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Undergraduate certificates

Biomimicry Certificate

What would nature do? Biomimicry is an emerging discipline that seeks to emulate life’s strategies for human design with a particular emphasis on sustainability. This 18-credit undergraduate certificate in biomimicry provides a comprehensive introduction to sustainable bio-inspired design while developing the skills to innovate inspired by nature. The program is jointly offered by the Biomimicry Center and the School of Sustainability.

The 15-credit interdisciplinary certificate examines the current affairs of energy and sustainability. Students begin with an overview of how energy affects peoples’ lives and policy options for energy, as well as the science of energy and how energy is generated for today’s society. Students then select additional energy courses tied to geography, architecture, geology, engineering, or economics depending on their specific interests.

The School of Sustainability offers a 15-credit interdisciplinary Certificate in Sustainable Food Systems, a comprehensive, sustainability-oriented introduction to food systems for undergraduate students. The certificate, which complements a variety of majors from Agribusiness to English, draws from food-related courses in the social sciences, humanities, life sciences, and applied sciences.

Graduate certificates

Developing sustainable solutions requires collaboration across industries. Many organizations, businesses, governments, and agencies seek individuals with knowledge of sustainability and experience applying sustainability concepts. The graduate certificate in sustainability prepares students to apply sustainability problem solving methods to challenges in a wide array of disciplines and organizations. The 15 credit certificate is available as a stand-alone program or may be used to enhance a student’s experience in another area of study.

As part of the PhD degree program, this new interdisciplinary graduate certificate in complex adaptive systems science (CASS) aims to train the next generation of scientists in advanced concepts and methods needed for approaching interconnected phenomena in the social and life sciences as complex adaptive systems. This complexity science certificate is closely related to the interdisciplinary PhD concentration in complex adaptive systems science.

Achieving sustainable economies, corporations and communities requires the consideration of tradeoffs. Environmental and resource economics (ERE) provides a rigorous framework for weighing these tradeoffs. It also provides theory and data analysis tools for understanding how individual consumers and companies respond to the incentives presented by markets and government policies.

This 15-credit graduate certificate is offered online with two weeklong, in-person sessions. The program will help the next generation of food policy leaders understand the current policy landscape and how it was shaped; position them to impact policy by training them on the elements of a strategic policy campaign; allow them to apply their knowledge to real-world policy problems; and develop a network of leaders in the policy community, including strong mentoring relationships, that participants can draw on throughout their careers.