Prospective Students


Pitt Courses that currently include Sustainability Content:

Political Science  

PS1536 Human Security  


Architectural Studies  

HAA 0940: Approaches to the Built Environment   

HAA 1920: Introduction to Historic Preservation   

HAA 1921: Documentation and Conservation Studio [6-credit capstone]  



ECON 0360: Introduction to Resource & Environmental Economics   

ECON 1360: Intermediate Environmental & Resource Economics   

ECON 0530: Introduction to Economic Development.   

ECON 1530: Intermediate Development Economics  



PS1542:  Global Environmental Policy   

Global Energy Policy  

Global Health Policy   

Development Economics  



ENGR 0715: Engineering Applications for Society
ENGR 1050 – Product Realization
ENGR 2200: Introduction to Sustainable Engineering
ENGR 3200: Engineering Sustainability: Capstone Definition
ENGR 3210: Engineering Sustainability: Capstone Realization


Civil & Environmental:  

CEE 1209/2209: Life Cycle Assessment Methodologies and Tools
CEE 1210/2210: Engineering and Sustainable Development
CEE 1217/2217: Green Building Design and Construction
CEE 1412: Hydrology and Water Resources
CEE 1503: Introduction to Environmental Engineering
CEE 1514: Environmental Impact Assessment
CEE 1533: Environmental Design Project
CEE 2346: Repair and Retrofit of Structures
CEE 2513: Environmental Impact Assessment
CEE 3501: Environmental Engineering Processes 1
CEE 3502: Environmental Engineering Processes 2



ChE 2350/3350: Theory and Application of Detectors in Chemical, Physical, and Life Sciences

Electrical and Computer Science:  

ECE 1769: Power Systems Analysis
ECE 2795: Special Topics: Power
ECE 3776: Power System Control and Stability


Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science:  

MEMS 1065: Thermal Systems Design
ME 3007: Energetics


Geology & Planetary Science:  

GEOL 0030:  The Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate   

GEOL 0060:  History of the Earth   

GEOL 0802:  Geology of the National Parks   

GEOL 0820:  Natural Disasters   

GEOL 0860:  Environmental Geology   

GEOL 1051:  Groundwater Geology   

GEOL 1052:  Paleoclimatology   

GEOL 1055:  Environmental Ethics, Science, and Public Policy   

GEOL 1060:  Geomorphology   

GEOL 1309:  Physiochemical and Geological Limnology   

GEOL 1313:  Communication for Environmental Professionals   

GEOL 1332:  Management of Environmental and Non-Profit Organizations       

GEOL 1333:  Sustainability  

GEOL 1334:  Environmental Policy   

GEOL 1335/1336:  Environmental issues:  Air Quality   

GEOL 1337/1338:  Environmental issues:  Water Quality   

GEOL 1339/1340:  Environmental issues:  Mining and gas drilling issues   

GEOL 1341/1342:  Environmental issues:  Parks and forests   

GEOL 1445:  GIS, GPS and Computer Methods   

GEOL 1446:  Advanced Geographic Information Systems   

GEOL 1460:  Introduction to Remote Sensing   

GEOL 1515:  Environmental Geochemistry  


Current Courses within CBA  

BUSSCM 1730: Managing Global Supply Chains - 3 credits   

BUSSCM 1785: Field Projects in Global Supply Chains - 3 credits   

BUSENV 1765: Leadership in the Social Environment: 3 credits   

BUSMKT 1431: Product Development and Management: 3 credits   

BUSSPP 1740: Global Strategy and Competitive Advantage: 3 credits   

BUSSPP 1745: Projects in Global Management: 3 credits  


Potential Cross-Listed CBA/MBA Course  

BSPP 2111—Commercializing New Technologies—3 credits    

BSEO 2033—Managing the Natural Environment—1.5 credits   

BSEO 2012 - Social Entrepreneurship - 1.5 credits  


Sustainable Engineering Certificate

An undergraduate Certificate in Sustainable Engineering is available to all undergraduate engineering students. The certificate is housed in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and administered through the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation. The certificate provides interested students with an awareness and sensitivity to environmental issues and consequences of engineering systems consistent with their engineering major. The certificate builds upon an increasing number of courses being offered with an emphasis on sustainability and requires 12 credits to complete. 

