Sustainability Education

Certificate in Sustainability

The 16-credit Sustainability Certificate program provides students with an understanding of the foundation of sustainability, as well as insights and tools for encouraging and strengthening environmental awareness and action in their personal lives and communities. The emerging green economy will require individuals with diverse backgrounds as well as knowledge in their individual field. The certificate program provides students the opportunity to extend their sustainability knowledge beyond the traditional fields. Students will be encouraged to choose courses from a range of disciplines including: environmental, economic, social/cultural, and wellness. Courses prepare students to holistically view and thoroughly understand system interconnectivity in our changing modern world.

Introduction to Sustainability

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ANTH/GEOG 1110 – 3 credits

This course introduces students to the concept of sustainability and explores how today’s human societies can adapt in the face of global climate change, ecosystem degradation, and resource limitations. The course focuses on key knowledge areas of sustainability theory and practice including population, ecosystems, global climate change, energy, agriculture, water, environmental economics and policy, ethics, and cultural history. It will include discussions on maintaining ecological and environmental health, creating economic welfare, instituting cultural change, and ensuring social justice. Case studies and/or case simulations will be used to provide the student with real world examples and applications.

Fulfills MnTC Goals 5 and 10

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