Design for Sustainability and Circularity

Design for Sustainability and Circularity

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Start Date: September 1st, 2021
End Date:   October 20th, 2021


Design for Sustainability and Circularity is one of three non-credit courses in the Sustainable Engineering (SE) program. This course can be taken individually, or as one of the three courses required in SE program. 

The course is taught by faculty from Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering department within The Ohio State University. The course is delivered in 100% distance learning format and includes instructional material equivalent to a one semester credit hour class.

You will learning how to:

  • Perform basic techno-economic analysis
  • Understand the need for multi-objective optimization and basic methods for accomplishing this task.
  • Appreciate the basics of Ecosystem Ecology with the intention of learning from and emulating nature for designing sustainable systems.
  • Know methods for designing sustainable systems based on emulating ecosystems such as industrial symbiosis and circular economy.
  • Appreciate the role of nature-based solutions for designing sustainable systems.  These include traditional ecological knowledge, green infrastructure, and ecological engineering.
  • Importance of economic mechanisms (regulations, emissions trading, inclusive wealth) and societal aspects (culture, politics, religion) in designing sustainable systems.


Student should have already taken Introduction to Sustainability. Additionally, an engineering degree or background would be helpful and is recommended but is not required. Students should possess the ability to do simple calculations, use computer software, and have a background of high school level advanced physics.

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Text Book

The content of these courses is from the book Sustainable Engineering Principles and Practice by Dr. Bhavik R Bakshi ISBN-13 : 978-1108420457. Purchasing the book for these courses is optional and not required.

Expected Time Commitment to Complete this Course

Each course is equivalent to a one semester credit hour class. Therefore each class consists of approximately 40 hours of class time that includes 12-15 hours of recorded faculty lectures and 22-25 hours of additional course work. This course is seven weeks in length and is delivered 100% online and asynchronously. Students may progress through the course at their own pace but they must complete all of the course work within the seven-week period. 

Cancellations and Refunds

A full refund minus a $75 administrative fee will be made if cancellation is received three weeks prior to the start of the course. No refunds within three weeks of the course start date. 

Course Offering Dates

Each course offering in this program is faculty lead, therefore it operates with a specific start date and end date. Students must complete each course during the specific time frame. 


Registration ends on

August 31st, 2021

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Course Fee:

$799 per person

Early Bird Discount:

$725 per person 
If registered & paid by:

August 11th, 2021


 you have questions regarding this course, please contact:

Darla da Cruz
Professional & Distance Education Programs

Call: 614-292-7153

Text: (614) 654-8875