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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Earth Sustainability

Undergraduate Certificate Program

Timothy Bralower
535 Deike Building
University Park
Phone: 814-863-1240


By the time current undergraduates send their children to college, Earth's population will have increased to m ore than eight billion people. Our climate will be warmer and characterized by more frequent extreme weather events including droughts. One or more major metropolitan areas in our increasingly crowded world will have experienced a devastating hurricane or typhoon, sea level rise will be inundating low-lying coastal cities along with whole island nations, energy resources will be less available and more expensive, clean drinking water will be more scarce, and it will be increasingly difficult to feed the global population. How we choose to plan for and attempt to mitigate these "grand challenges" will have consequences for individuals, nations, and our global socioeconomic and political systems.

The goal of the 12-credit Certificate Program in Earth Sustainability is to dramatically increase geoscience literacy of all undergraduate students, including the large majority that do not major in the geosciences, future K-12 teachers, and also those who are historically under-represented in the geosciences, such that they are better positioned to make sustainable decisions in their lives and as part of the broader society.


EARTH 103 (GN)
EARTH 104 (GN)
EARTH 107 (GN)

No Prerequisites Required.

Effective Date: Fall Semester 2015


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