Graduate Certificates

The USF Patel College of Global Sustainability is excited to announce the launch of four new 12 credit hour graduate certificates starting Spring 2016.

Application deadline is December 4, 2015 for the Spring semester.

Graduate certificates in:

Sustainable Tourism (online and in-person)

Tourism is on the largest industries in the world, accounting for 9% of the world GDP and 10.5% of the world’s workforce. Tourism is also the fastest growing industry in the world and the ecotourism/ sustainable tourism sector is the fastest growing sector in the tourism industry. The goal of this certificate program is to provide students with the knowledge, skills and tools to develop sustainable tourism programs that meet Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria.

This certificate program will provide a general foundation of sustainable tourism and related concepts of sustainability. It is designed to appeal to an audience with a wide range of backgrounds and interests in the tourism and hospitality industry. The curriculum will be of particular interest to those related to global tourism movements such as the United Nation’s World Tourism Organization, the International Ecotourism Society, and the Global Sustainability Tourism Council.

Required Courses:

IDS 6233 - Concepts and Principles of Sustainability (3) IDS 6235 - Economics and Finance for Sustainability (3) IDS 6236 - Sustainable Tourism and Development (3) IDS 6237 - Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Management (3)

Energy Sustainability (online and in-person)

Concerns about future economic growth, standards of living, and environmental quality have made sustainable energy a top priority worldwide. The goal of this program is to provide students with a solid understanding of the key principles of sustainability, its economics, and how it is practiced by the energy industry in the form of sustainable transportation fuels and electricity from natural resources with a small carbon footprint. Students will acquire a solid understanding of sustainability and its applications in the energy sector to prepare themselves for careers as sustainability and sustainable energy practitioners.

The certificate program will provide a general foundation in sustainability and thorough understanding of all forms of energy that can support a sustainable economy. It is designed to appeal to an audience with a wide range of backgrounds and career interests by addressing energy from all angles (technology, business, economic, policy, social) unlike similar-sounding programs at other institutions, which are designed narrowly for engineering and hard science students.

Required Courses:

IDS 6233 - Concepts and Principles of Sustainability (3) IDS 6235 - Economics and Finance for Sustainability (3) IDS 6207 - Renewable Transportation Fuels (3) IDS 6208 - Renewable Power Portfolio (3)

Water Sustainability (online and in-person)

Skilled sustainability professionals are needed in order to create effective solutions to the complex global water challenges. This certificate program will equip students with the theory, practice and skills to guide communities and the different sectors in issues of water management. It will enable students to understand the complex regional and global water-related challenges and to develop innovative and sustainable solutions. This program strives to meet the defend of graduates and professions who would like to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to enhance their career opportunities in a reasonable time. The program is also attractive for many students who would like to use this as a path towards their M.A. program in global sustainability.

The certificate program is based on a multidisciplinary approach to sustainable water management. It will present water management issues from technological, economics, and policy perspectives. The program will provide students with general knowledge on sustainability and deeper understanding of water management in a sustainable manner. It is open to students from multiple disciplines (engineering, natural sciences, and social sciences) and will build knowledge and skills for holistic and integrated approaches to water management in the face of complex global challenges.

Required Courses:

IDS 6233 - Concepts and Principles of Sustainability (3) IDS 6235 - Economics and Finance for Sustainability (3) IDS 6245 - Sustainable Water Resources Management (3) IDS 6246 - Water Sensitive Urban Design (3)

Global Sustainability (online and in-person)

The program is intended to prepare students to address complex regional, national, and global challenges related to sustainability and the ability to innovate in diverse cultural, geographic, and demographic contexts. The graduate certificate program is unique as the curriculum is fully integrated to provide a systems perspective for learning and development of an analytical perspective. The target student audience can come from a diverse array of backgrounds and career interests as the program provides a sustainability framework to be used as a foundation for any career. The primary goal of the program is to foster sustainability principles and critical thinking, equipping students with the tools needed to apply sustainability problems to complex, real world problems.

The certificate program in Global Sustainability insures understanding of the principles of sustainability and the interdependence of the environment, the economy, and social systems to become effective stewards of natural resources and the environment. The program seeks to advance students’ ability to understand and address real-world environmental problems; apply systems approach to manage social-ecological systems; and develop critical thinking skills for affection decisions involving environmental policy, resource management, biodiversity conservation, and human health. The program takes a pragmatic systems perspective and holistic approach to address issues of sustainability that consider water, energy, and food sustainability and security.

Students completing the certificate will achieve an advanced understanding of the sciences of sustainability; its real world application; and increase opportunity for job advancement. The program will allow students from diverse backgrounds to pursue interests in sustainability sciences in some depth without requiring the breadth of course work and extensive research required for the Master’s degree.

Required Courses:

IDS 6233 - Concepts and Principles of Sustainability (3) IDS 6235 - Economics and Finance for Sustainability (3) IDS 6234 - Systems Thinking: The Key to Sustainability (3) IDS 6238 - Communicating the Value of Sustainability (3)

How to Apply Learn how to apply for a graduate certificate program here.

Admission Requirements
Bachelor’s Degree (BA or BS) Minimum 3.0 GPA

If you have any questions concerning the registration process, please contact Anthony Macedo at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (813) 974-5397.