In today's world, it's essential to go green, which means living and working sustainably. Public opinion, political pressure, emerging business opportunities, and ecological realities have created sustainability-focused career options in nearly every major job sector. Southern New Hampshire University's Sustainability Certificate provides undergraduate students with the knowledge, skills and practical experience needed to succeed in these careers.
Our program blends insights from environmental science, the environmental social sciences and other sustainability-focused fields into a uniquely practical learning experience that is more than merely interdisciplinary.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your sustainability certificate at SNHU include:
Sustainability-focused careers are on the rise in the U.S. and around the world. Many of them fall into a job category that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics will continue to grow faster than the average for all occupations for some time to come.
SNHU's sustainability certificate offer many one-of-a-kind features designed to meet the demand in today's job market for sustainability-focused professionals, especially when combined with a major in Business Administration (particularly the Organizational Leadership or Small Business Management concentrations), International Business, Communication,Law and Politics, Operations and Project Management or Sociology.
Use your sustainability skill set to land a job in many different types of businesses, consulting firms, government agencies, public interest advocacy groups and other professional settings.
The Sustainability Certificate is not for students enrolled in the Compliance and Sustainability Concentration of SNHU's B.S. in Environmental Science. The curriculum includes some general introductory coursework, a capstone experience and your choice of a number of specialized course options, including environmental science, ecological principles, sustainability strategies for business, U.S. environmental law and more.
Our faculty includes distinguished teachers, scholars, and practitioners with many years of experience working in and with some of the most prominent private firms, public institutions and not-for-profit organizations worldwide. For example, Dr. Paul Barresi, an environmental lawyer and political scientist who also has a background in science-based natural resource management, has helped to advise Fortune 500 companies in complex environmental compliance and sustainability matters at one of New England's leading law firms. Dr. Joseph Corbin III, an environmental and natural resource scientist, is an expert on hazardous waste remediation whose research has had important implications for scientists' understanding of how cleanups succeed at contaminated sites throughout the world. Dr. Michele Goldsmith, a behavioral ecologist, studies the impact of ecotourism on mountain gorillas in Uganda with the help of SNHU student research assistants and National Geographic Society grants. Dr. Frank Catano, an interdisciplinary sociologist with expertise in human environments and community development, has worked in and with some of the most prominent not-for-profit organizations in New Hampshire for more than 30 years. More than one of the professors in our program has been nominated for an SNHU Excellence in Teaching Award.
How sustainable are modern human lifestyles? What would the world be like if they were more sustainable? How could we create such a world through the choices that we make as citizens, professionals, and consumers? Students leave traditional academic disciplines behind as they seek answers to these questions in this more than merely interdisciplinary course. By learning how to diagnose and to prescribe effective responses to sustainability challenges large and small using systems thinking, backcasting, and other holistic strategies, students also learn how they can contribute to the emergence of societies that facilitate, enhance, and sustain indefinitely the well-being of human individuals, their communities, and their environments.
This course offers students an opportunity to build upon the themes of ENV 100 in contexts of relevance to their career goals using the insights into human systems and environmental systems acquired throughout their courses of study at SNHU. Students may fulfill the requirements of this course wholly on-campus in a traditional classroom setting or partly off-campus in a pre-professional experience.
Total Credits: 21
Our Manchester campus aims to keep tuition and related costs low for our students so that you can pursue your degree and your goals. More than 90% of our students receive some form of financial aid, and students who qualify could receive up to $20,000 in grants and scholarships.
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