Curriculum

Introduction

One of the primary functions of colleges and universities is to educate students. By training and educating future leaders, scholars, workers, and professionals; higher education institutions are uniquely positioned to understand and address sustainability challenges. Institutions that offer courses covering sustainability issues help equip their students to lead society to a sustainable future.

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Graduate Specialization in Ecological Food & Farming Systems

  • Michigan State University (MI)

The purpose of the Ecological Food & Farming Systems graduate specialization is to foster active learning about agriculture and food systems among graduate students from different disciplinary backgrounds. Students will ...

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Interdisciplinary Environmental Science Concentration

  • Bowdoin College (ME)

In addition to the core courses, and senior seminar, students take three ES courses designated with an "a" (in addition, Chemistry 210 Analytical Chemistry and Chemistry 204 Inorganic Chemistry count ...

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Land Use & Environmental Planning Concentration (Master of Regional Planning)

  • Cornell University (NY)

Graduates with this concentration of study find positions as local or regional land use planners, urban designers, environmental analysts with state and national agencies and nongovermental organizations, or infrastructure and ...

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Leadership for Sustainability Education Specialization (MA in Education)

  • Portland State University (OR)

The Educational Leadership and Policy Department (ELP) offers a master of science or master of arts in education with a specialization in Leadership for Sustainability Education (LSE).

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Leading Sustainability Specialization

  • The New School (NY)

Sustainability Management focuses on assuring an organization's enduring environmental, social, and financial health through comprehensive and balanced attention to its system of resources and stakeholders. A firm's chief ...

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Non-Profit & Sustainabiliy Management Specialization (MBA)

  • Dartmouth College (NH)

As part of Dartmouth's world renowned MBA program, students choose elective courses such as: Corporate Social Responsibility; Entrepreneurship in the Social Sector; Ethics in Action; Tuck Global Consultancy; and ...

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Renewable Energy Concentration (BS Engineering)

  • John Brown University (AR)

Renewable energy engineers are pioneering the future of the energy industry. These individuals engage in technological creativity to maximize the energy potential of renewable resources and discover new ways to ...

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Renewable Energy Technology Focus (Technology Management)

  • Excelsior College (NY)

This program is comprised of three major components: arts and sciences, professional, and additional credit. The professional component includes a professional core, a technology management core, and professional component electives ...

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Restoration of Natural Systems Specialization

  • University of Victoria (BC)

The School of Environmental Studies offers a number of programs on Ecological Restoration. The undergraduate BA and BSc degree programs have a stream dedicated to Ecological Restoration. The school also ...

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Social Entrepreneurship Concentration (MBA)

  • Duke University (NC)

The Duke MBA-Daytime program combines a foundational core of required courses with generous opportunities for students to pursue their interests and broaden their expertise through electives. Study is structured around ...

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Specialization in Environmental & Resource Economics

  • Michigan State University (MI)

The interdepartmental graduate specialization in environmental and resource economics is an elective for students in all graduate majors. The specialization is designed to:provide an opportunity for graduate students to ...

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Specialization in Sustainability

  • Michigan State University (MI)

The Specialization in Sustainability enables students to gain holistic and integrated competencies around four broad core content areas: aesthetic appreciation, ecological integrity, social equity, and economic vitality through the domains ...

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Sustainability & Green Design Concentration (Civil & Environmental Engineering)

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

The concept of sustainability seeks to meet the needs of current generations without compromising those of future generations. This EESS concentration aims to create context for engineering decisions in the ...

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Sustainability Buildings Program Concentration (MS in Architecture)

  • University of Oklahoma (OK)

The Graduate Program consists of four semesters of study leading to an accredited Master of Architecture degree with a focus on sustainability and regional response. Candidates need to have a ...

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Sustainability Focus (Electrical & Computer Engineering Bachelor)

  • University of Iowa (IA)

ECE students select an Elective Focus Area (EFA) to personalize their curriculum and help prepare them for the type of job or research area they want to pursue. Sustainable electrical ...

