Community Environmental Studies

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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.

Visit the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning

For more information, email certificates@tufts.edu or contact the Faculty Certificate Program Advisor, Barbara Parmenter.

Summary of Consumer Information for Students

Faculty

Mary E. Davis
Department Chair and Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of Florida
Environmental health and economics
Barbara M. Parmenter
Lecturer, Student Affairs Coordinator, and Certificate Program Advisor
Ph.D. , University of Texas at Austin
Geographic Information systems
Julian Agyeman
Professor
Ph.D. , University of London
Sustainability policy and planning, environmental and food justice, intercultural cities
Rachel Bratt
Professor Emerita
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Housing and community development
Christine Cousineau
Lecturer
MArch AS, MCP , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Urban planning and design, green urban design, retrofitting suburbs, community engagement
Laurie Goldman
Lecturer
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Social welfare and housing policy, policy implementation, public and nonprofit management
Justin Hollander
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Rutgers University
Land use planning, urban design, shrinking cities, big data analytics
Robert Hollister
Professor
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
International university civic engagement
Fran Jacobs
Associate Professor
Ed.D. , Harvard University
Child and family policy, program evaluation
James Jennings
Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. , Columbia University
Urban and neighborhood politics, social welfare, community development
Sheldon Krimsky
Professor
Ph.D. , Boston University
Environmental policy and ethics
Penn Loh
Lecturer and Director of the M.P.P. Program and Community Practice
M.S. , University of California, Berkeley
Environmental justice, solidarity and new economy, community organizing
Liat Racin, Lecturer in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University
Liat Racin
Lecturer
Ph.D. , King's College, London
Social geographer and urbanist with particular interests in social policy, ecology, public spaces, and justice
Ann Rappaport
Lecturer
Ph.D. , Tufts University
Environmental management and policy
Portrait of Shomon Shamsuddin.
Shomon Shamsuddin
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Housing policy, education, and community development
Portrait of Sumeeta Srinivasan.
Sumeeta Srinivasan
Lecturer
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Intersection of sustainable development and spatial inequities of access
Jon Witten
Lecturer
J.D. , Suffolk University
Land use planning, local government law, natural resources policy
Weiping Wu
Professor - On Leave
Ph.D. , Rutgers University
International planning and development, urban economic policy, China

Domestic applicants must apply by December 31 for Spring admission, and August 1 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 June 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.

Tuition

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.

Curriculum

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.