Sustainability Summer 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
  • Environmental justice
  • Green building
  • Water science, policy, engineering, and equity

The Summer-only Minor or Certificate in Sustainability is open to matriculated UC Berkeley undergraduates, students from other institutions, and the general public. Upon completion, UC Berkeley undergraduates receive a Minor in Sustainability, while other participants receive a Certificate in Sustainability from UC Berkeley.

To receive updates on the Sustainability Minor/Certificate program, please complete the Energy and Resources Group email list sign-up form.

How it works:

The 8-week Sustainability Summer program begins Monday, June 22 and ends Friday, August 14, 2020 (Session C). The minor and certificate requires a minimum of five courses and 15 total units of coursework. The program is typically completed in two summers. Note that while there are no prerequisites, some college level mathematics knowledge will be helpful for the quantitative elements of the courses.

  • Energy and Society – Online Course (4 units)
  • Climate Change Economics (4 units)
  • California Water (3 units)
  • Ecology and Society (3 units)
  • Environmental Classics (3 units)
  • Water and Sanitation Justice – Online Course (3 units)
  • Zero Energy Building (2 or 4 units)

For course descriptions and schedule, visit our Summer Curriculum and Schedule page. For more information about instructors, visit our Summer Instructors page.

Registration for Summer 2020 opens:

  • For UC Berkeley Students: February 2020.
  • For Visiting UC Students: February 2020.
  • For all others: February 2020.

For UC Berkeley Students:
Minor in Sustainability

Why earn a Minor in Sustainability?

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:

Register now at summer.berkeley.edu.

Minor in Sustainability for UC Berkeley Students:

  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 Minor form by June 19, 2020.
  3. Finally, complete and email the Completion of Sustainability Minor form addressed to Ryann Madden, sustainabilitysummer@berkeley.edu by August 31, 2020 from summer completions.

UC Berkeley students who do not choose to complete the minor but wish to take individual ERG summer courses may enroll through Cal Central without completing any of the forms above.

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

Scholarships:

If you are enrolled in the minor, you may be eligible for a $2,000 scholarship if you:

  • Are currently enrolled as a UC Berkeley student
  • Complete the academic requirements of the minor
  • Receive a grade of “C” 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.

For Summer-Only Students:
Certificate in Sustainability

Why earn a Certificate in Sustainability?

Study at the world’s top public university this summer!

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 2020 opens February 2020.

Certificate in Sustainability for Non-UC Berkeley Students:

  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 19, 2020.
  3. Finally, complete and email the Completion of Sustainability Certificate form to sustainabilitysummer@berkeley.edu by August 31 for 2020 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 contact Energy and Resources Group with any further questions or concerns:

310 Barrows Hall
sustainabilitysummer@berkeley.edu
(510)-642-1640