“The Certificate in Environmental Studies is intended for students who have an interest in the environment or wish to combine environmental studies with some other major or minor. Students who pursue a certificate will learn about the scientific, humanistic, educational and business aspects of sustainability. ”

Jean-Marie Kauth, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Humanities program

Environmental Studies Certificate 

The Certificate in Environmental Studies is intended for students who have an interest in the environment or who wish to combine environmental studies with some other major or minor.  The certificate will be noted on official and unofficial transcripts; paperwork is available in the Registrar’s office.  The Certificate in Environmental Studies will entail successfully completing at least 12 credit hours of coursework in environment-related courses from the attached list.  All courses must be completed at Benedictine University.  Courses from at least two different colleges must be included among the 12 credits.  Only courses in which a student has received a grade of “C” or better may be applied to the certificate.  Any credit completed for the certificate may be applied to fulfill core major or minor requirements.  

The certificate program gives students the option of choosing environmental-focused courses from a number of disciplines including Anthropology, Biochemistry, Biology, Environmental Science, Geography, Global Studies, Humanities, Literature, Management, Natural Science, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology and Theology. Among the courses students can apply to the certificate are “Ecology of a Changing Planet,” “General Ethics for the Environmentally-Minded,” “Disease and the Environment,” “The Global Environment,” “Humanity and the Environment,” “The Divine Economy” and “Faith and Science.”


Courses Spring 2017:
ANTH 291A: Topics in Anthropology: Environment & Community Development in Costa Rica
BIOL 180: Ecology of a Changing Planet
BIOL 290: Marine and Island Ecology of the Bahamas
BIOL 291-NA: Selected Topics: Soil Ecology
BIOL 291-NB: Selected Topics: Introduction to Ecological Restoration
BIOL 300: Limnology or Ecology of Lakes and Streams
BIOL 325: Biology of Complex Systems
BIOL 363: Ecology
BIOL WI364: Ecology Laboratory
BIOL 391A: Selected Topics: Urban Ecology and Pollution Control
BIOL 391A: Environmental Modeling
ENVS 211: OSHA Hazardous Waste Operation and Emergency Response Refresher
ENVS 398: Capstone Project
IDS-202: Catholic/Benedictine Intellectual Traditions: Sustainability/Stewardship
IDS-302: Human Dignity/Common Good: Sustainability/Stewardship
LITR 241: Environmental Literature
MGT 120: “Going Green” in the Business World  (Starts mid-semester)
MGT 125: Business Sustainability Topics
PLSC C215: Model United Nations
RELS180: The Devine Economy

Approved Courses: Full List
ANTH 291N: Topics in Anthropology: Ecotourism, Sustainable Agriculture, and Social Justice in Costa Rica, Spring 2011
ANTH 291N: Topics in Anthropology: Cuba, Tourism, and Environmental Sustainability, Fall 2011
ANTH 291N: Topics in Anthropology: Environment & Community Development in Costa Rica, Spring 2015
ANTH 309: People, Culture and Environment, when dedicated to an environmental theme, as Fall 2008, Fall 2010
BCHM C100: Impact of Science and Technology on Society
BIOL 180: Ecology of a Changing Planet
BIOL C191A: Humanity and the Environment
BIOL 191A: Selected Topics: Industrial Ecology, Spring 2015
BIOL 205: Introduction to Environmental Science
BIOL 275: Invertebrate Zoology
BIOL 281: ACCA seminar (Ecology): when dedicated to an environmental theme, as in Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2010 (Environmental Microbiology), Fall 2011 (Ecology of the Chicago Region), Fall 2012 (Water), Fall 2013 (Invasive Species)
BIOL 290: Marine and Island Ecology of Bahamas
BIOL 291: Selected Topics: Global Warming
BIOL 291: Selected Topics: Paleobiology (before 2012)
BIOL 291 A: Selected Topics: Water Processes and Conservation F12
BIOL 291-NA: Selected Topics: Soil Ecology S17
BIOL 291-NB: Selected Topics: Introduction to Ecological Restoration S17
BIOL 300  Limnology or Ecology of Lakes and Streams
BIOL 322: Paleobiology
BIOL 325: Biology of Complex Systems
BIOL 330: Plant-Animal Interactions
BIOL 363: Ecology
BIOL WI364: Ecology Laboratory
BIOL 391A WI: Disease and the Environment
BIOL 391C WI: Readings in the History of Biology, when dedicated to an environmental theme as Fall 2008
BIOL 391N: Nature Writing, Spring 2011, Fall 2011
BIOL 391B: Evolution and Conservation of Plant Biodiversity, Spring 2011
BIOL 391: Selected Topics: Plant/Animal Interactions Spring 2010, Spring 2012, Spring 2014
BIOL 394: Nature Writing
ENVS 205: Environmental Science
ENVS 210: OSHA Hazardous Waste Operation and Emergency Response Training
ENVS 211: OSHA Hazardous Waste Operation and Emergency Response Refresher
ENVS 398: Capstone Project
GEOG 106: Geography and Cartography, when dedicated to an environmental theme as in Fall 2009, Spring 2011.
GBLS 101: Introduction to Global Studies
GLBS WI 102: Global Studies II: The Global Environment, when dedicated to an environmental theme.
HUMN 200/201: Climate Change Interdisciplinary Seminar  Spring 2011
HUMN WI 250: Contemporary World, when dedicated to an environmental theme.
IDS 201A WI:Catholic/Benedictine Traditions: The Environment Impact of Benedictine Stewardship and Stability, Fall 2014
IDS 202: Catholic/Benedictine Intellectual Traditions: Sustainability/Stewardship
IDS 302: Human Dignity/Common Good: Sustainability/Stewardship
IDS 304: Human Dignity/Common Good: Sustainability/stewardship, Global
LITR 241: Environmental Literature
LITR 381/ GENS 100: Intro to Gender Studies: Gender and the Environment, when dedicated to an environmental theme, as in Spring 2009.
MGT Environmental Sustainability and the Role of Business in Climate Change
MGT 120: “Going Green” in the Business World 
MGT 125: Business Sustainability Topics
NTSC C210A: Science in the Humanities
PHIL C248A, B: General Ethics for the Ecologically Minded, when dedicated to an environmental theme, as in Spring 2009, 2011.
PHIL C348: Ethics for the Ecologically Minded
PLSC C210: Introduction to World Relations, when dedicated to an environmental theme, as Fall 2008.
PLSC C215 – Model UN, when dedicated to an environmental theme.
RELS C140: World Religions, When dedicated to an environmental theme, as Fall 2008
RELS C191 A,B: Selected Topics: The Divine Economy, when dedicated to an environmental theme, as Fall 2008. RELS 180: The Divine Economy, subsequently
SOCL 240: Social Problems, when dedicated to an environmental theme, as in Spring 2009, Spring 2013
SOCL 350: Social Theory, when dedicated to an environmental theme, as in Fall 2009, Fall 2010
THEO C104: Theology: Faith and Science

In addition, an array of environmentally-themed courses are offered each semester and many existing courses – particularly those in biology, humanities, religious studies and anthropology – have incorporated environmental topics into their curriculum. For more information about the Certificate in Environmental Studies, contact the Enrollment Center at (630) 829-6300 or by e-mail admissions@ben.edu.


Updated 2/13/17

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