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Sustainability in Appalachia Concentration (MA)

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

The Sustainability in Appalachia concentration is based on applied research and interdisciplinary course work spanning the social and natural sciences as well as the humanities. It provides a foundation for ...

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Sustainability Awareness & Global Education Specialization

  • North Lake College - DCCCD (TX)

The SAGE (Sustainability Awareness & Global Education) Scholars Honor recognizes students who have focused their coursework on global citizenship and sustainable causes. All students from all majors can add this ...

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Sustainability Studies Concentration (BA/BS in Chemistry)

  • Mercyhurst University (PA)

In coordination with the sustainability studies program at Mercyhurst, students majoring in chemistry (B.A. or B.S.), biochemistry or biology may pursue a concentration in sustainability studies. The sustainability ...

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Sustainability Track (MS in Interdisciplinary Studies)

  • University of Texas at Arlington (TX)

The Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies-Sustainability Track will be offered at the University's Fort Worth Center. The 36-hour, non-thesis program can be completed in one year. Classes will ...

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Sustainable Business Concentration (MBA)

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

In addition to the 27 hours of General Course Requirements, the Sustainable Business Concentration requires choosing 9 hours from the list below: MBA 5240: Accounting for Sustainable Practice; ECO 5621 ...

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Sustainable Business Emphasis (MBA)

  • City University of Seattle (WA)

City University of Seattle's MBA program is designed to fit your lifestyle, whether you're a traditional grad student or a working adult. Emphasis areas: Accounting, Change Leadership, Finance ...

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Sustainable Enterprise Management Concentration (BS in Business)

  • University of Phoenix (AZ)

The Bachelor of Science in Business (BSB) undergraduate degree program is designed to prepare graduates with the requisite knowledge, skills, and values to effectively apply various business principles and tools ...

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Agroecology Certificate

  • Florida International University (FL)

This interdisciplinary program under the Department of Earth and Environment is aimed at providing students with an opportunity to learn problems and issues that emerge from the interface between agriculture ...

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Building Efficiency & Sustainable Technology (BEST) Certificate Program

  • Norwalk Community College (CT)

The Building Efficiency & Sustainable Technology Certificate Program prepares the students for employment in the field of sustainable building, building performance and energy consumption auditing. Utilizing the latest environmental science ...

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Certificate in Alternative Energy

  • New River Community College (VA)

The Alternative Energy Career Studies Certificate is designed for students who are interested in alternative energy. This program begins with the introduction of the fundamentals and safety requirements for alternative ...

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Certificate in Alternative Energy Engineering Technology

  • Lansing Community College (MI)

This certificate provides entry-level technical knowledge of main stream alternative energy and renewable energy. Course will apply toward completion of other AEET certificate and associate degrees.

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Certificate in Automotive Hybrid & Electric Vehicles

  • Kansas City Kansas Community College (KS)

The Hybrid and Electric Vehicle program will allow the completer to apply the technical skill necessary to repair hybrid electric, electric, and fuel celled vehicles. The program of study will ...

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Certificate in Energy Auditing

  • Lansing Community College (MI)

Professional Energy Efficiency Technicians are involved in the inventory and evaluation of a wide variety of energy producing systems. Technicians will deal with the integration of building, electrical and HVAC ...

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Certificate in Sustainability

  • Temple University (PA)

Students who are interested in the environment and in learning how to impact the world around them positively, may want to consider completing the School of Environmental Design credit Certificate ...

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Certificate in Green & Sustainable Management

  • Chatham University (PA)

Developed to provide specialized knowledge for individuals planning careers in green building management, sustainable design, renewable energy, sustainability (viewed holistically), and environmental management. Students may concentrate their study in either ...

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Certificate in Green Buildings: Environmental Design, Energy Management & Performance Based Construction

  • Cosumnes River College (CA)

The purpose of this certificate is to develop job skills and an understanding of green strategies for high performance buildings and livable communities. It is focused at students and professionals ...

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Certificate in Local Food Systems

  • The University of Georgia (GA)

The UGA Certificate in Local Foods is an interdisciplinary certificate designed to give students an overview of the concepts and issues of the local food movement. Students from any major ...

