In a world filled with complex social and environmental challenges, the need for informed and technically prepared Christians able to speak into these issues is greater than ever. The goal of the Certificate in Environmental Sustainability is to equip students with the theoretical and technical skills needed to engage in the analysis of sustainability issues and develop practical, implementable solutions to the issues.

The certificate program is rooted in an eight week "Summer in Sustainability" at the Wheaton College Science Station (WCSS) in the Black Hills of South Dakota (offered odd numbered summers).  In this intensive program, students master the fundamental theories and principles of environmental sustainability while acquiring the needed technical skills to implement sustainability solutions. Extensive field studies, field trips and "real-world" implementation of a sustainability system at the Science Station connect theory and practice in a manner that uniquely prepares students to engage sustainability issues in a practical manner rooted in a Christian worldview.

The  sustainability summer is enhanced with a series of elective courses to build on students' particular interests.

Certificate Requirements are 24 credits total:

Required courses8
"Sustainability Summer" offered odd numbered summers during 8 weeks at WCSS. The courses are taught concurrently.
ENVR 332Principles of Environmental Sustainability4
ENVR 333Environmental Sustainability Practicum4
16 credits selected from the following. At least 8 credits must be from the Social Sciences and 4 credits from the Natural Sciences:
Social Sciences (Select at least 8 credits):
ANTH 342Food, Farms, and Culture4
ECON 365Development Economics4
ENVR 231Environmental Law, Justice, and Development2
HNGR 114Poverty, Justice and Transformation4
IR 318Environmental Politics4
PHIL 305Environmental Ethics4
URBN 114Social Life of Cities4
Natural Sciences (Select at least 4 credits):
BIOL 338Economic Botany4
ENVR 212The Dynamic Earth and Environment4
ENVR 341Quantitative Methods for Environmental Analysis and Problem Solving4
ENVR 371Introduction to Geographic Information Systems2
ENVR 381Environmental Pollution and Toxicology4
ENVR 422Sustainable Agriculture2
ENVR 432Introduction to Environmental Engineering4
GEOL 307Water: the Essential Natural Resource4
GEOL 308Energy & Climate Change4
ENVR 395Independent Studies in Environmental Science2-4
Total Credits24