About the Minor and Certificate

The Minor and Certificate in Sustainability provides a comprehensive understanding of the most pressing issues facing the world today. The program offers a practical and relevant interdisciplinary approach at the intersection of environmental, economic, social, political, and cultural issues. Students complete courses in:

  • Global and local environmental change
  • The science, engineering, economics, and policy of renewable energy
  • The economics of degradation and sustainability
  • Business and sustainability
  • Environmental justice
  • Water science, policy, engineering, and equity

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VIDEO

Sustainability: the defining theme of our times

In this video, Summer Sustainability Minor graduate Camila Ruiz Custodio and ERG professors Daniel Kammen and Isha Ray discuss the importance of studying sustainability and explain what makes the Sustainability Minor a program with such broad applications and enormous potential for impact.

Program Overview

The 2022 Sustainability Summer program offers one course in Session A, May 23-July 1 (California Water), and all others will take place in Session C, June 21 – August 12. The minor and certificate requires a minimum of five courses and 15 total units of coursework. The program is typically completed in two or more summers, but may be completed in one. Note that while there are no prerequisites, some college level mathematics will be helpful for the quantitative elements in several courses.

CourseUnits
Business Sustainability, and Society3
Energy and Society (Asynchronous Online Course)4
Climate Change Economics4
California Water3
Ecology and Society3
Environmental Classics3
Water and Sanitation Justice (Asynchronous Online Course)3

Curriculum

To view more detailed course descriptions and a curriculum schedule, please visit the Summer Curriculum and Schedule page.

Instructors

For more information about our instructors, please visit the Summer Instructors page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please visit our Sustainability Minor/Certificate FAQ page or email us at sustainabilitysummer@berkeley.edu with any additional questions.

Watch our online information session from June 2, 2020 for an introduction to the program, its courses, and summer instructors.
Visit the Rausser College of Natural Resources website for additional summer courses related to the environment and sustainability.

More Information


Registration for Summer 2022:
  • For UC Berkeley Students: February 1, 2022
  • For Visiting UC Students: February 1, 2022
  • For all others: February 15, 2022

Summer 2022 Session C courses can be added until July 2, 2022 through the summer.berkeley.edu website. If instruction has begun and you have not yet been added to the course because you are on a waitlist, it is recommended that you attend lecture while you wait for official enrollment.


A minor in sustainability will enrich your area of study and advance your critical ability to address relevant, real-world problems. In today’s workplace, it is rare to find a field that is not impacted by issues related to sustainability. Whether you are interested in business, physical sciences, social sciences, engineering, humanities, or any other area, participation in an interdisciplinary sustainability program demonstrates your capacity and eagerness to develop big-picture solutions, and opens the door to many potential careers and graduate programs.

How to Enroll:

  1. Register at summer.berkeley.edu.
  2. Begin by choosing your courses and enrolling now via Berkeley Summer Sessions to hold your place
  3. Please fill out the Intent to Complete Sustainability Minor form by June 21, 2022
  4. Finally, complete and email the Minor Declaration Form form addressed to Anna Hoehenrieder, sustainabilitysummer@berkeley.edu by August 31, 2022 from summer completions

Students who do not choose to complete the minor but wish to take individual ERG summer courses may enroll through CalCentral without completing any of the forms above.

UC Berkeley undergraduate students may contact Sustainability Minor advisor Anna Hoehenrieder at sustainabilitysummer@berkeley.edu for advising support. For more information about undergraduate advising, please visit the Rausser College of Natural Resources undergraduate advising website.

Scholarships:

If you are enrolled in the minor, you may be eligible for a $1,500 scholarship if you:

  • Are currently enrolled as a UC Berkeley student
  • Complete the academic requirements of the minor
  • Receive a grade point average of 2.0 or higher in all courses comprising the minor and complete all courses before graduation
  • Complete only one of the program courses during the academic year (Energy and Society or Climate Change Economics)

For more information about program costs, please visit the Berkeley Summer Sessions Fees website


If you are currently working, or a job candidate looking to add value to your education or experience, the Sustainability Certificate is a great way to gain a professional edge. As sustainability is a versatile and pertinent subject, these courses demonstrate to employers a desire to stay up-to-date with industry trends and show your initiative by completing a rigorous education program.

If you are coming from outside the area, the Sustainability certificate provides an opportunity to enjoy a summer in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area while studying at one of the world’s leading universities in environmental sustainability. Berkeley is known for its authenticity and diversity, scientific exploration, and unrivaled climate of thought leadership that fuels constant innovation.

International students are welcome! Please visit the Summer Sessions International Homepage and International FAQs.

How to Enroll:

Registration for Summer 2022 opens February 3, 2022 for UC students and February 18, 2022 for all others.

  1. Begin by choosing your courses and enrolling now via Berkeley Summer Sessions to hold your place.
  2. Please fill out the Intent to Complete Sustainability Certificate form by June 21, 2022.
  3. Finally, complete and email the Completion of Sustainability Certificate form to sustainabilitysummer@berkeley.edu by August 31 for 2022 completions.

The academic requirements for the certificate are identical to the requirements for the minor, but the certificate is available to non-Berkeley students only. Like the minor, the certificate represents a standard of achievement that is recognized by employers.

Non-UC Berkeley students who do not choose to complete the certificate but wish to take individual ERG summer courses may enroll through the Summer Sessions without completing any of the forms above.

For more information about program costs, please visit the Berkeley Summer Sessions Fees website.


Please visit our Sustainability Minor/Certificate FAQ page or email us with any further questions or concerns.

Energy and Resources Group
345 Giannini Hall
sustainabilitysummer@berkeley.edu
(510)-642-1640