The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's earth resources certificate provides non-geology majors with core science, policy and communication skills to better understand complex environmental issues involving mineral and water extraction and usage.
Administered by the geology department, the earth resources certificate is made up of core classes in vegetation ecology, earth resources and sustainability, and water resources, as well as two elective courses related to communication, policy and ethics. This certificate is ideal for business, communication, economics, geography, journalism, political science or public relations majors who might need to communicate with scientists, engineers, politicians and advocacy groups about environmental issues.
Countless learning opportunities. While pursuing your certificate in earth resources, you'll have access to endless learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. Join the Conservation Club, participate in field studies or join a student-faculty research project.
Personalized, diverse studies. The earth resources certificate is made up of courses — many chosen by you — from a wide range of disciplines, including biology, geology, communication and journalism, economics, environmental studies, geography and philosophy. This flexibility allows you to tailor your certificate and focus on your specific interests. It also allows you to learn about a variety of subjects from an array of faculty members, each with different backgrounds and areas of expertise.
In your pursuit of the Earth resources certificate, you will examine environmental problems through the lens of multiple disciplines. You will use mathematics and computational methods to analyze scientific and geological data, but you will also read, write and critically evaluate geological papers. Through this well-rounded approach, your understanding of Earth's resources — combined with the ability to communicate about them — will make you a strong advocate for the environment around you.
What classes do earth resources students take?
Your classes may cover topics like:
- Earth resources and sustainability
- Environmental ethics
- U.S. environmental and sustainability policy
- Human communication
- Vegetation ecology
Learn more about the earth resources certificate in the UWEC course catalog.
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