Certificate in Environmental Sustainability

The Certificate in Environmental Sustainability allows all undergraduate students at Temple University to enhance their major with focused coursework on environmental sustainability. This certificate provides students with an interdisciplinary perspective that draws from the fields of botany, city planning, community development, horticulture, and landscape architecture. Students will gain basic knowledge needed to evaluate environmental problems and to draw environmentally-, socially-, and economically-sound solutions.

The certificate is available to all undergraduate degree students and non-degree students. Consult with an academic advisor about how the required classes fit into academic and career plans.

Courses in the certificate are offered at Ambler and Main campuses and the certificate may be completed on either campus.

Advising Information:

Ambler Campus:
Janine C. Warnas, M.S.
West Hall 109

Main Campus:
Isaiah Gaffney
Tyler Building, Suite 212


This 15-16 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
CTRP 1017City Planning Principles and Practice3
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.