Upper Iowa University offers a variety of certificate programs designed to provide students an additional method to learn new skills in a specific area. These certificate programs provide an opportunity for you to gain experience in a specific area by successfully completing a cluster of college credit classes. You may also choose to use the courses as part of a degree program.
To pursue a certificate you must complete an application for admission as a non-degree seeking student.
Students accepted into a UIU Certificate Program do not qualify for Federal/State/Institutional Aid. Acceptance into a UIU Certificate Program does not guarantee admission into an Associate’s, Bachelor’s, or Master’s Degree Program.
Students may seek a certificate while working on their degree program. Your academic advisor can assist in coordinating certificate courses as part of your degree program. No additional application or paperwork is necessary to begin working on your certificate. Upon successful completion of all required courses in the certificate, a Certificate Claim Form must be completed. There is a certificate claim fee of $30. Certificates are awarded on the same dates as the established graduation dates published by the Registrar’s Office (see page 15). Certificate completion will not be posted on the transcript.
Financial aid is only available to students who are degree-seeking with UIU and have gone through the standard application and award process. Financial aid is not available to non-degree seeking students pursuing certificates. Certificate courses must also apply to degree requirements to be eligible towards financial aid hours.
As with other course preparation, prerequisite courses represent foundational knowledge the student needs to be most successful. Your academic advisor can assist in the selection of the most appropriate sequence of courses to match your academic preparation.
Upper Iowa University will accept transfer credit towards the certificate, including courses taken at other accredited colleges/ universities (see page 20), experiential learning portfolio credit through UIU, and CLEP (see policies listed on page 21). The amount transferred and applied to the certificate will not exceed nine of the 15 credits (15/16 for GIS) required. A minimum of six semester credits through Upper Iowa University must be completed to earn an Upper Iowa University certificate. If transfer credit is being used for the certificate, an official transcript must be provided.
Sustainability is more than just responsible earth stewardship. In many career fields, as well as in our personal lives and choices, we are challenged to meet the needs of the present population without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Earth’s ecosystems provide air, water, food and shelter necessary to the survival
of humans and other organisms, and the impact of human activities on these systems
is increasingly evident.
Sustainable practices can significantly reduce operational costs by reducing energy usage, conserving process inputs, and reducing costs associated with treatment or disposal of wastes.
The field of sustainability is relatively new and connects to a wide range of career fields such as business administration, organizational and economic development, environmental studies and engineering. The value of a credential in sustainability is increasing rapidly. As more job titles and job descriptions specifically include “sustainability,” more companies and organizations place a higher value on their positive environmental contributions and social impact.
Students will gain an understanding of the theories and concepts related to the key dimensions of sustainability, strategies and techniques used in the public and private sectors and conduct studies of sustainable development and operations.
Courses can be taken by students admitted solely to the certificate program or concurrently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program.
One of the following: