12 Credit Hours hybrid/online certificate | ​Advisor: Bryan Wee​

The Environmental Science Education graduate certificate is intended to leverage disciplinary scholarship in environmental science as well as education, and to capitalize on a growing demand for pedagogical content knowledge that translates into and supports, careers. The careful integration of courses from various departments fosters collaboration by broadening opportunities for research and teaching activities related to environmental science education. 

Upon successful completion of the certificate, students will:

  • ​Synthesize content with culturally relevant educational practices
  • Identify multiple stakeholders and perspective in environmental issues 
  • Utilize critical thinking skills to broaden and deepen knowledge 


Required Credit Hours

ENVS 5340 - Equity and Culture in Science Education (Hybrid Spring, 2017) : 

This seminar examines literature related to issues of equity and diversity in science. Topics will be framed by an understanding of equity and how that informs, research, teaching and learning. 

ENVS 5650 - Environmental Education (Online Spring 2017; Spring 2018) : 

This course utilizes place-based education for environmental literacy as an organizing theme to support teaching and learning, and to develop research/teaching applications of environmental science content. 

Select Two Elective Courses

Online/Hybrid Courses

ENVS 5470 - Sustainable Urban Ag II (Hybrid Summer, 2017; Summer 2018 online and week intensive field experience) : Provides a field-based overview of current practices in local agricultural production. Emphasis will be placed on sustainable practices and their most efficient situation, Special consideration will be given to plausible solutions for food insecure communities both local and global. 

ENVS 5500 -Special Topics, Water Quality & Rescource Issues (Online Spring, 2017; anticipated spring 2017 under a new permanent number):

ENVS 5020 - Earth Environments and Human Impacts (Online Fall, 2017; anticipated Fall, 2018) :​ Basic concepts describing earth’s biomes and physical environment are presented in a systems context. Global warming assessment, from both political and scientific perspectives, is then presented. Model visualization of these concepts to consider human impacts on Earth’s biomes is discussed. Earth system viewpoint, having links of Earth’s biomes to oceans and atmosphere, completes the course discussion.

OnCampus/in-person Courses: 

ANTH 5170 - Culture and the Environment:  

Examines the historical origins of Western and non-Western ideas of the environment and the place of people within it. The imposition of Western ideas on non-Western groups regarding environmental policy is also examined, with special attention given to practices of conservation, development and transnational monetary policy.

 BIOL 5154 - Conservation Biology:  

Basic concepts and theories in population biology and genetics as they apply to issues relating to the preservation of biodiversity, such as the genetics of small populations, captive propagation, restoration ecology and the design of nature reserves

CMMU 5258 - Environmental Communication: 

GEOG 5265 - Sustainability and Resources Mgmt:

Sustainability and sustainable development are the dominant economic, environmental and social issues of the 21st century. Follows a multi-disciplinary approach to these concepts. Case studies demonstrate their implementation in different geographical, ecological and socio-economic conditions worldwide.

GEOG 5335- Contemporary Environmental​ Issues:

Provides an overview of environmental challenges facing society today, focusing on how humans impact and change the environment. Opposing views and environmental policy at the local, state, national, and international levels are explored.

GEOG 5440 Science, Policy and the Environment:

Examines the social, economic and political forces shaping scientific discovery and the development and enforcement of environmental policy. Students will examine perspectives on issues such as risk, expertise, uncertainty and objectivity that influence the problem-defining, standard-setting and policy-making process.

PSCI 5354 Environmental Politics and Policy: 

Consideration of competing models of the policy process in natural-resources decision making. Focus on selected case studies. Impact of environmental and pro-growth forces on the political process.