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Certificate in Permaculture Design

  • Merritt College (CA)

Merritt College is proud to be one of the first community colleges in the nation to offer a certificate in Permaculture Design. Our two-year program provides students with a firm ...

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Certificate in Sustainability

  • Coastal Carolina University (SC)

The Certificate in Sustainability is a multi-disciplinary academic program of 15-17 credit hours. The program gives students the opportunity to choose electives with sustainability, based in their area of study ...

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Certificate in Sustainability

  • Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering (MA)
  • Wellesley College (MA)
  • Babson College (MA)

Addressing the challenge of using earth’s resources sustainably requires a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach, in which basic research about the causes and consequences of environmental problems is combined with ...

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Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture

  • Santa Rosa Junior College (CA)

The Sustainable Agriculture Production Certificate program is designed to provide farmers and gardeners with a foundation in the techniques of sustainable food production and the "how-to" aspects of organic gardening ...

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Certificate in Sustainable Food Systems

  • Grand Valley State University (MI)

Strong local food systems are essential for healthy local communities. Students preparing for careers in local food enterprises, health care, sustainability, education, business, social work, non-profit administration and many other ...

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Certificate in Sustainable Food Systems

  • Rio Salado College (AZ)

The Sustainable Food Systems program is designed for a diverse student population, including those who are currently working within the food service industry and are interested in building upon their ...

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Certificate in Urban Agriculture & Sustainability

  • Owens Community College (OH)

Owens' Urban Agriculture and Sustainability Certificate Program requires 26 credit hours of coursework, which includes plant science, soil science, greenhouse management, urban livestock and animal husbandry, organic gardening and food ...

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Certificate Program in Organic Agriculture

  • The University of Georgia (GA)

The Certificate Program in Organic Agriculture at the University of Georgia is a new interdisciplinary program of study that was created in Fall 2007. The certificate is similar to a ...

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Environmental Planning Certificate

  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick Campus (NJ)

Environmental planning requires the integration of environmental information into the planning process and is concerned with the protection and enhancement of environmental systems while meeting demands for growth and development ...

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Geothermal Technician Certificate

  • Lansing Community College (MI)

This certificate is intended to prepare students to work as an entry-level geothermal technician. Geothermal technicians are involved in various aspects of the installation and maintenance of all types and ...

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Green Building Design & Construction Certificate

  • Okanagan College (BC)

This 360-hour certificate program gives students the skills and hands on experience to design and create building envelopes with a sustainable focus on the main functions of the design and ...

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Green Building Technician Certificate

  • Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GA)

The Green Building Technician program introduces students to the tenets and practices behind the sustainable construction movement. Students are introduced to the methods and philosophies behind green building, energy efficient ...

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International Sustainable Development Engineering Certificate

  • Michigan Technological University (MI)

The Michigan Tech International Sustainable Development Engineering (ISDE) Certificate program allows undergraduate engineering students to augment their technical education with the knowledge, skills, and experiences important to working on solutions ...

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Land Use & Environmental Planning Certificate

  • University of California, Davis (CA)

Planning professionals come from a variety of backgrounds: social science, natural science, engineering and even the humanities, facilities and interior design. Regardless of students' background, the UC Davis Extension Land ...

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Solar Energy Certificate

  • College of the Canyons (CA)

The college's solar energy technician certificate program will include 13 units of instruction spread over three courses that can be completed in two to three semesters. The courses are ...

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Solar Energy Technician Certificate

  • Lansing Community College (MI)

This certificate is intended to prepare students to work as an entry-level solar energy technician. Solar energy technicians are involved in various aspects of the installation and maintenance of all ...

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Sustainability Certificate

  • Bay State College (MA)

In this certificate program, students will explore the dynamic relationship between humans and their environment from cultural, economic, historical, literary, social, scientific, and technology perspectives, as well as acquire foundation ...

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Sustainability Certificate

  • San Diego City College (CA)

The Sustainability Certificate offers an interdisciplinary, theorical, philosophical and practical approach for students to enter into the academic and/or professional fields related to sustainability. Students gain skills to critically ...

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