Environmental Studies applies the science of the natural world and human behavior to understand how the two interact and the impact on environmental resources. The Environmental Studies Certificate is designed to provide students with a comprehensive view of environmental issues, policy, and law. Ethical challenges in balancing responsible development and conservation are explored. Students develop a working knowledge of the biological and physical processes of nature and the results of the interruption of such natural processes. Carefully selected sites in the metropolitan area serve as a classroom during field trips to provide practical experience and real life examples.
Elective courses in the natural sciences are offered in partnership with the Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS). ANS is the largest and oldest independent environmental organization in the Washington, DC, region, and has pioneered linking conservation activities with environmental education.
This certificate program is designed for working professionals new to the environmental field (people working in nonprofit organizations or consulting firms, or lobbyists), those already working in the field needing to expand their knowledge base, those who are environmentally conscious, and the political/social advocate.
Upon completion of the certificate program, students will be able to:
- Identify the biological and physical properties that compose and impact the environment, both natural and the result of human interaction
- Identify the legal, policy, and regulatory statutes that govern environmental protection and conservation
- Recognize and discuss ethical challenges in balancing societal needs and environmental concerns
- Discuss current practices in land use and the preservation of other natural resources, including economic and political factors.
Special accommodations may be requested online by requesting ADA Accommodations. All requests must be received at least four weeks prior to the class start date to be fulfilled.