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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Global Sustainability (GBS)
with a Concentration in Climate Change and Sustainability (CLT)

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Master of Arts (M.A.)
CIP Code: 30.3301
College of Global Sustainability (CS)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 30

Contact Information:
College of Global Sustainability
School of Global Sustainability Department (SGS)
4202 E. Fowler Ave CGS101
Tampa Fl  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Richard Berman
Phone: 813-974-9694
Email: rberman@usf.edu

Website: http://www.usf.edu/pcgs/


Faculty Search: Global Sustainability Faculty List


Major Information

The Patel College of Global Sustainability fosters sustainable urban communities and environments through collaborative research, education and community involvement. Its research generates innovations and new knowledge that helps cities around the world, including those in developing countries, to reduce their ecological footprint while improving their form and function to make them healthier, more livable and resilient.

In this innovative 30 credit hour major, the students will apply their passion for the environment with cutting-edge research and on-the-ground experience. The major offers a multidisciplinary study of the environment, social and economical dimensions of sustainability to enable informed decisions and to create tangible change toward sustainable futures. Upon graduation, the students will be ready for careers in global sustainability that require teamwork and program planning skills to solve sustainability issues in developing and developed nations.

Major Research Areas: Global sustainability, integrated resource management, systems thinking, green communities, entrepreneurship, ecotourism

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: June 1
Spring: October 15
Summer: ---

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • GPA of at least 3.00 or greater
  • At least two letters of recommendation.
  • Official transcripts for degrees earned at institutions other than the University of South Florida
  • 250-500 word essay that includes the students academic and professional background, choice of concentration, reasons for pursuing this degree, and their professional goals in terms of contributing to global sustainability.
  • Portfolio the applicant may provide a portfolio demonstrating prior work that focuses on sustainability
  • GRE is not required

English Proficiency Requirement/TOEFL
International applicants from non-English speaking countries or who have not earned a degree in the United States must demonstrate English Proficiency. For specific requirements - http://www.grad.usf.edu/policies_Sect4_full.php#engprof

Admissions Status: Apply (Direct Receipt)

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Major Requirements

Total Minimum Hours - 30 credits
The M.A. in Global Sustainability degree offers a number of concentrations. Students are required to complete 30 credit hours as follows:

Core courses 9 credit hours
Concentration courses 9 credit hours
Electives 6 credit hours
Internship/Research 6 credit hours
Comprehensive Exam

CORE COURSES 9 credit hours
IDS 6233       3       Concepts and Principles of Sustainability
IDS 6235       3       Economics and Finance for Sustainability
IDS 6234       3       Systems Thinking: The key to Sustainability

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS - 9 credits
Students select at least one concentration.

Climate Change and Sustainability (CLT)
Choose three of the following courses:
IDS 6208       3       Renewable Power Portfolio
IDS 6222       3       Sustainable Food Energy Water Nexus
IDS 6938       3       Special Topics/Seminars: Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
IDS 6938       3       Special Topics/Seminars: Bioresources for a Sustainable Future
PHI 6938       3       Selected Topics in Public Health: Climate Change and Civil Evolution

Coastal Sustainability (COA)
Choose three of the following courses:
IDS 6240       3        Sustainable Coastal Planning Concepts and Principles
IDS 6938       3        Special Topics/Seminars: Sustainable Coastal Planning: Strategies and Implementation
IDS 6938       3       Special Topics/Seminars: Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
OCE 6085       3       Ocean Policy

Entrepreneurship (ETR)
Choose three of the following courses
ENT 6116       3       Business Plan Development
ENT 6186       3       Strategic Market Assessment
ENT 6930       3       Special Topics in Entrepreneurship: Global Entrepreneurship
IDS 6938       3       Special Topics/Seminars Entrepreneurship with a Social Impact

Food Sustainability and Security (FOO)
Choose three of the following courses:
IDS 6938       3       Special Topics/Seminars Future of Food: Environment, Health, and Policy
IDS 6938       3       Special Topics/Seminars Sustainable Food Production
IDS 6938       3       Special Topics/Seminars: Sustainable Food Energy Water Nexus

PHC 6515       3       Food Safety
URP 6444       3       Global and Community Food Systems

Sustainable Business (SBU )
GEB 6457       3       Ethics, Law and Sustainable Business Practices
Choose two of the following courses:
GEB 6527       3       Lean Six Sigma

MAR 6336       3       Promotional Management
or MAR 6936       3       Selected Topics: Sustainable Marketing
MAR 6466       3       Supply Chain Management

