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Sustainable communities are planned, built, and modified to promote a quality of life that is ecologically responsible and inclusive to foster the creative use of our physical and cultural resources.
The Certificate in Sustainable Communities and Development, designed primarily for professionals in architecture, planning, law, government and development, offers knowledge and methods to design and develop sustainable places and spaces within our community. Grounded in a comprehensive understanding of the ecological, political, and social context of the subject, the program also offers students a set of specific practical skills with which to plan sustainable communities. The scientific, political, economic, and social implications of sustainable development and design are addressed in the core and elective courses. A studio-based capstone experience addresses the collaborative and integrative nature of sustainability development.
Related Degrees & Certificates
University College also offers the following degrees and certificates, 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.
- Certificate in Sustainable Environment and Science
- Certificate in Sustainable Management and Organizations
- Bachelor of Science in Sustainability
The program includes 21 units of undergraduate course work (18 units of required course work and 3 electives).
Required Courses (3 units each)
In order to be considered for admission to the Certificate in Sustainable Communities and Development, you must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.7 in previous college coursework, including at least one college-level English composition course and one other college-level course, each with a grade of B or better.
Below is a list of requirements for an application to the Sustainable Communities certificate at University College. Your application will be reviewed once all requirements are received.
Policies and Procedures
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 coursework 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.
Undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs offered by University College are offered through Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. Business-related programs in University College are not accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).