Through an interdisciplinary curriculum and thoughtful place-bound experiences, the Sustainability Certificate provides students with an integrated, contemporary mastery of sustainability that is needed now more than ever across professions and fields of interest.
Live and learn at Lake Tahoe for a semester and join the sustainability movement as an authority in the field. Open to University of Nevada, Reno undergraduate students.
Who should apply?
Undergraduate students interested in spending a semester at Lake Tahoe are invited to apply. Certificate courses meet several core and elective requirements for University of Nevada, Reno students – you can continue progress toward your degree while earning a highly marketable certificate.
Students interested in enrolling in the Sustainability Certificate program for Fall 2024 are encouraged to fill out an interest form.
Students will take three required courses in interdisciplinary sustainability theory.
A required colloquium course invites leaders in the sustainability movement to speak to students throughout the semester. Part of the three-credit colloquium course includes experiential and project-based learning related to the seminars.
Electives in sustainable topics and/or other available units toward their degree will fill the remainder of the student's schedule.
Live at Lake Tahoe
Each semester's cohort of students will live in the dorms on the Wayne L. Prim Campus, less than a mile from the shores of Lake Tahoe. Build lifelong connections with your classmates – all committed to building a sustainable future – while exploring one of the most stunning natural settings in the world.
Events and activities throughout the semester encourage a deep sense of community while inspiring environmental stewardship of the Lake Tahoe Basin and all our planet's most precious natural resources.
An experience of a lifetime
Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountain range provide unending opportunities to explore the natural environment, inspiring your studies in sustainability and environmental stewardship. Experience it all, from world-class skiing and snowboarding to miles of hiking and biking trails, destination-worthy rock climbing, scenic camping, awe-inspiring beaches and a thriving local community full of dining, shopping and activities.
An education that goes beyond the classroom
Put what you're learning in the classroom to practice. Outdoor Education courses (PEX), internships on and off campus as well as scheduled opportunities to volunteer for local environmental organizations are offered throughout the semester.