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Do you want to be a part of the emerging green economy? Are you passionate about making our world a better place to live? Do you dream of bringing meaningful ideas about sustainable practices into your work and life?
Then the Sustainability and Environmental Studies Certificate may be right for you!
Courses in the Sustainability and Environmental Studies certificate are intended for those who want an improved knowledge of the relationship of the environment and environmental policies to their business or future career, those who seek work in developing or implementing environmental policies for business or government, or for those who possess a strong personal interest in global ecological relationships and how their roles as workers, consumers, leaders, and everyday citizens interact with our global commons.
Courses are offered in a range of accelerated formats, depending on the course. These include ten-week courses (for required topics) and an eight-week courses (for elective topics). Some options may be of greater or lesser length to meet the needs of certain cohorts or students.
The certificate contains two required courses and allows students to choose two additional electives from a list of offerings.
A certificate is a great alternative to a full-fledged degree in environmental studies for those who could benefit from a greater understanding of the scientific, economic, policy, and regulatory environment of sustainability. It is ideally suited for those needing workplace skills who don’t have the time or resources to pursue a full Master’s degree program.
Our coursework is well-timed to respond to government initiatives aimed at stimulating the development of “Green Industries” and encouraging appropriate workforce development in response to the state of the current economy.
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Students completing the Sustainability and Environmental Studies Certificate will:
The certificate is intended for practicing professionals in a range of fields – but primarily in business and industry – who want to augment their workplace leadership skills with knowledge of the emerging field of sustainability studies. The certificate also serves to assist those students thinking about pursuing broader graduate coursework or research in environmental studies to ascertain the value of such a track.
Coursework is offered entirely online.The program requires completion of four classes: two required courses and two elective courses selected from a prescribed list.
IDSM 520/520G Sustainability: From Science to Society [3 credit hours]
This course begins by investigating the scientific knowledge informing our sense of ecological challenges to sustainability, including climate change, loss of biological diversity and ecosystem services, and invasive species. Primary literature will provide most of the resources for this portion of the course. The course then proceeds to address responses to these challenges, from local grassroots efforts to international treaties. Here, various sources are relevant, addressing diverse endeavors ranging from the building of a seed savers network; to considering regional and national carbon trading schemes (and legislation/regulation); to international efforts to minimize species introductions, ozone-depleting atmospheric pollutants, and greenhouse gas emissions.
IDSM 521/521G Applied Sustainability: Optimizing Value from Concept to the Boardroom to the Bottom-Line [3 credit hours]
This course will examine the practical application of implementing sustainability in business, real estate, and products; focused on minimizing total costs, maximizing total benefits, and optimizing true value and total return on investment. We will study best practices, lessons learned, barriers, opportunities, risk management, and rewards of implementing sustainability in an increasingly complex and dynamic legal and regulatory environment. Included will be exploration of topics such as socially responsible investing (SRI), environmental and social governance (ESG), the triple bottom-line, cradle to cradle, sustainable real estate development and sustainable community development, and sustainable facilities management. Examples of innovative business models and sustainable enterprise software tools will be touched upon as ways to enhance longer-term value, capitalize on opportunities, manage risks, and bridge the split incentive dilemma that sustainability often presents in the short-term.
POL 522/522G The Politics of Sustainability [3 credit hours]
This course will study the politics and policies of environmental sustainability. The focus will cover both domestic and international aspects of the issue, with a concentration on the role and actions of relevant institutions such as Congress, courts, bureaucracy, and international bodies; local and grassroots politics; social justice and sustainability; and the sustainability philosophies and perspectives of radical movements.
ECON 520/520G The Economics of Sustainability [3 credit hours]
This course examines the economics of the sustainable use of natural resources, and the consequences of failure to do so. Topics covered will include: problems associated with optimal usage and management of common-pool resources; environmental regulation; the impact of government taxes and subsidies; environmental benefit estimation methods; cost-benefit analysis; sustainable agriculture; energy policy; transportation policy; and urban design. The EXCEL spreadsheet program will be used to do cost-benefit analysis. Prerequisites: ECON 201 or Equivalent
ENVS 510/510G Managing the Commons [3 credit hours]
This course introduces students to approaches to managing commons resources, meaning both natural and man-made assets that are used and/or maintained by a community of users. Commons (systems of shared governance and responsibility) can and need to be adapted to successfully manage such shared resources. Examples of commons resources covered may include fisheries, forests, grazing lands, the atmosphere and other natural resources, as well as knowledge commons and tangible man-made assets.
