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Environmental Studies Certificate

The undergraduate certificate in Environmental Studies recognizes students who complete their bachelor’s degrees with a notable share of courses emphasizing the study of the natural environment and how societies interact with nature, which is done from the perspectives of history, political science, art, psychology, philosophy, literature, economics, and other disciplines. This certificate is ideal for students whose interests span the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.


The Environmental Studies Certificate program is open to all undergraduate majors and is designed to fit within most four-year degree plans without the need for additional credit hours. The 17-credit hour certificate is awarded upon completion of the bachelor’s degree, with lower-division requirements that include an introductory course from the environmental sciences and a two-hour course on global sustainability. Upper-division requirements include two core courses (Conservation of Natural Resources, American Environmental History), plus two others from a wide variety of upper-division courses that emphasize human-environment interaction.



Required Courses (11 credit hours):

  • GEOG 2002 or GLST 2002 Global Sustainability
  • GEOG 3153 Conservation of Natural Resources
  • HIST 4523 American Environmental History
  • Plus 3 credit hours from choice of ENVR 1113, GEOG 1114 or 2344, GEOL 1014, NREM 1014, or SOIL 2124

Electives (6 credit hours)

Choose from more than 30 classes in Agricultural Economics, Architecture, Biology, Economics, Environmental Science, Geography, History, Sociology and more.


Admission Requirements

Students must complete a bachelor’s degree prior to or concurrently with the Environmental Studies Certificate in order to receive the certification. 

Application deadlines: Students may apply any semester.

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