Certificate in Sustainability

The Certificate in Sustainability rewards your choice to focus on human and environmental issues that are increasingly important in today’s world. Study across disciplines to understand issues such as: climate change, food security, renewable energy, biodiversity and social inequality.

Set your degree apart without overloading. The certificate is ideal if you want to focus on sustainability within your current program. As an embedded certificate, you can count courses you're already taking for a major or minor.

Get more from experiential learning. The certificate’s integrative project gets you out of the classroom to solve real world challenges. You can go deeper into a previous school project, or build off an internship, volunteer or fieldwork experience. It's a chance to step back and critically develop your ideas with an advisors' mentorship.

Get ready to make a difference. The certificate will give you a welcome edge when hitting the job market. Beyond improving your resume, certificate students gain access to professional development and networking opportunities. Our alumni are making real contributions to their fields and working in places like the Pembina Institute, Stantec and the Government of Alberta.


There is no cost to apply for or complete the certificate. As an embedded certificate, you earn the designation while completing an undergraduate program in one of ten faculties—no need to switch programs. Eligible faculties include:

  • Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences
  • Arts
  • Augustana Campus
  • Business
  • Campus Saint-Jean
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation
  • Native Studies
  • Science

Engineering students can earn the certificate by counting program electives, complementary studies electives, and impact of technology on society courses. Please consult the engineering students guide to learn which courses are eligible in each program.


To earn the certificate, you must complete 12 credits of coursework:

At least ★3 must be taken outside of a student’s primary faculty.

You must also complete and present an integrative capstone project. This is non-credit work completed outside of the classroom. It can take the form of a reflection paper, a research poster, or even creative forms like a video or podcast.

For full details, please read the Certificate Requirements document.


After reviewing the requirements document and the core and elective course lists, you're ready!

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You can enroll in the certificate in any year of your degree, though enrolment must be at least 6 months prior to your expected graduation.