Global EngagementUC HomeAbout UCUC AcademicsUC AdmissionsUC AthleticsUC GlobalUC HealthUC LibrariesUC ResearchNews


UC College of Engineering Offers a New Sustainable Urban Engineering Minor in Response to Student Requests

Students at the University of Cincinnati have been clamoring to learn more about sustainable urban engineering. The College of Engineering has listened and is now offering for the first time a new minor or certificate in sustainable urban engineering this fall.

Date: 9/15/2008 12:00:00 AM
By: Wendy Beckman
Phone: (513) 556-1826

UC ingot  

“Sustainable Urban Engineering” is a popular term these days. For quite a while, students at the University of Cincinnati have been clamoring to learn more about sustainable urban engineering. Now the numbers are in: enough students have asked for formal instruction so that a minor was added to the engineering curriculum in sustainable engineering.

In September 2007 a survey was e-mailed to approximately 35,000 UC students. Approximately 1,500 students responded to the survey, and more than 250 respondents self-identified as being enrolled in the College of Engineering. Approximately 89% of the total respondents indicated that they wanted to participate in formal education about sustainability with a minor/certificate selected as the most-favored option. In response, the Center for Sustainable Urban Engineering (SUE) at UC has formed a trans-disciplinary minor in Sustainable Urban Engineering.

"Sustainable Urban Engineering" seeks to understand how urban infrastructure and environmental policies affect the long-term health and wealth of cities, and to apply this understanding for practical aims through the development of theoretical and analytical frameworks. (See "Unpacking the Jargon.") Such theoretical and analytical frameworks do not exist, and will only be discovered and tested through sustained multi-disciplinary research and education collaborations fostered by administrative support at all levels of the university.

With leadership from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, a multi-disciplinary minor in Sustainable Urban Engineering has been organized. Consisting of 30 credit hours, the objective of this minor is to provide students with seven learning opportunities, namely: 1) a shared experience in core courses; 2) technical depth in engineering and health; breadth in 3) planning, 4) management, 5) economics and 6) policy; 7) with a culminating capstone experience.

The capstone course experience for Integrated Sustainable Development with multi-disciplinary teams of students across the university — arts and sciences, engineering, political science, health, economics, planning and management — could come through such things as planning and construction of Habitat for Humanity House (course credit provided through independent study) or implementation of a project for “Engineers Without Borders.”

Students interested in completing the Minor in Sustainable Urban Engineering, should contact at For more information, visit

Related Story:

6/26/2008  Getting Off the Grid and Unpacking the Jargon about Sustainable Urban Engineering
Sustainable urban engineering is a popular topic but what the heck does it mean?Back to School Information

UC Opens Classes with Record Enrollment and Brightest Freshman Class

UC Celebrates Its Most Academically Talented Freshman Class

UC’s Rising Retention and Graduation Rates the Result of a Success Challenge

UC Introduces Sophomore Learning Communities

UC Clermont Announces New College Success Program

Get Details on the Big Move Back to Campus

New Living and Learning Community for First-Generation College Students

A New COMMunity House for Communication Students

Geography Partnership One of Three New International Agreements to Be Implemented at UC in 2008-09

College of Business Introduces New Major in Entrepreneurship/Family Business

College of Business Welcomes First Kolodzik Business Scholars

A&S Introduces New Undergraduate Major in Neuroscience

UC Offers New Master’s Degree in Engineering

Reading Project Connects More Than 1,000 UC Freshmen

UC Honors Students Begin Building A Home Designed for Special Needs

More Students and Pay for UC’s Growing Co-op Class

Campus Upgrades Underway as Part of the New Academic Year

Education on Crime Prevention Paying Off for Students

Updates on UC’s Emergency Text-Messaging Service

Parking Services Announces Changes for New Academic Year

At UC, Energy Savings Equals Economic Savings

Going Greener for Fall: UC’s Residential Restaurants Eliminate Food Trays

Solar House Serves as Summer Lab for Alternative-Energy Technologies

Bearcat Live! Presents Blessid Union of Souls

Princeton Review Places UC Among the Nation’s Best Universities