Sustainable Energy (SUSE)
Choose three of the following courses:
IDS 6207       3       Renewable Transportation Fuels
IDS 6208       3       Renewable Power Portfolio
IDS 6210       3       Bioresources for a Sustainable Future
IDS 6222       3       Sustainable Food Energy Water Nexus
ECH 5931       3       Solar Energy and Applications
EEL 6935       3       Sustainable Energy

Sustainable Tourism (SUT)
Choose three of the following courses:
HMG 6246       3       Organizational Effectiveness in Hospitality
IDS 6236       3       Sustainable Tourism Development: Principles & Practices
IDS 6237       3       Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Management for Coastal & Marine Habitat
IDS 6247       3       Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
OCE 6085       3       Ocean Policy

Sustainable Transportation (STN)
Choose three of the following courses:
TTE 5501       3       Transportation Planning and Economics
TTE 6651       3       Public Transportation
TTE 6655       3       Transportation and Land Use
URP 6711       3       Multimodal Transportation Planning

Water (WTR)
Choose three of the following courses:
IDS 6222       3       Sustainable Food Energy Water Nexus
IDS 6245       3       Sustainable Water Resource Management: Doing More with Less
IDS 6246       3       Water Sensitive Urban design for Sustainable Communities
IDS 6248       3       Water Resources Planning

Electives for all concentrations - 6 credit hours
Students select two available courses such as the following typically offered:

ANG 5937       3       Seminar In Anthropology: Climate Change and Development
ANG 6436       3       Issues in Heritage Tourism
ARC 5931       3       Special Studies in Architecture: The City
CGN 6933       3       Special Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering: Green Engineering for Sustainability
CGN 6933       3       Special Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering: Green Infrastructure for Sustainable Communities
CGN 6933       3       Special Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering: Sustainable Transportation
CWR 6305       3       Urban Hydrology
ECH 5785       3       Sustaining the Earth: An Engineering Approach
ECH 5931       3       Special Topics IV: Solar Energy and Applications
EEL 6935       3       Selected Electrical Topics: Sustainable Energy
EIN 6936       3       Special Industrial Topics III: Advanced Lean Six Sigma
ENT 6016       3       New Venture Formation
ENT 6126       3       Strategies in Technology Entrepreneurship
ENT 6415       3       Fundamentals of Venture Capital and Private Equity
ENT 6606       3       New Product Development
ENT 6947       3       Advanced Topics in Entrepreneurship
ENV 6510       3       Sustainable Development Engineering
ENV 6667       3       Environmental Biotechnology
EVR 6216       3       Advances in Water Quality Policy and Management
EVR 6320       3       Environmental Management
EVR 6937       3       Seminar in Environmental Policy: Environmental Policy and the Built Environment
EVR 6937       3       Seminar in Environmental Policy: Sustainability and Development
GIS 5049       3       GIS for Non-Majors
GIS 6100       3       Advanced Geographic Information Systems
GIS 6355       3       Water Resources Applications of GIS
GLY 6739       3       Selected Topics in Geology: The Anthropocene
MAR 6936       3       Selected Topics: Sustainable Marketing
OCE 6934       3       Selected Topics in Oceanography: Marine Aquaculture
OCE 6934       3       Selected Topics in Oceanography: Port Sustainability
PAD 6355       3       Urban Growth Management
PAD 6336       3       Community Development Programs and Strategies
PHC 6934       3       Selected Topics in Public Health: Global Issues in Environment and Health
URP 6930       3       Special Topics in Urban and Regional Planning: Environmental Policy and the Built Environment
URP 6422       3       Environmental Planning Issues in Coastal Communities
URP 6930       3       Special Topics in Urban and Regional Planning: GIS Planners

Note * Other courses in global sustainability may be substituted for these electives as approved by the Graduate D irector.

Internship/Research Requirement
Choose one of the following:
IDS 6946       6       Sustainability Internship
IDS 6398       6       Special Topics/Seminars: Capstone Research Project
The required 6 credit I nternship or Research Project will be completed in the students last semester

Note- for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV) in the Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Program, the required 6 credit hour internship will be fulfilled by completing part or all of the required internship course (IDS 6946) locally or nationally.

Comprehensive exam
The Internship or research report serves as the program's comprehensive exam. As part of this process students write a final report and deliver a presentation based on their internship work or research project.


College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

IDS6233, IDS6235, IDS6234, IDS6238, IDS6946, ENT6116, ENT6186, IDS6240, IDS6241, IDS6236, IDS6237, IDS6245,