Academic Programs

Sustainable Transportation Certificate

Alternative vehicle display at a Tampa Bay Clean Cities Coalition (TBCCC) meeting. PCGS is a founding member of the TBCCC.

Alternative vehicle display at a Tampa Bay Clean Cities Coalition (TBCCC) meeting. PCGS is a founding member of the TBCCC.

Certificate Descriptions:

The predominant focus on automobile transportation has led to a variety of consequences that are less than sustainable such as urban sprawl, rising rates of obesity, growth in green house gas emissions, habitat degradation, dependence on fossil fuels, and equality concerns. The goal of this certificate is to provide students with the knowledge, literacy, skills and tools they need to develop plans for sustainable transportation.

The M.A. in Global Sustainability concentration in Sustainable Transportation teaches methods for achieving a more sustainable transportation system and how that system fits into efforts to improve community design and the livability of urban areas.


Required Courses (6 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.


Elective Courses (6 credit hours)
Choose two: 

Fundamentals of urban transportation planning: trip generation, trip distribution, modal split, traffic assignment. Introduction to environmental impact analysis, evaluation an choice of transportation alternatives.

*This course is available on-campus and online.

The objective of this course is to create an understanding of public transport by students whose careers are likely to involve interaction with or working in public transportation. At the completion of the material, students should have a working knowledge of the role that public transportation plays in providing mobility. The course will cover the full spectrum of public transportation issues including: history and evolution of public transportation, travel behavior and mode choice, public transportation planning, financing, marketing, public transportation technologies, transportation land use relationships, multimodal planning, service planning and scheduling, strategic planning, and public transportation administration.

*This course is available on-campus and online.

The relationship between transportation investment and transportation facility design is increasingly being recognized as a critical aspect of transportation and land use planning. A host of topics such as those excerpted above will be the focus of this course. Classes will focus on lectures and discussions of classic and contemporary readings on transportation and land use. Extensive discussion and participation by class members and guest speakers is planned.

*This course is available on-campus and online.

This course focuses on multimodal transportation planning, including planning for roadways, public transportation, bicycling, pedestrians, and the movement of freight. It addresses contemporary transportation planning from a multidisciplinary perspective, reviews the roles of various agencies and organizations in transportation planning, and emphasizes the relationship of transportation to land use and urban form. Related themes include the role of transportation planning in advancing sustainability and livability objectives. A goal of the course is to familiarize urban planning, engineering, and architecture/community design students with the diversity of contemporary transportation issues and multimodal planning best practices pertinent to these disciplines.

*This course is only available on-campus.


Point of Contact

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