Sustainability Certificate

The undergraduate Certificate in Sustainability requires 24 s.h. of credit. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in work for the certificate. The certificate may be earned by any student admitted to the University of Iowa who is not concurrently enrolled in a UI graduate or professional degree program.

Work for the certificate includes three introductory core courses, four courses from the breadth area electives, and one project course. Students may be able to count some certificate courses toward requirements for other majors, minors, or other certificates. They may count a maximum of three courses in a single department or program toward the certificate. A maximum of 6 s.h. of approved transfer credit may be counted toward the certificate. Certificate courses may not be taken pass/nonpass. A course may be used to satisfy only one certificate requirement.

Individuals must declare their intent to earn the certificate; see the Certificate in Sustainability website for details.

Sustainability embraces many disciplines, methodologies, and institutional practices. Certificate students must have knowledge of the interdisciplinary nature of the field, which is represented by the program's breadth electives: dynamics of natural systems; dynamics of human systems; and communication, ethics, and interpretation. They also must have experience with analyzing real-life problems in and outside of the classroom and in working collaboratively to solve such problems.

The Certificate in Sustainability requires the following course work.


Introductory Core

Both of these:    
ENGL:1510 Introduction to Environmental Literature 3
GEOG:2013/BUS:2013/URP:2013 Introduction to Sustainability 3
One of these:    
EES:1080/ENVS:1080 Introduction to Environmental Science 3-4
EES:1085/ENVS:1085 Fundamentals of Environmental Science 4
GEOG:1070 Contemporary Environmental Issues 3

Breadth Electives

Students complete at least 3 s.h. in each of the following three breadth areas.

Dynamics of Natural Systems

One of these:    
BIOL:1260 Plants and Human Affairs 3
BIOL:2374/GEOG:2374 Biogeography 3
BIOL:2673/ENVS:2673 Ecology 3
CBE:2040 Environment, Energy, and Climate Change 3
CBE:2050/CEE:2050 Severe and Unusual Weather 3
CBE:5405 Green Chemical and Energy Technologies 3
CEE:4102 Groundwater 3
CEE:4103 Water Quality 3
CHEM:4873 Atmospheric and Environmental Chemistry 3
EES:1040 Evolution and the History of Life 3-4
EES:1290 Energy and the Environment 3
EES:1400 Natural Disasters 3
EES:2310/GEOG:2310 Introduction to Climatology 3
EES:3070 Marine Ecosystems and Conservation 3
EES:3080 & ENVS:3000 Introduction to Oceanography - Environmental Science Seminar 3
EES:4630 Hydrogeology 3
GEOG:1020 The Global Environment 3
GEOG:2950 Environmental Conservation 3
GEOG:3310 Landscape Ecology 3
GEOG:3340 Ecosystem Services: Human Dependence on Natural Systems 3
IALL:3131 Ecology 4

Dynamics of Human Systems

One of these:    
AMST:1154 Food in America 3
AMST:3047 American Disasters 3
AMST:3063 American Ruins 3
ANTH:1046/GEOG:1046/GWSS:1046 Big Ideas: People and the Environment - Technology, Culture, and Social Justice 3
ANTH:2100 Anthropology and Contemporary World Problems 3
ANTH:2261 Human Impacts on the Environment 3
ANTH:3103 Environment and Culture 3
ANTH:3240 Cultural Resources Management Archeology: Practice and Practicalities 3
ANTH:3260 Pleistocene Peopling of the Americas 3
ANTH:4130/RELS:4730 Religion and Environmental Ethics 3
ARTH:1090 Earthly Paradises: A Global History of Gardens 3
ARTH:3090 Contemporary Architecture 3
CBE:2030 Energy and Society 3
CBE:4459/CEE:4159/IGPI:4159 Air Pollution Control Technology 3
CEE:3790 Resilient Infrastructure and Emergency Response 3
CEE:4158/OEH:4920 Solid and Hazardous Wastes 3
CEE:4788/GHS:4126/PHAR:8788/THTR:4265 International Perspectives: Xicotepec 2
CHEM:1050 Technology and Society 3
CPH:2200 Climageddon: Understanding Climate Change and Associated Impacts on Health 2
CPH:3500/GHS:3500 Global Public Health 3
ECE:5630 Sustainable Energy Conversion 3
ECON:3625/URP:3135 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics 3
ECON:3770/URP:3360 Urban Transportation 3
EES:1115/ENVS:1115/GEOG:1115/HIST:1115 The History and Science of Oil 3
EES:4790 Engineering Geology 3
GEOG:1090 Globalization and Geographic Diversity 3
GEOG:2110/GHS:2110 Eight Billion and Counting: Introduction to Population Dynamics 3
GEOG:2410 Environment and Development 3
GEOG:2910 The Global Economy 3
GEOG:3070/GHS:3070 Hungry Planet: Global Geographies of Food 3
GEOG:3210/CPH:3400 Health, Work, and the Environment 3
GEOG:3420 Sustainable Development and Green Building Concepts 3
GEOG:3750 Environmental Quality: Science, Technology, and Policy 3
GEOG:3780/GHS:3780/HIST:3240 U.S. Energy Policy in Global Context 3
GEOG:3800 Environmental Economics and Policy 3
GEOG:3920/URP:3001 Planning Livable Cities 3
GEOG:4150/GHS:4150/IGPI:4150 Health and Environment: GIS Applications  3
GEOG:4750/URP:4750 Environmental Impact Analysis 4
GHS:3560 Global Garbage and Global Health 3
GHS:4162/HIST:4162 History of Global Health 3
GHS:4605/HIST:4605 Disease, Politics, and Health in South Asia 2-4
IE:4550 Wind Power Management 3
IS:3200 Sustainable Development 3
ME:4048 Energy Systems Design 4
MSCI:3030 Business Process Analysis 3
NAIS:1290/AMST:1290/GHS:1290/HIST:1290 Native American Foods and Foodways  3
NAIS:3276/RELS:3976 American Indian Environmentalism 3
OEH:4240 Global Environmental Health 3
POLI:1400 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
POLI:1500 Introduction to International Relations 3
POLI:2417 Comparative Environmental Policy 3
POLI:3424 Global Development 3
TDSN:3200 Product Design 4
TDSN:3210 Furniture Design I  4
URP:6253 Designing Sustainable and Healthy Cities 3
URP:6257 Environmental Management 3

