The Sustainability Engagement Certificate provides the unique opportunity for undergraduate students to become leaders in a world that has long moved past unlimited resources, a safe climate, stable populations, and continued growth. Through the Sustainability Engagement Certificate, you will achieve a strong interdisciplinary understanding of sustainability by completing courses and experiences around a theme of your choosing. You will have the opportunity to engage with faculty from every corner of campus and professionals across the globe.

The Sustainability Engagement Certificate consists of four courses, two experiences, and a public-facing ePortfolio. The two Gateway course options are: The Theory and Practice of Sustainability (ENVIRON 245, taught in the spring) or Denial, Faith and Reason (ETHICS 285, taught in the fall) Your choices are guided by a thematic emphasis that weaves throughout your experiences and elective courses. Some example thematic pathways include environmental justice, corporate social responsibility, and urban development.

Graphic of Sustainability Certificate Pathway. The Certificate pathway involves a Gateway courses, followed by two electives, two extracurricular experiences, and a capstone course.
To complete the undergraduate Certificate in Sustainability Engagement, a student will need to complete 4 courses (including a gateway course, 2 electives, and 1 capstone course) and one 150-hour experience and one 300-hour experience (experiences can include internships).

To learn more about the certificate program and to apply, please visit the Nicholas School of the Environment's website.


If you have any questions about this program, please contact