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Environmental Studies Undergraduate Certificate

Environmental Studies Undergraduate Certificate

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The Environmental Studies Undergraduate Certificate is an opportunity for students to earn recognition for taking a cross-section of environmentally-themed courses from a variety of disciplines. Students in the certificate program have the opportunity for cross-disciplinary learning in a required capstone course or leadership internship tackling a key topic in environmental studies. Past course topics have included climate change and global sustainability. 

Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours to earn the certificate. Students may petition to have electives not listed here added to the list of accepted courses. This certificate is open to students of all majors. 

Certificate Requirements 

Core Requirements 

Complete one of the following courses:

GEOG 2400: Environmental Geography  

GEOL 2150: Environmental Geology  

Environmental Studies Synthesis 

Complete one of the following courses: 

ES 4500: Environmental Studies Capstone Seminar  

ES 4910: Environmental Studies Leadership Experience 

Interdisciplinary Electives 

Complete one course from each of the following categories. You cannot take more than two courses from the same department to fulfill the ecology, policy/politics, natural/physical sciences, and social sciences/humanities components. 


BIOS 2200: Conservation and Biodiversity  

BIOS 2750: Ecology in the 21st Century  

BIOS 3750: Animal Ecology 

PBIO 2090: Plant Ecology  

PBIO 4350: Plant Population Biology and Community Ecology  

Policy, Politics, and Regulation 

ECON 3130: Economics of the Environment 

ECON 3140: Natural Resource Economics  

ECON 3350: Economics of Energy 

ECON 3710: Cost Benefit Analysis 

EH 2000: Introduction to Environmental Health and Safety  

GEOG 3460: Environmental Law 

POLS 4250: Environmental and Natural Resources Politics and Policy 

POLS 4260: Politics of the Contemporary Environmental Movement  

POLS 4840: The Politics of Sustainability  

POLS 4880: Environmental and Public Policy Dispute Resolution  

Natural and Physical Science 

BIOS 4290: Marine Biology 

BIOS 4310: Aquatic Biology  

BIOS 4810: Animal Conservation Biology  

ES 4250: Watershed Management 

CHEM 1010: Chemistry Applied to Today's World 

CHEM 1210: Principles of Chemistry I  

GEOG 3010: Meteorology  

GEOG 3020: Climatology 

GEOG 3150: Landforms and Landscapes  

GEOG 3160: Biogeography 

GEOL 2310: Water and Pollution 

GEOL 3300: Principles of Geomorphology  

GEOL 4270: Water Geochemistry  

GEOL 4320: Origin and Classification of Soils  

GEOLG 4800: Principles of Hydrogeology  

PBIO 4380: Soil Properties and Ecosystem Processes  

Social Sciences and Humanities

ANTH 3780: Human Ecology  

GEOG 3330: Appalachia: Land and People  

GEOG 3430: Global Issues in Environment  

GEOG 4450: Gender, Environment, and Development  

GEOG 4470: Natural Resource Conservation  

GEOG 4560: The City and the Environment 

HIST 3060: American Environmental History 

PHIL 3350: Environmental Ethics 

REC 3400: Environmental Interpretation  

REC 4800: Wilderness Literature 

SOC 4810: Environmental Sociology  

Additional Courses and Frequent Substitutions 

ES 3620: Environmental Science and Policy 

ES 4300: Field Methods in Environmental Studies 

ES 4710: Bioenergy: Science, Policy, and Business 

ES 4720: Energy Systems and Policy 

ES 4730: Environmental Entrepreneurship 

ES 4832: Sustainability Implementation 

ES 4900: Special Topics in Environmental Studies 


To enroll in the certificate, contact the Voinovich School Office of Student Success at 740.593.9381 or gvsinfo@ohio.edu

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