Sep 30, 2023
Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Devon Eulie
The Post-baccalaureate Certificate Program in the Department of Environmental Studies is a broad-based, multidisciplinary curriculum for professionals, practitioners, citizens and students who wish to strengthen their knowledge of the environment. The curriculum is designed as a complement to degree-granting graduate programs in related content areas, thereby providing enhanced opportunities for development of the knowledge and practical skills necessary to analyze, assess and propose solutions to environmental issues. Post-baccalaureate certificates from the Department of Environmental Studies are available in Coastal Management, Environmental Education and Interpretation, and Environmental Conservation and Management.
To ensure consistency in course sequencing, the majority of admissions will occur in the fall semester of each academic year. Admission to the program requires successful completion of or concurrent enrollment in a graduate, degree-granting academic program in a regionally accredited university.
Applicants seeking admission to the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Environmental Studies program are required to submit the following to the Graduate School:
- An application for graduate admission
- Official transcripts of all prior university or college work (undergraduate and graduate)
- Official scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) less than five years old
- Three recommendations by individuals in professionally relevant fields
- A personal statement describing educational and professional experiences, reasons for pursuing graduate study in environmental studies and career goals
- Application and supplemental documents must be submitted by the published deadline.
Applicants seeking admission to the program must meet the following requirements:
- Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university or college, or its equivalent (due to the diversity of areas of emphasis within the program, it is not required that the successful applicant possess a degree in Environmental Studies)
- Successful completion or concurrent enrollment in a graduate, degree-granting academic program in a regionally accredited university.
- Strong academic performance in an undergraduate curriculum indicated by a minimum of a GPA of 3.0 or higher, or its equivalent
- Indication of graduate academic potential reflected by satisfactory performance on the Graduate Record Examination
- Indication of graduate academic potential reflected by three letters of recommendation from individuals in professionally relevant fields
- Concurrency of personal goals with the focus of the environmental studies graduate curriculum
Certificate Requirements (18 credit hours)
The program requires 18 credit hours. Students complete an introductory course (Introduction to Environmental Problems and Policy) and either a practicum or a capstone course (Final Project/Seminar). Students will then complete a foundations course for the certificate in which they are enrolled. Nine hours of approved electives complete the certificate program. A maximum of 6 total credit hours from any combination of EVS 591 , EVS 595 , EVS 597 , and/or EVS 598 may be applied toward the certificate without approval from the graduate coordinator. Students in the post-baccalaureate certificate must have either completed or be concurrently enrolled in a graduate, degree-granting program.
Required Introductory Course (3 credit hours)
Applied Learning (3 credit hours)
To ensure that students are able to employ skills and knowledge gained in the program within an applied, capstone setting, they are required to complete either the Seminar/Final Project or the Practicum in Environmental Studies. Both courses provide extended opportunities for fieldwork, research or creative projects and help the student to bridge related theory with practical applications. Determination of which curricular direction will be taken is based upon the level of prior professional experience in the environmental field, requiring progressive levels of responsibility. Those individuals with 3 or more years in the field will complete the Seminar/Final Project. Those with less than 3 years will complete the Practicum in Environmental Studies. Students are required to complete a minimum of 3 credit hours of applied learning.
Certificate Concentrations (12 credit hours)
All students are also required to pursue a concentrated area of study in Coastal Management, Environmental Education and Interpretation, or Environmental Conservation and Management. A maximum of 6 total credit hours from any combination of EVS 591 , EVS 595 , EVS 597 , and/or EVS 598 may be applied toward the degree without approval from the graduate coordinator.
Coastal Management Certificate
All students pursuing a certificate in Coastal Management must complete the following:
Environmental Education and Interpretation Certificate
All students pursuing a certificate in Environmental Education and Interpretation must complete the following:
Environmental Conservation and Management Certificate
All students pursuing a certificate in Environmental Conservation Management must complete the following: