Certificate in Environmental Science

The Environmental Science Certificate is awarded in conjunction with an academic major in any college. It allows students to explore environmental issues through a broadly-based interdisciplinary program that introduces them to the major environmental issues facing our rapidly-changing society. Students conduct in-depth analyses in areas of vital concern such as as environmental health, environmental ethics, management strategies for our global and local natural resources, environmental planning and policies, and environmental economics.

Students who already hold a baccalaureate degree may pursue the certificate in conjunction with a second bachelor's degree. All courses taken in the curriculum may be applied toward other general and specific graduation requirements, and courses taken to fulfill other requirements may be applied to the certificate curriculum. All courses must be successfully completed with a grade of C or better to be counted toward the certificate.

FAU students interested in completing the ES Certificate should contact their academic advisor (College of Science students only) or the Environmental Science Coordinator to be added as a member of the Environmental Science Blackboard Community. Once you are a member, you will use Blackboard to submit your ES Certificate Application, check on the status of your application, and communicate with the ES Program. You should submit your application when you begin working toward the certificate, and no later than one semester before you plan to graduate.

If you have questions, or would like to be added to the ES Blackboard Community, contact Dr. Dianne Owen, ES Coordinator: dowen@fau.edu, 561-297-0873, Sanson Science Room 263.

Program Course Requirements

The requirements listed below are applicable to students graduating in Fall 2015 or later. Students graduating in Spring or Summer 2015 who have not yet submitted their ES Certificate Application should contact the ES Coordinator.

The ES Certificate consists of 18 credits:

1. One course from each of the three Core Areas (9 credits total).

2. One course from three of the five Focal Areas (9 credtis total): Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Human-Environment Interactions, and Geographic Information Systems. 

Core Areas

Human-Environment Interactions Core

EVR 2017

Environment and Society

3

PCB 3352

Issues in Human Ecology

3

 

Statistics Core

STA 2023

Introductory Statistics

3

STA 3173

Introduction to Biostastics

3

PSY 3234

Experimental Design and Statistical Inference

3

GEO 4022

Quantatative Methods

3

 

Environmental Science Core

EVS 4021

Critical Thinking in Environmental Science

3

Focal Areas

Biology Focus

BOT 3223

Vascular Plants

2

BOT 3223L

Vascular Plants Lab

2

BOT 4404

Marine Botany

2

BOT 4404L

Marine Botany Lab

2

BSC 1010

Biological Principles

3

BSC 1010L

Biological Principles Lab

1

BSC 1011

Biodiversity

3

BSC 1011L

Bioversity Lab

1

MCB 3020

General Microbiology

3

MCB 3020L

General Microbiology Lab

1

OCB 4032

Marine Biodiversity

3

OCB 4032

Marine Biodiversity Lab

1

OCB 4043

Marine Biology Field Studies & Lab

2

OCB 4525

Marine Microbiology and Molecular Biology

3

OCB 4525L

Marine Microbiology and Molecular Biology Lab

1

OCB 4633

Marine Ecology

3

OCB 4633L

Marine Ecology Lab

1

OCE 4006

Marine Science

4

PCB 3063

Genetics

4

PCB 4043

Principles of Ecology

3

PCB 4414C

Behavioral Ecology

4

PCB 4674

Evolution

3

PCB 4723

Comparative Animal Physiology

3

PCB 4723L

Comparative Animal Physiology Lab

1

ZOO 2203

Invertebrate Zoology

3

ZOO 2203L

Invertebrate Zoology Lab

2

ZOO 4402

Functional Biology of Marine Animals

3

ZOO 4402L

Functional Biology of Marine Animals Lab

2

 

Chemistry Focus

BCH 3033

Biochemistry 1

3

BCH 3034

Biochemistry 2

3

CHM 1020C

Contemporary Chemical Issues

3

CHM 2045

General Chemistry 1

3

CHM 2045L

General Chemistry 1 Lab

1

CHM 2046

General Chemistry 2

5

CHM 2046L

General Chemistry 2 Lab

1

CHM 2083

Chemistry in Modern Life

3

CHM 2210

Organic Chemistry 1

3

CHM 2211

Organic Chemistry 2

3

CHM 3080

Environmental Chemistry

3

 

Earth Science Focus

ESC 2070

The Blue Planet

3

ESC 3704

Environmental Issues in Atmospheric and Earth Science

3

GEO 2200C

Introduction to Physical Geography

3

GEO 4300

Biogeography

3

GLY 2010

Physical Geology/Evolution of the Earth

3

GLY 2010L

Physical Geology/Evolution of the Earth

1

GLY 2100

The History of the Earth and Life

3

GLY 3155C

Geology of Florida

3

GLY 3164

Fire, Ice and Wind: The Geologic Formation of National Parks and Monuments

3

GLY 3165

Water, Waves and Caves: The Geologic Formation of National Parks and Monuments

3

GLY 3603C

Paleontology

3

GLY 3730

Coastal and Marine Science

3

GLY 4200C

Minerology and Crystal Chemistry

3

GLY 4241

Environmental Geochemistry

3

GLY 4310C

Petrology of Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks

4

GLY 4400

Structural Geology

3

GLY 4400L

Structural Geology Lab

3

GLY 4451

Solid Earth Geophysics

3

GLY 4500C

Stratigraphy and Sedimentation

4

GLY 4700C

Geomorphology

3

GLY 4750C

Field Methods

3

GLY 4822

Hydrogeology

3

GLY 4830

Engineering Geology

3

GLY 4832C

Introduction to Hydrogeology Modeling and Aquifer Testing

3

GLY 4948C

Field Experience

1

MET 2010

Weather and Climate

3

 

Human-Environmental Interactions Focus

AMH 3630

American Environmental History

3

ANT 3403

Culture and Ecology

3

ANT 4463

Environment and Disease

3

ANT 4419

Anthropology of Nature

3

ANT 4552

Primate Behavior

3

ECO 3003

Economic Principles and Policies

5

ECP 4302

Environmental Economics

3

GEA 4275

Human-Environment Interactions in South Florida

3

GEO 4280C

Water Resources

3

GEO 4422

American Cultural Landscape

3

GEO 4542

Tourism and Commercial Recreation

3

GEO 4602

Urban Geography

3

GEO 4948C

Field Experience

1

LIT 4434

Literature and the Environment

4

PHI 3640

Environmental Ethics

3

SCE 3442

Principles and Methods of Environmental Education

3

URP 3000

Planning and Growth Management

3

URP 4403

Sustainable Cities

3

URP 4420

Enviromental Planning Methods

3

 

Geographic Information Science Focus

GIS 3015C

Introduction to Mapping and GIS

3

GIS 4035C

Remote Sensing of the Environment

3

GIS 4037C

Digital Image Analysis

3

GIS 4043C

Principles of Geographic Information Systems

3

GIS 4138C

Geovisualization and GIS

3