Certificate in Sustainability

The Certificate in Sustainability is focused on developing sustainability problem solving skills and requires a minimum of 12 credit hours.  The certificate is available to all students.  Sustainability involves balancing human aspirations for a good quality of life with the environmental quality and resource needs of future generations.  Advancing sustainability requires understanding interactions between ecological and social systems in order to design actions inspired by beneficiaries needs.  The Sustainability Certificate will help students pursue careers in fast-growing green job and non-profit sectors of clean energy, resource conservation, transportation efficiency, pollution prevention, waste elimination, second-generation bio-fuels, green building and infrastructure design, as well as human rights and community development. 


A minimum grade of C- is required for each course taken in the certificate. A minimum cumulative GPA in all certificate coursework is 2.0.

Required Course
ENV_SC 2600Sustainability Foundations: An Introduction to Sustainability 3
or BIOL_EN 2600 Sustainability Foundations: An Introduction to Sustainability
Capstone Course3
Electives (6 credit hours)
SOCIOL 1120Population, Environment and Sustainability 3
or RU_SOC 1120 Population, Environment and Sustainability
or PEA_ST 1120 Population, Environment and Sustainability
ABM 2070WEnvironmental Economics and Policy - Writing Intensive3
ARCHST 2323Sustainable Building Design Fundamentals3
GEOG 2660Environmental Geography3
SOCIOL 3330Environmental Justice3
or PEA_ST 3330 Environmental Justice
ABM 2215Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Sustainable Agriculture3
ABM 3215Community Food Systems3
ENV_SC 4400Environmental Law, Policy, and Justice3
F_W 4220Human Dimensions of Fish and Wildlife Conservation3

Application for Certificate

Students interested in this certificate should complete the online CAFNR form located on the CAFNR website.

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