Sustainability | Geography, Environment, and Sustainability

Post-Baccalaureate Certificates


The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Sustainability provides foundational and advanced knowledge and skills necessary for transitioning to sustainability-related careers in a variety of sectors from sciences to the arts, from business to education, and from governmental to non-governmental organizations. The curriculum includes the student’s choice of a selection of sustainability-focused classes in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Sustainability; in addition, the student chooses, in consultation with the advisor, a sustainability-relevant class from another department at UNC Greensboro. The core Seminar in Sustainability (GES 662 Sustainability) offers a translational experience around the unique definition of sustainability at UNC Greensboro, where academics, operational, and outreach are conducted with careful attention to the enduring interconnectedness of social equity, the environment, the economy, and aesthetics.

For information regarding deadlines and requirements for admission, please see the Guide to Graduate Admissions. Applicants need a baccalaureate degree in any field. Eighteen (18) credit hours are required to earn this certificate.

Required Core Courses (6 credits)

  • GES 662 — Sustainability
  • GES 664 — Environment

Sustainability Topics (6 credits)

  • GES 682  — Topics in Aesthetics and Ethics
  • GES 684  — Topics in Economics and Development
  • GES 686  — Topics in Equity and Society
  • GES 688  — Topics in Natural Sciences

Sustainability-Focused Electives (6 credits)

  • GES 602  — Entrepreneurial Urban Planning
  • GES 603  — Understanding Geographic Information Systems
  • GES 605  — Sustainable Regional Planning
  • GES 606  — Environmental Planning
  • GES 612  — Natural Resource Geography
  • GES 615  — National Parks and Protected Areas
  • GES 618  — Biogeography
  • GES 619  — Advanced Weather and Climate-Synoptic Climatology
  • GES 631  — Sustainable Transportation Planning
  • GES 632  — Geography of Livable Cities
  • GES 641  — Earth Surface Processes and Landforms
  • GES 650  — Applied Physical Geography
  • GES 660  — Sustainable Campus Operations

*Up to 6 credits of courses from outside the Department of Geography, Environment, and Sustainability may be chosen in consultation with the advisor (these could include courses from Anthropology, Biology, Communication Studies, Community and Therapeutic Recreation, Economics, Education, Interior Architecture, Business, Sociology, or others.)