Courses with Sustainability Content

Pitt Courses that currently include Sustainability Content 

HAA 0940: Approaches to the Built Environment  
HAA 1920: Introduction to Historic Preservation  
HAA 1921: Documentation and Conservation Studio [6-credit capstone] 

BIOSC 0740: Ecology Summer Field Course, University Honors College (off-campus, Wyoming)
BIOSC 1160: Forest Ecology (off-campus, Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology)
BIOSC 1610: Conservation Biology (off-campus, Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology)
BIOSC 1310: Wetland Ecology (off-campus, Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology)
BIOSC 1220: Disease Ecology (off-campus, Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology)

CS 90: Computers and Sustainability

ECON 0360: Introduction to Resource & Environmental Economics  
ECON 1360: Intermediate Environmental & Resource Economics  
ECON 0530: Introduction to Economic Development.  
ECON 1530: Intermediate Development Economics 

ENGR 0715:  Engineering Applications for Society
ENGR 1050:  Product Realization
ENGR 1060:  Engineering for Humanity
ENGR 1900:  Introduction to Sustainable Water Technology and Design
ENGR 1905:  Introduction to Sustainability
ENGR 2200:  Introduction to Sustainable Engineering
ENGR 2905:  Introduction to Sustainability
ENGR 3200:  Engineering Sustainability: Capstone Definition
ENGR 3210:  Engineering Sustainability: Capstone Realization 

CEE 1412: Hydrology and Water Resources

CEE 1609/2609: Life Cycle Assessment Methodologies and Tools
CEE 1610/2610: Engineering and Sustainable Development
CEE 1617: Green Building Design and Construction
CEE 1618: Design for the Environment
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 2620: Advanced Green Building Design and Construction
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

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

MEMS 1065: Thermal Systems Design
ME 3007: Energetics  

ENGLIT 1005: Environmental Literature

GSWS 1450: Gender and Sustainability

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 
GEOL 1904: Sustainability Flash Lab

PS 1542:  Global Environmental Policy  

HIST 1019:  Cities in Historical Perspective
HIST 1695: Environmental History

Honors 1544:  Reading the Earth: Wyoming Field Studies in Ecology & Paleontology
(off-campus: Wyoming)

PS 1536 Human Security  
PS 1542: Global Environmental Politics

SOC 1445: Society and the Environment

SA 1340: Sculpture: Eco Art (Not offered regularly, has prerequisite)

URBNST 0080: Introduction to Urban Studies
URBNST 1614: Urban Sustainability

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

BSPP 2111: Commercializing New Technologies 3 - credits   
BSEO 2033: Managing the Natural Environment - 1.5 credits
BSEO 2012: Social Entrepreneurship - 1.5 credits

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. Alex Dale at

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  


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


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

Mascaro Center

Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation
University of Pittsburgh
Swanson School of Engineering
153 Benedum Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

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