Communication, Ethics, and Interpretation 

One of these:    
ANTH:4130/RELS:4730 Religion and Environmental Ethics 3
CNW:2740 The Art and Craft of Writing about the Environment 3
CW:3210/INTD:3210 Creative Writing and the Natural World 3
ENGL:2329 Topics in Modern British Literature Before 1900 (when topic is British literature and environmental history) 3
ENGL:3105 Topics in Popular Culture (when topic is food studies) 3
ENGL:3510 Topics in Transnational Literature (when topic is rivers and rivals) 3
ENGL:3570/CL:3570/GWSS:3570 Transnational and Postcolonial Writing by Women (when topic is women gone wild) 3
ENGL:4003 Honors Seminar: Literary Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies, 20th/21st Century (when topic is becoming human: literature, culture, environment) 3
ENGL:4195 Interdisciplinary Studies (when topic is animal stories) 3
ENTR:3500 Social Entrepreneurship 3
FREN:1007 Nature/Ecology French Philosophy and Fiction 3
GEOG:4770/GHS:4770 Environmental Justice 3
HIST:3230 American Environmental History 3
JMC:3185 Topics in Mass Communication (when topic is risk communication) 3
LAW:8622 International Environmental Law 3
RHET:3700 Advocacy and Sustainability: Crafting Stories of People, Place, and Resilience 3
SCLP:3895 Topics in Sculpture (when topic is art at the edge of the landfill) 4
URP:6273 Community Development in the Upper Midwest 3

Additional Breadth Elective

Students select an additional 3 s.h. from one of the three breadth areas above: dynamics of natural systems; dynamics of human systems; or communication, ethics, and interpretation.

Project/Integrative Systems

One of these (3 s.h.):    
ARBD:3445 India Winterim (when topic is approved) arr.
ANTH:2261 Human Impacts on the Environment 3
CBE:4410/CEE:4107 Sustainable Systems 3
CNW:3660 Multimedia Writing (when topic is environmental writing and filmmaking) 3
EES:3150 Sustainability Project arr.
ENGL:4000 English Honors Seminar (when topic is becoming human: literature, culture, environment) 3
ENGL:4195 Interdisciplinary Studies (when topic is animal stories) 3
ENTR:3700 Sustainable Product Innovation and Management 3
GEOG:2930 Water Resources 3
GEOG:3001 Special Topics (when topic is sustainability) 3
GEOG:3400 Iowa Environmental Policy in Practice 3
GEOG:3760/GHS:3760 Hazards and Society 3
GHS:4100 Topics in Global Health (when topic is sustainability) 1-3
GHS:4180 Climate Change and Health 3
INTM:3750 Art and Ecology 4
MKTG:4250 Marketing and Sustainability 3
TDSN:6295 Design for Production and Business (when topic is special issues and topics in design) 4
URP:4752 Eighth Generational Planning: Envisioning Cities for Year 2228 3
URP:6256 Environmental Policy 3
URP:6273 Community Development in Upper Midwest 3