Certificate in Sustainable Environment & Science


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.

required course work

Required Courses: 9 units

  • Global Sustainability (U29 364) or Environmental Science: Regional and Global Perspectives (U29 413) or International Development and Sustainability (U19 344)
  • Systems Thinking and Decision Analysis (U44 358)
  • Practicum/Capstone
Elective Courses: 12 units

  • Ecology (U29 419)
  • Environmental and Energy Issues (U25 3311)
  • Environmental Economics (U07 355)
  • Culture and Environment (U69 361)
  • Environmental Law (U19 328)
  • The Metropolis (U19 329)
  • Sustainable Air Quality (E63 449)
  • Environmental Risk Assessment and Toxicology (E63 438)
  • Other courses with authorization

admissions requirements

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.

Certificates - Admission Requirements

There are no formal requirements for admission to undergraduate certificates. Students should speak with an academic advisor regarding their preparation for specific certificates or courses.

application requirements

Completed application form

The online application is available online on our Apply page. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed and the application fee is paid.

$35 application fee

You may pay by credit card online, or via check or money order payable to Washington University in St. Louis. You may also pay the fee by cash at the University College office. 

This fee is waived for all WashU staff.

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Administrative Assistant for Academic Programs: Holly Schroeder | (314) 935-6759 | cschroed@wustl.edu

Director of Advising and Student Services: Elizabeth Fogt | (314) 935-6778 | efogt@wustl.edu