Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development

Degree: Cert Programs

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The University of Georgia offers a certificate in conservation ecology and sustainable development through the Institute of Ecology. Students who earn this certificate will receive interdisciplinary preparation to handle the unique, multi-disciplinary problems associated with working in the area of conservation and sustainable development. Students in the natural sciences will add a social science perspective to their understanding of the ecology of development, and students in the social sciences will learn ecological principles so that their decisions can be grounded in biological fact.


Eugene P. Odum School of Ecology

Athens, GA
Phone: 706/

Academic Department

Athens, GA
Phone: 706/


Graduate Coordinator


The graduate certificate program requires a student to complete at least 20 hours of credit. The program of study must include four core courses: ECOL 6080, Principles of Conservation and Sustainable Development I (4 hrs.); ECOL 6140, Principles of Conservation and Sustainable Development II (3 hrs.); a seminar elective in conservation and sustainable development (2-3 hrs.); and ECOL 8400, Perspectives on Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development (1 hr., repeated two times). The remaining hours of credit (at least 10) will be made up by elective courses selected from a list of approved courses. One or more of these courses may jointly fulfill the requirements in the graduate degree program of their department or school. The graduate student and his/her advisor in the student's academic department plan the program of study to fulfill the requirements of the certificate program.

Any graduate student in a natural science or a social science degree program at the University of Georgia is eligible to apply for admission to the certificate program. Application to the program should be made by filling out an application form available from the Ecology Graduate Program Office (Room 140, Ecology Building). Applications may be received and acted upon at any time.

For more information about the program, contact the graduate coordinator in the Institute of Ecology, Ecology Building, (706) 542-3404; e-mail:; web site:



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