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Environmental Science & Engineering

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Lafayette College

Faculty US and German Faculty
On-Site Coordinator Ariane Hanrath
Level 2nd Year Undergraduates
Sequence Spring semester


In this program, students acquire extensive engineering, mathematical and scientific knowledge and skills, which enable them to work in a scientifically and technically sound manner as graduates and to act responsibly in their professional activities. In addition to the specialized courses, students take elective courses in the humanities. The interdisciplinary approach enables students to analyze and evaluate socio-political and socio-cultural developments from an engineering and scientific perspective and to develop their own solutions. Through study tours to production facilities and logistics companies, students learn about the workflows of technical processes and are prepared to develop and evaluate technical and planning solution concepts. Students are enabled to work sustainably and interdisciplinary and to consider socio-political and environmental law issues, also in cross-national comparison.


All courses are delivered in collaboration with the “Institute for Education and Social Innovation (IBUGI)” at Alanus University (https://www.ibugi.de/en/lehre/).

INDS 200: A Journey through the German-speaking World: Exploring its History, Society and the Arts 

This is a survey course on the socio-political and cultural history of the German-speaking population, which has been shaped by the major intellectual and popular currents in Europe, both religious and secular. Using the example of significant social and cultural movements in Germany and neighboring European countries from the Middle Ages to the present day, the importance of cultural production for social change is examined. Topics such as identity and difference, dominance and hegemony as well as conflict and resistance in the secular and religious areas of society will be discussed.  

ECE 221: Basic Electrial Circuits

This course, based on an understanding of differential and integral calculus and physics, focuses on the analysis of electrical circuits. It includes: Introduction to techniques for analyzing electrical circuits, including branch, node and network methods; Thevenin and Norton theorems; step and sine responses of RLC circuits; operational amplifier circuits, power.

ME 240: Dynamics

This course introduces the principles of dynamic analysis. Topics covered include: particle and rigid body kinetics; work, energy and power; linear impulse and momentum impact.

MATH 264: Differential Equations

The subject of differential equations is foundational not only for mathematics, but also for applications to science and engineering. The course will examine various models for natural phenomena. Students will analyze in both a quantitative and a qualitative manner the solutions of the modeling equations, and interpret the results in the context of the model. Elementary linear algebra concepts will be introduced to elucidate the structure of the space of solutions to linear equations, and these concepts, along with matrix methods, will be applied to study systems of differential equations.

CHEM 252: Environmental Chemistry

This course covers principles underlying origins, transport, reactions, effects, and fates of chemical species in air, water, terrestrial, and living environments.With the application of chemical and physical principles, students will get an overview on the chemistry of compounds in the environmental segments, and will further develop their problem-solving skills in chemistry. They will develop an understanding of important environmental issues that our world is facing and how chemistry is involved in important areas of the natural environment. Students will be able to use their expertise to form informed opinions about relevant environmental issues. 

MATH 360: Introduction to Probability and Statistics

This course introduces the principles of probability and statistics. Topics include: sampling and descriptive statistics; probability combinatorics; commonly used distributions; confidence intervals; hypothesis testing; and simple linear regression.

THST 3998: European Christianity

The course introduces students to methods of systematic and historical theology, including the historical analysis of cultural, political and intellectual contexts, which serve for theological reflection and philosophical analysis of theological concepts and issues.

PHIL 3110: Environmental Ethics

The course examines different approaches to environmental ethics and their relationship to ethical theories. The philosophical debate on environmental ethics concerns the moral and normative relationship of humans to the natural environment and its inhabitants. Of particular interest is the question of drawing positive and negative boundaries for dealing with nature and its diversity by using normatively understood guiding concepts such as human being, life, suffering or nature, i.e. anthropocentric, biocentric, pathocentric or biocentric dimensions. This course will particularly touch on the relationship between nature and culture. It will include aspects of wilderness and nature conversation as well as the use of nature as a resource. This will lead to a critical analysis of modern concepts such as sustainability, ecosystem services and bioeconomy.

ARHS 4756: Urban Art and Architecture

The course will introduce the town layout and its architecture as a constantly changing microcosm shaped by social, political, economic, and cultural as well as functional, technical, and aesthetic factors. The introduction of the main architectural styles will accentuate the symbolic and representational interaction and reception of a building, including aspects like the relationship between demography and lifestyle in historical and contemporary architecture. The impact of factors such as industrialization, traffic, population increase, pollution, and globalization will be discussed as well as similarities and differences between European and American cities.

MUSC 398: Beethoven and His Times

The focus is on experiencing and discussing Beethoven's music and his early years in Bonn, through analysis, active listening and improvisation. The students are instructed to develop a to develop a perceptive, sensitive and critical attitude towards the historical period and the style of the classical period and its influence on society Beethoven's music, to learn to respond critically to a variety of musical idioms, and to introduce you to the various debates on the meaning and purpose of music that has influenced many composers.

GERM 101: Elementary German I

The course German 101 is aimed at students without any previous knowledge of the German language. The aim of the course is to give students the ability to speak, understand, read and write at a basic level. Since the course takes place in a German-speaking environment, the emphasis is on helping students to communicate basic information and ideas, especially in practical everyday situations. To this end, language instruction takes place both in and outside the classroom, with as many practical applications and references as possible.

GERM 102: Elementary German II

The course is designed for students who have successfully completed the Elementary German 101 course. Building on previous knowledge, the aim of the course is to expand and deepen the students' speaking skills, to understand, read and write German at a basic level. Since the course takes place in a German-speaking environment, the emphasis is on helping students to communicate basic information and ideas, especially in practical everyday situations. To this end, language instruction takes place both in and outside the classroom, with as many practical applications and references as possible.

GERM 111: Intermediate German I

The course is designed for students who have successfully completed the Elementary German 102 course. It focuses on reaching the ability to understand, speak, write and read German on 
the intermediate level, with the emphasis being placed on communicative skills and exposure to real-life situations and contexts outside of the classroom. Taking advantage of the study abroad context and promoting immersion into the host culture, the course places special emphasis on embedding verbal and communicative exercises in authentic linguistic contexts, which are selected according to the immediate needs of the students, if possible.




Due to the Coronovirus Pandemic, AIB is implementing a special program of course-related, academic workshops, study retreats, study tours and interactions with professionals from the field of visualization that are in line with existing Corona Protection Ordinances. For more information, please contact Ariane Hanrath at hanrath@aib-studyabroad.org


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