Climate Change & Sustainability

Concentration Description

The Climate Change and Sustainability concentration provides an interdisciplinary approach for students to advance their career by providing the knowledge and skills necessary to assess the impacts of climate change and vulnerability, and to develop climate change mitigation and adaptation measures for both developed and developing nations. The concentration explores the contemporary perceptions, attitudes, and beliefs associated with the climate debate by defining the issues and framing the localized nature of impacts. Analyses of different regions around the globe will provide insight on climate change mitigation policy, climate change impacts and vulnerabilities, adaptation planning, and societal resilience. The concentration emphasizes the translation of policy and research into climate-smart mitigation and adaptation strategies that will yield sustainable and resilient communities.


Climate Change & Sustainability Director

Dr. T. H. Culhane
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Concentration Director
Climate Change & Sustainability 
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Office: CGS 0253 
thculhane@usf.edu 
(813) 974-9694

Concentration Courses (9 credit hours)
Choose three

  • IDS 6208 – RENEWABLE POWER PORTFOLIO (3)

The course analyzes the market status and growth potential of the portfolio of renewable power sources (solar, wind, geothermal, ocean, biogas), production technologies, economics and financing, infrastructure integration and smart grid issues, and regulatory and environmental aspects.

*This course is available on-campus and online.

  • IDS 6222 – NAVIGATING THE SUSTAINABLE FOOD ENERGY WATER NEXUS (3)

The Food Energy Water (FEW) nexus helps students navigate the complexities of sustainability, using systems thinking and case studies in food, energy, and water to create industrial ecology systems, closing the loop from the solar energy that sustains food production through food waste to new food.

*This course is available on-campus and online.
*This course is currently pending approval and may be taken as an elective.

  • IDS 6247 – CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION AND MITIGATION (3)

This course will use an interdisciplinary approach to explore climate vulnerability, and pathways of climate mitigation and adaption. Case studies will be reviewed to provide insight on climate change adaption planning and societal resilience.

*This course is available on-campus and online.
*Course number may differ from the USF Class Schedule Search.

  • IDS 6210 – BIORESOURCES FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE (3)

Agricultural and biological resources (bioresources) for producing food, bio-based products, and renewable energy are presented and discusses along with their environmental and climate change impact using an integrated food-energy-water nexus approach.

*This course is available on-campus and online.
*Course number may differ from the USF Class Schedule Search.

  • PHI 6680 – CLIMATE CHANGE AND CIVIL EVOLUTION (3)

Mitigating climate change and transitioning to sustainability require a civil evolution to a postcarbon ecological economy. The course charts cultural and structural aspects of viable evolutionary pathways.

*This course is only available on-campus.
*Course number may differ from the USF Class Schedule Search.


On successful completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Analyze concerns of climate change and explore current perceptions, attitudes, and beliefs
  • Understand the social, economic, and political impacts of climate change
  • Develop a solid understanding of the consequences, risks, and uncertainties of climatic influences on urban environments, population distribution, food availability, water resources, and energy security
  • Analyze different strategies for reduction of net greenhouse gas emissions
  • Assess different pathways of climate resilience and sustainability at the local, regional, and national levels
  • Understand how cities build resilience in the face of a changing climate through the integration of adaptation strategies
  • Explore national and international policy responses to the challenges of climate change
  • Demonstrate effective communication to effectively translate climate change science for local decision-makers

For more information about this concentration, please contact the PCGS Academic Programs Director,

Randall Pape
rpape@usf.edu