Certificate Programs

Certificate in Planning

The Geography program also offers a Certificate in Planning. This is an optional program designed to complement the major in Geography. Non-geography majors may pursue the planning certificate with the approval of the department chair. Students accepted into the certificate program are required to obtain at least a C grade in each course.

Requirement - 18 Hours

  • Group I. (9 Hours)
    • GEOG 340 (3) - Principles of Land Use Planning
    • GEOG 440 (3) - Advanced Environmental Planning
    • GEOG 441 (3) - Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Group II. (6 Hours)
    • Two upper-division electives approved by the planning advisor
  • Group III. (3 Hours)
    • *GEOG 496 (3) - A one-semester internship with a private or public firm or agency.

*Note - The internship normally will be completed in the student's senior year. Up to two courses in the certificate program also may be counted as Geography major electives. For further details on the planning certificate program, contact any member of the Geography faculty.

Certificate in Environmental Studies

The Environmental Studies Certificate is a multi-disciplinary program that emphasizes a theoretical and applied approach to environmental and natural resource assessment, classification, problem or phenomenal mitigation, policy, and related issues. This certificate program includes courses in the social and natural sciences.

Requirements - 24/25 Hours

  • Group I. (18/19 Hours)
    • Either GEOG 101 OR ENSC100
      • GEOG 101 (3) - Geography and the Natural Environment
      • ENSC 100 (3) - Introduction to Environmental Science
    • Either CHEM 114 OR CHEM 124
      • CHEM 114 (3) - Introductory Chemistry
      • CHEM 124 (4) - General Chemistry
    • Either MARE 201 OR MARE/BIOL 360
      • MARE 201 (3) - Oceanography
      • MARE/BIOL 360 (3) - Marine Resources
    • Either ECON 380 OR POLS 335
      • ECON 380 (3) - Natural Resource and Environmental Economics
      • POLS 335 (3) - Environmental Politics and Policy
    • GEOL 111 (3) - Physical Geology
    • GEOG 441 (3) - Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Group II. (3 Hours)
    • Choose one of the following courses:
      • BIOL 101 (3) - General Biology
      • BIOL 175 (3) - Introductory Biology I
      • BIOL 176 (3) - Introductory Biology II
  • Group III. (3 Hours)
    • Choose one of the following courses:
      • SOIL 304 (3) - Tropical Soils
      • AG/GEOG 312 (3) - Food and Societies
      • GEOG 326 (3) - Natural Resources

Certificate in Pacific Island Studies

The interdisciplinary Pacific Islands Studies Certificate Program is an adjunct to a student's academic major. Students will have an opportunity to deepen their knowledge of Pacific Islands environments, cultures, and economy through a series of discipline-based courses and a capstone seminar. Course work in the certificate program focuses on the Pacific as a complex region of island states and territories with common regional concerns and reviews the problems and prospects of Pacific Islands peoples in the contemporary world.

Requirements - 21 Hours

  • Group I. Required Courses (6 Hours)
    • ANTH 200B (3) - Cultures of the World: Oceania
    • ANTH/GEOG 435 (3) - Senior Seminar in Pacific Studies
  • Group II. Required Courses (6 Hours)
    • Choose two of the following courses:
      • ANTH 357 (3) - Change in the Pacific
      • GEOG 335 (3) - Geography of Oceania
      • HIST 316 Pacific History I: To 1900 (3) OR HIST 317 Pacific History II: From
      • 1900 (3)
  • Group III. Elective Courses (9 Hours)
    • Choose 3-4 of the following courses:
      • GEOG/ANTH 295 Brown Bag Seminar Series (1)
      • HWST 175 Intro to Music of Polynesia (3)
      • ANTH 357 Change in the Pacific* (3)
      • ANTH 385 Hawaiian and Pacific Prehistory (3)
      • ANTH 447 Marine Anthropology: Fishers in Oceania (3)
      • GEOG 335 Geography of Oceania* (3)
      • GEOG/ENSC 436 Environmental Politics in the Pacific (3)
      • GEOG 331 Tourism Geographies(3)
      • HIST 316 Pacific History I: to 1900* (3)
      • HIST 317 Pacific History II: from 1900* (3)
      • HIST 411 Family and Gender in the Pacific (3)
      • HIST 481 Land and Sovereignty in the Pacific (3)
      • MARE 310 The Atoll Ecosystem (3)
      • MARE 410 Marine Debris in the Pacific (3)
      • ENG 430 Pacific Islands Literature (3)
      • ENG 471 Pacific Film (3)

Note

Students may take other discipline-based Pacific courses or internship with Pacific content, subject to the approval of the Pacific Island Studies faculty. Students may also take discipline-based directed study from a participating Pacific Island Studies faculty member. Discipline-based courses relating to Pacific Islands topics and allowing the student to focus research papers on the Pacific may be approved for credit towards the certificate by a vote of participating faculty. Other appropriate courses may be included from time to time. Please see program coordinator for specific changes.

*If not used as a required course