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Courses of Interest

Undergraduate Courses at FIT

IN342 International Corporate Responsibility
Students study the sustainability movement, and how ethical, social, and environmental issues are being addressed by multinational corporations. Through the review of current case studies, the course examines the role of fashion businesses in creating socially responsible and eco-friendly global supply chains and their effect in international trade policies. 3 credits

FM363 Corporate Social Responsibility
Prerequisites: FM361 Corporate Social Responsibility in U.S.
Fashion Retailing is a comprehensive study of the importance of Corporate Ethics i.e. standards of conduct and moral judgment as well as how a company successfully manages their retail business processes to produce a positive impact on society by integrating social, ethical and environmental concerns with retail profit objectives. Using case studies, students gain an understanding of the ethical challenges faced by retailers, marketers and manufacturers in the U.S. 3 credits

FM326 Sustainability in Fashion Merchandising
Prerequisites: FM361
Using the case study method and primary research, this course enhances student knowledge of sustainability issues. It focuses on the fiscal implications of implementing sustainability initiatives illustrating that sustainability and profit are not mutually exclusive. 3 credits

PK431 Sustainable Packaging
Design Students learn the fundamentals of sustainable design for brand packaging design, including environmental and social issues, industry terminology, characteristics of various sustainable materials, life cycle analysis, understanding the sustainable packaging scorecard, and how to apply this knowledge to create positive change. 1.5 credits

ID472 Ecology and the Built Environment
The growing impact of ecology on the interior design profession is studied and includes such topics as non-depletable energy services, energy conservation, and resource conservation. Students explore the relationships between ecology and building construction, furniture, furnishings, equipment, building mechanical systems, and building maintenance. Recycling, reuse, and ecological awareness are among the areas studied. 2 credits

SC121 Introduction to Biological Science
Not open to students who have taken SC122. Examines the fundamentals of biology with emphasis on molecular, cell, and organismal biology. Biotic diversity, evolution, and genetics are also presented. 3 credits

SC122 Field Biology
Not open to students who have taken SC121. Covers the major principles of biology by studying organisms and their interrelationships in natural settings. Emphasis is given to habitats within New York City. Laboratory sessions, a weekend field trip, and visits to wildlife refuges, botanical gardens, and parks are included. 3 credits

SC253 Ecology and Environmental Problems
Introduces principles and applications of ecosystem, community, and population ecology, with particular emphasis on the effects of human activities on the natural environment. Current problems in acidification, conservation biology, desertification, global climate change, habitat destruction, ozone depletion, waste management, and pollution are addressed. 3 credits

Graduate Courses at FIT

The following SE courses are part of FIT’s new MA degree program in Sustainable Interior Environments:

SE541 Pro-seminar
Critical research and writing, verbal and visual communication and presentation skills. This intensive, 2-week/6 session pro-seminar functions as an introduction to the research centered program, and provides the necessary tools to critically evaluate sources of information, read analytically, organize, articulate, and communicate ideas, choose appropriate forms of writing and/or presentation for particular tasks or audiences. 0 credits

SE581 Graduate Seminar: Segment I – Fundamentals
The Graduate Seminar functions as a research and design-centered forum which provides integration for all of the courses throughout the program. This first of the four segments introduces principles of sustainable development and prepares incoming students to address the challenges of implementing these principles in the design of interior environments. 1.5 credits

SE562 Environment Behavior Research: Concepts and Application - Segment I
The course explores the manner in which people interact with, and are affected by, their environments. Designers are charged with responsibility for the health, safety and welfare of those who use the spaces they design, and we will examine how the work we do can assure more sustainable spaces. 3 credits

SE561 Ecology and Human Impact
This course enables students to ask the right questions and search for the answers, so the decisions they make that affect the state of the earth and its inhabitants are informed ones. Through the study of human ecology students gain an understanding of humanity’s impact on the biosphere. 3 credits

SE563 Chemistry for Interior Environments: Seminar
Students develop an understanding of fundamental chemistry concepts through a series of research projects, lectures, and case studies related to materials and practices used in sustainable interior environments. These examinations will include extensive study of sustainable/green chemistry practices and toxins commonly found in interior environments. 1.5 credits

