Nov 30, 2023  
University of Alberta Calendar 2023-2024 
University of Alberta Calendar 2023-2024

Certificate in Sustainability

The Certificate in Sustainability provides undergraduate students a chance to learn and apply sustainability knowledge, and formal recognition for that knowledge. Students can learn more about the Certificate in Sustainability, enroll, or find contact information on the website of the Sustainability Council at the University of Alberta.

Students may pursue the Certificate in Sustainability by fulfilling existing requirements for their undergraduate degree and by completing the following:

  1. A 3-unit Sustainability Core Course from the preapproved list published by the Sustainability Council.
  2. A 3-unit Sustainability Focused Course from the preapproved list published by the Sustainability Council.
  3. 6 units in Sustainability Related Courses from the preapproved list published by the Sustainability Council.
  4. An integrative project approved by the Sustainability Council Academic Director or designate(s) (see notes 3 and 4)
  5. Attendance at 12 hours of approved sustainability lectures/workshops outside of coursework (see note 7)


  1. A maximum of 3 units from any given course can be used for the certificate.
  2. No more than 6 units of the 12 units may be transfer credits from other postsecondary institutions.
  3. The integrative project allows students to delve deeper into an aspect or application of sustainability, and serves as a ‘capstone’ experience. For the integrative project, a student is required to complete a project that:
    • Applies sustainability tools/frameworks to a topic in their field, OR
    • Applies tools/frameworks from their discipline to a topic in sustainability.

      With the exception of SUST 410 , projects are normally completed outside of a course. For specifics and up-to-date information on the requirements of the integrative project, consult the Sustainability Council Certificate in Sustainability page.
  4. Project presentation. All students that participate in the Certificate will be required to present their integrative project findings in a manner approved by the Sustainability Council Academic Director or designate(s). This requirement may be waived for some SUST 410  projects.
  5. The certificate will be awarded at the time the students earn their undergraduate degree.
  6. No more than two courses (6 units) may overlap with the requirements of another certificate.
  7. Students should see the Sustainability Council website for information on pre-approved sustainability lectures and workshops. Students may also submit outside lectures/presentations for approval (see the Sustainability Council website for more information).
  8. Students should register for the certificate no later than 6 months before their expected graduation and may not be able to be accommodated later than that point.