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Overview - Certificate

Program Rationale

Regardless of what area of emphasis a student's degree program may be, it is important to develop an awareness of the importance of sustainable practices in business activities and community affairs. Our global future rests on creating a citizenry that is aware of the need for economic, environmental and social responsibility. This is critical for our world economy.

The Certificate in Sustainability

Basic Structure

The Certificate in Sustainability consists of a supporting course structure (at the 100 and 200 level) that is complementary to the campus' existing general education requirements, consistent with current credit-load requirements and will not delay a student's graduation. Well-advised students will be able to meet the supporting course requirements of the certificate by satisfying the existing campus general education program.

The main component of the certificate program is comprised of 16 credits at the upper level (300 and 400 numbered courses), including an intensive business internship or co-op experience. Interns work in a business, nonprofit, or government setting that involves interdisciplinary problem solving within an environmental sustainability context. Internships will be set up and coordinated by EMBI. It is the internship/co-op experience that ensures our EMBI certificate is not just "one more certificate" that carries little meaning to employers.

The certificate is available to students in all academic programs.