How Can I Obtain an Environmental Studies Certificate Online?

Online environmental studies certificate programs are available at several educational levels, in a number of areas of specialization. Read on to learn more about a few of the schools that offer such programs. Schools offering Environmental Science degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Online Environmental Studies Certificate Programs

The first step to obtaining an environmental studies certificate online is to find a certificate program that works for you. Many well-known colleges and universities offer online certificate programs in environmental studies. Undergraduate, graduate and non-credit certificate programs are available in subjects that range from environmental studies overviews to focused subjects in areas such as environmental policy and land management. Three universities, all ranked by U.S. News and World Report as top universities that offer environmental studies certificate programs online, are listed below.

Important Facts About Environmental Studies Certificates

Common Courses Web mapping, spatial analysis, GIS projects, and remote sensing
Prerequisites Some require a bachelor's degree and statement of purpose
Possible Careers Enhances skills for engineers, architects, building/construction professionals, and individuals working in real estate
Continuing Education Field trip opportunities to green building sites

University of Massachusetts

The University of Massachusetts system operates five campuses in Massachusetts and one shared online campus, called UMassOnline. UMassOnline offers three environmental studies certificates. Although these certificates are all earned through UMassOnline, each is linked directly to a specific department in one of the University of Massachusetts' five campuses. UMassOnline's environmental studies offerings include the following:

  • Sustainability Studies (undergraduate)
  • Environmental Policy (graduate certificate)
  • Green Building (undergraduate)

Johns Hopkins University

This university provides an example of a narrowly focused environmental studies certificate program with its Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The GIS certificate can be earned entirely online and is geared toward, but not exclusively for, students who are seeking Master of Science degrees in environmental studies and policy. The program focuses on the skills students will need to use geographic information systems for managing watersheds and other natural resources.

Colorado State University

Colorado State University offers a Sustainable Military Lands Management Certificate online. This certificate program focuses on environmental, cultural and historical issues of managing land that is owned or used by the U.S. Department of Defense. Graduates of this 3-course certificate program may apply these credits toward a related master's degree at Colorado State University.

Obtaining the Certificate

Once you choose your program, you may also need to apply for admission to the sponsoring college or university. Some non-credit programs offered through continuing education schools may not require admission, only registration. Once enrolled, follow the timeline set by the program administrator. After completing the coursework, you may need to complete an application to obtain the actual certificate.

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