GEOG 620 Environmental Geography [3 credit hours]
The purpose of this course is to convey to students a geographically based critique of current, socially and environmentally unsustainable interactions of humans with their natural environment, and of practical strategies to promote more sustainable economic development that addresses the concerns of diverse sectors of society and are adapted to the specificities of different places.
Courses in the Sustainability and Environmental Studies Certificate (with the exception of Environmental Geography) are numbered 500/500G. Undergraduate students can enroll in the 500-section of any of these courses and learn the exact same content as graduate students, but at the undergraduate tuition rate. This option is designed for students who are interested in the coursework, and the challenge of a graduate-level course, but who do not want to complete the Graduate Certificate. University policies regarding the application of graduate credit to undergraduate degree programs apply if undergraduates elect to take graduate-numbered (500G) coursework.
You can complete a Bachelor’s Degree and a Graduate Certificate in 4-Years and a Summer!
The intent behind this special opportunity is to make it possible for an undergraduate student, making good progress on his or her undergraduate degree, to enroll in two graduate courses during their senior year and complete coursework for the graduate certificate in Sustainability and Environmental Studies within two months after graduating. For many students, whose new job opportunities or graduate programs may not begin until the fall after graduation, this is an excellent opportunity to add value to their already outstanding Truman degree.
Q: Why can I only take two graduate classes while I am an undergrad? I’m way ahead on my credits for my BA/BS!
A: University policy says that a student can only take two graduate courses as a non-degree seeking student before enrolling in graduate school. While a student could theoretically take additional graduate coursework, these courses would neither count toward the undergraduate or graduate degrees.
Q: I’ve already taken a graduate course. Can I still enroll?
A: You may only count two graduate courses toward your graduate program. While you technically could take more than two courses, anything you take over and above the two you are permitted to count would count neither for your Bachelor’s degree, nor any graduate program you enter at Truman. You should think strategically about what courses you are willing to take and how these fit in your finances.
Q: Will I have to pay graduate tuition for these courses?
A: If your intention is only to take courses in this program for enrichment, and not a graduate degree, you should take the course sections numbered at the 500-level. If you intend to complete the full graduate certificate program, you will need to pay for all of your courses at the graduate tuition rate.
Q: Will my scholarships apply to the tuition for these courses?
A: Possibly. It will depend on the terms of your scholarship or aid package. Consult with the Office of Financial Aid to be certain before making decisions.
Q: Do I have to enroll in the certificate program to take courses in it?
A: If you are taking courses with the intention of earning a graduate certificate (i.e.: taking courses at the 500G level), you need to apply to the certificate program before you can be approved to take the courses at the graduate level. If you simply want to take the undergraduate level (500-level) sections for enrichment, provided you have not completed your Bachelor’s degree, you do not need to apply to the certificate program.
Q: What is a Graduate Certificate and why is it valuable?
A: Graduate certificates are not degrees in the sense that a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree is. However, certificates are recognized nationally as a tangible demonstration of specialized coursework by the student – an academic program of study. Courses are recorded on a transcript and documentation is issued to certify completion. Certificates are becoming an increasingly popular tool for individuals to gain valuable professional knowledge or workplace skills without undertaking a full-fledged degree.
Q: Can I handle a 500-Level online course?
A: Graduate courses and online courses are both challenging. Students should think carefully about how the loads for these courses will balance with their other commitments – both curricular and extra-curricular. We recommend you visit our webpage on online courses and read the section titled Handy Tips for the Online Learner. There you will find several critical questions you should ask yourself about your learning style to see if online learning is right for you. It is also very important to recognize that the reading, writing, and participation expectations for graduate students is higher than that for undergraduate students and faculty will hold students to performance expectations equal to their graduate peers. Whether you are registered at the 500 or 500G level, the course content and rigor will be the same.
Q: Can I count these courses toward my undergraduate (BA/BS) degree?
