Sustainability Requirements

Required Courses*

A total of 18 credits are required to earn a certificate that is structured so that the participating student will be exposed to the interrelation of engineering with natural and social sciences and humanities as applied to sustainable Earth systems, engineering practices, and society.  The certificate has two tracks; one in DSAS, the other in SSOE.  Each track starts and finishes with two required courses that have a MCSI designation in the SSOE and includes a third course from the track School.  The two new courses will unite all incoming Sustainability certificate students regardless of disciplinary or School affiliation.  Three electives can be chosen to complete the 18 credit requirement.  At most, one of these three electives can be taken in a student’s home Department.  

Required Courses:

ENGR 1905:  Current Issues in Sustainability (3 credits)

ENGR 1907:  Sustainability Capstone Experience (3 credits)

Spring 2018 will be the first offering of this course. If you need to complete this course prior to the spring 2018 semester please email David Sanchez,, to discuss your particular situation.

DSAS Track:

SSOE Track:

Required:  Atmosphere, Oceans, and Climate (GEOL 1030)

Required:  Engineering & Sustainable Development    (CEE 1610)

Electives:  Select three electives.  Only one elective can be in the student’s major department.*

Introduction to Environmental Science (GEOL 0840)

Environmental Geology (GEOL 0860)

Groundwater Geology (GEOL 1051)

Environmental Geochemistry (GEOL 1515)

Geomorphology (GEOL 1060)

Environmental Policy (GEOL 1334)

Sustainability (GEOL 1333)

Sustainability Flash Lab, (GEOL 1904)

GIS, GPS, and Computer Methods (GEOL 1445)

Wyoming Field Studies in Ecology (GEOL 1950)

Wyoming Field Studies in Geology and Paleontology (GEOL 1951)

Yellowstone Field Class (GEOL 1930)

Forest Ecology (BIOSC 1160, off-campus:  Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology)

Conservation Biology (BIOSC 1610, off-campus:  Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology)

Wetland Ecology (BIOSC 1310, off-campus:  Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology)

Ecological Field Studies (BIOSC 1220, off-campus:  Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology)

Ecology and Natural Resources of Ecuador ( BIOSC 1220, off-campus: Ecuador)

Environmental History (HIST 1695)

Cities in Historical Perspective (HIST 1019)

Computers and Sustainability (CS 0090)

Gender and Sustainability (GSWS 1450)

Urban Sustainability (URBNST 1614)

Introduction to Urban Studies (URBNST 0080)

Introduction to Development Economics (ECON 0530)

Introduction to Resource and Environmental Economics (ECON 0360)

Environmental Economics (ECON 1360, has prerequisite)

Contemporary U.S. Energy Policy (PIA 2231, has prerequisite)

Energy Production and the Local Economy (PIA 2008, has prerequisite)

Approaches to the Built Environment (HAA 0940)

Sculpture:  Eco Art (SA1340, not offered regularly, has prerequisite)

Global Environmental Politics (PS 1542)

Environmental Literature (ENGLIT 1005)

Contemporary Environmental Literature (ENGLIT 0710)

Society and the Environment (SOC 1445)

Life Cycle Assessment Methods and Tools (CEE 1209)

Green Building Design and Construction (CEE 1217)

Design for the Environment (CEE 1218)

Introduction to Environmental Engineering (CEE1503)

Power Systems Analysis (ECE 1769)

Thermal Systems Design (MEMS 1065)

Engineering for Humanity (ENGR 1060)


*Elective courses will be reviewed annually and updated as new courses are offered.


Dr. David Sanchez
Assistant Professor Civil and Environmental Engineering
Assistant Director for Education and Community Engagement
Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation

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Sustainability Certificate


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Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation
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Pittsburgh, PA 15261

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