Unearth sustainability curricula and research

Course Catalog

ARC 3610 Environmental Technology
ARC 4620 Environmental Technology 2
ENC 4360 Nature Writing
AMH 5636 Colloquium in US Environmental History
LIT 3437 International Environmental Justice Literature
PHI 3033 Philosophy Religion and the Environment
PHI 3640 Environmental Ethics
PHM 4031 Environmental Philosophy

ECP 3302 Economics and the Environment
ECP 4303 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
ECP 4530 Health Economics
ECP 6309 Survey of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

CCE 5006 Infrastructure Systems Management
CCE 6045 Cost Analysis of Sustainable Infrastructure Systems
CCE 5220 Sustainable Infrastructure Systems
CCE 6817 Dynamics of Sustainable Systems
CEG 5405 Seepage in Soils
CEG 6065 Soil Dynamics
CEG 6317 Advanced Geotechnical Engineering
CES 6320 Advanced Structural Mechanics
CES 6910 Research in Structural Engineering
CES 4205 Structural Mechanics
CGN 6655 Regional Planning Design and Development
CWR 4120 Hydrology
CWR 4124 Hydrogeology
CWR 4202C Hydraulics
CWR 4632C Water Resources Engineering I
CWR 4633C Water Resources Engineering II
CWR 4812 Water Resources Design
CWR 5125 Groundwater Hydrology
CWR 5205 Hydraulic Engineering
CWR 5515 Numerical Methods in Civil and Environmental Engineering
CWR 5545 Water Resources Engineering
CWR 5634 Water Resources in a Changing Environment
CWR 6007 Eco-hydraulics
CWR 6102 Advanced Hydrology
CWR 6535 Modeling Water Resources Systems
CWR 6660 Water Policy Planning and Governance
CWR 6235 Open Channel Hydraulics
CWR 6126 Groundwater Modeling
EAS 5302 Direct Energy Conversion
EEE 3350 Semiconductor Devices I
EEE 5352C Semiconductor Material and Device Characterization
EEE 5353 Semiconductor Device Modeling and Simulation
EEL 4216 Fundamentals of Electric Power Systems
EEL 5268 Communications and Networking for Smart Grid
EEL 6272 Smart Power Grids Protection
EEL 5291 Distributed Control and Optimization for Smart Grid
EES 5318 Industrial Ecology
EGN 3365 Structure and Properties of Materials
EGS 4710 Energy and Society
EMA 5586 Photovoltaic Solar Energy Materials
EMA 5108 Surface Science
EML 4411 Mechanical Power Systems
EML 4142 Heat Transfer
EML 4143 Heat Transfer II
EML 4306C Energy Systems Lab
EML 5152 Intermediate Heat Transfer
EML 4454 Turbines for Sustainable Power
EML 4600 HVAC Systems Engineering
EML 5545 Smart and Adaptive Structures
EML 4602 Applied HVAC Engineering
EML 5402 Turbomachinery
EML 5403 Science and Technology of Fuel Cells
EML 5430C Design for Manufacturing in Turbomachinery: Gas/Steam/Wind Turbines & Generators
EML 5431C Design for Mechanical & Dynamic Integrity and Reliability in Turbomachinery
EML 5456 Turbines for Sustainable Power
ENV 3001 Introduction to Environmental Engineering
ENV 4120 Air Pollution and Hazardous Waste Control
ENV 4122C Air Pollution Control Design
ENV 4300C Solid Waste Facility Design
ENV 4341 Sustainable Resource Management
ENV 4433C Environmental Engineering Wastewater Design
ENV 4531 Environmental Engineering Unit Operations & Processes
ENV 4561 Advanced Environmental Engineering Operations & Processes
ENV 5410 Water Treatment
ENV 5505 Sludge Management Operations in Environmental Engineering
ENV 5517 Engineering Chemical and Biological Processes
ENV 5636 Environmental and Water Resources Systems Analysis
ENV 6015 Physical/Chemical Treatment Systems in Environmental Engineering
ENV 6047 Environmental Informatics and Remote Sensing
ENV 6016 Biological Treatment Systems in Environmental Engineering
ENV 6347 Hazardous Waste Incineration
ENV 6558 Industrial Waste Treatment
ENV 6616 Ecological Engineering and Receiving Water Impacts
ENV 6030 Environmental Biotechnology
ENV 6126 Design of Air Pollution Controls
ENV 6106 Theory and Practice of Atmospheric Dispersion Modeling
TTE 4601C Urban Systems Design
TTE 5805 Geometric Design of Transportation Systems
TTE 5835 Pavement Engineering
TTE 6270 Intelligent Transportation Systems
TTE 6625 Mass Transportation Systems

IDS 6126 Interdisciplinary
IDS 6953 Urban and Regional Planning Capstone I
IDS 6954 Urban and Regional Planning Capstone II

