At the May 7, 2018, University Senate meeting, the Faculty approved three new undergraduate certificate programs. Undergraduate certificate programs offer our students a convenient and flexible way to earn credentials for career advancement. All are cross-disciplinary clusters of courses integrated in a way that identifies a set of skills or knowledge that carry college credit and is applied to a student’s undergraduate degree program.
- Food Systems and Hunger Studies, CAFE
This 12 credit hour Certificate in Food Systems and Hunger Studies provides students with a cross-disciplinary approach to understanding the impact of food systems on food security, hunger, and the overall health and wellness of a community. Through structured experiential learning opportunities, students will apply knowledge of food systems and the environment to develop and implement evidence-based strategies to end hunger in both the United States and globally. The Certificate in Food Systems and Hunger Studies will complement numerous majors and minors offered on campus, but through a multidisciplinary approach and structured experiential learning opportunities tailored towards the interests and professional goals of the student. Students completing the certificate will have the basic knowledge and skills to provide thoughtful and impactful strategies to promote a sustainable food system and fight hunger and related issues.
Faculty director: Dr. Tammy J. Stephenson, Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, CAFE (email@example.com)
- Medical Behavioral Science, College of Medicine
This certificate is designed to provide students with an in‐depth study of Medical Behavioral Science concepts; offer experiential learning activities such as conducting health needs assessments and taking part in supervised shadowing placements; and prepare students for successfully managing the both the intellectual and interpersonal demands of medical training. The program’s course objectives are aligned with the new Behavioral Science section of the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and with Introduction to Clinical Medicine, the University of Kentucky’s mandatory Behavioral Science course for first‐year medical students. Certificate students will receive tailored, supplementary advising about how to use certificate program experiences to enhance their medical school applications from the certificate program director.
Faculty Director: Dr. Claire D. Clark, Department of Behavioral Science, College of Medicine (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Production Engineering, College of Engineering
The Production Engineering Certificate (PEC) encompasses development of students’ experiences and knowledge, and the application of engineering and scientific principles, in automotive manufacturing. It enhances capstone senior design projects, promotes student understanding of key automotive production processes, and involves students in capstone projects that develop knowledge of problems in and potential solutions for automotive production process design. Design projects within the Core Courses are developed through proposals from industry or an engineering organization. The Core Courses also include a Lean Operations Management requirement in which the students will learn and experience the principles within effective and efficient planning and implementation for industrial production. The Elective Courses include three operation-based aspects vitally important in automotive manufacturing, including automotive painting, body welding and automotive powertrain. The PEC certificate will be affiliated with the undergraduate degree programs in the Departments of Chemical & Materials Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.
Faculty Director: Dr. Nelson Akafuah, Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering (email@example.com)
Currently enrolled students may declare their intent to complete a certificate program at any time. To do so, they should contact the Student Services or Advising Office where their primary major is housed, but they are not required to see an advisor in their college before adding the certificate. This is the same process a student would follow to add a second program of study to their record. Please encourage students to contact the Certificate Faculty Director as soon as possible to assure their success in the program.