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2022-2023 University Catalog 
2022-2023 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental and Sustainability Studies Certificate

About the Program

This interdisciplinary program will appeal to students interested in studying environmental and sustainability problems from a wide range of perspectives. The certificate will give students working in multiple disciplines a broad exposure to how environmental and sustainability challenges and solutions are conceived, represented, and researched in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Agriculture, and STEM disciplines. The program will introduce students to a wide range of environmental issues from diverse perspectives so that they may more thoroughly comprehend and critically evaluate today’s environmental and sustainability challenges.

College of Liberal Arts

Requirements for the Certificate (15 credits)

2. Environmental & Sustainability Selectives (9 credits)

Choose one from each category: 

  1. Social, Cultural, Economic, and Political Dimensions (3 credits)
  2. Stewardship, Conservation, and Management Dimensions (3 credits)
  3. Science, Engineering, and Technological Dimensions (3 credits)

3. Interdisciplinary Capstone Project (3 credits)

  • The capstone project offers an opportunity to develop an extended interdisciplinary analysis of a significant sustainability or environmental problem. Individual project advisors will specify the precise requirements for the project.
  • To complete this requirement, students must enroll in a 3 Credit independent research project or directed reading class that will be designated by the faculty advisor and student to apply to the ESS capstone requirement, with approval by the ESS faculty Coordinator. The ESS capstone approval form is available here.


  • At least 50% of the coursework completed to fulfill the certificate must be completed at Purdue University.
  • See advisor for variable title courses that may satisfy requirements.

Prerequisite Information

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.


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College of Liberal Arts Pass/No Pass Option Policy

  • P/NP cannot be used to satisfy Liberal Arts Core, Liberal Arts major, minor, or certificate requirements.