SE582 Graduate Seminar: Segment II – Exploration
Segment II of the Graduate Seminar is designed to support students in their decision-making process relating to the capstone project subject. Through site visits and interactions with professionals who employ sustainable design principles in their practice, class participants will study sustainable strategies for different sectors of the industry. 3 credits

SE564 Environment Behavior Research: Research Methods - Segment II
This course looks at the ways in which we can study human behavior in the designed environment. Students develop a toolbox of research approaches that can be used to examine design projects. We discuss observation, interviews, focus groups, and other scientific tools of experimentation as applied to real-world contexts. 1.5 credits

SE571 Materials and Products for Sustainable Interior Environments
The course looks at the most significant attributes of materials and products that affect interior spaces. Students expand their scope of consideration from the interior to include the impacts on the regional and global environments, and on the society at large, through the fundamental concepts of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). 3 credits

SE521 Survey of Sustainable Architecture and Interior Design Historical Origins
The course examines the historical relationship between man's built environment and nature, and how specific building techniques, particularly in vernacular structures, were developed in response to local climatic conditions. Special attention is given to the evolving layouts and organization of interiors, methods of providing climate controls and lighting. 3 credits

SE681Graduate Seminar: Segment III - Analysis: Directed Research
The Graduate Seminar: Segment III supports students in the development of the capstone projects. It helps tailor tools for the particular application, and guides through individual research process. Students identify appropriate research methodology for the topic they selected, develop individualized tools, locate resources, and learn to organize and analyze information. 3 credits

SE672 Integrated Environmental Systems: Air, Sound, Light
The course presents a comprehensive approach to the integrated design of the elements of indoor environmental quality. Taught by professionals specializing in indoor air, acoustics, and lighting, this course addresses complex and interconnected environmental systems designs that minimize use of natural resources, and provide for human safety, health and comfort. 3 credits

SE671 Harvesting Daylight
Daylight is an important component of sustainable design. This course consists of two distinct, interwoven parcels: the first addresses the physics and measurement of light along with the optical properties of materials and surfaces; the second addresses all of the aspects of daylight harvesting as both energized and non-energized components. 1.5 credits; 1.5 lecture hours

SE661 Universal Design and Ergonomics
Class participants study, analyze, and learn how to utilize the principles of Universal Design, physical anthropology, physiology, and psychology to fit or suit human measurements, to address characteristics relative to specific function and use of space, or operation of equipment, and to address the needs of specific populations. 1.5 credits

SE682 Graduate Seminar: Segment IV - Future of Sustainable Interiors
The Graduate Seminar: Segment IV presents an opportunity for students to explore and discuss a variety of propositions for the future of sustainable interior environments. This student-driven forum provide continuity of conceptual approach for the program graduates who will be taking on leadership roles as sustainable interior environment professionals and educators. 3 credits

SE631 Sustainable Practice Today
The 21st century's volatile economy, rapidly developing technologies, and changing political climate, all demand the establishment of a well-structured sustainable organization or professional practice. This course guides students through the development of professional tools based on their personal goals and ethics in order to develop a sustainable design practice. 3 credits

SE691 Capstone: Applied Research
The course provides continuity in conceptual working methods, opportunity for focusing and honing students' expertise, and the experience of working as a collegial group that supports individual students through analytical feedback, and shared resources. Students are evaluated on their ability to utilize methodologies and presentation skills. 1.5 credits; 1.5 lecture hours

CF691 Graduate Seminar: Capstone Projects
Student groups will make final presentations to industry on important strategic business topics facing the beauty industry, chosen each year by the faculty. The student groups will be expected to develop a creative solution that involves critical thinking from the perspective of all functions and disciplines within a corporate organization. Groups will be graded on their ability to analyze an issue from many functional perspectives in a corporate environment, utilize concepts learned in the MPS program, their ability to innovate, and their presentations skills. Industry experts will be invited to sit as panelists for critique and grading of the capstone presentations. 3 credits

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