Certificate of Graduate Study in Sustainable Development
The Certificate of Graduate Study in Sustainable Development provides students with a firm grounding in land use and environmental planning, economic development; and planning for community and regional sustainability. These objectives are met through course readings, class lectures and discussions, case analyses, and problem-solving exercises in various community-based settings.
Those contemplating a career in local government, state government, or nonprofit organizations - and who are particularly interested in the fields of land use, economic development, and sustainability planning - are invited to discuss their goals with the coordinator of the certificate. Those who already practice in the field and wish to enhance their skills and understanding of the issues are also encouraged to discuss how the certificate in sustainable development could help advance their careers.
This certificate is a stand-alone credential, or the 12 credits may be transferred into the Master's in Policy, Planning, and Management degree program.
Students select four courses (12 credits) including two required courses and two electives from the following list of approved courses. Other courses may be approved upon request.
If students have not previously completed an introductory-level microeconomics course (or equivalent), at the undergraduate or graduate level, they will be required to complete an undergraduate microeconomics course or PPM 611 Economics and Policy, Planning, and Management as part of the certificate.
Required Courses (6 credits)
Select two additional courses (6 credits) from the following:
- PPM 521 Theories of Social Justice and Public Policy
- PPM 522 Introduction to Arc/GIS
- PPM 534 Managing Cities, Towns and Counties
- PPM 550 State and Regional Economic Development
- PPM 581 Global Planning Issues: Megacities and Megacity Regions
- PPM 607 Elements of Plan Making
- PPM 608 Dispute Management
- PPM 613 Sustainable Development Workshop
- PPM 664 Introduction to Town Design and SketchUp
- PPM 665 Transportation Planning and Policy
- PPM 672 Food Planning and Policy
- PPM 683 Environmental Law and Policy
- PPM 695 Independent Study (with certificate coordinator's permission)
- PPM 696 Public Service Internship (1-3 credits)
- GEO 502 Urban Geography
- GEO 508/608 GIS Applications I
- GEO 518/618 GIS Applications II
- GEO 605 Remote Sensing
- ESP 570 Solid Waste Planning and Policy
Other courses from BUS, GYA, ESP, LAW, and SWO may be approved upon request. Please check with your adviosr on other appropriate courses.
Visit USM Admissions for information on the graduate certificate program application process.
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