Academics & Research

Sustainability Courses

USF offers a variety of courses that emphasize on sustainability. This growing list of courses provides students the opportunity to gain a breadth of knowledge in sustainability as well as apply practical learning on campus and in the surrounding community through immersive learning experience. 

If you are a faculty member and you have a course that fits the sustainability criteria, please contact Winnie Mulamba at The Office of Sustainability.


 The following key words can be used to identify potential sustainability focused courses and/or sustainability related courses from the academic catalog.

Sustainable, sustainability, Green, Eco, Global, Conservation, Remediation, Systems, Design, Environmental, Water, Energy, Ecology, Resources, Natural, Water, Contamination, Coastal, Marine, biodiversity, Geography, Chemistry, Hydraulic, Social issues, Population, Leadership, Planning, Development, Community, Food, Urban, Ethics, Policy, Economics, Politics, Transportation.


 Sustainability focused courses

These are courses in which the primary and explicit focus is on sustainability and/or on understanding or solving one or more sustainability challenge. These courses may have an explicit focus on sustainability, the application of sustainability within a field, or on providing skills and/or knowledge directly connected to understanding or solving one or more major sustainability challenges. Find sustainability-focused courses >>> 

Sustainability Related Courses

Courses in this category are primarily focused on a topic other than sustainability, but incorporates a unit or module on sustainability or a sustainability challenge, includes one or more sustainability-focused activities, or integrates sustainability issues throughout the course. Find sustainability-related courses >>> 

Immersive Experience Courses

A sustainability immersive experience is an educational program or academic course that concentrates on sustainability and its three dimensions: social, economic, and environment. The University of South Florida offers several opportunities for students to; explore in-depth solutions to major sustainability challenges, produce innovative tangible outcomes, create positive impact on the larger community or connect to the professionals in the industry. Some examples of immersive learning experience at USF include;

  • Study Abroad

USF Education Abroad offers several program types to help students find the program that meets their academic needs. Students can search by program, subject matter courses, country, foreign course code, or even USF course equivalent.                                                Find a sustainability-related study abroad program >>>

  • USF as a living lab / Learning in Community courses. 

These are Sustainability Courses that include project-based learning, providing students with hands on-experience by applying existing scientific knowledge to develop more practical applications for real world challenges. These courses utilize the campus' facilities and the surrounding community as an informal learning environment and test-bed to pilot and or scale innovations. Find a project-based learning course >>>

  • Sustainability Focused Internships

Sustainability internships offers students a professional learning experience allowing them to apply put their education into practice, develop their leadership skills and give them a competitive advantage as they pursue a permanent positions in the industry.                   Find a sustainability-related internship opportunities >>>