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U of I Degree and Certification Programs

The Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) developed a campuswide, interdisciplinary undergraduate minor in sustainability, named the Sustainability, Energy, and Environment Fellows Program (SEE FP).

But iSEE wants to encourage all U of I students who are interested in degrees or certifications in sustainability, and so we have compiled a list of other such options across campus. If you find a resource that should be added to this page, please contact us!

Undergraduate Majors/Concentrations

Agricultural and Consumer Economics concentration in Environmental Economics and Policy. Students learn how to assess the economic aspects of resource and environmental issues such as mining, forest production, recycling, and waste disposal. Resource and environmental economists work in legislative offices, interest groups, and agencies, including agriculture, environmental protection, conservation land management, and transportation agencies.

 

Civil and Environmental Engineering primary program in Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure Systems. Programs developed in response to such forces as globalization, sustainability requirements, emerging technology, and increased complexity. Primary develops core technical competency in systems analysis, which creates knowledge and skills that are essential for holistically planning, designing, and managing infrastructure systems and their interactions for sustainability and resilience.

 

Civil and Environmental Engineering program in Environmental Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering. Hydrologic and hydraulic engineers are responsible for the planning, design, operation, and management of surface and ground water systems, preservation and enhancement of the natural river and watershed environment, design and construction of water control facilities, and conservation of water resources.

 

Civil and Environmental Engineering program in Energy-Water-Environment Sustainability. EWES is a new cross-cutting program focused onproviding and supporting sustainable solutions for the exploration, production, delivery and use of energy, and their intersection with water and the natural and built environment. The enables students interested in a cross-disciplinary civil and environmental engineering education to earn a degree that focuses on integrating scientific principles, engineered processes, and systems analyses to address diverse challenges related to society’s growing energy needs and their nexus with water and the environment.

 

Civil and Environmental Engineering sustainability specialty area within Environmental Engineering and Science. Focus on sustainability as it applies to Environmental Engineering and Science in both developed and developing countries, includes areas such as sustainable engineering design, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), best management practices that improve “greenhouse gas” emissions and water quality, water treatment and reuse, water resources management, material life cycle analyses, and renewable energy, all in the context of economic, environmental, and social considerations.

 

Community Health concentration in Health Planning and Administration. A new generation of health professionals will be needed to examine old problems from a fresh perspective and arrive at innovative theories, policies, and technologies that address emerging behavioral and environmental health concerns. Emphasis on the community context of understanding human health.

 

Crop Sciences concentration in Agroecology. Students learn about the interactions between agriculture and our environment. They study ways in which commercial agriculture affects managed and unmanaged ecosystems through courses on plants, plant pests, ecology and environmental issues. The Agroecology concentration addresses ecologically based management of cropping systems, stewardship of the environment and sustainable food production systems.

 

Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences undergraduate major with concentration in Human Dimensions of the Environment. Students investigate economic, psychological, and sociological implications of different approaches to managing natural resources and environmental challenges. The Human Dimension concentration emphasizes the study of human-environment interactions at the individual, household, community, regional, and global levels.

 

Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering concentration in Power, Safety, & Environment. A branch of engineering that is concerned with the development and use of nuclear energy and radiation sources for a wide variety of applications in energy production, in materials processing and science, and for biomedical and industrial uses.

 

School of Earth, Society and Environment major in Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainability. This is a flexible B.S. degree that allows students to structure an academic program with room for significant coursework pertaining to environment and sustainability issues. The major offers two concentrations: (1) Science of the Earth System, which is geared toward students with a physical or biological science focus, and (2) Society and the Environment, which is geared toward students with a social science and humanities focus. Each concentration allows students to select courses not only from ESE offerings but from many departments across campus, and thus provides an interdisciplinary perspective in both scientific and human aspects of environment and sustainability problems. For further information, see:

 

Urban and Regional Planning concentration in Sustainability Design and Development. The Sustainable Design and Development concentration is designed to provide a thorough understanding of sustainable development that recognizes its underlying ecological, economic, and social forces. Courses cover techniques and skills for developing land and cities more intelligently, using minimum of nonrenewable energy, producing a minimum of pollution and wastes, and costing a minimum of energy dollars, while increasing the comfort, health, and safety of residents and workers.

Undergraduate Minors

The Sustainability, Energy, and Environment Fellows Program (SEE FP) is a new campuswide undergraduate minor that helps students develop a systems-level perspective of the economic, environmental and social dimensions of sustainability to help you navigate them. This is the perfect opportunity for anyone pursuing careers in the corporate sector, nonprofit organizations, government agencies and environmental advocacy groups. Students are encouraged to apply in the spring semester of their freshman year and start the coursework for the SEE FP in the fall of their sophomore year, though more advanced students will be considered. Minimum of 16 hours.

 

Global Studies minor in Environment, Sustainability, and Social Responsibility (ESSR). Presents topics on local-global environmental conditions, opportunities and challenges in sustaining healthy environments, as well as social responsibility for sustainability. Students take courses to familiarize themselves with environmental issues and concerns, the politics of conservation and social response to environmental concerns. Minimum 9 hours in Global Studies minor core and 9 hours in ESSR elective list.

 

Landscape Architecture minor in Landscape Studies. Students gain considerable knowledge of the ecological, social, cultural and historical factors that have shaped landscapes of the Western and non-Western world. Students interested in integrative studies of the natural, cultural and built environment, and those concerned with landscape as context for art and design, will develop a comprehensive theoretical framework for work in their major field of study. Minimum of 17 hours.

