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Certificate Course Work 

Students pursuing the Sustainability Certificate must complete one* course from each of the three categories below: Foundations, Physical Systems, and Human Systems. Classes need not be taken in that order.

Important Notes about Qualifying Courses: 

  • Course substitutions: The list below is of identified qualifying courses. You are not limited to the choices here. Course substitutions are possible; however, substitution options for the Foundations requirement are very limited. Find out what to look for in a course substitute.
  • Courses overlapping with your major: Only one of these courses (or the 2-part Global Environment series) may be from or cross-list with your major or minor department. 
    • Environmental Studies students: If you are counting the Global Environment series as your foundational course, your Physical and Human Systems classes must come from outside your major/minor department. This includes cross-listed courses. 
    • Geography students: ATMO is a program of the Geography department. If you are counting the Global Environment series as your foundational course, you must choose a course other than ATMO from the Physical Systems classes. 
Foundations for Sustainability 
*Students can choose from UBPL 200 OR the 2-part Global Environment series to fulfill this category requirement.
UBPL 200: Sustainability and Society Fall 
EVRN/HIST/GEOG 140: Global Environment I: The Discovery of Environmental Change Fall
EVRN/HIST/GEOG 142: Global Environment II: The Ecology of Human Civilization Spring

Physical Systems
GEOL 171: Earthquakes & Natural Disasters Spring, Fall
ATMO 220: Unusual Weather Spring, Summer, Fall
BIOL 225: Evolution and the History of Life Fall
GEOL 302: Oceanography Spring, Summer, Fall
ATMO/GEOG 321: Climate and Climate Change Fall
GEOL 351: Environmental Geology Spring, Fall
BIOL 477: Ecology and Global Change Spring
GEOL 543: Environmental Ethics: A View from the Natural Parks  
GEOL 555: Climate Science Spring

Human Systems
SOC 160: Social Problems and American Values Spring, Summer, Fall
ENGL 177: Topic: Storytelling for a Better World (must have been taken with Marta Caminero-Santangelo) Fall
UBPL 300: Planning and the American City Spring
HIST/EVRN 336: Ethics, Ideas, and Nature Spring, Fall
ENGL 318: Topic: Lit of Social Justice (must have been taken with Marta Caminero-Santangelo)  
ENGL 341: Literature of Social Justice Spring
HIST/EVRN 347: Environmental History of North America


ANTH 350: Human Adaptation Spring 
GEOG/EVRN 371: Environmental Geopolitics Fall
SOC/EVRN 385: Environmental Sociology Spring, Summer, Fall
ENTR 490: Social Entrepreneurship  Spring, Fall

Questions about transfer courses or grade requirements? Visit the FAQ page.

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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