Natural Resource Management and Sustainable Ecosystems Certificate
Gain a deeper understanding of the impact that population growth and climate change is placing on food supply, resources, and land. Learn to develop policies, use tools, and apply models that ensure stewardship of natural resources and ecosystems for future generations.
Key learning outcomes
- Understand and apply the economics of population growth, poverty and income distribution, market failures, economic valuation, economic incentive instruments, food and water resources, international agricultural markets, fisheries, and wildlife conservation.
- Evaluate environmental ethics of game and wildlife management, natural resource use, water management, biological diversity, fisheries, ocean protection, and agricultural production.
- Leverage scientific research, communication, and modeling techniques, including statistical analysis of ecological and environmental data, and systems dynamics modeling.
- Strategically examine issues related to climate change, human population dynamics, population viability analysis of endangered species, and economic appraisal of projects that affect natural resource.
No application is required. You simply register for graduate courses during our fall, spring, or summer registration periods.
Earning the Certificate
To meet the requirements for the certificate, you must:
- Complete four certificate courses for graduate credit.
- Earn at least a B grade in each course.
- Complete the courses within three years.
The professional graduate certificate in Natural Resource Management and Sustainable Ecosystems requires four courses:
- Skills courses (choose at least 2 courses; you may select up to 4 courses)
- Electives (formerly knowledge courses) (you may select up to 2 courses; however, elective courses are not required for this certificate)
Effective Fall 2017, the Natural Resource Management and Sustainable Ecosystems certificate has a new configuration. Students who started coursework in Summer 2017 or before may choose to use the new configuration or may continue with the previous certificate configuration (i.e., two knowledge courses and two skills courses); students have three years from the date of their first course to complete the certificate.
All students will use the same Certificate Tracker in Online Services, regardless of which configuration they are pursuing.
Courses taken before the 2013–14 academic year do not apply toward this certificate.