Environmental Assessment Certificate

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

The Environmental Assessment Certificate is a 12-credit graduate certificate program to prepare current and future professionals in the fundamentals of environmental assessment, which is the assessment of the environmental consequences of a plan, policy, program, or actual projects prior to the decision to move forward with the proposed action. Environmental impact assessment is a tool used to address today's most critical environmental management and conservation challenges, such as achieving biodiversity conservation targets and scaling-up climate change mitigation and adaptation projects, policies, and programs. 

This certificate provides a credential reflecting completion of a series of multidisciplinary courses in a highly sought-after field of professional practice. Those completing the certificate will be equipped with specialized knowledge to build competency and increase their employability in governmental agencies, consulting firms, civil society organizations, and multinational corporations. 

Campus Requirements: 
NONE — 100% Online
Time to Completion: 
2 semesters

Sample Courses

ENR 7520

Environmental Science and Law (Asynchronous)

Introduction to the common and statutory law and administration of environmental protection, with special emphasis on scientific and technological aspects.
ENR 5210

U.S. Environmental Impact Assessment (Asynchronous)

Study of impact of human activity in natural resources through evaluation of environmental impact.
ENR 5211

International Environmental Impact Assessment (Asynchronous)

Fundamental concepts of international environmental impact assessment including the legal and institutional frameworks, practice and performance, and social and cultural contexts that shape EIA's implementation worldwide.
RURLSOC 5580

Social Impact Assessment (Asynchronous)

This course provides students with a broad understanding of the fundamental history, concepts, methods, and theories of Social Impact Assessment (SIA) as part of environmental policy and regulation in both U.S. and International contexts. Students are exposed, via scholarly articles, case studies and projects, to existing SIAs from across the U.S. and the world and how quality SIAs are performed.

Featured Faculty

Associate Professor of Rural Sociology
Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in Environmental Assessment

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