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What is HERE?

HERE is a first-year living-learning experience for a select group of students who have an interest in sustainability or humanitarian engineering, or on the impacts engineers and scientists have on the world around us.

HERE students live together, take a common course in sustainability and take part in special professional development opportunities and extracurricular projects.

In designing the introductory course in sustainability, HERE faculty have worked together to integrate the course with sustainability themes: thinking in terms of systems; exploring renewable and non-renewable energy; learning about the food-water-energy nexus; life-cycle assessment; and much more. Our core approach integrates the disciplines, applying sustainable principles and concerns across both academic study and lifestyle.

Through the HERE program, you'll apply what you are learning in your courses to a design or research project related to sustainability. Each year, chosen student projects are implemented to improve sustainability on the Rose-Hulman campus.


"The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.

- Steve Jobs

Co-founder, Apple Computer


The HERE program is open to incoming freshmen of all majors. Together, your cohort will enroll in a special section of GS130 (Introduction to Sustainability) that provides an important part of the first-year experience. Because this course meets Humanities and Social Sciences requirements for all Rose-Hulman students, the program will keep you right on track for graduation.

Fall course:

GS 130 Introduction to Sustainability 4R‐OL‐4C Prereq: Admission to HERE Program or Consent of Instructor.

Surveys the fundamentals of sustainability in scientific, technical, and social contexts. Introduces students to the history of environmentalism and sustainability, along with the basics of ecology, climate assessment, natural cycles, life‐cycle analysis, environmental economics, and other concepts. The GS- prefix indicates that the course’s focus is on global sustainability.

In 2015-16, for example, students explored renewable energy options for an orphanage in Honduras, mitigation strategies for fisheries impacted by dams on the Lower Mekong River, and adaptation plans for Australian coastal cities likely to be affected by sea-level rise.

Have questions? Visit our FAQ.

Application Process

Incoming freshmen may apply for the HERE program by visiting MyRose-Hulman.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply to HERE?

You must apply online through MyRose-Hulman using the login credentials assigned to you during the admissions process.

Can I apply to both HERE and ESCALATE?

Yes. Students may apply to both programs. However, as these programs are designed as living-learning opportunities, a student can be a member of only one cohort. If you intend to apply to both programs, you will need to submit both applications no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT, Friday, June 17. If you are granted a spot in both programs, you will have to choose in which program you intend to participate by Friday, June 24.

What if I am NOT majoring in engineering?

HERE is applicable for students of all majors. HERE aspires to develop a sustainability mentality and knowledge base, helping students to look for the big picture and grow toward a global, systems perspective of the challenges they will face in their lives and careers. We aspires to a foundational way of thinking that is vital for our future as engineers, scientists, mathematicians and citizens of the world.

Do I still need to do the Housing Survey?

Yes. It is very important, even if you apply to become a member of HERE, that you log in to Banner Web and complete the Housing Survey. Not all students who apply to HERE are guaranteed to be selected as participants, so it is important that your housing preferences be noted as requested in the Housing Survey.

What if I’ve already done the Housing Survey and didn’t list Blumberg? Do I need to redo my housing survey?

No. There is no need to adjust your Housing Survey on the basis of your intention to apply to be part of HERE. Students who are granted a spot in HERE will automatically be placed into housing in Blumberg Hall.

Can I still live in Blumberg if I’m not in HERE?

Yes. The HERE program will each occupy only rooms on designated floors in Blumberg Hall. As such, there are rooms available on other floors for students who do not wish to participate in the living-learning program. Also, Mees Hall is the third of the so-called “ triplets” (Blumberg, Mees, and Scharpenberg), so there are plenty of opportunities to live in one of these halls for students not wishing to be in HERE.

Dr. Jennifer Mueller Price

Dr. Jennifer Mueller Price

Director of HERE Program, Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering.

Dr. Mark Minster

Dr. Mark Minster

Co-Director of HERE Program, Associate Professor of English.

HERE Program: Minor in Sustainability


Students will live together in one residence hall during their freshman year and share the first-course requirement of GS130 Introduction to Sustainability during their first year in the program. Upon completion of the HERE program, students will earn a Minor in Sustainability and build fellowship and community around a common mission.
Proposed HERE Program Plan, combining the existing requirements from above, for a Minor in Sustainability

  1. Curricular Requirement
    1. Core Courses (16 credits)
      1. GS130 Introduction to Sustainability (4 credits)
      2. BIO191 Environmental Science (4 credits)
      3. SV150 Microeconomics (4 credits)
      4. MDS302 Sustainability in Practice (2 credits): prerequisites: GS130, BIO191, SV150
        This is a project-based course to provide hands-on experiences for student teams working on real-world problems related to sustainability. This could include design projects, scientific research, modeling-based projects, or studies to improve campus sustainability. The course instructor will mentor teams with routine assignments that relate to their design or research process through oral and written communication.
      5. MDS402 Seminar in Sustainability (2 credits): prerequisite MDS302
        This course provides students with the opportunity to examine, analyze, and reflect upon sustainability as it related to their project or research work. Course work includes weekly readings and discussions, individual essays, and in-class and public presentations. Successful completion of this course will require students to have completed the co-curricular requirements.
    2. Three electives (4 credits each = 12 credits) Students must take a total of at least four credits from a list of Social courses and at least eight credits from a list of Technical and Scientific courses. Alternatively, students can design their own plan of study for elective courses that suit their particular interests and field of study with approval of the HERE Co-directors, Jenny Mueller Price and Mark Minster.
      1. Social (HSS requirement) SV201 Religion and Ecology SV303 Business and Engineering Ethics SV304 Bioethics SV322 Disasters and Modern Society SV 354 Environmental Economics
        SV339 Literature and the Environment
        GS 425 Cities and Technology in the Industrial Age
      2. Technical and Scientific (Discipline Specific Tech Elective) BIO320 Ecology (prerequisite: BIO130)
        CE250 Sustainable Civil Engineering Design (2 credits)
        CE460 Introduction to Environmental Engineering
        CE471 Water Resources Engineering
        CHEM470 Green Chemistry (Special Topics)
        CHE465 Energy and the Environment
        CSSE241 Computing in a Global Society
        ECE371 Sustainable Energy Systems (prerequisite: ECE204)
        ECE398 Appropriate Technologies for Developing Countries (Special Topics)
        EMGT587 Systems Engineering
        ME408 Renewable Energy (prerequisite: ES202)
  2. Co-curricular requirements: Students record via Co-curricular Report on Banner Web. Students will need to complete these requirements to pass MDS402 Seminar, which is taken senior year. Requirements will be prorated for students joining the program after their freshman year.
    1. Three professional development activities per year (guest speakers; trips to St. Louis, Bloomington, Chicago, and Subaru plant each year; Terre Haute Farmer’s Market; etc.)
    2. Six project hours per year (Campus garden and greenhouse, Ryves neighborhood, RHIT Campus Day of Service, RHIT Campus Beautification, Keep Terre Haute Beautiful, Student-led initiatives, etc.)
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