Sustainability & Environmental Studies

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Are you interested in a career that has a positive impact on the world? UCLA Extension has certificate programs and courses in sustainability and environmental studies that can help you advance in the field or switch careers to a job that is in-demand, challenging, and rewarding.

Our courses are taught by industry experts, including UCLA’s Chief Sustainability Officer, whose mission is to foster partnerships among academic, research, and operational departments and to facilitate creating a world class living laboratory for sustainability at UCLA.

Sustainability Certificate

Become a leader in environmentally responsible policy and practices with UCLA Extension’s Sustainability Certificate. Encompassing the fields of design, business, energy, law, and public policy, this program will focus on major elements that impact the environment on a daily basis such as our use of water, air, land, energy, and transportation.

Environmental Studies Certificate

This interdisciplinary program provides a strong foundation for understanding the complex relationship between humans and the environment. You will learn about a variety of environmental issues including air and water pollution, population growth and distribution, and global climate changes. This program can be completed in only two quarters, ideal for students and professionals alike. Courses are available online. Two of the four courses are transfer credit courses and may be transferable to UC (non-UCLA) and CSU schools, as well as many other schools nationwide.

Food Studies Certificate

Connect and learn alongside UCLA graduate students to combat food issues faced by our communities as well as globally. This certificate is designed to investigate food issues and address complex topics spanning food cultures and histories, nutrition and public health, food policy and food justice, urban planning, and agrifood systems and the environment.

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Sustainability and Environmental Programs
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Learn how our programs can help you achieve your career goals in sustainability in this informative online session, with an opportunity for Q&A.

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I can’t speak highly enough about my experience with the UCLA Extension Sustainability Certificate program. The coursework was directly relevant to my job function at SoCalGas and has given me new perspective on the climate change and air quality planning work that I have been entrenched in. In addition, the skills gained empowered me to critically analyze the internal Sustainability Councils here at Sempra Utilities and to make recommendations and implementation measures for improvement. I would highly recommend the Sustainability Certificate to any working professional looking to sharpen their environmental analysis skills and broaden their perspectives on the growing field of sustainability.  

Geoffrey Danker
Sustainability Certificate Graduate
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