Certificate Requirements

The Interdisciplinary Certificate in Sustainability requires the completion of a minimum of 5 courses and 13 semester hours, including IST 330 or IST 271, Sustainability Seminar (1 credit) – the core required course for the certificate. The remaining courses must be chosen from the list below, with at least two courses at the 300-400 level. Requests for course substitutions must be approved by the certificate coordinator.

Courses must represent at least two different disciplines (as determined by course prefix) from two different departments. No more than eight of the required 12 semester hours that a student applies toward an interdisciplinary certificate may have the same course prefix. No more than 8 hours from a declared major or minor may be applied toward an interdisciplinary certificate. All courses used for the certificate must be completed at UNC Asheville. Interdisciplinary certificates may only be completed in conjunction with the completion of an undergraduate degree at UNC Asheville.


  • AIIS 374/SPAN 374: Land-based Methodologies & Indigenous Textualities
  • ART 264: Photography 1
  • ASTR 301: Indigenous Perspectives on the Sky
  • ATMS 103: Introduction to Meteorology
  • ATMS 113: Understanding the Atmosphere
  • BIOL 110: Plants and Humans
  • BIOL 135: Concepts in Ecology and Evolution
  • CLAS 325: Sustainability in Greco-Roman Antiquity
  • ECON 242: Economics of Food
  • ECON 245: Land Economics
  • ECON 338: Morality and Material Progress
  • ECON 339: Environmental and Natural Resource Economics and Policy
  • ECON 450: Seminar in Economics: The Economics of Food Systems
  • ECON 450: Seminar in Economics: Environment and Development Economics
  • ENVR 130: Introduction to Environmental Science
  • ENVR 234: Energy and Society
  • ENVR 324: Environmental Ethics
  • ENVR 332: Environmental Management
  • ENVR 333: Environment Design and Solar Energy
  • ENVR 336: Environmental Health
  • ENVR 365: Strategies for Sustainability
  • HIST 319: Southern Appalachian History and Culture
  • HWP 225: Nutrition and Lifestyle
  • HWP 333: Food Politics and Nutrition Policy
  • INTS 201: Introduction to Global Studies
  • LIT 363: Appalachian Literature
  • MCOM 495: Media Studies Seminar: Environmental Communication
  • PHIL 312: Applied Ethics: Environmental Ethics
  • POLS 354: Environmental Politics
  • POLS 363: Political Economy of Development