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Undergraduate Certificate Program


Undergraduate Environmental Studies Certificate Program

As environmental problems become more pervasive in society, environmental literacy is increasingly important for a variety of professions as well as for all citizens. Some of the most challenging problems faced by the global community involve environmental concerns. With an Environmental Studies Certificate from Ohio University, you will be better prepared to understand complex environmental issues and problems.

The Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Certificate supplements the coursework for your existing major with an interdisciplinary study of the biophysical environment and the complex interactions between humans, other organisms, and the environment. The program is open to students in any major, but it is especially relevant for educators and those seeking environmentally related careers in government, business, law, and consulting.

Certificate Requirements

You can earn the certificate by completing a minimum of 18 hours of approved coursework. The course load is equivalent to earning a minor. Courses taken as part of your major also will count toward the certificate. Some courses require prerequisites, so plan accordingly.

Completion of this program results in the awarding of a certificate and is officially recognized on your transcript upon graduation.

How to Apply
To apply for the Environmental Studies Certificate Program:

  1. Request an Application for Update of Program(s) form from your college office.
  2. Fill out the top information.
  3. At number 2, check ADD Program(s).
    Write in the program code: CTENVS
    Program Name, Environmental Studies Certificate
    Your catalog entry year and advisor name.
  4. Have the form signed at the Environmental Studies Student Services Office
    The Ridges Building 22, Room 119

For more information, 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)

Can I Major in Environmental Studies?
Although Ohio University does not offer a specific undergraduate major in environmental studies, the College of Arts and Sciences offers several programs for intensive study of the environment through the departments of biological sciences, chemistry, environmental and plant biology, geography, and geological sciences. The Environmental Studies Certificate will complement these majors by synthesizing coursework across the five programs.

For more information about degree-granting programs in the study of the environment, contact the following departments:

Biological Sciences
Irvine Hall 109

Clippinger Laboratories 136

Environmental and Plant Biology
Porter Hall 317

Clippinger Laboratories 122

Geological Sciences
Clippinger Laboratories 316