Interdisciplinary coursework

FLC student working in the campus garden

Take seven courses to complete this certificate, including an internship. Required courses provide an overview of environmental studies, and a foundational understanding of food systems and their social, environmental, and economic aspects.

In addition to the core courses, you’ll choose electives from Public Health, Political Science, or Sociology to finish the certificate. See the course catalog for specific details. 

  • Required core courses
  • Internship (required)
  • Electives
Required core courses

Introduction to Environmental Studies (ENVS 100)

Examine the ways that humans affect, and are affected by, natural and constructed environments through the interrelated lenses of science, technology, society, and the arts.

Political Ecology of Food (ENVS 339)

Consider issues in food systems in the context of our natural environment from a social science perspective. You’ll look at policy, culture, and economics as you dive into topics such as genetically modified crops, lives and working conditions of food and farm workers, food safety, and the social movements within food systems.

Soil & Society (SOC 385)

Explore the social and historical roots of our relationship to soil, and the current crisis we face as our soil is rapidly dying and degrading in quality. Identify approaches to soil health restoration and learn directly from a wide range of experts and practitioners.

Ecological Agriculture (ENVS 319)

Get out and do. You’ll supplement your hands-on experiences with classroom learning as you dig into horticultural soil management, irrigation management, and integrated pest and weed management while learning to analyze nutrient cycling, population dynamics and species interactions.

Alternative to ENVS 319

* If you are unable to complete the summer course, ENVS 319, you may be able to take SOC 384 - please contact the certificate coordinator.

Special Topics: Sustainability (SOC 384)

Study the relationship between society and the biophysical world through contemporary topics. Such topics include the end of oil, environmental justice, eco-ability studies, and the relationship between worldview and ecology.

Internship (required)

Choose one of two internship tracks based on the focus on your studies and the organization you select for your site. If your site positions you to focus on human services or sociological research, you’ll choose SOC 320. If you choose a site with an environmental or agricultural focus, then ENVS 410 will be a better fit. Be sure to connect with faculty as you consider which path is right for you. Faculty can also offer suggestions of organizations to contact about arranging your internship.


Choose two of the following electives:

  • Food Safety and Health (PH 225)
  • Water Politics: An Uphill Flow to Money (PS 420)
  • Ecology and Society (SOC 310)
  • Ecology and Society Field School (SOC 311)
  • Animals and Society (SOC 377)