Program Rates and Logistics

Certificate Course Registration and Tuition Rates

You may add or drop courses at any point during the semester by contacting EICES directly at djb2104@columbia.edu.

EICES Certificate courses are $800 for each 10-hour module during the 2013-2014 Academic Year.

There is also a one-time $105 transcript fee associated with the creation of all new student accounts at Columbia.

Field courses may include other non-tuition costs such as room and board.

The Certificate Program is a non credit-bearing program and therefore does not qualify for federal student loans or university financial aid.

Independent Study Projects (ENVB 0400)

An independent study course may be proposed and, depending on the research topic, replace one course in any course category (except Science Fundamentals). The proposed course needs to be approved by and completed with a faculty adviser.  This course is treated as directed readings-style enrollment with no scheduled class meetings but guided by the adviser.  Regular tuition charges apply.  To begin an independent study, ENVB 0400: Project in Conservation, please contact EICES at djb2104@columbia.edu.

Program Progress and Graduation

Columbia University’s Certificate in Conservation and Environmental Sustainability is awarded to those who satisfactorily complete 12 modules (comprising 120 hours of instruction) in the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation’s program.  Once enrolled, you can complete the coursework in as few as nine months or up to three years.  You must enroll in at least two courses per semester in order to maintain standing and complete the program within three years.

Student Account and Billing Information

Columbia University does not issue paper bills – statements are only available online via your Student Services Online (SSOL) account.  More information regarding billing and payments is available online at: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/sfs/docs/billing/index.html 

UNI Information
- Your UNI is your unique identification within Columbia University.  To activate your UNI please visit:  https://www1.columbia.edu/sec/acis/manageaccount/agree1.html.
- You use your UNI to log in to all online resources.  Your UNI also represents your Columbia University e-mail address (see below for more information).
- Your UNI also allows you to obtain a Columbia Student ID (CUID) card, which provides access to the libraries on campus.  Please visit the Student ID Center (http://www.columbia.edu/cu/id/) in 204 Kent Hall to obtain your ID card.E-Mail Information
- Your Columbia University e-mail address is your uni@columbia.edu (example: abc1234@columbia.edu).
- Your University e-mail account can be accessed through the CubMail system at: https://cubmail.cc.columbia.edu/horde/imp/login.php.
- All correspondence from EICES will be sent to your UNI e-mail address.  You are responsible for checking your CubMail account often for the most up-to-date information on classes and events.
- If you prefer, you may also set up e-mail forwarding that allows your CubMail to be forwarded to a personal e-mail account.  To change this setting you may visit http://uni.columbia.edu/, click ‘Login to Manage Your UNI Account.’

Courseworks
- Courseworks is Columbia’s online course companion where you can access course materials such as assignments and readings.
- Login to Courseworks at: https://courseworks.columbia.edu/ using your activated UNI and password.

Student Services Online (SSOL)
- SSOL is an online resource used for registration, billing, and grades.
- Login to SSOL at: https://ssol.columbia.edu/ using your activated UNI and password.
- Your bill is available through SSOL and will reflect the cost of the classes for which you are registered, as well as any other relevant fees assessed by Columbia University, such as transcript fee.
- Columbia University does not issue paper bills.  Statements are only available online via your SSOL account.
- Late payment fees may be issued to students who do not pay their bill before the listed due date.  Such fees are assessed via your SSOL account.
- EICES does not directly handle student account billing issues for the Certificate program.  Payments and inquiries about your account must be made to Student Financial Services (212-854-4400, 205 Kent Hall) in person or online via SSOL.  More information regarding billing and payments is available at: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/sfs/docs/billing/index.html.
- Course grades are listed in SSOL under ‘Grades’.