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Sustainability Certificate explanation for students & advisors Original post: Fri 11/15/2013 at 10:31 AM
This is the response I wrote to an inquiry from a faculty member advising a freshman student about the Sustainability Certificate program. I'm posting it here for reference, for any faculty with advising responsibilities, in case their students are curious about the Certificate.  Feel free to copy and paste.
 

To begin with, you’ll want to take either ES 202 Sustainability Seminar or ES 240 Sustainable Communities.  You can see the course descriptions in your catalog; I teach ES 202, and one of the Environmental Science/Studies faculty teaches ES 240.  The Certificate requires that you take one of these two courses as your prerequisite for ES 302.

ES 302 Sustainability Project will be the culmination of your Certificate work, and ideally you would take it after taking your three chosen “Green Earth” courses.  These are courses which the instructors have identified as having “green” content – i.e. projects, themes, exercises, etc. that explore sustainability in some way, or that could be adapted to allow the student to make sustainability a focus. (Most of the Green Earth courses are listed in the catalog, but there are a few missing, so the list will be updated in the next catalog; I’ve put the most current version at the end of this email.)

ES 302 is where you take the ideas, skills, and experiences you’ve gained from your three Green Earth courses and weave them together into a cohesive project that addresses a sustainability challenge on campus (or another community to which you belong). For example, a student could use their experiences in CIT 222, ES 101 and ES 102 to create an “inventory map” that includes campus assets and/or locations of concern, so that students, Sustainability Council members or administrators can easily identify priorities for our climate action planning or other decisions. A student could use MC 211, MC 352, and PO 334 to develop and direct a journalism project that could even involve other students in covering current legislation on environmental issues. The combinations are endless. So, depending on your future professional goals and/or personal interests, you could start thinking about which of these courses will fit with your degree program and what you want to do with your Sustainability Project down the line.

You can certainly change your mind about which courses you want to count toward your Certificate, and you don’t have to decide until you actually enroll in ES 302. I have had a few students take one of their Green Earth courses concurrent with ES 302, and there is no approval needed to do that, but I personally think it works better to have taken all three before taking ES 302.  

Green Earth Courses:

AN 220 Global Problems

AS 301 Place, Community and American Culture

BI 217 Tropical Forest Ecology

BI 342 Wildlife Conservation and Management

BI 430 Forest Ecology

CH 221 Environmental Chemistry

CIT 222 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

ED 314 Challenges in Math and Science

ES 101 Intro. to Env. Science I

ES 102 Intro. to Env. Science II

ES 203 The SCA Farm and Sustainable Food Systems

ES 204 The Campus Garden and Community Resilience

ES 210 Evolution of Environmental Thought

ES 214 Coastal Ecology

ES 245 Alternate Energy

ES 240 Creating Sustainable Communities

ES 265 Law and the Environment

ES 310 Environmental Impact Assessment

ES 320 Wetland Ecology

FA 235 Printmaking

FA 221 Ceramics

GL 205 Environmental Geology

HP 211 Introduction to Public History

MC 211 Journalism I

MC 252 Journalism II

MC 346 Media and the Environment

MC 352 Feature Writing

MK 201 Principles of Marketing

MK 214 Consumer Behavior

MK 333 Marketing Research

MK 350 Electronic Commerce: Web Site project

MK/AD 304 Advertising: Advertising Campaign

MK 335 Public Relations: Public Relations Campaign

MK 474 Marketing Management for a Green Economy

PA/ES 306 Philosophy of Science and Nature

PO 344 Environmental Politics

PS 261 Research Methods for Psychology

PS 322 Social Psychology

SO 101 Introduction to Sociology

SO2 03 Community Organization

SO 450 Seminar in Sociological Perspectives

SR 246 Parks and Natural Resource Management

 

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