The certificate program is intended to equip students with knowledge and skills for implementing positive change through environmentally responsible practices in various fields; to serve as a curricular adjunct to sustainable initiatives at UM; to foster a culture of conservation at the University; to enhance students’ preparation for a variety of careers, including engineering, architecture, business, marketing, government, and more; and to affirm UM’s commitment to sustainability and complement its efforts to enhance environmental education.  The Sustainability Certificate was developed in conjunction with the Energy and Conservation Organization.

To obtain the sustainability certificate, students will complete the People & Society cognate “Global Sustainability: Living on a Finite Planet.” (For details on the cognate, see below or use the cognate search engine.)

The Global Sustainability cognate will earn students 9 of the 18 credits needed for the Sustainability Certificate. 

In addition, students will take 9 more credits from courses included in the cognate or from a list of approved courses (see below). Students may take the additional 9 credits to align with their major or minor, or individual interests (e.g., energy, green buildings, natural resource management).  Note that some courses on the list may require one or more prerequisites.  It is the responsibility of students to obtain any permissions for waivers of prerequisites from the appropriate parties in a given School or College.  Courses not on the list below may be substituted; students should obtain permission for substitutions in advance from the director or assistant director of ECS.

Students must be enrolled full time and all courses for the Certificate must be passed with no lower than a “C” grade.  Students who successfully complete the program will receive a notation on their transcripts that they have received the Sustainability Certificate.

To declare the Certificate, you will need to fill out a Program Change form and file it with the main advising office of your school or college.  You can obtain the form from those offices or online here.  In the New Degree section, write "Sustainability Certificate SUST_CAS." You will also need to contact the director of Ecosystem Science and Policy, Gina Maranto, at, 305-284-8519 and provide her with a copy of the Program Change form.  Her office is Ungar Building 230 J.

Cognate: Global Sustainability: Living on a Finite Planet

Area of Knowledge: People and Society
Responsible Academic Unit: MSC   Marine & Atmospheric Science

This cluster consists of three linked groups. Group one introduces human impacts on the natural world. Group two discusses environmental politics and policies. Group three considers societal implications of living on a finite planet. 

Complete exactly 3 of the following option groups:

Option Group: Human Impacts on Natural World
Complete exactly 1 course from the following:
ATM 220 Climate and Global Change
ECS 111 Introduction to the Earth's Ecosystem
GSC 103 Evolution of the Modern Earth's Environment
MSC 108 Environmental Oceanography
MSC 220 Climate and Global Change

Option Group: Environmental Politics & Policy
Complete exactly 1 course from the following:
ECS 113 Introduction to Environmental Policy
ECS 372 Special Topics in Ecosystem Science and Policy
GEG 371 Environmental Geography: Current Issues
POL 322 Environmental Politics and Policy
MSC 340 Ocean Policy
MSC 313 Coastal Law
MSC 346 Climate Science and Policy

Option Group: Social Implications
Complete exactly 1 course from the following:
ARC 223 Architecture and the Environment
INS 322 Economics of Development and the Environment
INS 421 Poverty and the Environment
ECO 345 Environmental Economics
MSC 345 Economics of Natural Resources and the Environment
ECS 310 Sustainable Living
GEG 341 Geography of Population and Development
GEG 430 World Cities

Prerequisite Courses:
MSC 220 has a prerequisite of 3 CR in a natural science; Pre-req not enforced, and will be removed
GEG 371 has a prerequisite of 1 course in physical geography or ecology, or permission of instructor; the ecology requirement should be filled by most of the courses in option group 1
POL 322 has a prerequisite of POL 201 or 202; it is only offered in Summer
MSC 340 has a prerequisite of MSC 111
ARC 223 has a prerequisite of ARC 102 and ARC 122
INS 322 has a prerequisite of INS 102 or ECON 211 and 212, or permission of instructor
INS 421 has a prerequisite of INS 102 or permission of instructor
ECO 345 has a prerequisite of ECO 211 and ECO 302
MSC 345 has a prerequisite of ECO 211
GEG 341 has a prerequisite of and 100 level GEG course
GEG 430 has a prerequisite of any 100 level GEG course

Additional courses

In addition to completing the “Global Sustainability” cognate, students must take at least 9 more credits to earn the sustainability certificate.  Any courses within the “Global Sustainability” cognate not being used to satisfy the cognate may count for the certificate.  Students may also choose courses from the list below. The list includes courses specific to various areas of study (e.g., engineering) that may require one or more prerequisites.  Please see the relevant School/Department descriptions in this Bulletin for further details:

