2022-2023 Academic Catalog

Sustainability Program

Interested students should notify the graduate certificate coordinator, Felix Fernando, or program director, Rebecca Potter.

Sustainability Program Advisory Committee
Rebecca Potter, Program Director

Felix Fernando, Graduate Certificate Coordinator

Bednarek (History), Bedaso (Geology), Bohrer (ETHOS), Brecha (Physics), Cuy Castellanos (Dietetics), Hallinan (Mechanical Engineering), Holcomb (Sociology), Jennings (Art and Design), King (Rivers Institute), Luftig (University Libraries), McCall (Hanley Sustainability Institute), McEwan (Biology), Miller (Religious Studies), Pautz (Political Science), Piso (Philosophy), Potter (Sustainability Program), Galli-Robertson (Sociology), Wu (Geology)


Certificate in Sustainability (SUS)

If you are a graduate student interested in adding another complementary qualification that can greatly enhance your employability or are a professional interested in gaining a qualification that can help you take the next step in your career, the Graduate Certificate in Sustainability is the right choice for you. The Graduate Certificate provides a unique interdisciplinary perspective on what it takes to address the world’s toughest challenges—from poverty and climate change to renewable energy and urban development.

Students must complete two core courses (for 6 credits) and two electives (totaling at least 6 credits) for a minimum of 12 credits total in order to obtain the Graduate Certificate in Sustainability. The two core courses are SSP 500: Foundations in Sustainability (offered every Fall) and SSP 580: Applied Sustainability (offered every Spring). Approved elective graduate courses (outlined in the below table) constitute the two remaining courses. If you have any questions or require further information please don’t hesitate to contact the program coordinator, Dr. Felix Fernando.

All students take the following two courses:
SSP 500Foundations in Sustainability3
SSP 580Applied Sustainability3
Select two from the following courses, or receive approval for up to 6 credit hours of applicable coursework.6
Organizational Communication
Communication Training & Development
Theories & Models of Communication
Corporate Public Relations
State & Local Government
Introduction to Public Policy
Environmental Policy
Nonprofit & Community Leadership
Applied Geographic Information Systems
Environmental Remote Sensing
Advanced Applications of Geographical Information Systems
GIS Capstone
Ecological Restoration
Ecosystem Dynamics
Problems in Field Biology
Research Methods in Ecology
Travel Demand Modeling
Urban Public Transportation
Solid Waste Engineering
Special Problems in Civil Engineering
Engineering Magnetic Materials & Their Function in Green Energy
Materials for Advanced Energy Applications
Biofuel Production Processes
Building Energy Informatics
Solar Energy Engineering
Geothermal Energy Engineering
Wind Energy Engineering
Sustainable Energy Systems
Energy Efficient Buildings
Design for Environment
Renewable Energy Systems
Energy Efficient Manufacturing
Special Problems in Renewable & Clean Energy
Contemporary Issues in Accounting
Total Hours12


SSP 500. Foundations in Sustainability. 3 Hours

Graduate-level introductory course in Sustainability. A multidisciplinary introduction that examines scientific, economic, policy, ethical and cultural approaches to sustainability issues in a global and local context. Emphasis on examining complex issues from different disciplinary viewpoints, and learning how ethical, scientific and sociopolitical knowledge and inquiry work to investigate and address community, environment, climate change and sustainable development.

SSP 580. Applied Sustainability. 3 Hours

A capstone course that applies sustainability research methods to local and regional community-based projects. This course will model collaborative transdisciplinary research with a focus on systems, complexity, resilience and community. Students will work with community-based partners. Aspects of the project will be self-designed to reflect student interest and expertise.