IDS 6935 Urban and Regional Planning Capstone I
IDS 6954 Urban and Regional Planning Capstone II
PAD 4331 Land Use and Planning
PAD 4371 Community Resiliency Sustainability
PAD 4390 Hazard Mitigation and Preparedness
PAD 4395 Disaster Response and Recovery
PAD 3330 Urban and Regional Planning
PAD 4351 Issues in Environmental Program Management
PAD 4334 Urban Design
PAD 6353 Environmental Planning and Policy
PAD 6254 Economics of Land Use Planning and Development
PAD 6387 Transportation Policy
PAD 4253 Community and Economic Development
PAF 4754 Interdisciplinary Leadership in Public Affairs
PAD 4390 Hazard Mitigation and Preparedness
PAD 5336 Introduction to Urban Planning
PAD 5338 Land Use and Planning Law
PLA 4554 Environmental Law
URP 6711 Sustainable Transportation Planning

ANG 5531 Nutritional Anthropology
ANT 3290 Anthropology of Plants and People
ANT 4051 Environmental Anthropology
ANT 4441 Anthropology of Cities
ANT 4467 Nutritional Anthropology
BOT 6623C Plant Ecology
BOT 3018C Culinary Botany across cultures
BOT 3802 Ethnobotany
BOT 4713C Plant Taxonomy
BOT 4850 Medicinal Botany
BOT 4223C Plant Anatomy
BOT 4303C Plant Kingdom
BOT 4434C General Mycology
BOT 4503 Plant Physiology
BSC 3312 Principles of Marine Biology
BSC 4312C Advanced Marine Biology
BSC 5316 Marine Conservation Biology
BSC 5258L Tropical Biology Research and Conservation
BSC 4861L Urban Ecological Field Studies
BSC 5618 Phylogenetic Approaches in Biological Research
BSC 5824 Biogeography
BSC 4821 Biogeography
BSC 3052 Conservation Biology
BSC 6466 Methods in Experimental Ecology
BSC 6468 Methods in Experimental Ecology II
BSC 4330 Invasion Biology
BSC 5332 Invasion Biology
CHS 4615 Environmental Chemistry
GLY 1030 Geology and its Applications
GLY 2038 Environmental Geoscience
CHS 6613 Current Topics in Environmental Chemistry
EVR 1001 Introduction to Environmental Science
GEO 1200 Physical Geography
GEO 2370 Resources Geography
INR 4054 Global Politics of Energy
INR 4351 International Environmental Law
INR 6352 Global Environmental Politics
INR 6356 Environmental Security
INR 6405 International Environmental Law
PUP 3203 Environmental Politics
PUP 3204 Sustainability
PUP 4209 Urban Environmental Policy
PUP 6208 Environmental Politics
PUP 6201 Urban Environmental Policy
PAZ 4234 Zoo and Aquarium Management
PAZ 5235 Zoo and Aquarium Biology Management
OCE 3008 Oceanography
PCB 3044 Principals in Ecology
PCB 3044L Principals in Ecology Laboratory
PCB 3354 Tropical Ecology and Conservation
PCB 4353 Florida Ecology, Natural History and Conservation
PCB 4402 Disease Ecology & Ecoimmunology
PCB 4683 Evolutionary Biology
PCB 4683L Evolutionary Biology Lab
PCB 5447 Disease Ecology & Ecoimmunology
PCB 6053C Restoration Ecology
PCB 4408 Urban Ecology
PCB 3343L Principals of Field Ecology
PCB 5045 Conservation Biology
PCB 6556 Conservation Genetics
PCB 5435C Marine Ecology of Florida
PCB 6480C Quantitative Conservation Biology
PCB 5326C Ecosystems of Florida
PCB 5485 Models in Ecology
PCB 6046 Advanced Ecology
PCB 6047 Advances in Plant Ecological Research
PCB 5687 Evolutionary Ecology
PCB 6365 Environmental Physiology
PCB 6328C Landscape Ecology
PCB 6035C Wetland Ecology
PCB 5935 Population Genetics
PCB 6675C Evolutionary Biology
PCB 6930 Current Topics in Ecology
PCB 7049C Conservation Biology Practice
PHY 1038 Physics of Energy, Climate Change and Environment
SYD 4510 Environment and Society
SYD 4514 Environmental Movement
SYD 3410 Urban Society
SYD 4020 Birth, Death and Population Trends
SYD 5517 Environment and Society
SYO 3408 Animals and Health
SYG 4244 Food and Society

IDS 3150 Foundations of Environmental Studies
IDS 4934 Capstone Experience
IDS 4204C Advanced Topics on Energy and Sustainability
GIS 4301C Advanced GIS Applications in Environmental Studies
GIS 3043C GIS for Environmental Studies

 ISC 6146 Environmental Education for Educators
SCE 3310 Teaching Science in Elementary School
SCE 4361 Programs in Teaching Science
SCE 5337 Issues and Methods in Secondary School Science
SCE 6315 Methods in Elementary School Science
SCE 5325 Teaching Middle School Science
SCE 7145 Design of Post-Secondary Science Curriculum
SCE 7146 Professional Issues in Science Education

FSS 3008 Culture and Cuisine
FSS 3124 Supply and Procurement Management
FSS 6365 Management of Food Service Operations
HFT 4457 Food Beverage and Labor Cost Controls
HMG 7876 Strategies and Tactics: Foodservice

Living Lab

While classrooms continue to advance sustainability knowledge through scholarship and education, the university campus itself also functions as a living laboratory. As a living lab, campus buildings and grounds become teaching tools to further sustainability learning. By blending campus infrastructure and operations with multi-disciplinary student learning projects, students are able to gain insight into campus sustainability challenges and even contribute to solutions.

