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The Environmental Science and Management Department offers certificates in the following disciplines: Environmental Education and Interpretation, Natural Resource Policy and Administration, and Environmental Planning, Geospatial Sciences.

Certificates of study are similar to minors, but are for people who want to return to school for continuing or specialized education in a very specific topic. Although not the same as a credential or a license, a certificate of study is valuable to people who may already have an undergraduate degree (not required), but would like to enhance their skills. Pursuing a certificate may also benefit you if you are already employed but seeking advancement in your organization or a career change.

Certificate in Environmental Education and Interpretation


Students acquire the basic skills needed for careers in environmental education, natural resources interpretation, and public information. This certificate can be completed in one academic year starting in the fall semester. Contact Department Chair, Dr. Steve Martin.

Course # Course Title Units
EMP 215 Natural Resources and Recreation 3
EMP 253 Interp Computer Graphics 3
EMP 350 Fundamentals of Environmental Education and Interpretation 3
EMP 351 Nat Res Interpretation Field Trip 1
EMP 353 Interpretative Graphics 3
EMP 430 Nat Resource Management in Parks 3
EMP 450 Applied Environmental Education and Interpretation 3
Total Units: 19

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Certificate in Natural Resource Policy and Administration

This certificate prepares the student to assume positions at advance managerial levels in agencies and corporations that are responsible for the management of natural resources. Contact Dr. Steven R. Martin, Department Chair.

Course # Course Title Units
EMP 210 Public Lands Use Policies/Management 3
EMP 325 Environmental Law & Regulation 3
EMP 360 NR Planning Methods 3
ECON 423 Natural Resource Economics (Econ 423) 3
EMP 425 Environmental Impact Assessment 3
And one course from among the following:
RRS 306 Rangeland Resource Principles 3
FOR 315 Forest Management 3
FOR 374 Wilderness Area Management 3
WLD/PHIL 302 Environmental Ethics 3
Total Units: 18

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Certificate in Environmental & Natural Resources Planning


This certificate provides the student with an overview of the planning process to prepare him/her to participate effectively in multidisciplinary planning activities. Contact: Dr. Yvonne Everett or Department Chair.

Course # Course Title Units
GEOG 106 Physical Geography 3
EMP 105 Natural Resource Conservation 3
EMP 210 Public Lands Use Policies/Management 3
EMP 325 Environmental Law & Regulation 3
EMP 360 NR Planning Methods 3
EMP 365 Local Government Planning 3
EMP 425 Environmental Impact Assessment 3
Total Units: 21

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