Certificate in Environmental Sustainability

NOTE: this certificate has been suspended due to lack of course availability as of Fall 2014

Worldwide industry is responding with green products and processes, while more and more governments and leaders have instituted more stringent environmental policies. As a result, there is an increasing demand for environmental engineers, who will design the technologies to usher in a cleaner environment.

Who is this program recommended for?

Students with an undergraduate degree in some other environmental field, such as biology or chemistry, may have a desire, or a career-based need, to earn this certificate. The program is designed for them as well. It provides an opportunity for them to learn environmental engineering approaches and applications without having to take basic engineering classes.

What will I learn?

  • Microbiology for environmental engineers discusses biological and microbiological principles applied to environmental and sanitary engineering. This would involve bacteriological examinations in the laboratory of water and wastewater.
  • Water chemistry develops the ability to analyze and solve a wide range of chemical equilibrium problems.
  • An introduction to the social and political dimensions of sustainability at local, national, and international scales. Attention is focused on the formulation of strategies to enhance the performance of contemporary systems of production and consumption, building design processes, and urban and regional planning. From the perspective of ecological modernization, the course considers developments in such areas as industrial symbiosis, product-service systems, and corporate environmental and social responsibility, as well as ongoing debates over the balance between efficiency and sufficiency in the pursuit of sustainability.
  • Environmental Impact Analysis deals with physical aspects of the environment. Overview of environmental problems, federal and state standards, methodology for developing impact statements, case studies based on recent experience, basis for assessment and decision making.
  • An introduction to the challenges of sustainable development in the United States and in other countries, influence of sustainable development concepts on environmental decision-making, sustainable development as a paradigm for environmental policy-making.

Why study Environmental Sustainability at NJIT?

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics has identified the 30 fastest growing jobs (CNN, 2006, www.cnn.com/2006/US/Careers/01/26/cb.top.jobs.pay/index.html); topping the list at No. 5 was environmental engineer and No. 10 was hydrologist. These careers will be the ones to usher in the new technology that will give us a cleaner environment.


Completion of a Bachelor’s degree with a overall cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.8 or higher on a 4.0 scale. It is important that students have some context of environmental policy and the history of the environment both here and abroad.

Related Degree Programs

Credential relates in its entirety to NJIT MS in Environmental Engineering or MS in Civil Engineering, and partially toward NJIT MS in Environmental Policy Studies.

Take Note

Check the course descriptions for more information. Some courses have prerequisites and must be taken in order.

Faculty Advisor: Lisa Axe

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