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Developed from a social science perspective, in partnership with the School of Environmental Sciences, this certificate is beneficial if you wish to explore global environmental issues facing us today and in the future. You will gain in-depth knowledge about environmental changes, their global impact, and how you can directly contribute to the environment's sustainability. 

The University of Guelph is a leading institution in Environmental Sciences. The School of Environmental Sciences, recognized for its excellence and contributions to the environmental science industry, was established in 1992. With a fresh and future-oriented outlook, the School of Environmental Sciences' programs are based on a long-standing tradition of environmental research. 

With a total of six courses to complete, this certificate will help you gain insight and develop a sound knowledge of the environment. 

Learning Outcomes 

Upon successful completion of this program, you will be able to: 

  • Distinguish the fundamental approaches to moral reflection 
  • Explain the range of influential alternatives to addressing the environment as a moral problem 
  • Examine the fundamental assumptions of value and obligation found in environmental discourse 
  • Present an overview of how the Earth’s systems function and how we are affecting these systems (from both a historical and contemporary perspective) 
  • Understand management challenges and strategies employed to reduce human impact 


  • Environmental Specialist 
  • Environmental Health and Safety Leader 
  • Environmental Assessment Specialist 


This program requires the completion of one required course and five electives. You can take individual courses or achieve certification by successfully completing six degree-credit courses, including at least two at the 3000 or 4000 level. A variety of courses are offered to allow you to customize your program to your area of interest or profession. The courses may be taken in any order, as long as prerequisite requirements are met. It takes approximately two years to complete the program. 

degree credit

Enrolment is on a course-by-course basis. Please note that some courses have an approval process that must be completed prior to confirming enrolment. This program is intended for adult learners who are at least 18 years of age. Course availability changes each semester. It is recommended you submit notification requests for each course in the program to be informed when registration opens. Course registration closes our days after the start of the semester.

Complete 1 required courses and 5 elective courses. Request your parchment through the OpenEd Student Portal once all requirements are met.

It will take approximately 2 years to complete the program.

The price per course is currently $683.39. Course prices are subject to change and are not guaranteed. The total cost of the program may vary.

Additional Information 

If you would like additional information about this program, please contact our Main Office


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