Certificate Title: Environmental Sustainability Certificate
Certificate Name and Number: Environmental Sustainability – CTENVG
Department(s)/Unit(s): Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs
Delivery Mode: Athens Campus
Terms of Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer
Enrollment Eligibility: Degree-seeking students. Ohio University graduate students not enrolled in the Master of Science in Environmental Studies are eligible for the Environmental Sustainability Graduate Certificate.
Certificate Overview: The Environmental Sustainability Graduate Certificate is an opportunity for graduate students who are not enrolled in the Master of Science in Environmental Studies (MSES) Program to get recognition 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 cross-cutting sustainability themes. Sustainability is a concept that is applied and debated across many disciplines including environmental studies, business, education, economics, engineering, chemistry, geography, geology, sociology, anthropology, political science, and biological sciences. The Environmental Sustainability Graduate Certificate is an opportunity for graduate students who are not enrolled in the MSES Program to get the benefits and recognition 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 cross-cutting sustainability themes. Students — whether full-time graduate students or working professionals — also improve their understanding of concepts of sustainability as they relate to their specific degree program or career. The certificate program facilitates a study of environmental sustainability through the specific lens of the economy, society, the environment, and technology.
Certificate Learning Outcomes:
- Describe environmental sustainability concepts and methods;
- Evaluate sustainability issues from an interdisciplinary perspective;
- Describe the value of community engagement.
Opportunities upon Completion: The Graduate Certificate in Environmental Sustainability helps students develop cross-cutting and applied analysis tools for tackling complex challenges in a wide range of professions. Today’s public and private sector employers value team-based problem solving across disciplines and topics. The interdisciplinary approach to the Environmental Sustainability Certificate fosters these skills and knowledge base through practical inside and outside the classroom experiences. With students drawn from a wide range of graduate programs, the peer-to-peer learning opportunities provide additional benefits to the diverse faculty and staff resources within the Voinovich School and across campus.
Completion Requirements: Students must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours to earn the certificate. Two Environmental Studies courses are required for all certificate students. The remaining credit hours are earned from courses across departments.
- ES 6830: Concepts in Environmental Sustainability
- ES 6831: Environmental Sustainability Assessment
Electives: 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
Financial Aid Eligibility Information:
- Degree-seeking students may use federal financial aid only for 1) coursework fulfilling requirements of their degree, including required elective hours, or 2) coursework toward a second financial aid-eligible program.
- Students receiving federal financial aid may not take courses for this certificate unless they are also enrolled full-time (9 hours) in their degree program during the same academic term. Financial aid may be used for courses that count toward both degree requirements and the certificate.
Admission Requirements: No additional requirements beyond university graduate admission requirements.
International Students: This certificate program may be completed by students holding a valid F-1 or J-1 visa.