For information on this program contact: Dr. Melissa Bilec at 

Social Entrepreneurship – Engineering for Humanity
ENGR 1060/2060

The course will explore the concepts of social entrepreneurship through the three tenets of sustainability: environment, economy, and equity in the context of product development. An introduction will provide a foundation in engineering product design and the impact of innovative business models, exploring topics such as Prahalad and Hart's Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid. Additional class time will be dedicated to exploring everyday challenges in the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) through the U.N. Millennium Development Goals. Through weekly readings, the course will focus on classroom discussions about the tenets of sustainability and the relevance to engineering design. The course project will provide students with an opportunity to develop an interdisciplinary team and design an engineering product that will address energy challenges (i.e. energy efficient product, renewable energy micro-systems, energy policy, etc.) in the developing country of their choice.

For additional information contact: Dr. Bhavna Sharma at 


Sustainable Entrepreneurship for Engineers
ENGR 1039/2039

This course provides an introduction to entrepreneurship in sustainability industries through experience with the basic decisions confronted and overview of the course, you will form student teams around self-generated product/service ideas or those associated with an existing company. The course end game is to formulate and present a business plan for your startup company/division before a board of potential financial stakeholders.


For additional information contact: Dr. Howard Kuhn at 

International Senior Design Experience
ENGR 1098

This one credit course is focused on understanding globalization and technology with a particular emphasis on sustainability design and international experience. By the end of this course, students should understand the basic history, government, and economic strategies, related to their country; Produce a final design that is the most cost-effective design possible, as funding for construction is limited and repairs in the future would be undertaken by members of the community; Be able to define “globalization” and “sustainability” and identify how it is impacting their respective fields of study and future employment; Gain awareness of differences in the business environments of the U.S. in relationship to the rest of the world. The first part of the course is focused on preparing students for an intensive, 4-5 day study tour in country that will occur during the Thanksgiving and/or Semester break. The second part is the actual in country trip. The final part of the course is focused on reflections of that study-tour and a better understanding of issues facing engineers when they have a global work experience.


For additional information contact Dr. Dan Budny at  

GLOBAL ENERGY POLICY Fall 2013 Masters Level


Instructor: Shanti Gamper-Rabindran, Associate Professor, GSPIA and Department of Economics

The Global Energy Policy course applies tools from economics, science, and policy analysis to address energy issues.  First, we systematically examine various energy sources in the US/EU/developing countries including oil, gas, nuclear, hydro, biofuels, solar and wind. Specifically, we explore methods to estimate the benefits and costs (economic, environmental, health, political) from various energy sources. We discuss how market forces, market failures, lobbying, and government policies influence the gaps between private and social costs of energy. Second, we examine incentive policies for the adoption of renewable energy (e.g., cap & trade, carbon tax, renewable portfolio standards, pull-push innovation policies), barriers to their adoption (infrastructure, storage, and intermittency), and overall benefits from restructuring towards a greener economy. Third, we address incentive policies to increase energy efficiency (e.g., fuel economy standards, rebates, LEED certification). Fourth, we examine the role of international trade, investment, technology transfer and climate policy in increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy worldwide. Fifth, we examine the geopolitics of energy sources (e.g. US, EU/Russia, China/Africa, Central Asia & Middle East). We discuss the growing recognition that investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy can mitigate national security concerns stemming from fossil fuel dependency.
Open to masters-level and doctoral students and senior undergraduates

For further information, please contact

GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY Spring 2013  Masters level

Instructor: Shanti Gamper-Rabindran, Associate Professor, GSPIA and Department of Economics

The Global Environmental Policy course applies tools from economics, science and policy analysis to address environmental issues.  First, we address the inter-linkages between economic development and environmental protection. We explore methods to estimate the benefits from environmental services and the costs from environmental degradation (e.g., hedonics, integrated assessment). Second, we address the root causes of environmental problems (market failures such as externalities, public goods;   government failures, and asymmetrical power). Second, we examine policy tools to address environmental problems (e.g. regulations, tradable permits, taxes, payment for environmental services, voluntary approaches, information disclosure). Third, we examine the link between international trade and the environment (e.g., technology transfer and WTO disputes e.g. Shrimp-Turtle, Asbestos, Reformulated Gasoline) and international treaties (e.g. the Basel Convention, the Montreal Protocol, the Kyoto Protocol). Fourth, we discuss the challenges presented by climate change, including food security, water security, the spread of infectious diseases and extreme events. We discuss efforts to address climate change adaptation and mitigation and the recognition that climate change represents national security challenges.
Open to masters-level and doctoral students and senior undergraduates

For further information, please contact 

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