 

Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences undergraduate minor in Natural Resources Conservation. Provides an integrated approach to managing natural resources from a sustainability perspective. Minimum of 18 hours involving the diverse biological, physical, social, economic, and political aspects of natural resources and stewardship, the unifying focus of this minor is the conservation and stewardship of healthy and sustainable ecosystems that provide important human and community benefits.

Graduate Majors/Concentrations

Architecture and Landscape Architecture Doctoral Program with specialization in Technology and Environment. The option of Technology explores and studies the tools, methods and theories to improve our surroundings and building environments. This option presents a fertile field of research, which has a direct impact on design, management and construction, human comfort, economics, materials and structural systems.

 

Civil and Environmental Engineering primary program in Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure Systems. Programs developed in response to such forces as globalization, sustainability requirements, emerging technology, and increased complexity. Primary develops core technical competency in systems analysis, which creates knowledge and skills that are essential for holistically planning, designing, and managing infrastructure systems and their interactions for sustainability and resilience. Offering M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

 

Civil and Environmental Engineering program in Energy-Water-Environment Sustainability. EWES is a new cross-cutting program focused onproviding and supporting sustainable solutions for the exploration, production, delivery and use of energy, and their intersection with water and the natural and built environment. The enables students interested in a cross-disciplinary civil and environmental engineering education to earn a degree that focuses on integrating scientific principles, engineered processes, and systems analyses to address diverse challenges related to society’s growing energy needs and their nexus with water and the environment. Offering M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

 

Civil and Environmental Engineering sustainability specialty area within Environmental Engineering and Science. Focus on sustainability as it applies to Environmental Engineering and Science in both developed and developing countries, includes areas such as sustainable engineering design, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), best management practices that improve “greenhouse gas” emissions and water quality, water treatment and reuse, water resources management, material life cycle analyses, and renewable energy, all in the context of economic, environmental, and social considerations. Offering M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

 

Civil and Environmental Engineering program in Environmental Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering. Hydrologic and hydraulic engineers are responsible for the planning, design, operation, and management of surface and ground water systems, preservation and enhancement of the natural river and watershed environment, design and construction of water control facilities, and conservation of water resources. Offering M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

 

Master of Engineering in Energy Systems. This program offers interdisciplinary education in energy systems for a variety of professional career-track students. Training includes math and science as well as teamwork, communication, and overall understanding of project management.

 

Geography has MS and PhD degrees with specialization in Society, Space and Environments. The program addresses human aspects of environment and sustainability that build upon foundations of human geography as an integrating social science to examine the interplay of socio-spatial processes involved in the shaping of the Earth’s natural and built environments.

 

MBA concentration in Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability. Students learn how to effectively manage company assets to address challenges of limited natural resources and unfair or unethical business practices. Additionally, a focus serving multiple stakeholders helps students develop the analytical skills to manage organizational change with an emphasis on ethical decision making.

 

Veterinary Medicine joint degree DVM/MPH. Veterinarians have made substantial contribution to public health within the state of Illinois and nationally over the past 120 years. It has been estimated that 25 years of the 30 year gain in human life expectancy achieved through the 20th century were due to improvements in sanitation and hygiene, two areas in which veterinarians continue to play an active and productive role. The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine is located at UIUC combined with an MPH from UIC and could be structured for study of sustainable health systems for both humans and animals.

Graduate Minor

Human Dimensions of Environmental Systems graduate minor with students majoring in their disciplinary programs. An interdisciplinary program comprised of faculty from six colleges and graduate students from every college on campus. HDES examines connections between humans and their environments to enhance scholarship on the mutual interdependence of humans and their physical and social environments.

Certificates

New! Undergraduate Certificate in Environmental Writing (CEW). The Certificate is a joint venture of the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE), the School for Earth, Society, and Environment (SESE), and the English Department, and features learning about the latest scientific research on the environment — and how to communicate that research effectively to the public.

 

Mechanical Science and Engineering graduate student certificate in Energy Systems. Energy, the environment, and sustainability have emerged as critical societal issues. Solving the problems we face will require new technologies for energy conversion, transport, and use. Mechanical engineering plays a central role in these technologies. There has been growing demand for engineers well-trained in energy systems engineering.

 

Graduate Certificate in Energy and Sustainable Engineering (EaSE) for MS and PhD students. An interdisciplinary approach to join the fields of science, engineering, environment and policy to study development of technologies for energy harvesting, conversion, transmission and use that are highly efficient and sustainable in future generations. Provides infrastructure for commerce in efficient and renewable ways that minimize adverse impact on the earth system.

 

School of Earth, Society and Environment has an Online Certificate in Environmental Sustainability. Students learn about the interconnectedness of environmental, economic, and social systems of the world; the implications of our actions on the environment; factors that determine the sustainability of human institutions, organizations, cultures, and technologies; finding solutions through innovative approaches; and expanding future options by practicing environmental stewardship. The aim is to develop citizens, businesses, and societies that meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same.

 

MBA Certificate of Excellence in Sustainable Management and Technology. Awarded in recognition for outstanding achievement in sustainable management and technology through completion of field work and projects. Eligibility based on completion of field work and a set of projects including but not restricted to the term project in the course, enrollment in several business courses related to sustainability and subsistence. Available to students across campus both graduate and upper-level undergraduates.