denver, offers an amazingly diverse selection of academic disciplines and many opportunities for students to gain real-world experience in the city’s thriving economy.