Sustainability Certificate Courses

Please check the timetable for the latest course offerings. The course list below is dynamic and will be adjusted as new sustainability courses are being offered and others dropped. Students may request to substitute a course that is listed in one of the four dimensions with a course listed as a “Multidimensional Course.” Requests can be granted to the extent that the student’s proposed course portfolio still covers all four dimensions of the certificate’s curriculum. Students may also request to substitute a listed course with a sustainability related course that is currently not listed. Such a request requires that the student submits a written explanation how the substitute course meets the learning outcomes of the certificate and assists the student in reaching his or her individual goals for taking the certificate. Please also submit a syllabus of the substitute class. substitution requests require approval by the certificate's faculty advisor, Ann Terlaak.

Environmental Dimension

(Select min. of 3 credits)
Department Course Title Credits geBLC* Semester
ENVIR ST 101 Forum on the Environment 2 __WEC Spring
Atm Ocn, Geosci 102 Climate and Climate Change 3 __PEC Summer
GEO SCIENCE, ENV STU 106 Environmental Geology (Fall)
Environmental Geology (Spring)
3 __PEC Fall, Spring
ENVIR ST 117 GreenHouse Roots Seminar 1 __EC Fall
GEOG, IES 120 Introduction to the Earth System 3 __PEC Spring
ENVIR ST 126 Principles of Environmental Science 4 __PEC Fall, Spring
GEOG, ENVIR ST 127 Physical Systems of the Environment 5 __PEC Fall
ATM OCN, SOIL SCI 132 Earth's Water: Natural Science and Human Use 3 __PEC Summer, Fall
AOS, IES 171 Global Change: Atmospheric Issues and Problems 3 B_PEC Fall
SOIL SCI 250 Introduction to Environmental Science 3 __PEC Fall
ENVIR ST, GEOG 309 People, Land and Food 3 __SIC Spring
GEOG/AOS, IES 332 Climate Change: Science and Impacts 3 __PIC Fall, Spring
ATM OCN, ENVIR ST 355 Introduction to Air Quality 3 __HIC Fall
ENVIR ST, F&W ECOL, ZOOLOGY 360 Extinction of Species 3 __BIC Summer, Fall
SOIL SCI 375 Soils and Climate Change 2 Summer
ENVIR ST 413 Preserving Nature 3 __YIC Spring
ENVIR ST, HISTORY, LEGAL ST 430 Law and Environment: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives 3 ___IC Spring
SOIL SCI 430 Environmental Soil Contamination 3 __PIC
ATM OCN, ENVIR ST 520 Bioclimatology 3 __PAC Spring
F&W ECOL, ZOOLOGY 660 Climate Change Ecology 3 __BAC Fall


Social Dimension

(Select min. of 3 credits)
Department Course Title Credits geBLC* Semester
ENVIR ST 112 Environmental Studies: The Social Perspective 3 __SEC Spring
ENVIR ST, GEOG 139 Living in the Global Environment: An Introduction to People-Environment Geography 3 __SEC Fall, Spring
C&E SOC, SOC 140 Introduction to Community and Environmental Sociology 4 __SEC Spring
Env St 210 Cultures of Sustainability: Central, Eastern, and Northern Europe 3 __HEC Fall
ENVIR ST, MED HIST 213 Global Environmental Health: An Interdisciplinary Introduction 3 __ZEC Spring
ED POL 220 Human Rights and Education 3 __ZEC Spring
GEOG, ENVIR ST 337 Nature, Power and Society 3 ___IC Fall, Spring
ENVIR ST, GEOG 339 Environmental Conservation 4 __SIC Spring
ENVIR ST 349 Climate Change Governance 3 __SIC Spring
A A E, AGRONOMY, INTER-AG, NUTR SCI 350 World Hunger and Malnutrition 3 __BIC Spring, Summer
ECON 370 Economics of Poverty and Inequality 3 __SIC Spring
GEOG 439 US Environmental Policy and Regulation 3 __SIC Fall
PHIL, ENVIR ST 441 Environmental Ethics 4 __ZAC Fall
ENVIR ST, GEOG, HISTORY 460 American Environmental History 4 __ZIC
Public Affairs 520 Inequality, Race, and Public Policy 3 _eSIC Spring
ENVIR ST, GEOG 537 Culture and Environment 4 __SAC Fall
SOC 540 Sociology of International Development, Environment, and Sustainability 3 __SIC Spring
C&E SOC 541 Environmental Stewardship and Social Justice Special Topic: The Global Perspective 3 __SAC Spring


