Community Environmental Studies
Tuition and Curriculum
Community Environmental Studies Certificate
Environmentalists and concerned citizens alike face the challenge of keeping pace with politically and technically complex issues. The growing sophistication of the environmental movement brings new demands to link conservation and preservation, environmental justice, and safety and health in the workplace and community.
The certificate in Community Environmental Studies (CES), offered by the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, provides professional training for careers in today's evolving environmental field. The interdisciplinary curriculum is designed to clarify career goals for those who may be considering environmental work, as well as enhance the skills of professionals already in the field. Participants also have access to activities of the Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE), which supports an interdisciplinary network of initiatives including research, conferences, and speakers.
Who Should Apply?
The certificate in Community Environmental Studies is open to students with a bachelor's degree and is especially appropriate for:
- People in community and environmental organizations who want to increase their environmental expertise
- Mid-career professionals seeking to apply their skills to environmental work
- Business people working with communities on environmental issues
Students interested in earning a graduate degree often can apply the certificate courses toward a Tufts master's degree in urban and environmental policy and planning.
Domestic applicants must apply by December 31 for Spring admission, and August 31 for Fall admission. Domestic applicants are accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants to certificate programs are usually notified of a decision within four weeks of receipt of a completed application, and accepted students may enroll at the start of the next semester.
International applicants must apply by September 15 for Spring admission, and March 1 for Fall admission.
A Bachelor's degree is required to apply.
One letter of recommendation is required for certificate programs.
GRE General Test scores are not required.
Certificate students pay a course rate for each required certificate course of $3,872 per course (2015-2016). Students in a certificate program may be eligible for Stafford Loan assistance. Contact the Student Financial Services Office at (617) 627-2000 for more information. Certificate courses are also available, at a cost of $4,840 per course, to students who are not pursuing a certificate. In addition, students have the option of auditing courses for $800 per course, but these courses cannot be applied toward a certificate.
Four credits are required to obtain the CES certificate. Most courses are one-credit, but the UEP department also offers half-credit modules as noted below. Students choose the courses from a combination of CES core courses and CES skills and environmental policy electives. Students must select at least one core course as part of their program of study.
CES Core Courses
Select at least one core course from the following:
- UEP 200 Land Use Planning I: Nonregulatory Tools and Techniques (Fall)
- UEP 201 Land Use Planning II (Spring)
- UEP 207 Environmental Law (Fall)
- UEP 221 Climate Change Policy and Planning (Spring)
- UEP 223 Fundamentals of U.S. Agriculture (Fall)
- UEP 279 Water Resources Policy, and Planning, and Watershed Management (Fall)
Course descriptions for these core courses can be found on the UEP website.
CES Course Electives
Select up to three skills and environmental policy electives from the following:
- UEP 161A Writing and Public Communication (Summer)
- UEP 173-01 Transportation Planning (Fall)
- UEP 174B Clean Air and Clean Water Policy (Summer)
- UEP 194AC Cities and Urban Design (Summer)
- UEP 206 Planning for Low-Impact Development (LID) (Spring)
- UEP 230 Negotiation, Mediation and Conflict Resolution (Spring and Summer)
- UEP 232 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (Fall and Spring)
- UEP 233 Regional Planning: Tools and Techniques (Spring 2016)
- UEP 234 Qualitative Analysis for Planning and Public Policy (Fall)
- UEP 242 International Planning and Urban Policy (Spring)
- UEP 249-02 Communications and Media (half-credit (second half) Spring)
- UEP 263 Natural Resources Policy and Planning (Spring)
- UEP 264 Green Urban Design (Fall)
- UEP 265 Corporate Management of Environmental Issues (Fall)
- UEP 278 Environmental Justice, Security, and Sustainability (Fall)
- UEP 281 Toxic Chemicals and Human Ecology (Spring)
- UEP 284 Developing Sustainable Communities (Spring)
- UEP 286 Environmental Ethics (Spring)
- UEP 293 Food Justice: Critical Approaches in Policy and Planning (Fall)
- UEP 293-03 Retrofitting Suburbs (half-credit (Fall))
- UEP 294-04 Planning and Urban Design (half-credit (first half) Spring)
- UEP 294-16 Public Health and the Built Environment (Spring 2016)
- UEP 294-22 Advanced GIS (Fall)
Students may substitute other Tufts graduate courses, subject to the approval of the certificate advisor. Course offerings may vary from year to year.