Certificate in Green Chemistry & Chemical Stewardship

Explore the Impact of Chemicals on Health and the Environment


Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Class Times: Self-Paced, Days
  • Cost: $2,730

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About this Program

Note: This program will be discontinued after the 2016-2017 academic year. You can take the courses in the program individually; see the course pages for details.

In past decades, most chemicals have been developed with a focus on effectiveness and little regard for their toxicity and impact on human health or the environment. But growing awareness of the detrimental effects of many chemicals has led to a new movement known as green chemistry. 

In this three-course certificate program, we’ll explore the principles of green chemistry — the promotion of chemical products and processes designed to reduce or eliminate the generation of hazardous substances. You’ll examine the connection between chemical toxicity and human health and how it influences material and product decision making. You’ll also learn how to incorporate best practices into a business model that leads to safer, more cost-effective design and production decisions.


Professionals interested in learning and applying the principles of alternative chemistries and green toxicology in their work.

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Video Overview

Paul Anastas, advisory board member for the Certificate in Green Chemistry & Chemical Stewardship, describes the main objectives of this dynamic online program.

Duration: 04:04

what you'll learn

  • The 12 guiding principles of green chemistry
  • Business drivers and barriers to implementing sustainable practices
  • Environmental, economic and societal benefits of green chemistry
  • The latest research and regulatory developments in the field 
  • New tools for chemical design and methods for comparative chemical hazard assessments

Get Hands-On Experience

  • Use cutting-edge chemical hazard assessment tools to address product selection
  • Execute a final project to evaluate a chemical or product within a sustainability framework

Program Overview

Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.

Start Dates

Learning Formats


Courses are offered 100 percent online. The flexible online format allows you to access course content wherever you are, on your own schedule. You simply need to complete assignments by their due dates. Lessons, assignments and other course materials are delivered through a Web-based learning management system, such as Canvas or Moodle, which also serves as a hub for communicating with your instructors and classmates.


Our special blended programs combine the convenience of online study with the vibrancy of in-person classes for a unique learning experience.

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Attend class in person at one of our convenient locations. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. An online learning management system may be required to access some course materials and assignments.

Not available for this program