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Environmental Studies Sustainability and Resilience Undergraduate Certificate

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The Environmental Studies Sustainability and Resilience 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.

Note: This program, previously named the Environmental Studies Undergraduate Certificate, was updated in 2020. First-year students who enrolled in 2020 utilize the new program information. Students enrolled prior to 2020 will follow the Environmental Studies Undergraduate Certificate curriculum. For questions about this program’s curriculum prior to 2020, please contact Loraine McCosker by emailing

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Certificate Requirements 

Core Requirement:

ES 3620: Environmental Science and Public Policy (Online or Hybrid)

Ecology Elective

Complete one of the following courses:

BIOS 2200: Conservation and Biodiversity (Online)

BIOS 2750: Ecology in the 21st Century (Online)

BIOS 3760: Field Ecology

GEOG 3440: Agricultural Ecosystems

GEOG 4170: Landscape Ecology

PBIO 2060: Sustainable Agriculture

PBIO 2090: Plant Ecology

PBIO 3330: Restoration Ecology

PBIO 4350: Plant Population Bio and Comm Ecology

Policy, Politics, and Regulation

Complete one of the following courses:

ECON 3010C: Economics of Altruism

ECON 3130: Economics of the Environment (Online)

ECON 3140: Natural Resource Economics

ECON 3350: Economics of Energy

ECON 3710: Cost Benefit Analysis

EH 2000: Intro to Environmental Health and Safety (Online)

ES 4720: Energy Systems and Policy

ES 4730: Environmental Entrepreneurship

ES 4832: Sustainability Implementation Practicum

GEOG 3210: Population Geography

GEOG 3260: Urban Geography

GEOG 3460: Environmental Law

GEOG 4480: Migration and Development

GEOG 4520: Environmental and Sustainability Planning

POLS 4250: Environmental and Natural Resources Policy and Politics

POLS 4260: Politics of Contemporary Environmental Movement

POLS 4840: The Politics of Sustainability

POLS 4880: Environmental and Public Policy Dispute Resolution

T3 4010: Climate Change and Public Health

Natural and Physical Sciences

Complete one of the following courses:

BIOS 4290: Marine Biology

BIOS 4310: Aquatic Biology

BIOS 4810: Animal Conservation Biology

CE 3530: Basics of Environmental Engineering

CHE 4530: Alternative Fuels and Renewable Energy

CHE 4610: Atmospheric Chemistry

CHEM 1205: Survey of Chemistry for Health Sciences

CHEM 1210: Principles of Chemistry (Online)

CHEM 1510: Fundamentals of Chemistry (Online)

EH 3100: Air, Waters and Wastes (Online)

ES 4300: Field Methods in Environmental Studies

ES 4250: Watershed Management

ES 4710: Bioenergy: Science, Policy, and Business

GEOG 3010: Meteorology

GEOG 3020: Climatology

GEOG 3150: Landforms and Landscapes

GEOG 3160: Biogeography

GEOL 2310: Water and Pollution (Online)

GEOL 4270: Water Geochemistry

GEOL 4290: Contaminant Geochemistry

GEOL 4800: Principles of Hydrogeology

Social Sciences and Humanities

Complete one of the following courses:

ANTH 3600: Origins of Food Production

ANTH 3780: Human Ecology

COMS 3300: Environmental Communication (Online)

EH 3040: Environmental Health in Appalachia

EH 4000: Environmental Health and Safety Risk Communication

ENG 3100J: Writing About Environmental Sustainability

ES 4610: Resilience Theory and Practice (Online)

ES 4630: Climate Change Mitigation, Adaptation & Resilience Policy (Online)

ES 4640: Risk, Climate Security, and Community Engagement (Online)

ES 4900: Special Topics in Environmental Studies

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 Just and Sustainable City

HIST 3060: American Environmental History

JOUR 4150: Environmental and Science Journalism

PHIL 3350: Environmental Ethics

REC 3400: Environmental Interpretation

REC 3550: Principles of Ecotourism

REC 4800: Wilderness Literature

SOC 3670: Corporate and Government Crime

SOC 4810: Environmental Sociology

SOC 4950: Sociology Capstone

T3 4850: Sustainability Citizenship

Environmental Studies Synthesis

Complete one of the following courses:

ES 4500: Environmental Studies Capstone Seminar (3.0 hr)

ES 4910: Environmental Studies Leadership Experience (2-5 hr)


To enroll in the certificate, contact the Voinovich School Office of Student Success at 740.593.9381 or

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