Certificate in Environmental Sustainability

Students who are interested in the environment and in learning how to impact the world around them positively may want to consider completing the Certificate in Environmental Sustainability. This certificate provides students with the basic knowledge needed to evaluate environmental problems and to draw ecologically- and economically-sound connections between environmental needs, policy issues, and current research.

The certificate is available to all undergraduate degree students to complete as part of their studies, and is also available to non-degree students. Consult with an academic advisor about how the required classes fit into academic and career plans. Most courses in this certificate program are offered during the daytime at the Ambler Campus; a few courses are available in the evening at the Ambler campus. The courses in Community Development (CDEV) and Community and Regional Planning (CRP) are available at the Main Campus.

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This credit certificate may be conferred upon a student by recommendation of the faculty and upon satisfactory completion of the required credits with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

At least half of the courses required for the certificate must be completed at Temple University.

Note: The symbol after the course title indicates that the class is offered ONLY in the semester indicated.
(F) = offered fall only
(FE) = offered fall of even numbered years
(FO) = offered fall of odd numbered years
(S) = offered spring only
(SE) = offered spring of even numbered years
(SO) = offered spring of odd numbered years
(O) = offered occasionally
Required Courses
CRP 1017Introduction to Community and Regional Planning3
Select one of the following:3
Sustainable Design
Natural and the Built Environment (S)
Select one of the following:3-4
Plant Ecology (S)
Introductory Geology
Sustainability Topics
Select two of the following:6
Housing and Community Development (SO)
Urban Form and Design (S)
Land Use Planning (FO) 1
Environmental Planning (S)
Sustainable Food Systems Planning (F)
Ecological Planning and Development (FE)
Sustainability in Suburban Communities (SE)
Sustainable Community Design and Development (SO) 1
Transportation Planning (F)
Topics in Community & Regional Planning (O) 2,3
Special Topics (O) 2,3
Food Crops I (S)
Food Crops II (O) 1,2
Introduction to Public Horticulture (O) 2
Special Topics in Horticulture/Landscape Architecture I (O) 2,3
Special Topics in Horticulture/Landscape Architecture II (O) 2,3
Special Topics (O) 2,3
Landscape Restoration (S) 1,4
Summer Field Ecology (Summer) 1
Special Topics (O) 2,3
Total Credit Hours15-16

This course has a prerequisite(s) or registration restriction(s).


Please contact the Landscape Architecture & Horticulture Department and Planning & Community Development directly for information on course scheduling rotations.


Acceptable if the topic is appropriate and approved by the Department Chair for Landscape Architecture & Horticulture or the Planning and Community Development.


Prerequisites are HORT 1211 and HORT 1212.