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Certificate Programs


These programs are identified as programs that incorporate sustainability into a large majority of the curriculum. If you know of a certificate program that incorporates sustainability that is not listed below please send an email to GoGreen@FIU.edu.

School of Environment, Arts, and Society

Undergraduate Certificate in Environmental Studies 

The Environmental Certificate is designed to provide students in various majors with the unique perspective of interdisciplinary environmental education to both enrich and expand the breadth of their primary training. The Certificate seeks to provide participants with an analytical basis for understanding local and global environmental problems and processes. The Program requires no prerequisite and is complimentary to majors in all disciplines and schools at the University. This Certificate is also appropriate for persons who already have a degree but would like to increase their knowledge of contemporary environmental issues.

Undergraduate Certificate in Agroecology 

This is an undergraduate certificate program in interdisciplinary agroecology and urban landscapes offered by the Department of Environmental Studies in strategic alliance with the Miami-Dade College, MAERC, and USDA's Agricultural Research Service. The program requires a total of six courses (18 credit hours), of which two are core courses: (i) Sustainable Agriculture and (ii) Agroecology. These courses focus on theory, problems and issues in agriculture and urban development, involve farm/field apprenticeship, sampling and monitoring, and chemical and geo-spatial laboratory analysis. 

Undergraduate Certificate in Biodiversity Conservation and Management 

The Undergraduate Certificate in Biodiversity Conservation and Management draws on areas of strength within the Department of Earth and Environment and the Department of Biological Sciences (College of Arts and Sciences) to provide students with specialized knowledge about managing and conserving the earth’s biological resources. It is designed for students who seek careers in agencies that manage and conserve biological resources, for people in the private sector who seek specialized knowledge in this area, for educators seeking advanced training, or for others interested in the topic.

Graduate Certificate in Water, Environment, and Developmental Studies 

The goal of the Graduate Certificate in Water, Environment, and Development Studies is to provide students with a multidisciplinary education in the occurrence, characteristics, and management of water resources in South Florida and internationally. Students will learn about the natural occurrence and dynamics of surface and ground water, the key biological and chemical factors affecting water resource quality, and the fundamental linkages between water and development. The graduate certificate program promotes an integrated understanding of the theoretical and practical elements of water resources management.

Graduate Certificate in Environmental Studies 

This graduate certificate is an interdisciplinary program focused on various environmental issues that is analogous to the undergraduate Certificate in Environmental Studies. It is aimed primarily at graduate students in Politics and International Relations, Economics, and Global and Sociocultural Studies as well as those doing an environmental concentration or track in graduate programs in Tourism, Liberal Studies, Journalism, Education (particularly Parks and Recreation Management), and Latin American Studies. The Certificate Program provides an analytic basis for understanding local, regional and global environmental problems and their solutions.

Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems

The Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems provides students with an interdisciplinary background in GIS. The program consists primarily of graduate level courses in Geographic Information Systems with electives in related disciplines such as Biology, Civil Engineering, Environmental Studies, Geography, Geoscience, International Relations, Landscape Architecture, Sociology, Public Health, and Urban Planning. A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a set of computer hardware and software used to organize, manipulate, and analyze maps and spatial data. GIS is a rapidly developing technology that can be applied to many areas of the natural and social sciences. Applications areas include: Architecture, Engineering, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Economics, Sociology, Political Science, Public Health, and Urban Planning. There is an increasing demand for GIS specialists in the job market as a result of advancements in information technology, and the development of spatial/geographic database management programs.

Graduate Certificate in Biodiversity Conservation and Management

The Graduate Certificate in Biodiversity Conservation and Management draws on areas of strength within the Department of Earth and Environment and the Department of Biological Sciences (College of Arts and Sciences) to provide students with specialized knowledge about managing and conserving the earth’s biological resources. It is designed for students who seek careers in agencies that manage and conserve biological resources, for people in the private sector who seek specialized knowledge in this area, for educators seeking advanced training, or for others interested in the topic. The certificate is managed by the Department of Earth and Environment and the Biodiversity and Conservation Certificate Committee. 

Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Communities

The Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Communities offers students an introduction to the theoretical and methodological tools necessary to critique and conduct research on society/environment interactions. The objective of the certificate is to prepare students to participate in current environmental debates, whether through scholarship and teaching, non academic professional activities or activism. The certificate requires eighteen credits of interdisciplinary courses.

This certificate will appeal to an interdisciplinary graduate student population at FIU drawing students from Arts and Sciences, as well as other schools and colleges (as reflected in the requirements below). In particular, the certificate will aid students interested in natural resource management and conservation, regional and urban planning, as well as domestic and international development and policy issues. The certificate will serve students interested in pursuing careers in local, national and international government and non-governmental organizations, as well as academic careers. 

College of Law

Environmental & Natural Resources Law Certificate

Communication, Architecture, + the Arts

Sustainable Construction Certificate

This interdisciplinary Professional Certificate provides both traditional students and practicing professionals with a unique learning experience that enhances their design and management capabilities in the emerging field of sustainable building design and construction. The program focuses on an integrated system approach to apply basic engineering science/architectural principles to practical applications through interdisciplinary teamwork.