An Experiential Learning Program

Course Substitutions

Not sure if a particular course is a candidate for substitution? Each of the course categories should cover:


An appropriate foundations course will explicitly cover the concept of sustainability and how to apply it to modern society. It will introduce students to approaches to systems thinking and problem solving in environmental, social, and economic systems.

Physical Systems:

An appropriate substitution for the physical systems requirement will deal with humans’ use of natural resources, how we manipulate the environment to meet our needs and/or the impact that our interdependence on its resources has to the surrounding natural world.

Human Systems:

An appropriate substitution for the human systems requirement will explore a specific, or variety of, construct(s) that humans have developed to achieve our goals and meet our needs. It should include how these constructs depend on, utilize, and/or impact natural resources and/or examine the equity of access for all people to the resources (natural or social) essential for health and success in those systems.


Have you taken or plan to take a course that fits one of these requirements? Request a course substitution by emailing Include the course name, description, and explanation of how it fits the criteria listed above for the category you are requesting. 

Spring 2019 Deadline

Students graduating in May 2019 should complete and submit all certificate requirements by Friday, May 24 at 5pm

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