Certificate in Sustainability


The University College offers an undergraduate Certificate in Sustainability. This twelve credit interdisciplinary certificate will provide an opportunity for students to further their knowledge and skills to contribute to sustainable systems from the viewpoint of different disciplines, to help them become effective leaders and agents of change for sustainability, and to make them more competitive in the changing job market as some sectors move to a green collar economy.

The certificate is available to all undergraduate degree seeking students to complete as part of their studies. Consult a school academic advisor about how the required classes fit into academic and career plans.

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

Certificate Requirements

  1. The undergraduate Certificate in Sustainability will require four (4) courses and a minimum of twelve (12) credit hours.
  2. The courses will be selected among courses in four different departments in at least three different schools and must be outside of the student's own major.
  3. General Education courses can be included in the array of courses, but can constitute no more than one of the four courses toward the certificate. If a student chooses a General Education course to count toward the certificate, this same course cannot count toward the General Education requirement in a specific category.
  4. The certificate requires that three of the four courses be at the 2000 level or higher.
  5. The certificate courses in sustainability can satisfy other minors and/or certificates.

Approved Courses

Students will select courses from an existing array of courses in various disciplines. The symbol (F) or (S) after the course number indicates that the class is offered ONLY in the semester indicated: (F) = offered only in fall semester; (S) = offered only in spring semester.

Art, Tyler School of
ARCH 1001Introduction to Design and the Environment (S)3
ARTH 2753Art and Environment in American Culture4
BOT 1112Plant Ecology (S)3
CTRP 0807People, Places, and Environment3
CTRP 2114Urban Form and Design (S)3
CTRP 2166Land Use Planning (F)3
CTRP 2213Environmental Planning3
CTRP 2251Sustainable Food Systems Planning (F)3
CTRP 3155Ecological Planning and Development (F)3
CTRP 3255Sustainability in Suburban Communities (S)3
CTRP 3256Sustainable Community Design and Development (S)3
HORT 2334Food Crops I (S)3
LARC 0841Sustainable Design3
LARC 1013Natural and the Built Environment (F)3
LARC 2758Summer Field Ecology3
Business and Management, Fox School of
HRM 2511Corporate Sustainability: People, Profits & Planet (S)3
LGLS 3511Environmental Law and Sustainability (F)3
MKTG 2511Marketing for the Sustainable Enterprise (S)3
Media and Communication, Lew Klein College of
MSP 3473Media and the Environment (S)3
Engineering, College of
CEE 0845The Environment3
or CEE 0945 Honors: The Environment
or ENVT 0845 The Environment
or ENVT 0945 Honors: The Environment
CEE 3711Environmental Engineering3
CEE 4531Life Cycle Assessment and Carbon Footprinting (S)3
MEE 4575Renewable and Alternative Energy (F)3
Public Health, College of
ENVH 2102Environmental Health3
Liberal Arts, College of
ANTH 0814Human Ecology3
or GUS 0814 Human Ecology
ASST 3001Earth Ethics (F)3
or ASST 3904 Honors Earth Ethics
or ENST 3001 Earth Ethics
or ENST 3904 Honors Earth Ethics
or REL 3001 Earth Ethics
or REL 3904 Honors Earth Ethics
ASST 3052Environmental Problems in Asia (F)3
or ENST 3052 Environmental Problems in Asia
or GUS 3052 Environmental Problems in Asia
ECON 3596Energy, Ecology, and Economy3
or ENST 3596 Energy, Ecology, and Economy
ENST 0842Sustainable Environments3
or GUS 0842 Sustainable Environments
ENST 2002Physical Geography4
ENST 2025Environmental Law and Regulation (F)3
ENST 2051The Urban Environment (F)3
or GUS 2051 Urban Environment
ENST 2157Environmental Ethics (S)3
or PHIL 2157 Environmental Ethics
ENST 2596Philosophical Perspectives on the Environment (F)3
or PHIL 2596 Philosophical Perspectives on the Environment
ENST 3051Environmental Policy Issues3
or GUS 3051 Environmental Policy Issues
ENST 3056Political Ecology3
or GUS 3056 Political Ecology
ENST 3097Environment and Development3
or GUS 3097 Environment & Development
ENST 3214North American Environmental History3
or HIST 3214 North American Environmental History
ENST 3265International Environmental Policy (S)3
or POLS 3265 International Environmental Policy
Science and Technology, College of
BIOL 2227Principles of Ecology (S)3
BIOL 3307Conservation Biology (F)3
BIOL 3316Tropical Marine Biology (F)4
BIOL 3321Plant Community Ecology (F)3
BIOL 4327Biological Impacts of Global Climate Change (F)3
EES 0842Sustainable Environments3
EES 2096Climate Change: Oceans To Atmosphere4
PHYS 0839Powering the Future3
or PHYS 0939 Honors Powering the Future