Online Environmental Assessment Certificate

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
Learn the fundamentals of environmental impact assessment and advance your career.

The Environmental Assessment Certificate is a 12-credit graduate online certificate program offered by The Ohio State University to teach current and future professionals the fundamentals of environmental impact assessment. This online environmental science certificate prepares students to address today's most critical environmental management and conservation challenges, such as biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation. Students will learn how to assess the environmental impact and consequences of a plan, policy, or program before moving forward with the proposed action.

Earning this online certificate gives professionals a credential reflecting the multidisciplinary courses completed in this highly sought-after field of professional practice. Upon completion, students will be equipped with specialized knowledge to build competency and increase their employability in governmental and federal agencies, consulting firms, civil society organizations, and multinational corporations.

Who is this online environmental science certificate for?

This online environmental certificate program is for working professionals with bachelor's degrees who want to advance their careers or make a career transition with a newfound knowledge of and passion for the environment. Graduates are well-prepared to pursue their master's degree in public administration and leadership, city and regional planning, national policy, or further study environment and natural resources. Use this completed and meaningful credential as a way to stand out from the crowd.

Campus Requirements: NONE — 100% online

Class Format: Asynchronous, meaning that you can attend classes on your own time.

Credit Hours Required: 12  

Cost Per Credit Hour: $812.07 (includes instructional and general fees). See the full cost breakdown here.

Admission Requirements: Earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

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.

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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