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Certificate in Environmental Geography

The Certificate in Environmental Geography is a one-year programme of study encompassing aspects of physical, human, and environmental geography.  Spatial literacy is an essential knowledge and skill area for environmental careers.  The Certificate introduces candidates to spatial analyses in a variety of contexts, and prepares candidates for geographical positions that require an understanding of the relationships between people and their environment.  Candidates who aim to work in sustainable development, environmental management, and geographical education would benefit from this programme.  Moreover, the Certificate allows all successful candidates to matriculate into the Degree of Geography and/or ENRM. 

PROGRAMME GOALS

• Proficiency in basic digital mapping technologies
• Identifying and interpreting data that can be analysed spatially
• Introductory Earth Science and Social Science data collection techniques and methods
• Creation of a statistical foundation for future study
• Discussion of complex and interconnected social, cultural and political interactions
• Dissemination and communication of research and theory to various stakeholders on geographical and environmental issues
• Achieve the broader entry requirements of the degrees in Geography and ENRM

PROGRAMME OBJECTIVES
1) To afford all persons the opportunity to gain the extensive knowledge and understanding of the major issues and events relating to physical and human environments in the Caribbean region and wider world;

2) To understand how aspects of the environment interrelate to influence the activities of humans and how human activities in turn affect and change the wider physical environment;

3) To promote and develop awareness and understanding of the major concepts, processes, and theories relevant to the physical and human geographical phenomena in the Caribbean;

4) To recognize spatial patterns in Geography and develop the skills to analyse them using tools such as GIS;

5) To practice research skills including the collection, collation and use of geographic data; 6) To extend the knowledge of technologies and geographical techniques, as well as current critical theories in human and physical geography that can be beneficial in assessing social and environmental impacts in SIDS.

PROGRAMME OF STUDY

The programme of study for the Certificate in Environmental Geography is outlined below:

YEAR I

Semester 1

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

GEOG 0101

Natural Environments I: Geomorphology and Fluvial and Coastal Environments

3

GEOG 0102

Population and Settlement Patterns

3

GEOG 0103

Ecology and Natural Resource Conservation

3

GEOG 0104

Environmental Data Analysis

3

Total Credits

12

                                                                                                                                                                                               

YEAR I

Semester 2

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

GEOG 0201

Natural Environments II:  Atmospheric processes, Vegetation, Natural Hazards and

3

GEOG 0202

Economic and Development Controversies

3

GEOG 0203

Land Use and Sustainability

3

GEOG 0204

Introduction to Spatial Data: Modelling and Analysis with GIS

3

Total Credits

12

 

DURATION OF THE PROGRAMME

The period allowed for completion of the Certificate shall normally be one (1) year (2 semesters) or two (2) years part-time.

ADMISSIONS CRITERIA:

To engage in the Certificate in Environmental Geography, you must satisfy the lower-level matriculation requirement of the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the following specific subject requirements:

  • passes in a minimum of five (5) GCE O’Level or CSEC (CXC) General Proficiency Level examination at Grades I, II or since 1998, Grade III, including English Language and Mathematics

  • CSEC Geography

  • Two science subjects, one of which must be Biology or Agricultural Science

  • Minimum 5 years relevant work experience

[Updated: Aril 21]

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