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HECUA: Environmental Sustainability

For a program description, sample syllabus, example internships and more please visit HECUA's Environmental Sustainability Progam Page.

Course Schedule:

Environmental Sustainability is offered every FALL semester. The seminars meet:
  • Mondays and Thursdays*
  • 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.*
Each student will also engage in a roughly 20-hour per week internship throughout the semester. The internship schedule will vary according to the organization's needs and the intern's availability.

This is a full-time (16-credit) program and most students do not take additional U of M courses. Students may choose to take additional U of M courses (but must pay U of M per-credit tuition) as long as they do not conflict with the program schedule.

*A few field trips will occur during evenings and weekends throughout the semester. These dates will be available at the start of the semester so you can adjust your schedule accordingly.

Credit Information:

U of M students enroll in four HECUA courses totaling 16 credits:
  • HECU 3591 - Environmental and Climate Justice - 4 credits 
  • HECU 3592 - Ecology and Socio-ecological Systems Change - 4 credits

  • HECU 3593 - Field Research Methods and Investigation - 4 credits 
  • HECU 3594 - Sci, Public Policy, & Cmty Action Internship - 4 credits
This is a full-time program; these courses are taken as an integrated whole and provide 16 semester credits.

It is possible to fulfill major and/or minor requirements through HECUA. (Contact your advisor or the CCEL office for details). If the credits cannot be applied to major/minor requirements, oftentimes students use these HECU 3000-level credits to fulfill "upper-division, outside of major requirements.

Tuition Information:

HECUA students do not pay U of M tuition but instead pay a program fee. The fee for the 16-credit fall semester program (2016) is $8,400. Additional fees may apply. The program fee is billed through your U of M student account.

If you choose to take additional U of M courses, tuition is assessed on a per-credit basis (visit OneStop for current tuition rates).

Financial Aid Information:

Students enrolled in HECUA may receive financial aid. To learn what you may qualify for, contact Amanda Temple in the Office for Student Finance.

There are several scholarships available through HECUA. CLA students enrolled in a HECUA internship may also apply for the CLA Internship Scholarship. CEHD students enrolled in a HECUA internship may apply for the CEHD Internship Grant.

Want to Participate?

Learn about the application process for U of M students here.

Still Have Questions?

Make an appointment with our HECUA advisor.