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The Environmental Sustainability Graduate Certificate facilitates a study of environmental sustainability as it relates to the economy, society, the environment, and technology. The certificate is an opportunity for graduate students who are not enrolled in the MSES Program to earn a credential for taking a cross-section of environmentally-themed courses from a variety of disciplines. The Graduate Certificate program helps graduate students develop skills and understanding of interdisciplinary sustainability themes.

Students — whether full-time graduate students or working professionals — also improve their understanding of basic concepts of sustainability as they relate to their specific degree program or career.

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Certificate Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours to earn the certificate. Two 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.

Core Classes

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

ES 6831: Environmental Sustainability Assessment (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

CHEM 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


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

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