Environmental Sustainability Graduate Certificate

Ohio University Graduate Catalog (2013-2015) - link below

Environmental Sustainability: Graduate Certificate

Sustainability is a concept that is applicable across many disciplines including environmental studies, business, economics, engineering, chemistry, geography, sociology, anthropology, political science, and biological sciences. The need for graduate studies in sustainability is based on numerous global issues including: 1) the pressure to address energy consumption issues, including alternative fuels; 2) the need for societal awareness of the environmental impacts of personal consumer choices; 3) new business models that are incorporating environmental auditing in management and production decisions; and 4) the emergence of new approaches to land use planning and construction that includes green building design to reduce adverse environmental and health effects of housing.

This certificate program offers non-Environmental Studies graduate students the necessary multidisciplinary skills and global awareness needed to understand the broader impacts of personal consumer choices on the environment. The certificate will expose graduate students from many disciplines to the economic, societal, and environmental effects of consumer choice and enhance the graduate degree of the student by incorporating problem-solving and critical thinking skills into the certificate program. The certificate also will allow students to improve their understanding of basic concepts of sustainability as they relate to their specific degree program and provide opportunities for working professionals (i.e. teachers and business leaders) to enhance their professional careers.

Students currently enrolled in a graduate degree program can add the certificate by completing an Application for Update of Programs available at the Graduate Studies office. Students not currently enrolled in a graduate degree program must complete a non-degree application as described in the Graduate Catalog.

The basis of the certificate program is to address a comprehensive study of
environmental sustainability including the four areas of: 1) economy, 2)
society, 3) environment and 4) technology.


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Certificate Requirements

Students must complete 15 credit hours to earn the certificate, 2 courses are required for all certificate students. The remaining credit hours are earned from courses across departments. Students may petition to have electives not listed here added to the list of accepted courses. Please send inquiries to Geoff Dabelko, Director of Environmental Studies.

Required Courses

ES 6830: Concepts in Environmental Sustainability (to be offered fall semester) 

ES 6831: Sustainability Assessment Course (to be offered spring semester)


Take one from each category.


ECON 5130: Economics of the Environment

ECON 5140: Natural Resource Economics

ECON 5350: Economics of Energy

ECON 5500: Development Economics

GEOG 5290: World Economic Geography



ES 6810: Seminar in Environment and Society

GEOG 5330: Appalachia: Land and People

GEOG 5440: Agricultural Ecosystems

GEOG 5470: Natural Resource Conservation

GEOG 5560: The City and the Environment

HIST 5330: Oil, the Persian Gulf, and World Power

POLS 5570: National Security in the Contemporary Era

POLS 5880: Environmental and Public Policy Dispute Resolution

SOC 5320: Political Sociology

POLS 5250: Environmental and Natural Resources Politics

POLS 5840: The Politics of Sustainability



BIOS 5290: Marine Biology

BIOS 5810: Animal Conservation Biology

GEOG 5170: Landscape Ecology

GEOG 5210: Population Geography

GEOG 5400: Geography of Development

GEOG 5530: Environmental Planning and Assessment

GEOL 5270: Water Geochemistry

GEOL 5290: Contaminant Geochemistry

GEOL 5320: Origin and Classification of Soils

GEOL 5530: Physical Limnology

GEOL 5710: Advanced Environmental Geology

GEOL 5800: Principles of Hydrogeology

PBIO 5260: Physiological Plant Ecology

ES 6820: Ecology and Environmental Issues

ES 5250: Watershed Management

BIOS 5160: Biogeography

BIOS 5250: Evolutionary Genetics

BIOS 5310: Aquatic Biology

BIOS 5770: Population Ecology

BIOS 5780: Community Ecology



CE 5540: Sustainable Construction

CHE 5610: Atmospheric Chemistry

GEOG 5580: Environmental Hazards

ME 5230: Fuel Cell Analysis, Design, and Development

ME 5350: Energy Engineering and Management

GEOG 5660: Principles of Remote Sensing

GEOG 5731: Geographic Information Systems Application