Global Environmental Systems, Certificate

Program Code: PHYGEO_UCT

Program Requirements

To earn an undergraduate certificate in Global Environmental Systems, a minimum of 12 credits is required.

Required Courses
GEOG 210Geographic Perspectives on Environmental Systems Science Keystone/General Education Course3
Select 9 credits from:9
Introduction to Global Climatic Systems
Introduction to Global Climatic Systems
Biogeography and Global Ecology Keystone/General Education Course
Landforms and Geomorphic Systems in the Anthropocene Keystone/General Education Course
Climatic Change and Variability
Forest Geography
Forest Geography
Climatic Change and Variability
Principles and Applications in Landscape Ecology
Satellite Climatology
Geography of Water Resources
Human Dimensions of Global Warming
Non-Course Requirements
Per University policy, all credit courses for a certificate require a grade of 'C' or higher, and at least two-thirds (2/3) of the credits used to complete a certificate must be earned at Penn State. If student is completing multiple certificates in Geography, no more than one (1) course may double-count for each.

Learning Outcomes

Identify, describe, and analyze the processes that lead to spatial variation on Earth’s surface, and the current and historical, physical and biotic processes that shape specific landscapes.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

University Park

Jodi Vender
Undergraduate Advising Coordinator
305 Walker Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-5730
advising@geog.psu.edu

Career Paths

Students earning the Global Environmental Systems certificate learn a wide range of  research and  analytical skills  that are highly valued by employers. Students trained in physical geography find jobs in all levels of government, nonprofit organizations, and in industry. This is one of several geography-related certificates that students can use to tailor their educational experience in preparation for the job market. In addition to Global Environmental Systems, the Department of Geography offers certificates in Environment and Society Geography; Geospatial Big Data Analytics; Geographic Information Systems; Human Geography; Justice, Ethics and Diversity in Space; and Landscape Ecology.

Careers

Students earning the certificate in Global Environmental Systems are well-positioned to find employment with diverse organizations spanning business, government, and nonprofit sectors. Such organizations may include (but are not limited to): Conservation International; Federal Emergency Management Agency; NASA; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; National Park Service; Natural Resources Defense Council; Resources for the Future; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; U.S.  Forest Service; U.S. Geological Survey; local, regional, and state planning agencies, environmental and engineering consulting firms; policy research institutes; private corporations; and humanitarian organizations.

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Opportunities for Graduate Studies

A certificate in Global Environmental Systems is useful for students who are interested in pursuing graduate degrees in the environmental and social sciences. Alumni enter graduate and professional studies in a variety of programs, including (but not limited to) geography, environmental sciences, ecology, sustainability, public policy, emergency management, planning, and law. They sometimes begin graduate or professional programs directly after finishing undergraduate studies, but often get several years' work experience before returning to school, either full or part-time.

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Professional Resources

Contact

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DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY
302 Walker Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-3433
geography@psu.edu

http://www.geog.psu.edu