SDSU's Environmental Studies Certificate is available through ALI's Semester at SDSU program.

The Environmental Studies Certificate is designed for students already holding a bachelor's degree (in any field) who desire to increase their understanding of the theoretical and applied approaches to environmental problems and issues. This is not a certificate program in the hard sciences, but rather is intended to provide diverse ways for students to develop knowledge of the causes and consequences of the human impact on the environment and the impact on humans of philosophical, political, economic, spatial, and natural science perspectives. 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. A bachelor's degree from a university is also required. For course descriptions, please visit sdsu.edu/catalog. For sample class schedules of the courses usually offered, go to sdsu.edu/schedule. Please be aware not all courses are offered every semester.

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

Semester at SDSU Environmental Studies Certificate

Number of weeks

17

Hours of instruction

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

Requirements

TOEFL iBT 80 or IELTS 6.5. Proof of English proficiency is required with application. A bachelor's degree (in any field) from a university.

Dates

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

Also included

All students have access to a variety of electives, pronunciation clinics, sports and conversation clubs, language and computer labs, personalized student counseling, library, and academic advising.