Environmental Studies Certificate

Environmental Studies Certificate

Program Description

Environmental Studies is the interdisciplinary field of study concerned with problems in the relationship between humanity, society, and the natural environment. Of particular concern is the impact of technology on the natural environment and its implications for human welfare. Courses are designed to enrich students’ knowledge of biological, physical and social aspects of the environment and their awareness of environment related issues.

Program Outcomes

By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of environmental relationships;
  • Think critically as they compare environmental processes with management of the world resources; and
  • Understand the importance of natural science as they relate to the interconnectedness of all things through their understanding of the forces of the universe, evolution, and the importance of natural resource management around the world.

Career Opportunities

A certificate in Environmental Studies may help prepare you for careers in related fields in biology, chemistry, city and regional planning, fish and game wardens, geographic information systems, hydrology, occupational health and safety, sustainability, water resources, zoology, and wildlife biology.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to the program requirements, students must meet the following conditions in order to graduate:

  1. College Cumulative GPA Requirement: cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted and completed at CLC must be at least 2.0;
  2. Residency Requirement: students must complete 25% of their credits at Central Lakes College.

Employment Statistics

For more information regarding employment statistics, career salary information and estimated job growth, follow the resource links below:

https://apps.deed.state.mn.us/lmi/ces/
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/home.htm
http://www.iseek.org/jobs/jobmarket.html

Program Course Requirements

BIOL 1415     Environmental Biology (Goals 3,10)…………. 3 cr
BIOL 2415     General Ecology (Goals 3,10)…………………… 4 cr
CHEM 1410   Environmental Chemistry (Goals 3, 10)……. 3 cr
ENVR 1400    Intro to Environmental Studies (Goals 5,10)………………………………… 3 cr
ESCI 1444      Natural Disasters (Goals 3,10)………………….. 3 cr
ESCI 1451      Oceanography (Goals 3,10)……………………… 3 cr
ESCI 1452      Oceanography Lab (Goals 3,10)……………….. 1 cr
ESCI 1454      Planet Earth (Goals 3,10)…………………………. 4 cr
SOCL 2422    Culture and Environment………………………… 3 cr

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT – 15 CREDITS

*Denotes Prerequisites

Program Instructors

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Scott Foster

Sociology Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8193
Brainerd E145
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David Kobilka

Earth Science Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8233
Brainerd E214
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Paul Mickelson

Biology Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8171
Brainerd E437

Kent Montgomery

Natural Resources Faculty
Phone: 218-855-8155
Brainerd W138
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