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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Minor in Sustainable Urban Development

  • Portland State University (OR)

Interest in sustainability and urban development has steadily grown in recent years among students. Our urban region has attracted considerable national and international attention and been a center of activity ...

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Minor in Urban & Regional Planning

  • Brigham Young University (UT)

This minor helps students to develop coherent solutions to urban and other land management issues, that respect the diverse (and sometimes conflicting) needs of planners, engineers, architects, land developers, elected ...

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Minor in Urban Environmental Studies

  • Birmingham-Southern College (AL)

The minor in Urban Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary program designed to foster a broad understanding of both environmental science and policy. The program provides students with opportunities to explore ...

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Minor in Water Studies

  • Metropolitan State University of Denver (CO)

The Water Studies Minor is an interdisciplinary field of study that provides a holistic, highly interactive program. The curriculum is designed to facilitate water studies education to students from a ...

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Sustainability in the Built Environment Minor

  • Drexel University (PA)

The intent of the Minor is to prepare students to engage and analyze future design challenges from a sustainability perspective. Students completing this Minor will be able to approach these ...

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Sustainability Studies Minor

  • Mercyhurst University (PA)

Mercyhurst University has offered a minor in sustainability studies since 2006. Students are required to take two core sustainability courses — one that introduces students to sustainability theories, principles and strategies ...

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Sustainable Built Environments Minor

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Students from other undergraduate degree programs may declare a Minor in Sustainable Built Environments which consists of seven courses (18 credit hours). The minor is available both on Main Campus ...

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Sustainable Business Minor

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

The Sustainable Business minor is available to both business and non-business majors. Students may earn a Sustainable Business minor by the completion of 18 hours of coursework.

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Sustainable Development & the Environment Minor

  • Rollins College (FL)

The interdisciplinary minor in Sustainable Development and the Environment examines whether transnational corporations can be both competitive and responsible by pursuing a strategy of sustainable development. The minor includes a ...

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Advanced Certificate in Campus Sustainable Innovation

  • University of Vermont (VT)

As we stand at a critical moment in Earth’s history, colleges, universities, and other institutions must play a critical role in developing innovative practices for sustainable systems, campuses, and ...

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Advanced Professional Sustainable Supply Chain Management Certificate

  • University of San Francisco (CA)

With economic and environmental climates on the radar of everyone from consumers to congress, many of today’s organizations are rushing to implement processes to cut back expenses, run more ...

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Certificate in Data Analysis in Ecology: Statistics for Ecologists & Field Biologists

  • University of Oxford

This tutor-led ecological statistics course provides a thorough introduction to the key statistical principles and methods used by ecologists and field biologists. It will appeal to a variety of practitioners ...

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Certificate in Ecological Survey Techniques

  • University of Oxford

The Postgraduate Certificate in Ecological Survey Techniques is a part-time programme comprising a series of online modules, an intensive study week in Oxford and field projects based in students'own ...

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Certificate in Field Techniques for Surveying Birds

  • University of Oxford

This tutor-led course offers detailed training in passive and non-passive bird surveying techniques, including group-based counts, and transect and aerial surveys, and mist-netting, cannon-netting and tagging as well as bird ...

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Certificate in Field Techniques for Surveying Fish & Amphibians

  • University of Oxford

This dedicated, tutor-led field techniques course provides in-depth training in fish and amphibian surveying and sampling from initial considerations through to methods and techniques, sampling strategies and reporting. It covers ...

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Certificate in Field Techniques for Surveying Invertebrates

  • University of Oxford

This course offers expert-led training in invertebrate surveying techniques from planning and preparations through to sampling strategies, surveying methods and reporting. Topics covered include interception and responsive trapping techniques, identification ...

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Certificate in Field Techniques for Surveying Mammals & Reptiles

  • University of Oxford

This course is designed to equip students with the skills, techniques and know-how necessary to undertake surveys of mammal and reptile populations or individuals with confidence. The course aims to ...

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Certificate in Field Techniques for Surveying Vegetation

  • University of Oxford

Taught online over five weeks, this part-time course offers excellent training opportunities for those working full-time or wishing to study at their convenience. The course will appeal to a variety ...

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Climate Change, Energy, & Environmental Sustainability Certificate

  • Johns Hopkins University (MD)

As the world's population and technological advances continue to grow, demands for natural resources and energy may lead to irrevocable damage to the earth's physical and ecological systems ...

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Construction: Sustainable Construction Certificate

  • Iowa Western Community College (IA)

The Sustainable Construction Technology certificate introduces the students to the principles and techniques utilized in residential construction which will have a positive impact on our environment. This certificate program gives ...

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Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Sustainable Community Development

  • Simon Fraser University (BC)

A Post Baccalaureate Diploma (”post bac” or PBD) is a program designed for those who already have undergraduate degrees or the equivalent. It is not a master’s degree, but ...

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Post Graduate Diploma in Corporate Sustainability

  • Furman University (SC)

The intensive, five-session course, offered by Furman's Center for Corporate and Professional Development in cooperation with the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability, will lead to a Post Graduate ...

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Post Master Certificate in Sustainable Strategies

  • The New School (NY)

Successful models of public administration and business management increasingly take into account the interconnections of ecological, social, and financial sustainability-the "triple bottom line" approach to planning and development. This creates ...

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Professional Certificates in Business or Community Sustainability Management

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

To create a greener, cleaner economy for future generations and to address a growing need for skilled professionals in the workforce, the University of Colorado Boulder’s Sustainable Practices Program ...

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Professional Certificate in Sustainability Leadership

  • Ithaca College (NY)

The Professional Certificate in Sustainability Leadership is designed for practitioners who want to improve their skills and knowledge of "best practices" in order to lead effective sustainability initiatives in their ...

