A certificate in sustainability can be tailored to your unique interests and needs

Sustainability is an interdisciplinary certificate that involves a wide selection of topics that address how to promote human prosperity while protecting the planet. Because it’s interdisciplinary, you can take courses in four University colleges, including the College of Humanities, Arts & Sciences, College of Business, College of Education and the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences.

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Growth in job postings

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AACSB Accredited

Less than 5% of business degree-granting schools worldwide have earned AACSB accreditation.


Median Salary

According to PayScale for a Sustainability Manager (2021). 


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College Advisors

College of Humanities Arts and Sciences
David Grant 
Chad Heinzel
Mark Myers 

College of Business
Wee Meng Eric Lee 
Alicia Rosburg 

College of Education
Leigh Zeitz

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Gowri Betrabet Gulwadi, Coordinator for Certificate

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Careers With a Sustainability Focus

Individuals passionate about the environment and decreasing the use of scarce resources should consider adding a sustainability certificate to their academic program. From accounting to finance, marketing to economics, and everything in between, adding a sustainability focus will help you lead projects that lower the cost of doing business and improve our environment. You can make a difference in the world. Some of these careers include:

  • Sustainability Project Manager
  • Environmental Accountant
  • Environmental Economist
  • Sustainability Consultant
  • Sustainable Investing Analyst
  • Supply Chain Risk & Sustainability Associate
  • Director of Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Supply Chain Manager, Sustainability and Energy
  • Director of Sustainable Manufacturing Innovation
  • Resources Policy Advocate

Sustainability Courses

The Sustainability certificate framework consists of a progression of classes with one required course. The remaining courses are elective and can be tailored to meet your unique interests. A professional academic advisor can help you select the course options that fit your career goals.

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Sustainability
  • Evolution, Ecology and the Nature of Science
  • Conservation Biology
  • Introduction to Geology
  • Environmental Health Science
  • Environmental Economics
  • Global Strategic Supply Management
  • Rhetoric, Science, and Community Engagement 
  • Environmental Ethics