The certificate program is intended to equip students with knowledge and skills for implementing positive change through environmentally responsible practices in various fields; to serve as a curricular adjunct to sustainable initiatives at UM; to foster a culture of conservation at the University; to enhance students’ preparation for a variety of careers, including engineering, architecture, business, marketing, government, and more; and to affirm UM’s commitment to sustainability and complement its efforts to enhance environmental education.

To obtain the sustainability certificate, students will complete 18 credits from the courses below.

Students may take courses to align with their major or minor, or individual interests (e.g., energy, green buildings, natural resource management).  Note that some courses on the list may require one or more prerequisites.  It is the responsibility of students to obtain any permissions for waivers of prerequisites from the appropriate parties in a given School or College.  Courses not on the list below may be substituted; students should obtain permission for substitutions in advance from the director or assistant director of ECS.

Students must be enrolled full time and all courses for the Certificate must be passed with no lower than a “C” grade.  Students who successfully complete the program will receive a notation on their transcripts that they have received the Sustainability Certificate.

Prerequisite Courses

Curriculum Requirements

Group 1: Human Impacts on Natural World3
Introduction to the Earth's Ecosystem
Evolution of the Modern Earth's Environment
Climate and Global Change
Group 2: Environmental Politics & Policy3
Introduction to Environmental Policy
Special Topics in Ecosystem Science and Policy
Environmental Politics and Policy
Ocean Policy
Coastal Law
Climate Science and Policy
Group 3: Social Implications3
Architecture and the Environment
Economics of Development and the Environment
Poverty and the Environment
Environmental Economics
Economics of Natural Resources and the Environment
Sustainable Living
Drinking Water: Past, Present, and Future
Population, Health, and Environment
Total Credit Hours9

Additional Courses

Choose 9 additional credits from courses below:

College of Arts and Sciences
Human Adaptation
Anthropology of Food
Anthropology of Nature and Environment
Introduction to Ecology
Evolution and Disease
Tropical Ecology
Conservation in Practice
Ecosystem Science and Policy
Seminar Series in Contemporary Environmental Issues I
Seminar Series in Contemporary Environmental Issues II
Tools for Environmental Decision-Making: The Quantitative Perspective
Perspectives on Environmental Decision Making
Conservation in Practice
Interdisciplinary Environmental Theory
Sustainable Development
Biogeography and Conservation
Seminar in Sustainability
Geological Sciences
Geological Influences on Society
Natural Disasters: Hollywood vs. Reality
Consumer Society: A Global History
Nature and the Environment in American History
International Studies
Global Perspectives
Global Economics
Globalization and Change in World Politics
Latin-American Studies
Special Topics in Latin American and Caribbean Environment
Latin American Environmental Issues
Interdisciplinary Topics in Latin American and Caribbean Environments
Latin American Evironmental Issues
Political Science
Global Warming, Politics and the European Union
Global Energy Politics
Global Environmental Politics
Environmental Policy Making
Social and Cultural Change
Civil and Architectural Engineering
Environmental Pollution
Introduction to Environmental Engineering
Water-Resources Engineering I
Water Resources Engineering II
Sustainable Construction
Energy-Efficient Building Design
Marine Science
Water Resources: History, Management, and Policy
Marine Conservation Science
Carbon and Climate (Total credit hours)
Climate and Society
Credit hours9