Curriculum

  • Students graduate from the Earth Institute’s Executive Education Program in Environmental Sustainability by satisfactorily completing 12 courses (120 hours of instruction).
  • Courses are five-weeks long, typically meet one evening per week for two hours and may include weekend workshops.
  • Some courses may include an extra field trip off-campus; when opting for intensive field courses, students spend several days at a field site.
  • Participants are admitted into the Executive Education Program on a competitive basis. Once enrolled, students complete the coursework in as few as 9 months or up to 3 years.
  • Participants must enroll in at least two courses per semester in order to maintain standing. 12 courses are required to complete the Executive Education Program.

Courses are divided into four Categories:

Fundamentals (5 courses required) give participants a foundation in the vocabulary and basic concepts that define the field of environmental sustainability, with a focus on ecology, basic economics and policy, and human ecology. These courses are prerequisite for many of the advanced electives.

Case Studies (3 courses required) allow participants to explore environmental conservation science in depth and examine specific taxa or scientific areas (i.e., Coral Reefs, or Conservation Genetics), habitats (i.e., Forest Ecology) or environmental concerns (i.e., Disease Ecology). International Field experiences are available, mainly in the Caribbean. International Field Experience is optional.

Tools (1 course required) ensure that participants receive practical, hands-on training in applied conservation skills. Offerings include field courses, independent courses, Geographic Information Systems, topography and map reading.

Environmental Policy, Management, and Finance (3 courses required) look at the interaction of human society and the environment, as well as the policy tools available to help promote conservation goals. Topics include — but are not limited to — law, international development, wildlife trade, local conservation and specialized courses in the management of environmental conservation. Business and finance courses focus on corporate practices and financial tools to better manage natural resources and help protect the environment. These courses provide an effective combination of resources and instruments available to the public and private sectors as they move toward environmental sustainability.

 

“The [Executive Education] Program provides an excellent source of basic knowledge about sustainability and the science [behind it]. It also allows the student to select from a range of classes that are of interest so that the program can be geared towards the student’s own goals.”