Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program

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Student Learning Outcomes

    The student will demonstrate an understanding of fundamental concepts, issues, and policies in environmental studies.

    The student will demonstrate the ability to critique ideas and opinions on advanced topics in environmental studies.

    The student will demonstrate the ability to utilize contemporary field research methods and equipment.

    The student will demonstrate the ability to investigate, evaluate relevant literature, and research an advanced topic in environmental studies.

    The student will demonstrate the ability to statistically analyze the data derived from environmentally-related research.

    The student will demonstrate the ability to present information on an advanced topic in environmental studies using contemporary techniques and technology.

    The student will demonstrate an overall knowledge and application of concepts related to environmental studies in a professional setting.

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in the Department of Environmental Studies is a broad-based, multidisciplinary curriculum for professionals, practitioners, citizens and students who wish to strengthen their knowledge of the environment. The curriculum is designed as a complement to degree-granting graduate programs in related content areas, thereby providing enhanced opportunities for development of the knowledge and practical skills necessary to analyze, assess and propose solutions to environmental issues. Post-baccalaureate certificates from the Department of Environmental Studies are available in Coastal Management, Environmental Education and Interpretation, and Environmental Management.

Admission Requirements

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To ensure consistency in course sequencing, the majority of admissions will occur in the fall semester of each academic year. The deadline for submitting applications for fall admission is May 15 at midnight EST but priority consideration will be given to applications received by April 15. In the event of openings for spring admission, the deadline is November 15 at midnight EST but priority consideration will be given to applications received by October 15. Admission to the program requires successful completion of or concurrent enrollment in a graduate, degree-granting academic program in an accredited university.

Applicants seeking admission to the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Environmental Studies program are required to submit the following to the Graduate School:

  1. An application for graduate admission
  2. Official transcripts of all prior university or college work (undergraduate and graduate)
  3. Official scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) less than five years old
  4. Three recommendations by individuals in professionally relevant fields
  5. A personal statement describing educational and professional experiences, reasons for pursuing graduate study in environmental studies and career goals

Applicants seeking admission to the program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college, or its equivalent (due to the diversity of areas of emphasis within the program, it is not required that the successful applicant possess a degree in Environmental Studies)
  2. Successful completion or concurrent enrollment in a graduate, degree-granting academic program in an accredited university
  3. Strong academic performance in an undergraduate curriculum indicated by a minimum of a GPA of 3.0 or higher, or its equivalent
  4. Indication of graduate academic potential reflected by satisfactory performance on the Graduate Record Examination
  5. Indication of graduate academic potential reflected by three letters of recommendation from individuals in professionally relevant fields 6. Concurrency of personal goals with the focus of the environmental studies graduate curriculum

Individuals who fall below one of these criteria may be admitted if other factors indicated potential for success. Individuals with identified deficiencies may be accepted provisionally with specified plans and goals for the remediation of these deficiencies. Such remediation may include a requirement of additional hours beyond those normally required for the degree.

A limited number of funded teaching assistant positions will be available. If you have an interest in being a teaching assistant, please be sure to note this on your application.

Certificate Requirements

The program requires 18 hours. Students complete an introductory course (Introduction to Environmental Problems and Policy) and either a practicum or a capstone course (Final Project/Seminar). Students will then complete a foundations course for the certificate in which they are enrolled. Nine hours of approved electives complete the certificate program. A maximum of 6 total credit hours from any combination of EVS 591, EVS 597, and/or EVS 598 may be applied toward the certificate. Students in the post-baccalaureate certificate must have either completed or be concurrently enrolled in a graduate, degree-granting program.

Required Introductory Course (3 credit hours)

All students are required to complete the following class:

EVS 501 Introduction to Environmental Problems & Policy (3)

Applied Learning (3 credit hours)

To ensure that students are able to employ skills and knowledge gained in the program within an applied, capstone setting, they are required to complete either the Seminar/Final Project or the Practicum in Environmental Studies. Both courses provide extended opportunities for fieldwork, research or creative projects and helps the student to bridge related theory with practical applications. Determination of which curricular direction will be taken is based upon the level of prior professional experience in the environmental field, requiring progressive levels of responsibility. Those individuals with 3 or more years in the field will complete the Seminar/Final Project. Those with less than 3 years will complete the Practicum in Environmental Studies. Students are required to complete a minimum of 3 credit hours of applied learning.

EVS 595 Seminar/Final Project or (3)
EVS 597 Practicum in Environmental Studies (1-6)

Certificate Concentrations (12 credit hours)

All students are also required to pursue a concentrated area of study in Coastal Management, Environmental Education and Interpretation, or Environmental Management. A maximum of 6 total credit hours from any combination of EVS 591, EVS 597, and/or EVS 598 may be applied toward the certificate.

Coastal Management

All students pursuing a concentration in Coastal Management must complete the following:

EVS 520 Foundations of Coastal Management (3)

9 credit hours of elective approved by the EVS graduate program advisor

Environmental Education and Interpretation

All students pursuing a concentration in Environmental Education and Interpretation must complete the following:

EVS 525 Foundations of Environmental Education and Interpretation (3)

9 credit hours of electives approved by the EVS graduate program advisor

Environmental Management

All students pursuing a concentration in Environmental Management must complete the following:

EVS 540 Foundations of Environmental Management (3)

9 credit hours of electives approved by the EVS graduate program advisor

For a description of the courses, click here

Cost of attendance information can be found here

Depart of Labor’s Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) codes:

  • 11-9121 Administrators, Ocean Program

  • 13-1041 Environmental Compliance Inspectors

  • 13-1041 Inspectors, Environmental Compliance

  • 17-2081 Engineers, Environmental Remediation

  • 19-1032 Environmental Protection Foresters

  • 19-2040 Environmental Scientists and Geoscientists

  • 19-2041 Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health

  • 19-4091 Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health

  • 19-4093 Forest and Conservation Technicians

  • 19-4093 Technicians, Conservation

  • 25-0000 Education, Training, and Library Occupations

  • 25-9031 Educational Consultants

  • 25-9090 Education, Training, and Library Workers, Miscellaneous

  • 25-9099 Education Workers, All Other

  • 29-9011 Environmental Protection Officers

  • 45-4010 Forest and Conservation Workers

  • 45-4011 Forest and Conservation Workers

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Jeffery Hill, Graduate Program Coordinator (910.962.3264 or hillj@uncw.edu). If you have specific questions regarding graduate school at UNCW, the Graduate School website offers a wealth of information, or you may contact Kimberly Harris at the Graduate School (harrisk@uncw.edu; 910.962.7449).


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