Community Environmental Studies
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Environmentalists and concerned citizens alike face the
challenge of keeping pace with politically and technically complex
issues. The growing sophistication of the environmental movement
brings new demands to link conservation and preservation, environmental
justice, and safety and health in the workplace and community.
The certificate in Community Environmental Studies (CES) provides
professional training for careers in today's evolving environmental
field. The interdisciplinary curriculum is designed to clarify career
goals for those who may be considering environmental work, as well as
enhance the skills of professionals already in the field.
Participants also have access to activities of the
Tufts Institute of
the Environment (TIE), which supports an interdisciplinary network
of initiatives including research, conferences, and speakers.
Who Should Apply?
The certificate in Community Environmental Studies is open to
students with a bachelor's degree and is especially appropriate for:
- People in community and environmental organizations who want
to increase their environmental expertise
- Mid-career professionals seeking to apply their skills to environmental work
- Business people working with communities on environmental issues
Students interested in earning a graduate degree often can apply
the certificate courses toward a Tufts master's degree in urban and
environmental policy and planning.
To earn the CES certificate, students complete four graduate-level
courses for credit. Students choose the four courses from a combination
of CES core courses and CES skills and environmental policy electives.
Students must select at least one core course as part of their
program of study.
CES Core Courses
Select at least one core course from the following:
- UEP 200 Land Use Planning I: Nonregulatory Tools and Techniques (Fall)
- UEP 201 Land Use Planning II (Spring)
- UEP 207 Environmental Law (Fall)
- UEP 221 Climate Change Policy and Planning (Spring)
- UEP 223 Fundamentals of U.S. Agriculture (Fall)
- UEP 279 Water Resources Policy, and Planning, and Watershed Management (Fall)
Course descriptions for these core courses can be found on the UEP website
CES Course Electives
Select up to three skills and environmental policy electives from the
- UEP 161B Writing and Public Communication (Summer)
- UEP 173B Transportation Planning (Fall)
- UEP 174A Clean Air and Clean Water Policy (Summer)
- UEP 205 Urban Planning and Design (Fall)
- UEP 206 Planning for Low-Impact Development (LID) (Spring)
- UEP 230 Negotiation, Mediation and Conflict Resolution (Spring and Summer)
- UEP 232 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (Fall and Spring)
- UEP 233 Regional Planning: Tools and Techniques (Spring)
- UEP 234 Qualitative Analysis for Planning and Public Policy (Spring)
- UEP 242 International Planning and Urban Policy (Spring)
- UEP 263 Natural Resources Policy and Planning (Spring)
- UEP 264 Green Urban Design (Spring)
- UEP 265 Corporate Management of Environmental Issues (Fall)
- UEP 278 Environmental Justice, Security, and Sustainability (Fall)
- UEP 284 Developing Sustainable Communities (Spring)
- UEP 293 Food Justice: Critical Approaches in Policy and Planning (Fall)
- UEP 294-16 Public Health and the Built Environment (Fall)
- UEP 294-22 Advanced GIS (Fall)
- UEP 294BA The Nuclear Power Option (Summer)
- UEP 294BB International Sustainable Development (Summer)
(Students may substitute other Tufts graduate courses, subject
to the approval of the certificate advisor. Course offerings may vary from year to year.)
Read more about many of these UEP courses at the
UEP web site.
Certificate students pay a course rate for each required certificate
course of $3,565 per course (2013-2014).
Students in a certificate program may be eligible for Stafford Loan
assistance. Contact the Student
Financial Services Office at (617) 627-2000 for more information.
Certificate courses are also available, at a cost of $4,454 per course,
to students who are not pursuing a certificate. In addition, students have
the option of auditing courses for $800 per course, but these courses
cannot be applied toward a certificate.
Summary of Consumer Information for Students
For more information, contact:
Certificate Faculty Advisor:
Rusty Russell, J.D.
Forms for the certificate program.