Environmental Studies Certificate

The Environmental Studies Certificate is 15 credit hours minimum of coursework focused on environmental topics. It is available to all MU majors, but because the certificate's goal is to create a complementary educational experience, students need to select coursework outside of their major.

There are two tracks for the certificate: Natural Dimensions for non-science majors and Social Dimensions for science majors. In general, students with majors in Business, Humanities, Journalism, Social or Behavioral Sciences, Mathematics, or non-science Education majors will pursue the Natural Dimensions track, while students with majors in Natural Sciences, Engineering, or science Education will purse the Social Dimensions track.

Advising and Declaring the Certificate

  1. Read ALL the information about the certificate on our website.
  2. Email the academic advisor with any questions you have regarding the requirements or course selection.
  3. When you enroll in the final course required for the certificate, complete the certificate form and email it to the advisor.
  4. The advisor will email you when the form has been approved.
  5. Take the approved form to the College of Arts and Science Advising Center in 107 Lowry Hall.


  • Complete 15 credit hours total from at least two departments. 
  • Complete two introductory courses in the appropriate track numbered 1000 level or above (6 hours minimum). 
  • Natural Dimensions Track Introductory Courses for Non-Science Majors

    • Agricultural Systems Management 1040: Physical Principles for Agricultural Applications
    • Agricultural Systems Management 2220: Agricultural/Industrial Structures
    • Agricultural Systems Management 2320: Internal Combustion Power
    • Atmospheric Science/Geography 1050: Introductory Meteorology
    • Biological Sciences 1060: Basic Environmental Studies
    • Chemistry 1100: Atoms and Molecules with Laboratory
    • Geography 2610: Introduction to Physical Geography
    • Geology 1200: Environmental Geology with Laboratory
    • Geology 2300: Earth Systems and Global Change
    • Geology 2450: Global Water Cycle
    • Geology 2600: Mineral and Energy Resources of the Earth
    • Natural Resources 1060: Ecology and Conservation of Living Resources
    • Plant Science 2254: Landscape Design
    • Soil Science 2100 and 2106: Introduction to Soils and Laboratory  
  • Social Dimensions Track Introductory Courses for Science Majors

    • Accountancy 2010: Introduction to Accounting
    • Agricultural Economics 1041: Applied Microeconomics
    • Anthropology 2030: Cultural Anthropology
    • Architectural Studies 1600: Fundamental of Environmental Design
    • Economics 1014: Principles of Microeconomics
    • Geography 1550: Introduction to the Humanized Earth
    • Geography 1840: Global Environmental Change
    • Geography 2660: Environmental Geography
    • Geography 2720: Urban Geography
    • Human Development and Family Studies 2400: Principles of Human Development
    • Nutritional Science 1034: Nutrition, Current Concepts, and Controversies
    • Philosophy 1100: Introduction to Ethics
    • Philosophy 2900: Environmental Ethics 
    • Political Science 1100: American Government
    • Psychology 2210: Mind, Brain, and Behavior
    • Rural Sociology 1000: Rural Sociology
    • Sociology 1120: Population and Ecology
    • Sociology 2200: Social Inequalities
    • Teacher Development Program 2000: Inquiry into Learning I
    • Theatre 1400: Acting for Non-Majors
  • Complete Ag Econ 2070 or Nat R 2160 (3 hours).
  • Complete two upper-level courses numbered 2000 level or above from the approved list (6 hours minimum). Non-science majors must select courses designated as Natural Dimensions, while Science majors must select courses designated as Social Dimensions.
  • Courses cannot double-dip, that is, fulfill two requirements within the certificate.
  • At least 12 hours of the certificate must be completed through MU coursework so only 3 hours of transfer coursework can fulfill certificate requirements.
  • Certificates are only awarded to undergraduate students who are simultaneous recipients of a Bachelor degree.