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There are two ways to participate in the University of Colorado Denver Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Program.

Stand Alone Certificate in Sustainable Urban Infrastructure:

The Certificate in Sustainable Urban Infrastructure is for students and working professionals who seek an interdisciplinary curriculum in the broad field of sustainable infrastructure to address complex water, energy, built environment and transportation challenges using engineering and social science strategies.

The certificate program can be taken in conjunction with a degree program or independently from formal graduation and is open to any enrolled or non-degree seeking student.  Those wishing to obtain the Certificate in Sustainable Urban Infrastructure are required to complete four courses.  Individuals with degrees in a range of disciplines (science, engineering, finance, accounting, urban planning, etc.) would be eligible to take these classes and receive the Certificate.

Please contact Professor Arun Karananithi for more information about the certificate:

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As a Masters or PhD student enrolled in any academic program:

Students already enrolled in a masters or PhD program can take all four core courses, in addition to their required courses for their discipline. Upon completion students would receive a certificate in Sustainable Urban Infrastructure in addition to their degree.

Integrated Core Courses

Four semester-long core courses will first introduce vocabulary and then provide training in methods pertaining to sustainability across the disciplines of Science & Engineering, Architecture & Planning, Public Affairs, and Health & Behavioral Sciences. Some of the core course numbers and content are being revised and you can contact Dr. Arun Karananithi for more information.

  1. Introduction to Sustainable Urban Infrastructure
    (CE 5460)
    This course focuses on developing uniform vocabulary on sustainable infrastructure across science & technology, architecture & planning, public policy, and health & behavioral sciences. Students learn concepts, principles/pathways and evaluation techniques for promoting the diffusion of sustainable urban infrastructures. 

  2. Carbon Accounting & Sustainability Scenario Modeling
    (CE 5461)
    This is a unique cross-disciplinary course that teaches students community engagement strategies to define sustainability goals. Life cycle assessment and material flow analysis tools are used to measure environmental sustainability benchmarks. Public engagement techniques such as focus groups and surveys are taught. Fieldwork applies both tools to cities in Colorado. 

  3. Theories of Sustainable Infrastructure Management
    (Course # TBD)
    This class will explore various theories and frameworks used in engineering, planning, public affairs, and social sciences for understanding and implementing sustainability as it relates to urban infrastructure. 

  4. Infrastructure & Public Health (Course TBD) or Sector Specific Elective The fourth option for the certificate program is the Infrastructure and Public Health Course (highly recommended) or a sector specific elective that must be related to the topic of sustainable infrastructure. Students should discuss the selection of elective with IGERT program director and program coordinator. This elective course is meant to enhance the students’ knowledge of sustainable infrastructure in a specific field of expertise. Example courses include: Sustainable Urban Water Systems, Sustainable Energy Systems Development, etc.

Infrastructure Electives

MS and PhD students are expected to couple the core courses listed above with electives that span at least two related infrastructure sectors, for example, water and health, energy and transport, or energy and buildings, etc.

ENGR = Engineering
CAP = College of Architecture & Planning
SPA = School of Public Affairs
HBS = Health and Behavioral Sciences

Built Environment

ENGR: Structural Analysis, Structural Steel Design, Concrete Design 

CAP: Building Construction & Technology, Sustainable Land Use Planning, Urban Design, LEED


ENGR: Transportation Systems, Urban Transportation, Traffic Impact Assessment 

CAP: Transportation Planning


ENGR: Water and Wastewater Systems, Water Resources Management, Water Quality Engineering, Sustainable Water and Renewable Energy Systems, Western Water Rights 

CAP: Landscape Ecology


ENGR: Renewable Energy Systems, Energy Conversion, Power Systems, Sustainable Water and Renewable Energy Systems


SPA: Health Policy, Health Care Ethics, Health Care Economics 

HBS: Cooperative Health Systems, Biocultural Health, Human Ecology and Environmental Adaptation,  Global Health Studies, Natural Resource/ Environmental Health Law


SPA: Disaster and Emergency Management Policies, Environmental Politics and Policy, Environmental Management, Natural Resource/ Environmental Health Law

Disciplinary Requirements

PhD students in each of the disciplines should consult their home departments on additional core requirements within the department/discipline. | Physical Address: 1380 Lawrence St., Ste. 500  Denver, CO  80204 | Mailing Address: University of Colorado Denver, SPA, Campus Box 142, P.O. Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364 | ph: 303.315.2228 | fax: 303.315.2229 | SPA Website Feedback

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