Peace, Justice and Ecology (formerly Environmental Studies)

Interdisciplinary Minor

The peace, justice, and ecology minor, housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, is an interdisciplinary program for students seeking a broad learning experience in human-ecological interactions, bio-cultural diversity, and strategies to foster social justice, peace, and environmental sustainability from a holistic perspective. The peace, justice, and ecology studies minor offers students the opportunity to examine themes of ecological adaptation and sustainability as well as environmental health and human rights in local, cross-cultural, and global contexts, and to apply scientific, philosophical, and ethical reasoning to real-world problems.

Environmental Science

Interdisciplinary Minor

The minor in environmental science enables students to receive a broad background both in the sciences and in the application of scientific principles to environmental problems.

* Students may pursue a major in environmental science through an Individually Designed Major. For more information about Individually Designed Majors contact Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Catherine Danielou, at, or call (205) 934-5643.


Certificate Programs

Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

For undergraduate or graduate students in Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, the College of Engineering offers Category A Certificates in the following areas:

Service Learning

Service learning is a method of learning that links course objectives with meaningful community service experiences. Students gain direct experience with issues they are studying, and work to analyze and solve problems in their communities. Service learning benefits students by enhancing their understanding of concepts learned in the classroom, promoting personal identity, fostering the development of civic responsibility, and giving them the opportunity to work with diverse populations in a “real world” setting. The community organizations benefits from the relationships formed and the services the students contribute in response to community needs. Service learning models the idea that giving back to the community is an important college experience, and that working with community organizations is good preparation for citizenship.

Both service learning and sustainability are areas of innovation in higher education that share a commitment to place, community engagement, and high impact learning. Service learning explores ideas about sustaining the places we live and work, and striving for good quality of life for all present and future members of the community.

UAB Service Learning connects UAB students, faculty, and community nonprofit partners together to enrich student academic learning, promote civic engagement, and strengthen and support our local and global communities.