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Professional Specialization Certificate in Ecological Restoration

  • University of Victoria (BC)

This non-credit certificate has been designed for professionals working in the field of landscape architecture, landscape design and management, forestry, agrology, biology, ecological restoration and environmental practice. The new certificate ...

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Restoration of Natural Systems Certificate

  • 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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Sustainability & the Environment Graduate Certificate

  • George Mason University (VA)

The principal focus of this advanced certificate is to provide a detailed understanding of evolving real estate concepts, particularly as relating to land development, sustainability, and the impact of evolving ...

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Sustainable Energy & Building Technology Diploma

  • Humber College (ON)

Humber's Sustainable Energy and Building Technology (SEBT) diploma program helps you develop the skills needed for a career in the growing "green" economy. Become skilled at providing integrated solutions ...

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Sustainable Energy Technology: Renewable Energy Certificate

  • Iowa Western Community College (IA)

Renewable Energy Technology is the wave of the future, and Iowa Western's new certificate program will enable you to get on board with this expanding career field. This certificate ...

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Sustainable Management Science Certificate

  • University of Wisconsin-Parkside (WI)
  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls (WI)
  • University of Wisconsin-Stout (WI)
  • University of Wisconsin-Superior (WI)

An online Sustainable Management Certificate can update students' skills and give them a current credential in today’s tough job market. The certificates help workers retool and transition in their ...

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University of Oregon Sustainability Leadership Certificate Program

  • University of Oregon (OR)

At the University of Oregon in Portland, the Sustainability Leadership Program offers a series of on site and online workshops that address the latest topics on sustainable economic, social, and ...

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Certificate Program in Landscape Architecture

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Successful work in landscape architecture requires a comprehensive, multidisciplinary education in aspects of botany, horticulture, architecture, ecology and more. Without requiring prior background, the Certificate Program in Landscape Architecture prepares ...

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Integrated Sustainability Management Certificate Program

  • Colorado State University (CO)

This professional badge and certificate program gives you the knowledge and tools to develop more environmentally and financially sustainable practices within an organization, as well as build and foster an ...

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Sustainability Certificate

  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)

The Sustainability Certificate can help students become leaders in environmentally responsible policy and practices, giving the the opportunity to rise to the challenge and establish themselves as leaders in this ...

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Agroecology Track

  • Goshen College (IN)

Students who enroll in the nine-week residential Agroecology Summer Intensive (ASI) at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center all share something in common: they are passionate about sustainable agriculture. ASI is ...

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Concentration in Appropriate Technology (MS in Technology)

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Focuses on development and use of sustainable or "green" technologies, with an emphasis on renewable energy systems. The program is widely recognized for the contributions made by faculty and students ...

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Concentration in Building Energy Engineering (MS in Technology)

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

This concentration is recognized for its emphasis on energy efficient building design, construction, and testing, as well as use of alternative building materials. Focuses on efficient building systems and the ...

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Concentration in Business & Sustainability (BBA)

  • Wilfrid Laurier University (ON)

A BBA concentration consists of a minimum of 2. 0 credits at the 300 or 400 level beyond core courses counted toward the degree. Under special circumstances a BU480 - Independent ...

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Concentration in Environmental Law

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

Students can receive formal recognition for completion of the Environmental Law Program's Concentration in Environmental Law. To be awarded this designation, students must earn a minimum of 17 credits ...

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Concentration in High Performance Buildings (MS in Architecture)

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)

The Master of Science with a major in Architecture and a concentration in High Performance Buildings is focused around the use of building physics and building technology for sustainable architectural ...

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Concentration in Renewable Energy (BA/BS Economics)

  • University of Maine (ME)

The Renewable Energy Economics Concentration may be taken under either the B. A. in Economics or the BS in Economics. To complete the Renewable Energy Economics Concentration, students complete all ...

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Concentration in Renewable Energy Engineering (MS in Technology)

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Designed for individuals with undergraduate degrees in engineering or the physical sciences who are interested in a program with a strong technical emphasis on renewable energy system design, monitoring, and ...

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Concentration in Sustainability (MBA)

  • Illinois Institute of Technology (IL)

This concentration prepares students for an understanding how an organization can develop a competitive advantage while allowing the planet's natural resources to support it indefinitely. The concepts described would ...

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Concentration in Sustainable Design & Construction (MS in Technology)

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Designed for individuals with backgrounds in architecture, engineering, construction science/managment, interior design, or related fields who are interested in the integrative design process. The program includes a strong technical ...

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Concentration in Sustainable Development

  • Columbia University (NY)

The special concentration is intentionally more flexible than the major, given that students have their major classes as well. However, its structure allows students to benefit from the program's ...

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Ecological & Sustainable Design Emphasis (MS in Architecture)

  • Kansas State University (KS)

Ecological and Sustainable Design (ESD) focuses on the theory and practice of architectural and environmental design that makes maximum use of the same renewable energy flows and material cycling processes ...

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Educating for Sustainability Concentration (MEd)

  • Antioch University, New England (NH)

This MEd concentration focuses on the interdependence of environment, economy, and equity-the three Es of EFS-and how we may apply EFS at any grade level and in every subject area ...

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Emphasis in Environmental Science (Biology major)

  • Dominican College (NY)

With an emphasis in Environmental Science, students will develop an in-depth understanding of the scientific processes at work upon the Earth and will be prepared to work in areas such ...

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Energy & Sustainability Concentration (MA of Interdisciplinary Studies)

  • George Mason University (VA)

This concentration is particularly relevant for students who are pursuing or interested in pursuing careers in energy and environmentally related applications in the law, national and international policy, government, print ...

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Founded in 2009, The GREEN Program creates short-term, experiential education programs focused on sustainable development. TGP's accredited model has attracted university students representing over 470 universities and 70 countries globally.