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Environmental Studies Undergraduate Certificate Program


The Environmental Studies Undergraduate Certificate is an opportunity for students to earn recognition for taking a cross-section of environmentally-themed courses from a variety of disciplines. Students in the certificate program have the opportunity for cross-disciplinary learning in a required capstone course or leadership internship tackling a key topic in environmental studies. Past ES 4500 course topics include climate change and global sustainability.

Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours to earn the certificate. Students may petition to have electives not listed here added to the list of accepted courses. This certificate is open to students of all majors.

To enroll or make an inquiry, please contact:
Cheryl Hanzel, Program Manager and Academic Advisor (A-L)
  | 593-9358

Loraine McCosker, Outreach Coordinator and Academic Advisor (M-Z)
  | 593-0434

Certificate Requirements
The environmental studies certificate program requires a minimum of 18 hours.

Core Requirements
Complete one of the following courses:

GEOG 2400: Environmental Geography (3.0)
GEOL 2150: Environmental Geology (3.0)

Interdisciplinary Programmatic Components

Complete one course from each of the following topics. You cannot take more than two courses from the same department to fulfill the ecology, policy/politics, natural/physical sciences, and social sciences/humanities components.

Complete one of the following courses:

BIOS 2200: Conservation and Biodiversity (3.0)
BIOS 2750: Ecology in the 21st Century (3.0)
BIOS 3750: Animal Ecology (3.0)
PBIO 2090: Plant Ecology (3.0)
PBIO 4350: Plant Population Biology and Community Ecology (5.0)

Policy, Politics, and Regulation
Complete one of the following courses:

ECON 3130: Economics of the Environment (3.0)
ECON 3140: Natural Resource Economics (3.0)
ECON 3350: Economics of Energy (3.0)
ECON 3710: Cost Benefit Analysis (3.0)
EH 2000: Introduction to Environmental Health and Safety (3.0)
GEOG 3460: Environmental Law
POLS 4250: Environmental and Natural Resources Politics and Policy (3.0)
POLS 4260: Politics of the Contemporary Environmental Movement (3.0)
POLS 4840: The Politics of Sustainability (3.0)
POLS 4880: Environmental and Public Policy Dispute Resolution (3.0)

Natural and Physical Science
Complete one of the following courses:

BIOS 4290: Marine Biology (3.0)
BIOS 4310: Aquatic Biology (4.0)
BIOS 4810: Animal Conservation Biology (3.0)
ES 4250: Watershed Management (3.0)
CHEM 1010: Chemistry Applied to Today's World (3.0)
CHEM 1210: Principles of Chemistry I (4.0)
GEOG 3010: Meteorology (4.0)
GEOG 3020: Climatology (4.0)
GEOG 3150: Landforms and Landscapes (3.0)
GEOG 3160: Biogeography (3.0)
GEOL 2310: Water and Pollution (3.0)
GEOL 3300: Principles of Geomorphology (3.0)
GEOL 4270: Water Geochemistry (3.0)
GEOL 4320: Origin and Classification of Soils (3.0)
GEOLG 4800: Principles of Hydrogeology (3.0)
PBIO 4380: Soil Properties and Ecosystem Processes (4.0)

Social Sciences and Humanities
Complete one of the following courses:

ANTH 3780: Human Ecology (3.0)
GEOG 3330: Appalachia: Land and People (3.0)
GEOG 3430: Global Issues in Environment (3.0)
GEOG 4450: Gender, Environment, and Development (3.0)
GEOG 4470: Natural Resource Conservation (3.0)
GEOG 4560: The City and the Environment (3.0)
HIST 3060: American Environmental History (3.0)
PHIL 3350: Environmental Ethics (3.0)
REC 3400: Environmental Interpretation (3.0)
REC 4800: Wilderness Literature (3.0)
SOC 4810: Environmental Sociology (3.0)

Environmental Studies Synthesis
Complete one of the following courses:

ES 4500: Environmental Studies Capstone Seminar (3.0)
ES 4910: Environmental Studies Leadership Experience (1.0-5.0)