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Environmental Sustainability Graduate Certificate


The Environmental Sustainability Graduate Certificate is an opportunity for graduate students who are not enrolled in the MSES Program to get recognition for taking a cross-section of environmentally-themed courses from a variety of disciplines. The Graduate Certificate program helps graduate students develop skills and understanding of cross-cutting sustainability themes. Students — whether full-time graduate students or working professionals — also improve their understanding of basic concepts of sustainability as they relate to their specific degree program or career.

The certificate program facilitates a study of environmental sustainability as it relates to:

  • the economy
  • society
  • the environment
  • technology

Certificate Requirements
Students must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours to earn the certificate. Two courses are required for all certificate students. The remaining credit hours are earned from courses across departments.

Students may petition to have electives not listed here added to the list of accepted courses. Please send inquiries to Geoff Dabelko, director of Environmental Studies.

Required Courses
ES 6830: Concepts in Environmental Sustainability (to be offered fall semester)
ES 6831: Sustainability Assessment (to be offered spring semester)

Take one from each category.

ECON 5130: Economics of the Environment
ECON 5140: Natural Resource Economics
ECON 5350: Economics of Energy
ECON 5500: Development Economics
GEOG 5290: World Economic Geography

ES 6810: Seminar in Environment and Society
GEOG 5330: Appalachia: Land and People
GEOG 5440: Agricultural Ecosystems
GEOG 5470: Natural Resource Conservation
GEOG 5560: The City and the Environment
HIST 5330: Oil, the Persian Gulf, and World Power
POLS 5570: National Security in the Contemporary Era
POLS 5880: Environmental and Public Policy Dispute Resolution
SOC 5320: Political Sociology
POLS 5250: Environmental and Natural Resources Politics
POLS 5840: The Politics of Sustainability

BIOS 5290: Marine Biology
BIOS 5810: Animal Conservation Biology
GEOG 5170: Landscape Ecology
GEOG 5210: Population Geography
GEOG 5400: Geography of Development
GEOG 5530: Environmental Planning and Assessment
GEOL 5270: Water Geochemistry
GEOL 5290: Contaminant Geochemistry
GEOL 5320: Origin and Classification of Soils
GEOL 5530: Physical Limnology
GEOL 5710: Advanced Environmental Geology
GEOL 5800: Principles of Hydrogeology
PBIO 5260: Physiological Plant Ecology
ES 6820: Ecology and Environmental Issues
ES 5250: Watershed Management
BIOS 5160: Biogeography
BIOS 5250: Evolutionary Genetics
BIOS 5310: Aquatic Biology
BIOS 5770: Population Ecology
BIOS 5780: Community Ecology

CE 5540: Sustainable Construction
CHEM 5610: Atmospheric Chemistry
GEOG 5580: Environmental Hazards
ME 5230: Fuel Cell Analysis, Design, and Development
ME 5350: Energy Engineering and Management
GEOG 5660: Principles of Remote Sensing
GEOG 5731: Geographic Information Systems Application