A: No. Graduate courses cannot be counted toward your Bachelor’s degree.
Q: When do I have to take my courses to complete on time?
A: Students who take two courses in the program during the academic year, provided that at least one is a required course, should be able to complete the entire certificate program in their senior year and the summer thereafter. One required course, and one elective course, is typically offered in the fall. Two required courses are offered in the spring. Two elective courses are offered in the summer. Required courses may be available in the summer if the need arises. Course availability is based on demand, so you should consult with the Institute for Academic Outreach before making definitive scheduling plans. If students graduate in August or December, it may take an additional semester to meet the requirements.
Q: Do I have to stay in Kirksville to complete the certificate?
A: No. You can complete any of the four courses from anywhere you have a reliable broadband Internet connection.
Q: I’m not a senior. Can I enroll?
A: No. You must be at least a senior by credits (or have completed a bachelor degree) to begin work on the formal graduate certificate. With professor and advisor permission you may be able to enroll in the undergraduate sections (500-level) before your senior year, but these courses would not count toward the graduate certificate.
Q: What happens if I enroll as an undergraduate and then decide I want to proceed to complete the full graduate certificate?
A: At present, University policy does not allow students to convert a undergraduate course to a graduate course. We recommend that students who are contemplating earning the graduate certificate elect to take their courses at the graduate level from the beginning, starting in their senior year.
Q: How do I enroll?
A: Visit our website at Certificate Application and Registration for detailed instructions.
Are you an undergraduate interested in taking certificate courses without committing to a full graduate certificate experience?
Then this program is designed for you! We’ve numbered courses in this certificate at the 500/500G level. Undergraduate students may take 500-level courses at undergraduate tuition rates and count the courses as electives toward the degree.
Courses do not count toward the earning of a certificate at either the graduate or undergraduate level when taken as 500-level courses. Courses are taken as individual electives only, or may be counted toward other degree programs, such as the IDSM Major, the Environmental Studies Minor (if applicable), or other approved sequences.
Interested in playing a leadership role in sustainability policy at your business, university, or government job? Do you see yourself as a public advocate for the cause of sustainable living?
Then you might want to consider the Sustainability and Environmental Studies Graduate Certificate as a piece of your Master’s Degree in Leadership.
Students may elect to take courses in the Sustainability and Environmental Studies Graduate Certificate as elective courses embedded inside the Master’s in Leadership offered by Truman State University. Certificate courses count toward the fulfillment of the 15-credit elective course component of the program.
Upon completion, students can report that they have earned BOTH the Graduate Certificate AND the Master’s Degree!
Do you aspire to a Master’s Degree in Sustainability? Are you interested in pursuing an MBA with sustainable business practices at the forefront of your mind?
Truman has partnered with St. Louis University to provide a great new opportunity to pursue advanced study while building on Truman coursework.
Students completing core courses from the Graduate Certificate in Sustainability and Environmental Studies at Truman State University are permitted to transfer those courses as substitutes for core courses in the Master’s Degree in Sustainability at St. Louis University.
Students completing elective courses in the certificate are permitted to transfer these courses as electives in the Master’s Degree in Sustainability.
The total credits eligible for transfer cannot exceed 12 credit hours. No more than 6 credit hours may transfer as core courses and no more than six hours shall transfer as elective courses.
St. Louis University students enrolled in the Master’s Degree in Sustainability are, likewise, eligible to enroll as non-degree seeking students in graduate-level courses offered as part of Truman’s Master’s Degree in Leadership and apply that coursework to their program.
Students completing coursework in the Truman Leadership Master’s may transfer up to six credits of graduate-level coursework as electives if they subsequently enroll in the Master’s in Sustainability at St. Louis University.
Students who successfully complete the requirements for the BA or BS degree at Truman State University with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and who have completed at least the two core courses included in Truman’s Graduate Certificate in Sustainability and Environmental Studies (listed at either the 500 or 500G level) with an average GPA of 3.25 or higher, will be admitted to the Graduate Program in Sustainability (MA or MS, as appropriate) without needing to take the Graduate Record Exam.
Students meeting the requirements identified above are eligible to compete for graduate assistantships and shall be entitled to apply for financial aid opportunities afforded St. Louis University students who enter the institution through typical means.