Academic Courses

BSC 4861L Urban Ecological Field Studies:

A service-learning course utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to developing models and implementing programs designed to result in environmental sustainability. Past projects include:

  • Water filtration in pervious and impervious surfaces
  • Water lettuce and apple snail ability for bioremediation
  • Quantifying the value of UCF Natural Lands

EEL 4914C/ EEL 4915L Senior Design 1 and 2

This year-long special topics class provides the opportunity for students to practice the engineering skills accumulated over the course of their engineering studies. Past Projects include:

  • 20-panel floating solar farm on a UCF retention pond
  • Portable solar tracker to capture, store, and distribute solar energy

IDS 4932 Capstone Special Topics

Students participate in problem-based campus projects with departments such Sustainability Initiatives acting as clients. Projects are ongoing and are further developed each semester. Projects include:

  • Increasing shuttle ridership
  • Developing a sustainability interpretative trail
  • Recycling initiatives
  • Fair Trade Campus Certification
  • Photovoltaic bike racks
  • Energy Star Portfolio Manager reporting
Independent Study & Internships

Landscape and Natural Resources

Students can take an independent study credit to conduct research on a specific topic with Landscape and Natural Resources. Past projects include:

  • Gopher tortoise survey
  • Chlorophyll “a” present in stormwater ponds versus natural systems on campus

Student Sustainability Advisory Committee (SSAC)

Working alongside faculty and staff in the Sustainability Advisory Committee (SAC), this student-run internship serves as a catalyst between student values and institutional campus change. Members are appointed annually to develop proposal and projects for topics in six different areas: Buildings & Energy, Food & Livability, Land & Water, Transportation, and Waste. Past proposals and projects include:

  • Fruit trees at RWC
  • Recycling bins in high traffic areas
  • Bike share expansion
  • On-campus electric shuttle
  • Paper-towel composting pilot

Sustainability Research

The document below is derived from an export of research reported in UCF’s Office or Research and Commercialization. In order to capture sustainability research, sustainability search terms were utilized. After a series of filtrations, nineteen sustainability-related research project were captured from the fiscal year 2017. Please note, the list is not exhaustive and does not capture non-funded projects and published works. We’re working to create a more robust inventory.

Sustainability Research List FY 2017


The Center for Global Economic and Environmental Opportunity (GEEO)

Director: James Bacchus

The Center for Global Economic and Environmental Opportunity (GEEO) examines the environmental, economic, and social dimensions of sustainability in their relation to global action. By focusing on the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals, various grassroots initiatives, and the interconnectedness of sustainability itself, GEEO aims to explore environmental solutions—both locally and internationally.

To the  join the study group sign up here.

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Faculty Cluster Initiative

The UCF Faculty Clusters were first introduced in 2015 as a means to combat current scientific and societal challenges present in the Central Florida community and beyond. This initiative is unique to the university, as it unifies experts in a variety of disciplines behind common goals. Environmental stability and protection represents one of the most pressing issues facing our planet today. UCF recognizes this and has exemplified it’s commitment to sustainability by devoting three of its faculty clusters towards advancements and developments in this area. 

Renewable Energy Systems

Cluster Lead: Dr. Zhihua Qu

The Resilient, Intelligent, and Sustainable Energy Systems (RISES) cluster is committed to collaborative research in transformative renewable energy systems. RISES focuses on the analysis, design, development, and deployments of energy resources—photovoltaic systems in particular. As a multidisciplinary team of faculty and students, the cluster hopes to develop innovative solutions to make electrical grids self-organizing, efficient and resilient.

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Sustainable Coastal Systems

Cluster Lead: Dr. Graham Worthy

The challenges and threats facing coastal areas require a comprehensive anthropological and scientific understanding of how these systems work. The Sustainable Coastal Systems cluster aims to strengthen this understanding by bridging gaps between disciplines. The cluster will train students in conservation and resource management while exploring new solutions, technologies, and approaches to protecting and interacting with these critical systems. The cluster intends to create decision-support models for planners, policymakers, and stakeholders in similar geographic locations and across the globe.

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Energy Conversion and Propulsion

Cluster Lead: Dr. Talat S. Rahman & Dr. Patrick Schelling

As a recognized leader in energy-related research, UCF aims to understand the possibilities of alternative renewable energy sources. Solar energy, biomass-derived fuels, and even hydrogen are becoming cost-effective, sustainable, alternatives to fossil fuels. Now, the Energy Conversion and Propulsion cluster intends to generate the knowledge base essential for accelerating the discovery and application of novel catalysts for energy conversion, storage, and propulsion.

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