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NREE Curriculum


Natural Resources and Environmental Education certificate requirements

The NREE graduate certificate program consists of three components:

  • Foundation courses emphasizing the practice of environmental education and interpretation (6 cr.)
  • Breadth courses providing exposure to the range of topics that might be included in an environmental/natural resource education or interpretive program (7 cr.)
  • A capstone experience that demonstrates understanding and application of concepts and practices learned through the program (3 cr.)

I.  Foundation Courses:

Complete two courses from among the following:

  • [ENVS 6600, Advanced Natural Resource Interpretation (3 cr.)]
  • [ENVS 6610, Foundations of Environmental Education (3 cr.)]
  • [ENVS 6620, Applications of Environmental Education (4 cr.)]

II. Breadth Courses:

  • Complete a 1-credit departmental seminar course (e.g., ENVS 6800, WATS 6800, WILD 6800), or attend an off-campus workshop or symposium that provides equivalent exposure to topics in contemporary natural resource and/or environmental science and management.
  • Complete one (1) environmental science and management course from among the following (*indicates online course):
    • ENVS 6400, Ecological Aspects of Recreation
    • NR 6570, Ecological Foundations of Natural Resources*
    • WATS 6650, Principles of Fisheries Management*
    • WILD 6400, Ecology of Animal Populations*
    • WILD 7000, Theory and Applications of Wildland Ecosystem Management
  • Complete one (1) human-environment interactions course from among the following (*indicates online course):
    • ENVS 6000, Theoretical Foundations of Human Dimensions of Ecosystem Science and Management
    • ENVS 6010, Applying Human Dimensions Concepts to Natural Resource Management*
    • ENVS 6110, Human Dimensions of Wildlife Management*
    • ENVS 6310, Introduction to Environmental Laws and Policy*
    • ENVS 6580, Sustainable Nature-Based Tourism*
    • GEOG 6600, Theory and Practice of Development

III. Capstone Experience

An approved capstone experience, developed by the graduate student along with a faculty advisor, should demonstrate understanding of, and ability to apply, ideas and techniques of natural resources and environmental education.  The experience can be gained in a number of ways, depending on each student's interest, such as:
An internship with a public or nonprofit group that focuses on natural resources or environmental education
A directed readings course that entails in-depth investigation of a topic of interest and relevance
A research project focused on a natural resource or environmental education theme
Development of interpretive or educational materials for use by an organization

Students should enroll in an appropriate 3-credit course to earn credit for the capstone experience.  Examples of courses include: ENVS 6240, Graduate Internship/Co-op, ENVS 6910, Directed Study; or NR 6600, Natural Resources Integrative Experience.

Student Advisement

Graduate students accepted into the NREE Certificate Program will work with their major faculty advisor as well as a member of the NREE Certificate Advisory Committee to meet the requirements of the NREE Certificate Advisory Committee.