Graduate Certificate in Global Environmental Management



    • Number of Credits
    • 18
    • Cost Per Credit
    • $ 325
    • Total Tuition*
    • $ 5,850
  • *(Before Transfer Credit)

Program Description

This program will emphasize environmental policy and management theory and practice on the global scale. Environmental change, sustainable practices, disaster planning and response, and political influence will be studied, providing students with insights into the status of shared resources throughout the world. Students will apply the knowledge gained from these disciplines to challenging global problems and develop strategies to address them, including collaboration, negotiation, international agreement, national policy, and international diplomacy.

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Program Objectives

Upon completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the social, economic, and political impacts of global environmental change and explain these influences on the practice of sustainability.
  • Describe the temporal and spatial scales of global environmental change.
  • Integrate complex interdisciplinary concepts affecting global change and influencing sustainability with traditional disciplinary boundaries in the natural and social sciences.
  • Determine the factors that are directly or indirectly contributing to global environmental change.
  • Critically analyze data presented in the debate on global environmental change and assess public policy implications.
  • Critique community or government sustainability projects based upon currently available and emerging sustainable development practices and technology.
Certificate Requirements
18 Hours
Emergency and Disaster Planning and Management
3 hours

This is a survey course that is designed to introduce students to the concepts of emergency management. Topics covered include the history of the field, hazard analysis, mitigation, planning, communication, response, recovery, and terrorism. Students conduct interview research with an emergency manager and conduct a site visit of an emergency operations center. Students can use this course to springboard into advanced topics within the field as offered by other courses, and is a great place for students to begin their emergency management degree programs.

Environmental Management
3 hours

This course focuses on the analysis and resolution of complex environmental management issues. Environmental Management investigates the use of management tools and strategies to resolve complex environmental problems and controversies, including application of adaptive management, structured decision-making, and negotiation principles, and incorporating stakeholders, economic drivers, and the human element. Environmental leadership, collaboration, and conflict resolution will be emphasized, with due consideration to the use of sound scientific data in environmental decision making. Students will be expected to use critical thought, innovation, and creativity to formulate an adaptive management plan for a highly controversial environmental issue or policy as their course final project.

Environmental Policy, Regulation, and Law
3 hours

This course is a study of the major legal, regulatory, and policy framework that encompasses environmental programs and projects in the United States and with international political, commercial, and non-governmental institutions. The primary learning approach used in this course will be case studies.

Energy Policy and Sustainability
3 hours

This course is an introduction to energy policy and decision making, primarily in the United States. Students will examine the nature and scope of environmental, energy, and resource problems, analyze the goals and strategies of the renewable energy movement, investigate ideological, political, and institutional forces that shape policymaking and implementation, and conduct in-depth analyses of the various approaches to U.S. energy needs. An exploration of renewable energy technology, feasibility, and implementation is incorporated through the analysis of case studies and current events.

Political Ecology
3 hours

Political ecology is an interdisciplinary field of research that integrates the methods and materials of anthropology, economics, geography, history, political theory, and sociology. This course will present political ecological perspectives in the context of the study of the history and politics of American and global environmentalism. Political ecology examines the historical role of economic systems, science, language and discourse, ideology, gender, property systems, and the everyday politics and culture of the community and the household in shaping human relationships with nature.

Global Environmental Change
3 hours

The study and consideration of global environmental and climate change are of increasing significance to society. In this course, students will examine the evidence for and causes of global environmental change and will analyze potential impacts on environmental policy and society. Emphasis will be on the implications of environmental change for environmental managers, including management decision-making, the adequacy of the current regulatory framework in addressing these problems, and the effect on future policy and legislation.

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