Environmentalists and concerned citizens alike face the challenge of keeping pace with politically and technically complex issues. The growing sophistication of the environmental movement brings new demands to link conservation and preservation, environmental justice, and safety and health in the workplace and community.
The certificate in Community Environmental Studies (CES) provides professional training for careers in today's evolving environmental field. The interdisciplinary curriculum is designed to clarify career goals for those who may be considering environmental work, as well as enhance the skills of professionals already in the field.
Participants also have access to activities of the Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE), which supports an interdisciplinary network of initiatives including research, conferences, and speakers.
Who Should Apply?
The certificate in Community Environmental Studies is open to students with a bachelor's degree and is especially appropriate for:
Students interested in earning a graduate degree often can apply the certificate courses toward a Tufts master's degree in urban and environmental policy and planning.
Four credits are required to obtain the CES certificate. Most courses are one-credit, but the UEP department also offers half-credit modules as noted below. Students choose the courses from a combination of CES core courses and CES skills and environmental policy electives. Students must select at least one core course as part of their program of study.
CES Core Courses
Select at least one core course from the following:
Course descriptions for these core courses can be found on the UEP website.
CES Course Electives
Select up to three skills and environmental policy electives from the following:
(Students may substitute other Tufts graduate courses, subject to the approval of the certificate advisor. Course offerings may vary from year to year.)
Read more about many of these UEP courses at the UEP website.
Certificate students pay a course rate for each required certificate course of $3,715 per course (2014-2015). Students in a certificate program may be eligible for Stafford Loan assistance. Contact the Student Financial Services Office at (617) 627-2000 for more information. Certificate courses are also available, at a cost of $4,644 per course, to students who are not pursuing a certificate. In addition, students have the option of auditing courses for $800 per course, but these courses cannot be applied toward a certificate.
Apply online to the certificate program.
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For more information, contact Barbara Parmenter, Certificate Faculty Advisor 617.627.3394
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