Certificate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences are designed for students and working professionals alike to pursue specific, career-advancing topics that will prepare you with skills, knowledge and experiences. Each certificate program will have its own requirements, with some even being available for post-high school diploma or post-baccalaureate students who are not currently attending Ohio State.

Available Certificates

Advanced Chemistry Knowledge for Educators

This certificate consists of a total of 18 credit hours distributed across four online courses. It is designed to enhance the skills of high school teachers, or those interested in becoming high school teachers, and provides accreditation to teach College Credit Plus chemistry courses.  

Open to post-baccalaureate students seeking to earn a graduate credential

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Computational Analysis of Language

This certificate will train students in basic concepts and methods of computational linguistics. It will introduce students to various tasks involved when computers process human speech and text, including speech recognition, text-to-speech conversion, machine translation (automatic translation of text from one human language to another), automated text analysis (e.g. question detection) and natural language generation (e.g. converting data tables into human language).

Open to any current Ohio State undergraduate student and anyone with a bachelor's degree

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The certificate in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is an interdisciplinary curricular program designed to provide participants with the understanding, knowledge and skills to navigate increasingly diverse social environments and promote equity in the process.

This is a 12-credit undergraduate certificate open to:

  • Degree-seeking undergraduate students at Ohio State
  • Anyone with a bachelor's degree

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Essential Skills for Travel and Business in Russia

This program provides students with basic communicative skills to satisfy needs in a limited number of everyday travel and business situations, as well as cultural competency to better navigate interactions in Russia. The certificate is ideal to those traveling to Russian for extended business dealings, or for those who want to take extended tourism trips to Russia.

The certificate consists of four courses, all 100% online.

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Food, Culture and Society

The certificate in Food, Culture and Society is an interdisciplinary certificate that combines courses offered across the College of the Arts and Sciences to serve a growing interest in the cultural, historical and social meaning of food in the United States and around the globe.

This is a 12-credit hour undergraduate certificate.

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Forensic Anthropology

This certificate introduces students to the methods, practices and ethical considerations surrounding osteological and bioarchaeological analyses as they pertain to forensic enquiry. Emphasis is on a hands-on approach to the field, with core classes structured around applied teaching with real human remains and a replica excavation.

Open to any current Ohio State undergraduate student and any post-high school diploma student

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Geographic Information Science and Technology

This graduate certificate program provides students in various disciplines with training in geographic information science and technology (GIS&T). By completing this program, students will develop their methodological and technical skills  in mapping, spatial analysis, remote sensing, and geospatial data analytics that will help them advance their research and career.

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Health Communication

Upon completion of this certificate, students will be prepared to:

  1. Identify and apply health communication theories and concepts to the design and execution of health communication messages for diverse audiences.
  2. Evaluate health communication messages and interventions through the integration of communication knowledge and practice.
  3. Demonstrate interpersonal communication competency across varying modalities and healthcare settings.

Open to any current Ohio State undergraduate student

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Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine

This graduate certificate program provides students in various disciplines and professions with training in Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine (HP/BM). By completing this program, students will have understandings of the psychological and biobehavioral aspects of stress and its relationship to health and disease processes, age-related changes in primary organ systems of the body and the psychological and biobehavioral changes associated with aging, and the interaction of psychological, behavioral and biological factors relevant to the prevention, control and progression of primary causes of disability and death, e.g., cancer, cardiovascular disease. 

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Hydrogeology

This certificate will provide undergraduate and graduate students with a competitive advantage in beginning a career in the hydrologeological fields or pursuing entrance into a graduate degree program in fields related to hydrogeology. It is designed to enhance both critical thinking and the technical skills necessary for practicing hydrogeology.

Open to any current Ohio State undergraduate or graduate student, anyone with a bachelor’s degree and also available as a standalone graduate program

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Marine Science

This certificate will provide undergraduate and graduate students with a competitive advantage in pursuing careers in marine science in the private and public sectors or pursuing entrance into a graduate degree program in marine science. It is designed to enhance both critical thinking and the technical skills in marine science.

Open to any current Ohio State undergraduate or graduate student and also available as a standalone graduate program

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Medical Anthropology

Course work for the certificate emphasizes how anthropological theories and methods are critical to tackling pressing 21st century health challenges and asks students to confront the complex ways in which social, political and economic forces shape health, influence how people experience illness, and guide how healthcare services are provided.

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Natural History Museum Curation

This certificate will prepare undergraduate and graduate students for employment as a museum curator or curatorial assistant. It is designed to provide both disciplinary expertise and curatorial training in museum curation. 

Open to any current Ohio State undergraduate or graduate student, anyone with a bachelor’s degree and also available as a standalone graduate program

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Petroleum Geology

This certificate will provide undergraduate and graduate students with a competitive advantage in beginning a career in the oil and gas industry or pursuing entrance into a graduate degree program within the field of petroleum geoscience. It is designed to enhance both critical thinking and the technical skills necessary for practicing petroleum geoscience.

Open to any current Ohio State undergraduate or graduate student, anyone with a bachelor’s degree and also available as a standalone graduate program

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Planetary Science

This certificate will prepare undergraduate students to continue in the field of planetary science or planetary exploration. It is designed to enhance both critical thinking and the technical skills necessary for practicing planetary science.

Open to any current Ohio State undergraduate

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Science and Environmental Communication

Upon completion of this certificate, students will be prepared to:

  1. Identify and apply communication theories to the design, execution and evaluation of effective communication about science, environmental and sustainability topics to organizational stakeholders and the general public.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to engage in clear, persuasive and professional strategic communication about science, the environment and sustainability across a range of modalities (i.e. written, spoken, online, etc.,) and team, organizational and public settings.
  3. Enhance the ability to solve problems within science, environment and sustainability fields through the interdisciplinary integration of communication knowledge and practice.

Open to any current Ohio State undergraduate student

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Translation and Interpretation

The need for interpreters and translators isn’t going away. Globalization and a population surge in non-English-speaking people in the United States is slated to drive employment growth — as much as 19% through 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Through the Translation and Interpretation certificate program, you can specialize in one of three areas: professional translation, literary translation and community interpretation. You’ll be able to apply your skills by working with government agencies, schools, courts and community partners as part of a practicum. And when you complete the program, you’ll be able to serve your community in ways we haven’t done before.

This certification is open to any current Ohio State undergraduate student pursuing a major or minor in a world language.

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