Academic Programs

Building Sustainable Business Certificate

Sustainable Enterprise

Certificate Description:

The Building Sustainable Enterprise graduate certificate will provide a foundation for designing sustainable organizations and businesses and related concepts pertaining to sustainability. Organizations and businesses from all sectors need to develop sustainable practices and models to minimize their environmental footprint and maximize their social responsibility to all stakeholders to meet the requirements of a sustainable, low carbon economy. The goal of this certificate is to provide participants with the knowledge, literacy, skills and tools they need to create more sustainable organizations.

 

Required Courses (9 credit hours): 

This course discusses basic concepts and principles of sustainable development. It discusses systems thinking and different sustainability perspectives such as local/global and historical/future. Best practices will be analyzed through case studies.

*This course is available on-campus and online.

The course provides sustainability practitioners an overview of how economics and finance enhance sustainability. The emphasis is on environmental economics and innovative finance; students learn how scarce natural resources can be optimally allocated.

*This course is available on-campus and online.

Examines ethical and legal responsibilities of business for triple bottom line performance of prosperity, social justice, and concern for the natural environment. This course will expand on the stakeholder analysis method learned in Social, Ethical and Legal Systems. Exploring resolution of issues of such magnitude presents challenging ethical questions. It also requires prioritizing competing stakeholders. This class will open your eyes and heighten your awareness of the far-reaching impact of various corporate actions and help you make decisions when the rules aren't clear. This course is offered both online and on-campus.

*This course is available on-campus and online.

 

Elective Courses (3 credit hours)
Choose one:

This course expands upon the students' initial exposure to one of the most successful business strategies in operations: the lean philosophy, as seen at Toyota and other companies; as well as six sigma, as mad famous by General Electric and Motorola.

*This course is available on-campus and online.

In this course students gain experience with process improvement from a Lean Six Sigma perspective. The course shows Lean as a management philosophy to eliminate waste, and Six Sigma as tools and ideas to reduce variation and improving quality.

*This course is only available on-campus.

Management of the promotional function as part of the total marketing program. Includes a study of relevant buyer behavior concepts, resources and budgets, media, creative aspects, and effectiveness measurements as they relate to the management tasks of developing, implementing, and evaluating promotional strategy. This course is currently only offered on-campus.

*This course is only available on-campus.

A course designed to help students understand the challenges and opportunities with respect to
marketing an organization that strives to be sustainable. This course is currently only offered on-campus.

*This course is only available on-campus.

Overview of key supply chain processes and functions, including logistics, marketing, finance, operations, and procurement, and the implications of supply chain management for creating value for customers and other supply chain members.

*This course is only available on-campus.

 

Point of Contact

If you have any general questions relating to PCGS graduate certificate programs,please contact

Toure Rider
813-974-9943
trider@usf.edu