Certificate in Environmental Ethics

Certificate in Environmental Ethics and Requirements

Undergraduate students may attain a twelve credit certificate in environmental ethics to add a valuable credential alongside their major degree. The certificate requires two core ethics courses in the philosophy department and two electives taken from a list of related offerings across campus.

To attain the certificate, a student needs to do the following three things:

  1. Meet with the certificate advisor, Christopher Preston (christopher.preston@umontana.edu) and have him sign an "Add Major/Minor/Option" form for you. 

  2. Take the twelve credits alongside your major degree.

  3. The semester before you plan to graduate, schedule another meeting with the certificate advisor. Bring a copy of the "Application for Graduation Form" to the meeting. This copy of the  form will be in addition to the one you are filling out for your major degree. The certificate advisor will sign the form once he has confirmed the courses you have completed for the certificate.

Grade Requirements

Students must earn a C- (1.67) or better in all courses that count toward the Certificate in Environmental Ethics,

Required Courses

Students must complete the following courses:

  • PHL 112e - Intro to Ethics and Environment and,
  • PHL 311 - Philosophy and the Environmental Crisis or PHL 422 - Environmental Philosophy

Elective Courses

Students must complete two of the following courses (at least one must be at the 400 or 500 level):

  • PHL 210e – Moral Philosophy
  • ENST 225 – Community and Environment
  • ENST 230h – Nature and Society
  • NRSM 265 – Elements of Ecological Restoration
  • NASX 303e - Ecological Perspectives in Native American Traditions
  • NASX 304e - Native American Beliefs/Philosophy
  • Enst 320e - Earth Ethics: Moral Dimensions of Environmental Issues 
  • PHL 323 – Environmental Ethics and Global Climate Change (field course)
  • NRSM 349e - Climate Change Ethics and Policy
  • ENST 367 – Environmental Politics and Policies
  • NRSM 370s - Wildland Conservation Policy & Governance
  • NRSM 373 – Wilderness and Civilization
  • NRSM 389e – Ethics of Forestry and Conservation
  • ENST 410 - TEK of Native People
  • NRSM 426 – Climate and Society
  • ENST 430 - Culture and Agriculture
  • POSCI 442 – Environmental Politics
  • EVST 480 – Food, Justice, and Sustainability
  • ENST 487 – Globalization, Justice, and Environment
  • PTRM 482 – Wilderness and Protected Area Management
  • ENST 489 – Environmental Justice Issues and Solutions
  • PHL 504 - Topics in Environmental Ethics
  • PHL 505 – Issues in the Anthropocene
  • PTRM 582 – Conceptual Foundations of Wilderness & Protected Areas