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 Course: Select one course3
NAT_R 4370Society, Environment and Natural Resources3
or ABM 4370 Society, Environment and Natural Resources
or SOCIOL 4370 Society, Environment and Natural Resources
ENV_SC 4600WSustainability Science Problem Solving - Writing Intensive3
ENV_SC 4560Observing the Earth from Space3
ARCHST 4990Thesis Design Studio4
Specialization: select two courses within a specialization:
Energy Systems & the Built Environment
ARCHST 2323Sustainable Building Design Fundamentals3
ARCHST 4323Sustainable Technologies and Systems3
CV_ENG 2800Introduction to Engineering Sustainability3
SOCIOL 3460WTechnology and Society - Writing Intensive3
International Development & Policy
ABM 3271International Agricultural Development3
ENV_SC 4400WEnvironmental Law, Policy, and Justice - Writing Intensive3
NAT_R 1400A Series of Unfortunate Events in Global Water Issues3
NAT_R 4353Natural Resource Policy/Administration3
T_A_M 4110Global Sourcing3
Food Systems & Natural Resources
ABM 2215Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Sustainable Agriculture3
F_W 4220Human Dimensions of Fish and Wildlife Conservation3
ABM 4370Society, Environment and Natural Resources 3
or NAT_R 4370 Society, Environment and Natural Resources
or SOCIOL 4370 Society, Environment and Natural Resources
SOCIOL 4425WSociology of Food - Writing Intensive3
Social Systems & Environment
ABM 1120Population, Environment and Sustainability3
or PEA_ST 1120 Population, Environment and Sustainability
or SOCIOL 1120 Population, Environment and Sustainability
ABM 2070WEnvironmental Economics and Policy - Writing Intensive3
ANTHRO 4320Ecological and Environmental Anthropology3
SOCIOL 4370Society, Environment and Natural Resources3
or NAT_R 4370 Society, Environment and Natural Resources
or ABM 4370 Society, Environment and Natural Resources
GEOG 2660Environmental Geography3
SOCIOL 3330Environmental Justice3
or PEA_ST 3330 Environmental Justice

Application for Certificate

Students interested in this certificate should complete the online form here.

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