Certificate in Environmental Studies

School of Natural Resources
124 Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Bldg.
(573) 882-7045


The Environmental Studies Certificate is 15 credit hours minimum of coursework focused on environmental topics. It is available to all MU majors, but because the certificate's goal is to create a complementary educational experience, it is recommended that students select coursework outside of their major.

There are two tracks for the certificate: Natural Dimensions for non-science majors and Social Dimensions for science majors. In general, students with majors in Business, Humanities, Journalism, Social or Behavioral Sciences, Mathematics, or non-science Education majors will pursue the Natural Dimensions track, while students with majors in Natural Sciences, Engineering, or science Education will purse the Social Dimensions track.

Certificate Requirements

  • 6 hours of Natural or Social Dimension courses, which are listed below.
  • 3 hours of ABM 2070W or NAT_R 2160
  • 6 hours of upper level 2000+ environmental-focused courses. For course options, visit https://omd.missouri.edu/?q=env-st-cert/index.
  • 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.
Natural Dimensions Track for Non-Science Majors (6 hours minimum)
AG_S_M 1040Physical Principles for Agricultural Applications3
AG_S_M 2320Internal Combustion Power3
AG_S_M 2220Agricultural/Industrial Structures3
ATM_SC 1050Introductory Meteorology3
or GEOG 1050 Introductory Meteorology
BIO_SC 1060Basic Environmental Studies3
CHEM 1100Atoms and Molecules with Lab3
GEOG 2610Climate, Landforms and Vegetation: Introduction to Physical Geography3
GEOL 1200Environmental Geology with Laboratory4
GEOL 2300Earth Systems and Global Change3
GEOL 2450Global Water Cycle3
GEOL 2600Mineral and Energy Resources of the Earth3
NAT_R 1060Ecology and Conservation of Natural Resources3
PLNT_S 2254Landscape Design3
SOIL 2100Introduction to Soils3
SOIL 2106Soil Science Laboratory2
Social Dimensions Track for Science Majors (6 hours minimum)
ACCTCY 2010Introduction to Accounting3
ABM 1041Applied Microeconomics3
ANTHRO 2030Cultural Anthropology3
ARCHST 1600Fundamentals of Environmental Design3
ECONOM 1014Principles of Microeconomics3
GEOG 1840Global Environmental Change3
GEOG 1550Introduction to the Humanized Earth3
GEOG 2660Environmental Geography3
GEOG 2720The City3
H_D_FS 2400Principles of Human Development3
NEP 1034Introduction to Human Nutrition3
PHIL 1100Introduction to Ethics3
POL_SC 1100American Government3
PSYCH 2210Mind, Brain, and Behavior3
RU_SOC 1000Rural Sociology3
SOCIOL 1120Population and Ecology3
SOCIOL 2200Social Inequalities3
ESC_PS 2010Inquiry Into Learning I3
THEATR 1400Acting for Non-Majors3