Sustainability Certificate

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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

SPRING 2020 Sustainability designation courses

The following SUST courses are being offered for Spring 2020:

  • AMS 333—Topics in American Studies: Environmental Studies 
  • BSL 212—Introduction to Business Law
  • BUS 204—Introduction to Corporate Sustainability
  • BUS 300—Critical Thinking and Persuasion for Business
  • ECO 311—Labor Economics
  • ECO 386—Health Economics
  • ECS 111—Introduction to the Earth’s Ecosystems
  • ECS 112—Field Problems in Ecosystem Science and Policy
  • ECS 113—Introduction to Environmental Policy
  • ECS 202—Seminar Series in Contemporary Environmental Issues II
  • ECS 215—Introduction to Private Urban and Suburban Green Spaces
  • ECS 301—Tools for Environmental Decision-Making
  • ECS 302—Perspectives on Environmental Decision-Making
  • ECS 310—Sustainable Living
  • ECS 342—Decision-Making and the Environment
  • ECS 345—Economics of Natural Resources and the Environment
  • ECS 371—Readings in Ecosystem Science and Policy
  • ECS 372—Special Topics in Ecosystem Science and Policy
  • ECS 377—Topics in Environmental Economics and Development
  • ECS 401—Internship
  • ECS 402—Thesis
  • ECS 403—Interdisciplinary Approaches
  • ECS 405—Applied Research in Ecosystem Science and Policy
  • ECS 415—Research in Private Urban and Suburban Green Spaces
  • ECS 515—Private Green Space Management
  • ECS 580—Field Studies
  • EPS 321—Understanding Human Service Organizations
  • INS 321—International Development
  • INS 358—Food Policy: Hands-On Approach
  • KIN 206—Sport Facilities and Event Management
  • KIN 297—Practicum in Sports Administration
  • MES 501—Political Ecology of Marine Management
  • MES 513—Aquaculture Lab II
  • MES 529—Biology, Ecology, and Management of Mangrove Ecosystems
  • MES 634—Shark Behavioral Ecology and Conservation
  • MKT 201—Foundations of Marketing
  • RSM 520—Climate and Society

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