Certificate in Environmental Sciences

Certificate in Environmental Sciences

The Environmental Sciences Certificate is awarded in conjunction with an academic major in any college. It allows students to explore environmental issues through a broadly-based interdisciplinary program that introduces them to the major environmental issues facing our rapidly-changing society. Students conduct in-depth analyses in areas of vital concern such as as environmental health, environmental ethics, management strategies for our global and local natural resources, environmental planning and policies, and environmental economics.

Students who already hold a baccalaureate degree may pursue the certificate as a non-degree-seeking student, or in conjunction with a second bachelor's degree. All courses taken in the curriculum may be applied toward other general and specific graduation requirements, and courses taken to fulfill other requirements may be applied to the certificate curriculum. All courses must be successfully completed with a grade of C or better to be counted toward the certificate.

FAU students interested in completing the ES Certificate should contact their advisor (College of Science students) or the Environmental Sciences Coordinator (all other Colleges) to be added as a member of the Environmental Science Blackboard Community. Once you are a member you will be able to check on the status of your application and communicate with the ES Program through Blackboard. You should submit the Undergraduate Environmental Sciences Certificate Application through Blackboard at least one semester before you plan to graduate.

If you have questions, or would like to be added to the ES Blackboard Community, contact Dianne Owen, dowen@fau.edu; Office 561-297-0873, Sanson Science Room 263; Cell 954-592-4280.

Course Requirements

Completion of any bachelor's degree at FAU, plus 18 credit hours of environmental studies

  • All students must take a minimum of one of the following two core courses.
    • Environment and Society EVR 2017
    • Issues in Human Ecology PCB 3352
  • Students must take three credits from each of the five focus areas listed below (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Human-Environmental Interactions, Geographic Information Science).

Environmental Sciences Certificate: Biology Focus Area
BOT 3223 Vascular Plants 2
BOT 3223L Vascular Plants Lab 2
BOT 4404 Marine Botany 2
BOT 4404L Marine Botany Lab 2
BSC 1011 Biodiversity 3
BSC 1011L Bioversity Lab 1
MCB 3020 General Microbiology 3
MCB 3020L General Microbiology Lab 1
OCB 4032 Marine Biodiversity 3
OCB 4032 Marine Biodiversity Lab 1
OCB 4043 Marine Biology Field Studies & Lab 2
OCB 4525 Marine Microbiology and Molecular Biology 3
OCB 4525L Marine Microbiology and Molecular Biology Lab 1
OCB 4633 Marine Ecology 3
OCB 4633L Marine Ecology Lab 1
OCE 4006 Marine Science 4
PCB 3063 Genetics 4
PCB 4043 Principles of Ecology 3
PCB 4414C Behavioral Ecology 4
PCB 4674 Evolution 3
PCB 4723 Comparative Animal Physiology 3
PCB 4723L Comparative Animal Physiology Lab 1
ZOO 2203 Invertebrate Zoology 3
ZOO 2203L Invertebrate Zoology Lab 2
ZOO 4402 Functional Biology of Marine Animals 3
ZOO 4402L Functional Biology of Marine Animals Lab 2

Environmental Sciences Certificate: Chemistry Focus
BCH 3033 Biochemistry 1 3
BCH 3034 Biochemistry 2 3
CHM 1020C Contemporary Chemical Issues 3
CHM 2045 General Chemistry 1 3
CHM 2045L General Chemistry 1 Lab 1
CHM 2046 General Chemistry 2 5
CHM 2046L General Chemistry 2 Lab 1
CHM 2083 Chemistry in Modern Life 3
CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry 1 3
CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry 2 3
CHM 3080 Environmental Chemistry 3

Environmental Sciences Certificate: Geology Focus
ESC 2070 The Blue Planet 3
ESC 3704 Environmental Issues in Atmospheric and Earth Science 3
GEO 2200C Introduction to Physical Geography 3
GEO 4300 Biogeography 3
GLY 2010 Physical Geology/Evolution of the Earth 3
GLY 2010L Physical Geology/Evolution of the Earth 1
GLY 2100 The History of the Earth and Life 3
GLY 3155C Geology of Florida 3
GLY 3164 Fire, Ice and Wind: The Geologic Formation of National Parks and Monuments 3
GLY 3165 Water, Waves and Caves: The Geologic Formation of National Parks and Monuments 3
GLY 3603C Paleontology 3
GLY 3730 Coastal and Marine Science 3
GLY 4200C Minerology and Crystal Chemistry 3
GLY 4241 Environmental Geochemistry 3
GLY 4310C Petrology of Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks 4
GLY 4400 Structural Geology 3
GLY 4400L Structural Geology Lab 3
GLY 4451 Solid Earth Geophysics 3
GLY 4500C Stratigraphy and Sedimentation 4
GLY 4700C Geomorphology 3
GLY 4750C Field Methods 3
GLY 4822 Hydrogeology 3
GLY 4830 Engineering Geology 3
GLY 4832C Introduction to Hydrogeology Modeling and Aquifer Testing 3
GLY 4948C Field Experience 1
MET 2010 Weather and Climate 3

Environmental Sciences Certificate: Human-Environmental Interactions Focus
AMH 3630 American Environmental History 3
ANT 3403 Culture and Ecology 3
ANT 4463 Environment and Disease 3
ANT 4419 Anthropology of Nature 3
ANT 4552 Primate Behavior 3
ECO 3003 Economic Principles and Policies 5
ECP 4302 Environmental Economics 3
GEA 4275 Human-Environment Interactions in South Florida 3
GEO 4280C Water Resources 3
GEO 4422 American Cultural Landscape 3
GEO 4542 Tourism and Commercial Recreation 3
GEO 4602 Urban Geography 3
GEO 4948C Field Experience 1
LIT 4434 Literature and the Environment 4
PHI 3640 Environmental Ethics 3
SCE 3442 Principles and Methods of Environmental Education 3
URP 3000 Planning and Growth Management 3
URP 4403 Sustainable Cities 3
URP 4420 Enviromental Planning Methods 3

Geographic Information Science Focus
GIS 3015C Introduction to Mapping and GIS 3
GIS 4035C Remote Sensing of the Environment 3
GIS 4037C Digital Image Analysis 3
GIS 4043C Principles of Geographic Information Systems 3
GIS 4138C Geovisualization and GIS 3