One of the fundamental societal issues of the 21st century is understanding the environment, how human interactions affect it, and how those interactions can be modulated to generate sustainable outcomes.
Fundamental environmental and sustainability issues include the ecological and evolutionary processes that control populations, species and communities; anthropogenic effects on the physical, chemical and biotic environments; and the cultural values and societal actions necessary to foster sustainable interactions with the natural world. Addressing these issues requires a transdisciplinary approach that spans the natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities.
This advanced certificate consisting of 15 graduate credit hours will serve as a locus for interactions among a diverse array of students and faculty throughout the university and initiate transdisciplinary scholarly activities. The curriculum consists of five courses: one environmental, one social, and one economic as well as two core courses in fundamentals of sustainability. Completion of this certificate will apply directly to the MS in Social Sciences Interdisciplinary.
If you are a current graduate student in a master’s or PhD program in the College of Arts and Sciences, please complete this form. You may be exempted from completing a full formal application. If you are a current graduate student at UB, but outside of the College, you may be granted admission to the advanced certificate upon completing the online application.