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Sustainability Academic Certificate (AC)

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Earn your Academic Certificate in Sustainability!

The Academic Certificate (AC) in Sustainability is interdisciplinary and builds a strong academic expertise within a student`s desired focus area of Sustainability. The focus areas are established within and among the foundational pillars of Sustainability (social - environmental - economic).

CIPS Code: 03.0104

Required Courses 6
SSH111 Sustainable Cities 3
SUS110 Sustainable World 3
Restricted Electives 9-12
Students must select three focus area classes:
Course # Course Title Credits
ASM104 Bones, Stones, and Human Evolution 4
BIO105 Environmental Biology 4
Chemistry and Society (3) AND
Chemistry and Society Laboratory (1)
COM263 Elements of Intercultural Communication 3
ECN212 Microeconomic Principles 3
ENV101 Introduction to Environmental Science 4
EPS150 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 3
FON135 Sustainable Cooking
Note: FON135 will be available Spring 2020.
Geological Disasters and the Environment (3) AND
Geological Disasters and the Environment Lab (1)
GPH113 Introduction to Physical Geography 4
PHI216 Environmental Ethics 3
PSY132 Psychology and Culture 3
SBU200 Society and Business 3
SUS100 Introduction to Sustainability 3
SCT100 Introduction to Sustainable Built Environments 3
Click any of the above course #'s for detailed information and register for it today! **


  • The total amount of credits required for this certificate is 15-17.
  • This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.
  • Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.
  • * Indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites.
  • Minimum GPA: 2.00

Recommended Courses for First Semester Students
SSH111 Sustainable Cities
ENG101 First-Year Composition
MAT 150, MAT151, MAT152 or equivalent
SUS231 Careers in Sustainability
Second Language
Recommended Courses for Second Semester Students
SUS110 Sustainable World
SUS232 Professional Skills in Sustainability Practice
ENG102 First-Year Composition
CRE101 Critical Reading or equivalent
Second Language