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Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainability

The aim of the Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainability is to provide undergraduate students the opportunity to enhance their education by including sustainability in their course of study.  

This new certificate program in “Sustainability” transcends existing schools and departments at the University of Pittsburgh, capitalizes on ongoing sustainability-growth opportunities in teaching and research at the University, and utilizes the framework of the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation (MCSI) to execute the certificate. 

students participating in undergraduate certificate program

The objectives of the undergraduate sustainability certificate are:

  • To develop the basic competencies needed by science, engineering, and humanities graduates to contribute quickly and effectively to the development and ultimate use of sustainable technologies, science, and practices in the U.S. and abroad,
  • To create opportunities for undergraduates to develop analytical skills and to learn to think critically about sustainability, 
  • To provide undergraduates the opportunity to seamlessly incorporate sustainability into their course of study, and
  • To create a benchmark education program that can serve as a model throughout academia.

View the list of required courses for the Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainability.

Click below to indicate your interest in the undergraduate sustainability certificate:

Apply for Undergraduate Sustainability Certificate

Students must also declare the certificate within their track: 

Dietrich School Declaration Form 

Swanson School Declaration Form

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m interested in the Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainability. What can I do to learn more?

Thank you for your interest! First, explore the website, including course requirements. Second, you can set up a meeting to discuss the certificate and your plan of study with the program director. Email Savannah Denlinger at to schedule a meeting.

Is there an order in which I need to take classes?

It is highly encouraged that you take Current Issues in Sustainability (ENGR-1905) as early as possible. You should aim to take Sustainability Capstone (ENGR-1907) as your last class for the certificate.

When are the core classes offered? And how do I get in?
What happens if I can’t get into the core classes?

We will try our best to accommodate you, but if you are concerned about getting into one of the core classes; please email Savannah Denlinger at to discuss.

What if I have a major conflict with my schedule and obtaining the certificate?

If you are experiencing challenges in obtaining the certificate, please email Savannah Denlinger at to schedule an appointment with the program director, Dr. Sanchez. We will do our best to help you!

I am having trouble enrolling into Current Issues in Sustainability (ENGR-1905). What can I do?

This course is open to all Pitt students. If you are having trouble enrolling or being placed on the waitlist, please email us.

If you are on the waitlist, please know that (1) we are trying our best to accommodate all students and (2) this class is offered both semesters.

Are there any prerequisites for the courses?

There are no prerequisites for Current Issues in Sustainability (ENGR-1905).

You are required to have taken Current Issues in Sustainability, either (CEE-1610) or (GEOL 1030), and your electives prior to taking Sustainability Capstone. If there are any major issues with scheduling, you may ask to meet with Dr. Sanchez.

Is the certificate only available to specific majors?

The certificate is open to all Pitt undergraduates! We encourage you to explore the approved electives and find courses that align with your goals and interests.

How do I apply?

Please apply using the Pitt Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainability Registration form as it helps us provide you with up-to-date information and ensure that you have a Plan of Study that enables you to complete the certificate on time and with your major(s).