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Frequently Asked Questions


Question:  What is the difference between taking NEPA courses for graduate credit or graduate continuing education units?

The NEPA Graduate Certificate can be earned by taking either 12 graduate credits or 18 graduate continuing education units.  The work load expectations for either avenue is the same and results in the student being awarded the NEPA Graduate Certificate.  The only difference is that students who also want to appy their NEPA courses toward a graduate degree (i.e., an M.A., M.S., MNR, or Ph.D. degree) must take the courses for graduate credit and pay for those credits according to Utah State University's graduate tuition schedule.

Question: How much does the NEPA Certificate program cost?

For NEPA Certificate-only students earning continuing education units:

$5810/individual for those willing to pay the cost of the entire program in one lump sum.  Payment would be due prior to attending the first course in the program.

or

Students may make four payments of $1,565 (total $6,260), paying for the courses as they take them by paying for each week a course is taken. Payment would be due prior to the first day of class for the weeks students are enrolled. A $450 processing fee is included in this amount, increasing the total cost of the program to $6,260.

For degree-seeking NEPA Certificate students receiving graduate academic credit:

This option includes the cost of 12 units of USU resident graduate tuition under the tuition schedule in effect at the time students register for their first class.  Students are allowed to pay up front (or in installments) for the entire 12-unit program but they can take te courses over time.  Costs for the current 2016-2017 academic year are:

$6,880/individual for those willing to pay the cost of the entire program in one lump sum.  Payment would be due prior to attending the first course in the program.

The above prices include the cost of course fees, tuition, and all course materials.

Question: How long do I have to complete the program?

Five years. Participants have five years to complete the program, beginning the semester they take their first course(s). However, we recommend that you try to complete the program within two years. The courses are designed to build upon each other, and if a participant waits too long between the courses, information can be forgotten.

Question: How do I enroll in the program? 

Send a completed NEPA Certificate Program application form with transcript documenting the completion of a bachelor's degree to: 
Dr. Lisa Welsh 
NEPA Certificate Program
Department of Environment & Society
5215 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-5215
Email:  lisa.welsh@usu.edu

Question: What are the requirements of the program?

Program participants are required to take a total of 8 courses:

- 4 required core courses; 
- 3 elective courses; 
- a capstone course. 

Participants completing the program will earn a total of 12-graduate level credits or 18-continuing education units. For course descriptions, see NEPA Curriculum.

Question: Who should participate in this program?

Anybody interested in working for federal, state, or local government agencies, or private consulting firms doing environmental analysis and compliance with environmental laws.

Government agencies, private businesses, public interest organizations, and other groups involved in the NEPA process need individuals who have been trained in decision-making, analysis, and documentation aspects of NEPA, as well as the accompanying Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations and various agencies’ NEPA implementing procedures.