Arizona State University
University Senate

Senate Motion #2018-16


Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee, Caroline Harrison, Chair

Date of First Reading: October 30, 2017

Date of Second Reading: November 27, 2017

Title of Motion: Request from the School of Sustainability- for the establishment of a graduate certificate –Environmental and Sustainability Economics

Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.   

Rationale: The purpose of this graduate certificate is to provide focused training in the economic theory and methodological tools of environmental and resource economics (ERE). ERE provides a conceptual frame and a powerful modeling and empirical toolbox to examine human-environment interactions and their associated tradeoffs. It provides an approach to evaluate the consequences and social benefits and costs of changes to markets and environmental policies. The target audience for this certificate is MA/MS/PhD students in fields with a sustainability or environmental science or policy focus – including (but not limited to) Sustainability, Public Affairs, Biology, Environmental Social Science, Applied Mathematics, and Agribusiness – for whom training in ERE may be complementary to their research interests or career development. The certificate can further the career objectives of students seeking employment in government, non-governmental organizations, consulting companies, academia and the private sector.

There is currently no comparable certificate program at ASU. 



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