Academic Programs

Climate Change & Sustainability

Climate Change

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  Concentration Description:

The Climate Change and Sustainability concentration provides an interdisciplinary approach for students to advance their career by providing the knowledge and skills necessary to assess the impacts of climate change and vulnerability, and to develop climate change mitigation and adaptation measures for both developed and developing nations. The concentration explores the contemporary perceptions, attitudes, and beliefs associated with the climate debate by defining the issues and framing the localized nature of impacts. Analysis of different regions around the globe will provide insight on climate change mitigation policy, climate change impacts and vulnerabilities, adaptation planning, and societal resilience. The concentration emphasizes the translation of policy and research into climate-smart mitigation and adaptation strategies that will yield sustainable and resilient communities.

 

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Concentration Director:

Dr. T.H. Culhane

Director of Climate Change & Sustainability Concentration
Instructor

 TH Culhane

 

Concentration Courses (9 credit hours)

Choose three: 

The course analyzes the market status and growth potential of the portfolio of renewable power sources (solar, wind, geothermal, ocean, biogas), production technologies, economics and financing, infrastructure integration and smart grid issues, and regulatory and environmental aspects.

*This course is available on-campus and online.

The Food Energy Water (FEW) nexus helps students navigate the complexities of sustainability, using systems thinking and case studies in food, energy, and water to create industrial ecology systems, closing the loop from the solar energy that sustains food production through food waste to new food.

*This course is available on-campus and online.

This course will use an interdisciplinary approach to explore climate vulnerability and pathways of climate mitigation and adaption. Case studies will be reviewed to provide insight on climate change adaption planning and societal resilience.

*This course is available on-campus and online.
*Course number may differ from the USF Class Schedule Search.

Agricultural and biological resources (bioresources) for producing food, bio-based products, and renewable energy are presented and discusses along with their environmental and climate change impact using an integrated food-energy-water nexus approach.

*This course is available on-campus and online.
*Course number may differ from the USF Class Schedule Search.

Climate change is the central challenge for civilization in this century, and it cannot be met by technological solutions alone. For mitigation to succeed, such technologies need to be embedded in a comprehensive societal transformation. This course explores what such a transformation requires--on the levels of politics, economics, education, and culture. We will discuss philosophical approaches, interdisciplinary findings, and features of contemporary societies that are evolving accordingly.

*This course is only available on-campus.
*Course number may differ from the USF Class Schedule Search.

This course is designed to help us deal with and eliminate waste. The course explores all kinds of wasted resources and opportunities with particular focus on organic and inorganic "production and consumption residuals" and wasted energy.

The course covers the conceptual structure and practical implementation of U.S. watershed-based water quality regulations and policies. Practical application of scientific information and quantitative methods in management/policy decisions for water quality protection.

 

Preferred Electives

The course analyzes the market status and growth potential of the portfolio of renewable power sources (solar, wind, geothermal, ocean, biogas), production technologies, economics and financing, infrastructure integration and smart grid issues, and regulatory and environmental aspects.

This course provides an overview of water resources planning and introduces students to some of the tools used in water resources planning and management. It will also discuss water quality issues as well as water and wastewater treatment technologies that are important to improve water quality in closing the water cycle loop. Students will use water resources planning tools to develop cost-effective plans based on individual and group project works.

NOTE: Please be advised that your degree requirements may be different than the requirements mentioned above if you were admitted to our degree program prior to Fall 2018. Please refer to our previous catalog to understand your respective degree requirements

 

On successful completion of this program, participants should be able to: 

For more information about this concentration, please contact the PCGS Academic Programs Director,

Randall Pape
rpape@usf.edu