The Certificate in Environmental Sustainability, offered by the Department of Architecture and Environmental Design (AED), allows 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 courses fit into academic and career plans.

Campus Locations: Ambler, Main

Program Code: TA-ENSU-CERT

Contact Information

Ambler Campus

Office of Academic Advising and Student Success
West Hall 109

Main Campus

Academic Advising Office
Tyler Art Building, Suite 212

Learn more about the undergraduate certificate in Environmental Sustainability.


This 12 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
Select two of the following:5-6
Land Use Planning (FO)
Environmental Planning (S)
Plant Ecology (S)
Fundamentals of Horticulture 1
Select at least two of the following: 17-6
Environmental Justice in Communities
Healthy Community Design and Development
Topics in Community Development 2
Special Topics in Community Development 2
Urban Form and Design (S)
Sustainable Food Systems Planning (F)
Ecological Planning and Development (FE)
Sustainability in Suburban Communities (SE)
Sustainable Community Design and Development (SO) 3
Transportation Planning (F)
Topics in Community & Regional Planning (O) 2
Special Topics (O) 2
Food Crops I (S)
Food Crops II (O)
Introduction to Public Horticulture (O)
Special Topics in Horticulture/Landscape Architecture I (O) 2
Special Topics in Horticulture/Landscape Architecture II (O) 2
Special Topics (O) 2
Landscape Restoration (S) 3
Summer Field Ecology (Summer) 3
Special Topics (O) 2
Total Credit Hours12

If HORT 1001 is taken as one of the required courses, students must complete 7 credits of elective coursework. 


Consult with an advisor to make certain topic is relevant for the certificate.


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