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UC Sustainability

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Academic Programs

College of Engineering & Applied Science

Civil Engineering

The Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management (CAECM) encompasses the conception, design and construction of the built environment.

In response to a growing population and expanding economy, society constantly invests in new building and construction projects. Students in the program gain the creative and professional skills necessary to meet these demands by learning to develop building concepts and systems; design the structures, support systems and accesses; and implement the designs and organize construction.

Chemical and Environmental Engineering

The Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering (ChEE) provides students with the knowledge to understand challenging problems in the chemical and environmental field.

Due to the changing relationship between human society, the economy and the natural environment, chemical and environmental engineers have many opportunities to make a meaningful and long-lasting contribution to their field. Students in this department work together to create multidisciplinary solutions that address today and tomorrow’s most pressing global problems.


College of Design, Art, Architecture, & Planning

Architecture and Interior Design

The School of Architecture and Interior Design (SAID) at the University of Cincinnati prepares students for critical practice. Our students engage with the principles, traditions, and requirements of building in all its aspects, interior and exterior. Our goal is to advance the professions of Architecture and Interior Design by combining ethical judgment, creative research and technical proficiency in pursuit of excellence. We seek to nurture a life-long world view that recognizes the designer’s responsibility to the environment, society, and the profession. Students are encouraged to take risks with their design ideas, and develop the skills to communicate them. The faculty and students of SAID strive to advance the discourse of environmental design, to respond effectively to change, and to integrate research with technical expertise.


The study of horticulture covers the growth, distribution and utilization of ornamental plants, fruits and vegetables. In courses offered by UC's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP), students learn the relationship between horticulture and ecological processes and develop a forward-looking approach toward the environment. The horticulture curriculum has been choreographed to support the traditional foundation in plant science, landscape design, and landscape management, with a commitment to advance contemporary and sustainable approaches to all facets of horticulture. UC's bachelor of science in horticulture program is designed with the non-traditional student in mind. Classes are held evenings and weekends on UC's main campus as well as several off-campus locations.

Urban Planning

Planners are dedicated to managing cities and planning for their development in innovative ways.  Their concerns are issues that affect the world - land use, social policy, historic preservation, transportation, housing, economic development, policy planning, environmental protection, urban design, and international development.  This program stresses planning as a problem-solving activity with special emphasis on the built and natural environment and on improving the quality of life.

McMicken College of Arts & Sciences


Anthropology is the study of human cultural and biological diversity, across geographic space and throughout evolutionary time. It is a holistic discipline, interested in the whole of the human condition, from the past to the present (and future). UC's anthropology faculty focus their research and teaching on three key themes: bioevolutionary approaches to health, ecosystem dynamics, and forms of social inequality.

Biological Sciences

Biology is the scientific study of life and life processes.  Biologists study the organization of life, from the structures of molecules to the balance of ecosystems.  Biologists are able to make significant contributions to maintaining the health and well-being of the human population, as well as preserving and protecting the environment.


Chemistry is the study of all matter found in living structures, geological formations and human-created products.  Chemists explore the molecular structure of matter in order to develop theories about how such structures work and to apply these theories to the development of products that range from pharmaceuticals to heat shields.

Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies is the systematic investigation of the natural world and the interaction of humans with their own environment. Environmental issues and conflicts of this century are highly complex and transcend traditional academic disciplines. The goal of the environmental studies program is to provide the interdisciplinary training and conceptual framework required to analyze and respond to the complex and dynamic environmental problems of the modern world.


Geography focuses on the spatial dimensions of human activities and their interactions with physical landscapes.  The interrelationships between humans and their environments uniquelly allows geographers to link the social and physical sciences.  Students may specialize in environmental and physical geography, as well as GIS and remote sensing.


Geology has undergone a revolution in the past decade, becoming an interdisciplinary science that emphasizes the study of major earth systems.  Students learn how these systems work and how they are connected.  Geology majors integrate knowledge of earth materials, the processes that have shaped them, and the deep chronology of earth history to understand global change through time.  


Physics is the study of the physical laws of nature.  Physicists apply these laws to draw conclusions about a wide range of phenomena, from the structures of subatomic particles to planetary motion.

Political Science

The study of political science equips students with advanced understanding about political life in the United States and abroad.  Students develop conceptual, communication, and methodological skills, examine normative and analytic theories with which to study contemporary and emerging public issues, and develop an awareness of how political science relates to the other social sciences and the humanities.


Education for Environmental Sustainability Certificate

Geographic Information Systems Certificate

Green Roofs Certificate

Historic Preservation Certificate

Horticulture Certificate

Sustainable Landscape Design Certificate

Urban Agriculture Certificate

Urban Landscapes Certificate