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Courses

The Sustainable Environmental Planning and Management Online Graduate Certificate is comprised of four required courses (12-credits in total) that are offered in the semesters listed.

Spring Summer Fall
NRE 5200 – Sustainable Natural Resources Management 8/28 – 12/17/17
NRE 5205 – Decision Methods in Natural Resources and the Environment 1/17 – 4/28/17
NRE 5210 – Communications for Environmental Decision Makers 5/30 – 6/30/17
NRE 5220 – Environmental Planning for Sustainable Communities and Regions 8/28 – 12/17/17
NRE 5585 – Geospatial Data Processing Techniques 8/28 – 12/17/17

Core Courses:


NRE 5200 – Sustainable Natural Resources Management (3-credits, Fall)

This course integrates natural resources within a broader, social-ecological systems context, introduces some of the central topics in social-ecological systems theory, research, and practice, and provides the basis for understanding and evaluating sustainable natural resource management. The first component explores relationships between social, ecological, economic, and policy systems, with a focus on ecosystem services and human well-being and livelihoods. The second component introduces systems theory for understanding disturbance, feedbacks, thresholds, directional change, and adaptation and resilience in social-ecological systems. The third component includes applied case studies on sustainable agriculture, fisheries, forestry, freshwater, marine, water, and wildlife resources.

NRE 5220 – Environmental Planning for Sustainable Communities and Regions (3-credits, Fall)

This course integrates environmental planning within a broader, decision making and social-ecological systems contexts, introduces some of the central topics in environmental planning theory, research, and practice, and provides the basis for understanding and evaluating sustainable environmental planning and management. The first component explores principles of environmental planning, including the legal, economic, ethical, and ecological foundations of planning. The second component includes applied case studies of environmental planning for human health, natural areas, working landscapes, and built environments.

Choose two of the following three elective courses:


NRE 5205 – Decision Methods in Natural Resources and the Environment (3-credits, Spring)

This course presents aspects of decision making for individuals, organizations, and institutions, introduces some of the central topics in decision making theory, research, and practice, and provides the basis for understanding decision processes in natural resource management. The first component explores frameworks for decision making, including structured decision making, adaptive resource management, and organizational learning. The second component addresses tools and techniques for managing risk and uncertainty, including model-based and experience-based approaches to link alternative actions and consequences, tradeoffs and optimizations approaches, and monitoring and evaluating outcomes.

NRE 5210 – Communications for Environmental Decision Makers (3-credits, Summer Session 1)

This course presents methods and techniques for effective communication with diverse audiences using written, spoken, and digital media. Central concepts and topics include conflict resolution, crisis situations, persuasion, negotiation, marketing and advocacy.

NRE 5585 – Geospacial Data Processing Techniques (3-credits, Fall)

In this course, students will learn to develop custom tools that automate and enhance the capabilities of ArcGIS using Python scripting. Python is a powerful but relatively easy-to-learn programming language that is ideal for GIS professionals. The course will cover using Python with ArcGIS, Microsoft Excel, and other applications. This will be a hands-on course with practical sessions and demonstrations incorporated into the lectures. Students will work toward a final project that will demonstrate their proficiency in Python scripting. Students are expected to be familiar with ArcGIS before the start of the course but no prior programming experience is needed.