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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. 
  • 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
GEOG 104: Principles of Physical Geography Spring, Summer, 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

Human Systems
GEOG 102: Principles of Human Geography Spring, Summer, Fall
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

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Spring 2018 Deadline

Students graduating in May 2018 should complete and submit all certificate requirements by Friday, May 4 at 5pm

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