The Certificate in Sustainable Environment and Science provides an interdisciplinary approach to understanding and resolving today’s most pressing and complex environmental and ecological challenges. The program includes foundation courses that examine sustainable living from multiple perspectives, as well as more targeted courses that focus on environmental sciences, natural resources, and energy. The program includes 21 units of undergraduate course work, 9 units in required courses noted below and 12 units in electives noted below (others with authorization). Courses that apply to this certificate program may be found by selecting "U19 Sustainability" under the Courses and Registration tab on the University College website.
University College also offers a Bachelor of Science in Sustainability, a Certificate in Sustainable Management and Organizations, and a Certificate in Sustainable Communities and Development, all providing knowledge and methods about sustainability, local to global, to help improve the quality of individual lives, the productivity of institutions, and the security of our planet.
Required Courses—9 Units
- U29 364 Global Sustainability or
- U29 413 Environmental Science: Regional and Global Perspectives or
- U19 344 International Development and Sustainability
- U44 358 Systems Thinking and Decision Analysis
Elective Courses—12 Units chosen from
- U29 419 Ecology
- U82 435 GIS for Engineering Applications
- U25 3311 Environmental and Energy Issues
- U07 355 Environmental Economics
- U69 361 Culture and Environment
- U19 328 Environmental Law
- U19 329: The Metropolis
- E63 449 Sustainable Air Quality
- E63 438 Environmental Risk Assessment and Toxicology
- Other courses with authorization
Policies and Procedures
- All courses must be completed with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.
- All courses must be taken at Washington University.
- All courses also may be taken on a stand-alone basis.
- Normally, courses taken toward a University College undergraduate certificate program may be applied to a University College Bachelor of Science degree, as distribution, general elective, or major elective courses, and a maximum of 6 units of course work from a University College undergraduate certificate may be used as core major courses in a University College bachelor of science degree. Candidates for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Sustainability in University College may not simultaneously pursue a Certificate in Sustainability (Communities and Development, Environment and Science, Management and Organizations) offered by University College. Bachelor of Science in Sustainability students should pursue this category of courses as a concentration within the Bachelor of Science.
Admission Requirements and Procedures
In order to be considered for admission to the Certificate in Sustainable Environment and Science you must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.7 in previous college course work, including at least one college-level English composition course and one other college-level course, each with a grade of B or better.
To apply for admission to the Certificate in Sustainable Environment and Science the following items must be submitted with your Application for Admission to a University College Undergraduate Degree or Certificate Program:
- Certificate in Sustainable Environment and Science Admission Application Supplement.
- Updated Resume.
- Statement of Academic and Professional Objectives: a 300-word statement summarizing how your professional and educational goals are consistent with the objectives of the Certificate in Sustainable Environment and Science.