Economic Dimension

(Select min. of 3 credits)
Department Course Title Credits geBLC* Semester
AAE 244 The Environment and the Global Economy 3 __SEC Fall
AAE 246 Climate Change Economics and Policy 3 __SEC Fall
ENVIR ST, BUSINESS MHR 310 Challenges and Solutions in Business Sustainability 3 ___IC Spring
ENVIR ST 343 Environmental Economics 3 __SIC Fall
BUSINESS OTM 370 Sustainable Approaches to System Improvement 3 Summer
ECON 370 Economics of Poverty and Inequality 3 __SIC Spring
A A E, INTL ST 373 Globalization, Poverty and Development 3 __SIC Fall
CIVENGR 421 Environmental Sustainability Engineering 3 Fall
A A E, ECON 474 Economic Problems of Developing Areas 3 __SIC Spring, Summer
A A E, ECON, F&W ECOL 531 Natural Resource Economics 3 __SIC Spring
RMI 650 Sustainability, Environmental, and Social Risk Management 3 Fall
RE 651 Green-Sustainable Real Estate Developmentt 3


Systems Dimension

(Select min. of 3 credits)
Department Course Title Credits geBLC* Semester
AGRO, ENV 375/402 Systems Thinking 3 Fall, Spring
CIV ENGR 494 Civil and Environmental Engineering Decision Making 3 Spring


Multidimensional and Cross-Topics Courses

(Can request to use max. of 3 credits to substitute for 3 credits from the economic, social or environmental category above. This requires special permission and is only allowed if the student’s course portfolio will still cover all four dimensions of the certificate’s curriculum)
Department Course Title Credits geBLC* Semester
EPS 150 Climate Change and Sustainability Education 3 __SEC Spring
EPS 150 Climate Change and Sustainability Education 3 __SEC Spring
ENTOM, ENVIR ST 205 Our Planet, Our Health 3 __BEC Fall
HORT 261 Sustainable Turfgrass use and Management 2 Spring
ENVIR ST, BSE 367 Renewable Energy Systems 3 __PIC Fall, Spring
HORT 375, LEC 001 A Growing Dilemma: The Future of Food 3 Spring
ENVIR ST, GEOG 402/475 Green Urbanism Spring
C&I, C&E Soc, Envir St 405 Education for Sustainable Communities 3 __SIC Spring
Envir St 417 Sustainability Science, Technology and Policy 1 __NIC
Inter-Ag 471 Food Production System and Sustainability 3 __BAC Spring
ENVIR ST, POP HLTH 471 Introduction to Environmental Health 3 __BIC Spring
DY Science 472 Animal Agriculture and Global Sustainable Development 1 Spring
AN SCI, DY SCI, FOOD SCI, SOIL SCI 473 International Field Study in Animal Agriculture and Sustainable Development 2
ENVIR ST, POP HLTH 502 Air Pollution and Human Health 3 __BAC Fall
ENVIR ST, GEOG 557 Development and Environment in Southeast Asia 3 __SAC Spring
LAND ARC 563 Designing Sustainable and Resilient Regions 4 __AC Fall
INTEREGR 601 Interdisciplinary Design for Energy and Sustainability (IDEAS)      


*Refer to this page for information on the symbols in the geBLC column.
** 1 credit maximum of ENVIR ST 402 in the residence halls.