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Florida Gulf Coast University ensures that all undergraduate students gain an understanding of sustainability concepts and topics through its signature course, The University Colloquium. Colloquium students gain a sense of place through a series of experiential learning projects, assignments, readings, and field trips. The course addresses social, ecological, and economic challenges and opportunities for a sustainable future. It includes a service learning component that helps students partner with community organizations to have a lasting positive impact.
Florida Gulf Coast University prepares students to be engaged citizens and global leaders by requiring all students to complete Service Learning (hyper). 80 hours are required for students entering FGCU as freshmen and sophomores and 40 hours for students entering as juniors and seniors with 60 or more transferable credit hours.
Florida Gulf Coast University has integrated sustainability across disciplines and the curriculum by offering a number courses in which sustainability is the primary focus and other classes that include units or modules covering sustainability content. You can find courses that cover the topic of sustainability by searching for the Sustainability Component (SUSC) course attribute in the Course Schedule Search page on Gulfline.
Faculty interested in adding or revising course content to include sustainability are encouraged to apply to the annual Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum (ISAC) Academy. Following the Piedmont/Ponderosa Project professional development model, the ISAC Academy provides time, space, and resources for faculty at all career stages across the university to engage in inter- and cross-disciplinary discussions for sustainability curriculum development.
The ISAC Academy is supported by the Office of the Provost, the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education, the Lucas Center for Faculty Development, Environmental Health & Safety and the Office of University-wide Programs in Undergraduate Studies. The call for applications will go out via an all Faculty email each year. Please consider joining this learning community by applying to this competitive, cohort-based annual academy.