University of Vermont

2013-2014 Catalogue

Ecological Economics (Certificate of Graduate Study)


Ecological Economics is a transdisciplinary field that examines the relationships between ecological and economic systems while working to solve humanity's current environmental challenges. It is based on the understanding that the economy is a subsystem of a larger ecological life support system, and it strives to create an ecologically sustainable, socially equitable, and economically efficient future. The certificate is a problem-based, interdisciplinary program focused on developing a practical framework for integrating economic and ecological systems. Students will acquire a theoretical and pragmatic basis to carry these skills into the world of practice.

Specific Requirements

Students may earn the certificate either in conjunction with a UVM master’s or doctoral degree, or independent of a degree.

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Ecological Economics requires fifteen credits, including three core courses and two approved electives, one in each of two different competency areas. Students must demonstrate competency in four areas: Natural Science, Social Science, Management, and Quantitative Methods. Two of the competencies (six credits) are taken as electives through certificate course work at UVM. The remaining two competencies are typically demonstrated as prerequisites prior to enrolling in the certificate by appropriate graduate course work at UVM or elsewhere, or by life experience. If prerequisites are not met prior to application, a student may be provisionally admitted with the understanding that the prerequisite(s) be taken at UVM prior to completion of the certificate.

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Ecological Economics requires fifteen graduate credits that must be taken at UVM and are distributed as follows*:

  • Three core courses (nine credits total)
    • NR 341 - Ecological Economics Theory
    • NR 385 - Ecological Economics Methods
      • or PA 308 - Decision Making Models
    • NR 385 - Ecological Economics Practice (various course titles)
  • Elective courses that meet the competencies include but are not limited to:
    • Natural Science
    • Social Science
      • CDAE 354 - Advanced Microeconomics
      • FS 345 - Food Systems, Society and Policy
      • NR 377 - Land Use Policy and Economics
      • PA 311 - Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation
    • Management
      • BSAD 307 - Organization and Management Studies
      • NR 378 - Land Conservation: Science and Practice
      • PA 317 - Systems Analysis and Strategic Management
      • TRC 312 - Critical Issues in Transportation
    • Quantitative Methods
      • CDAE 250 - Applied Research Methods
      • NR 242 - Advanced Geospatial Techniques
      • NR 285 - Community Participative Research
      • STAT 211 - Statistical Methods I

    * These credits may be earned either in conjunction with or independent of a UVM graduate degree program.

    More information on the Certificate is available from the Gund Institute Link out of catalogue site. website.