Degree requirements: none
Eligibility: current University of Illinois students or non-degree students
Program length: 2-3 semesters, 9 hours, 3 courses
Format: hybrid
Required course: ACE 255, Economics of Food & Environmental Justice 

There is no Planet B. Empower your potential to be a catalyst for change by engaging in critical conversations that have global impacts. Students enrolled in this certificate can customize their experience by choosing one of four specialty areas of investigation: policy and law, climate change and society, food production systems, and resources and influence.

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Students working in crop fields.

Specializations and Courses

 indicates a pre-requisite course or academic standing requirement for enrollment

* indicates the course satisfies one or more general education requirements

 Policy & Law

  • (Required) ACE 255: Economics of Food & Environmental Justice (required course, 3 credits)
  • Choose two courses from list:
    • ACE 203: Introduction to Public Policy and Law (3 credits, fall)
    • ACE 306: Food Law (3 credits, spring)
    • NRES 424: US Environment, Justice, and Policy
    • NRES 425: Natural Resources Law & Policy (3 credits)
    • CEE 438: Science and Environmental Policy

Climate Change & Society

  • (Required) ACE 255: Economics of Food & Environmental Justice (required course, 3 credits)
  • Choose two courses from list:
    • ABE 232: Context in International Interventions* (3 credits, fall)
    • LEAD 340: Leadership Ethics & Society: Addressing Contemporary Challenges* (3 credits, fall)
    • NRES 105: Climate Change Impacts on Ecological Systems* (3 credits, spring)
    • NRES 224: Social Justice and Environment* (3 credits, fall)
    • NRES 287: Environment & Society* (3 credits, spring)
    • ANTH 278: Climate Change & Civilization* (3 credits, fall)
    • ANTH 209: Food, Culture, and Society* (3 credits, spring/summer)


Food Production Systems

  • (Required) ACE 255: Economics of Food & Environmental Justice (required course, 3 credits)
  • Choose two courses from list:
    • ABE 152: Water in the Global Environment* (3 credits, fall)
    • ANSC 101: Contemporary Animal Issues (3 credits, spring)
    • ANSC 205: World Animal Resources* (3 credits, spring/summer/fall)
    • ANSC 255: Animal Ethics* (3 credits, fall)
    • ANSC 305: Human Animal Interactions* (3 credits, spring/fall)
    • CPSC 116: The Global Food Production Web * (3 credits, spring)
    • HORT 205: Local Food Systems (3 credits, fall)
    • PLPA 200: Plants, Pathogens, and People* (3 credits, spring)


Resources & Influence

  • (Required) ACE 255: Economics of Food & Environmental Justice (required course, 3 credits)
  • Choose two courses from list:
    • ACE 210: Environmental Economics* (3 credits, spring/fall)
    • ACE 251: World Food Economy* (3 credits, spring/fall)
    • ACE 310: Natural Resource Economics (3 credits, fall)
    • AGCM 330: Environmental Communications (3 credits, spring/fall)
    • HDFS 330: Reasoning for Everyday Life (3 credits, fall)
    • ETMA 311: Humanity in the Food Web* (3 credits, spring/fall)

How to Enroll

Not a current student at U of I? Enroll as a non-degree student.

Taking University of Illinois courses as a Non-Degree student is a great way to demonstrate your readiness for a degree program, and to determine if the degree program is the right fit for you.  

  1. Navigate to the Academic Credit Registration for Non Degree-Seeking Students page.
  2. Click the orange button at the bottom of the page to “Review Policies before Registration.”
  3. Click the arrow next to the “Undergraduate Students” text to learn more about the enrollment process.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page. Click the “Proceed to Registration” button.
  5. After reading the statement, click the orange “I understand” button.
  6. Click the text “New Student? Create a login here.”
  7. Enter a Login and Password to setup an account.
  8. Complete the registration process by providing information for the required fields.

Within 2-3 days, you will receive email confirmation of your registration status as a non-degree student. After you receive confirmation of your student status, you can request to enroll in one or more courses.

Already a U of I student?

Express your interest in pursuing a certificate. Once accepted, you will receive an email with further instructions for registration.

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Complete Certificate

Upon completing your required coursework, you will need to submit a completion request for your certificate. 

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Program Contact

Debra Korte
Assistant Dean for Learning Innovation
Debra Korte