Current Offerings

Enroll in any of these courses by looking for PD 2030 and the section number (001, 002, 003) in Catalyst when you register for classes.

Fall 2021

Zero Hunger/Zero Waste (PD 2030-001)

In this innovation course, students will address the interdependent problems of hunger and food waste that challenge our region. Working with the Zero Hunger/Zero Waste Foundation of the Kroger Co., teams of students from different disciplines will work with neighborhood groups to imagine solutions to this "wicked problem" in areas of food accessibility, street vending, food hubs, urban agriculture, rooftop gardens, food delivery, sustainable food systems, food waste solutions and more.

We are looking for students from many different programs to bring unique sets of knowledge, skills and fresh perspectives to the challenge.

  • Inquiry to Innovation/UC Forward Course
  • Course Number PD2030, Section 001
  • 3 credits
  • Fulfills BOK requirements, UC Forward Certificates, and CEAS/BEC Minor - Petition for Honors Credit
  • Offered Fall 2021
  • Tues/Thurs 12:30-1:50 p.m.
  • Contact: UC Forward Director Frank Russell

Digital Transformation in Practice (PD 2030-002)

Are you Future Ready? Learn how to prepare yourself professionally for the future. Create new technological work solutions to core business and systemic problems.

In this course we'll explore the various transformational, emerging, and advanced technologies that are shaping the future and how work gets done.

We'll examine digital innovation and transformation through the impact of things like artificial intelligence, machine learning, automation, big data, blockchain, internet of things, 5G, and information security on the world of work.

No matter what your academic or professional background, all students need to be Future Ready.

  • Inquiry to Innovation/UC Forward Course
  • Course Number PD2030, Section 002
  • 3 credits
  • Offered Fall 2021
  • Tues/Thurs 3:30-4:50 p.m.
  • Contact: Dr. Todd Foley, Director of Digital Innovation, Experience-Based Learning and Career Education

Learn more about Digital Transformation in Practice

Spring 2021

PD2030-001: Inquiry to Innovation: Sensing in Animals and Robots - Biology Meets Engineering
3 credits
Hybrid Wed 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Cross-listed with BIOL2030
Contact: Dr. Stephanie Rollman or UC Forward Director Frank Russell

Are you curious about animal behavior, robotics or programming? Ever wondered how biology and robotics intersect? In this class, you'll explore the interface between biology and robotics to learn how senses guide behavior in both animals/humans and robots.

As with all UC Forward courses, you'll work in teams with students from different majors while you learn and practice techniques of innovation and design thinking.

The course is team-taught by faculty in biology, psychology and engineering. No prior programming knowledge necessary. The course is capped at six non-biology students (because of lab seats available). A National Science Foundation grant allows high school students to participate and get a head start in collegiate STEM.

Register in Catalyst for course number PD2030, section 001, for Spring 2021.