Certificate in Environment, Policy, and Society will provide interdisciplinary
training for graduate students and is open to those enrolled in M.S, M.A,
M.B.A, Ph.D., and J.D. degree programs at the University of Colorado at
Boulder, as well as Continuing Education students with advanced degrees
or equivalent professional experience enrolled as non-degree seeking students.
This opportunity will also be extended to interested graduate students
from all four CU campuses with the intent of working toward the CU 2010
Certificate in Environment, Policy, and Society will be supplemental to
the degree being sought and will enhance students learning experience
and knowledge base. The Graduate Certificate in Environment, Policy, and
Society will have as its foundation two core requirements representing
cornerstone and a capstone course. A range of
existing courses will be offered to students to serve as the Certificate
cornerstone, while the common integrative capstone course will be taught
each Spring semester. The courses used to satisfy the foundational survey
cornerstone course will cover a range of environmental issues and will
focus on their social dimensions. The Certificates capstone course
will represent an interdisciplinary, integrative learning experience,
designed to bring multiple perspectives to
The Certificate will be awarded upon completion of degree requirements and will require 18 hours of approved coursework. No more than 6 credit hours may be from the students home department. Official recognition of Certificate completion, including note of the specialty area chosen, will be displayed on the students university transcript.
Elective coursework must total 12 credit hours. Nine elective credit hours must be drawn from one of four specialty areas, chosen by the student: 1) Society and the Environment; 2) Environmental Policy; 3) Energy and Society; 4) Water and Society. The broad area of Society and the Environment has 2 recognized (but optional) clusters of courses including Environment and Development and Social Dimensions of Hazards. Additional credit hours may be taken from outside the students area on consultation with, and approval from, the students Certificate advisor. Students who wish to incorporate a natural science course into their elective coursework may also do so with the approval of their Certificate advisor.
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