APY 280 Short-change in the City
APY 307 Human Adaptation
APY 315 Folk and Alternative Medicine
APY 360 Anthropology of Food
APY 376 Economic Anthropology
APY435 Anthropology of Nature and Environment

BIL 103 Introduction to Ecology
BIL 220 Evolution and Disease
BIL 316 Global Primary Production
BIL 333 Conservation Biology
BIL334 Biogeography and Conservation
BIL 348 Climate Change and Public Health
BIL432 Ecology and Land Use in the Galapagos
BIL433 Conservation in Practice
BIL539 Conservation and Protected Areas

Ecosystem Science and Policy
ECS 201 Seminar Series in Contemporary Environmental Issues I
ECS 202 Seminar Series in Contemporary Environmental Issues II
ECS 301 Tools for Environmental Decision-Making: The Quantitative Perspective
ECS 302 Perspectives on Environmental Decision Making
ECS 432 Ecology in the Galapagos
ECS 433 Conservation in Practice
ECS 501 Interdisciplinary Environmental Theory
ECS 515 Private Green Space Management

GEG 231 Environmental Geography and Planetary Health
GEG 331 Sustainable Development
GEG 332 Climatology and Extreme Weather
GEG 334 Biogeography and Conversation
GEG 335 Sustainable Food Systems
GEG 336 Hazards and Disasters
GEG 341 Population, Health and Environment
GEG 345 Drinking Water: Past, Present, and Future
GEG 346 Immigrant and Refugee Health
GEG 348 Climate Change and Public Health
GEG 351 Geopolitics and Peacebuilding
GEG 355 Global Political Economy
GEG 356 Latin AmericanPolitical Economy
GEG 383 Geography and Development in South America
GEG 530 Seminar in Sustainability
GEG 561 Seminar in International Development

Geological Sciences
GSC 103 Evolution of Modern Earth's Environment
GSC106 Geological Influences on Society
GSC107 Natural Disasters - Hollywood Vs. Reality

HIS 229 Consumer Society: A Global History
HIS 290 The Beach
HIS 291 The Sea in History
HIS 351 Science and Society
HIS368 Nature and the Environment in American History

International Studies
INS 101 Global Perspectives
INS 102 Global Economics
INS 103 World in Crisis
INS 201 Globalization and Change in World Politics
INS 322 Economics of Development and the Environment
INS 357 Global Food
INS 420 Global Trade
INS 421 Poverty and the Environment
INS 518 Global Migration and Development
INS 571 International Development and Human Welfare

Latin-American Studies
LAS 320 Special Topics in Latin American and Caribbean Environment
LAS 321 Latin American Environmental Issues
LAS 520 Interdisciplinary Topics in Latin American and Caribbean Environments
LAS 521 Latin American Environmental Issues

Political Science
POL 300 Politics of Growth Management
POL 303 Refugees and Migrants
POL 323 Global Warming, Politics and the European Union
POL 370 Global Energy Politics
POL 531 Global Environmental Politics
POL 545 Environmental Policymaking
POL 553 The Environmental Movement

SOC341 Social and Cultural Change

ECO 345 Environmental Economics
ECO 351 Economics of Developing Countries
ECO 379 Economics of Poverty

Civil and Architectural Engineering
CAE 240 Environmental Pollution
CAE 340 Introduction to Environmental Engineering
CAE 430 Water-Resources Engineering I
CAE 530 Water Resources Engineering II
CAE 560 Sustainable Construction
CAE 581 Energy-Efficient Building Design

Mechanical Engineering
MAE 510 Fundamentals of Solar Energy Utilization
MAE 521 Exhaust Emission Control
MAE 528 Fuel Cells
MAE 540 Energy Conversion


Marine Affairs

MAF501 Political Ecology of Marine Management
MAF510 Environmental Planning and the Environmental Impact Statement
MAF518 Coastal Zone Management
MAF520 Environmental Law

Marine Biology and Fisheries
MBF575 Current Applications of Ecological Theory

Marine Geology and Geophysics
MGG533 Environmental Geology

Marine Science
MSC118 Current Weather Topics
MSC300 Water Resources: History, Management, and Policy
MSC400 Water Quality Assessment and Environmental Forensics
MSC410 Marine Conservation Science

RSM510 Environmental Ethics
RSM520 Climate and Society
RSM570 Carbon and Climate

Healthcare Sciences
HCS309 Health and Environment