This program is perfect for...
- Students interested in environmental studies
- Students seeking to pursue environmental graduate degrees
- Environmental professionals seeking career advancement
- Professionals looking to change careers
What you can learn.
- Understand the interrelationships between humans and the natural environment
- Think critically about current environmental issues and recommend effective and creative solutions
- Analyze and interpret physical geography data, complex global patterns, and processes of the atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere
- Formulate environmental research questions and hypothesis to evaluate solutions to complex real world issues
Click below to view the required and elective courses, if applicable, for this program.
Estimated Cost Breakdown
All courses in this program are paid for individually, unless otherwise noted. An application form is required to establish candidacy in this program. From the 'Apply Now' button, complete the online application and pay the application fee if applicable.
Application & Candidacy Fee
Estimated Program Tuition
Estimated program textbook/materials
*The Application & Candidacy Fee establishes your candidacy in the program for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and may allow you to access a variety of program benefits.
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International students are welcome to take the Environmental Studies Certificate, however, all four courses are in the online format. Since international students must take at least 12 units (typically 3 courses) every quarter to maintain F-1 Visa requirements of which only one can be online, it is recommended that international students complete the Sustainability Certificate and Environmental Studies Certificate simultaneously, since Sustainability courses can be taken on-ground or online.
The Sustainability Certificate is comprised of 5 courses, while the Environmental Studies Certificate is comprised of 4 courses. Together, that is 9 courses: completing three courses each quarter for a total of three quarters fulfills the visa requirements and will earn you two certificates in very related fields. This is a recommended schedule for American students as well.
Rebecca Shipe, UCLA Professor, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
Dr. Carol Armstrong, Chief of Staff to Deputy Mayor Barbara Romero, Los Angeles River Works
Stephanie Landregan, Program Director, Landscape Architecture, Horticulture and Gardening, UCLA Extension
Scott Hutchinson, Program Director, Arts, UCLA Extension
Michelle Kinman, Clean Energy Advocate, Environment California/Environment California Research & Policy Center
Bahram Fazeli, Director of Research & Policy, Communities for a Better Environment
Kaya Foster, Student Program Director, Sustainable Works
Noah Garrison, Environmental Science Practicum Director, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
Nurit Katz, Chief Sustainability Officer, Executive Officer, Facilities Management, UCLA, Extension Instructor
Michael Smith, National Chapter Representative, California Association of Environmental Professions, Extension Instructor