SDSU's Environmental Studies Certificate is available through the Semester at SDSU program of SDSU Global Campus. It is designed for students already holding a bachelor's degree, in any field. This professional development program offers a multi-disciplinary approach to environmental studies for natural resource managers, teachers, community activists, and others who are concerned about the interaction of people and the environment.

Program Highlights

  • Understand Human Impact to Environment
    Students learn diverse ways to develop knowledge of the causes and consequences of the human impact on the environment.

  • Understand Environmental Issues
    Students can increase their understanding of the theoretical and applied approaches to environmental problems and issues.

  • Official Transcript
    Credits earned are listed on an official SDSU transcript and may be transferable to other universities.

Certificate requires 12 units selected from:
Biology 315, 324, 327
Economics  454, 455
Environmental Engineering 320, 355, 441, 554
Environmental Science 100
Geography 101, 102, 370, 375, 409, 570, 572, 573
Geological Sciences 100, 104, 303, 305
History 441
International Security and Conflict Resolution 300, 301
Oceanography 100
Political Science 334
Recreation and Tourism Management 487
Sustainabilty 334, 353

Students must receive a B- or higher in each course to receive a certificate at the end of the program. For course descriptions and class schedules, please visit Please be aware not all courses are offered every semester.

Please note that SDSU Global Campus cannot guarantee participation in specific university courses. Students enroll in classes on a space-available basis.

For more information on Semester at SDSU programs, please contact


Semester at SDSU Environmental Studies Certificate

Number of weeks


Hours of instruction

Varies according to course enrollment. Minimum 12 units undergraduate/9 units graduate


TOEFL 61, IELTS 5.5, or Duolinguo 90. Proof of English proficiency is required with application. A bachelor's degree (in any field) from a university. For Duolingo, please have your test score sent to "San Diego State University - Global Campus". Other acceptable English proficiency can be found HERE.

Dates and Costs

See Semester at SDSU Calendar & Fees (All prices and dates are subject to change.)