Certificates of study are similar to minors but are for people who want to return to school for continuing education.

Certificate Requirements

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.

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: Alison O'Dowd, Department Chair

Course #Course TitleUnits
ESM 215Natural Resources and Recreation3
ESM 253Interp Computer Graphics3
ESM 350Fundamentals of Environmental Education and Interpretation3
ESM 351Nat Res Interpretation Field Trip1
ESM 353Interpretative Graphics3
ESM 430Nat Resource Management in Parks3
ESM 450Applied Environmental Education and Interpretation3
Total Units:19

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: Alison O'Dowd, Department Chair

Course #Course TitleUnits
GEOG 106Physical Geography3
ESM 105Natural Resource Conservation3
ESM 210Public Lands Use Policies/Management3
ESM 325Environmental Law & Regulation3
ESM 360NR Planning Methods3
ESM 365Local Government Planning3
ESM 425Environmental Impact Assessment3
Total Units:21


The Geospatial Certificate Program provides foundational concepts and methods in GIS, Remote Sensing, and Cartography that are transferable and relevant across disciplines and industries. Anyone can apply for the geospatial certificate except for existing Humboldt undergraduates who will want to apply for the Geospatial Analysis Minor. This certificate can be completed in one academic year starting in the fall semester.

Contact: Amy Rock 

Course #Course TitleUnits
GSP 101/101LGeospatial Concepts3
GSP 216Introduction to Remote Sensing3
GSP 270Geographic Information Systems3
GSP 316Cartography4
GSP 370Intermediate GIS3
Total Units:16

Advanced Geospatial

The Humboldt Advanced Geospatial Certificate builds on the foundation of the Basic Geospatial Certificate, teaching advanced geospatial methods and techniques, and giving students the skills to create professional maps and advanced remote sensing techniques.  Elective courses allow the student to delver deeper into GIS, cartography, or remote sending or to learn to automate GIS tasks with programming.  The certificate will prepare students for Geospatial Analyst and Geospatial Specialist positions

Contact: Amy Rock

Course #Course TitleUnits
GSP 326Intermediate Remote Sensing3
GSP 330Mobile Mapping3
GSP 426Cartographic Practicum1-4
Plus 6 units to be chosen from:
GSP 318Geospatial Programming3
GSP 416Advanced Cartography4
GSP 470Advanced GIS3
GSP 570Geospatial Modeling4
Total Units:13

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: Alison O'Dowd, Department Chair

Course #Course TitleUnits
ESM 210Public Lands Use Policies/Management3
ESM 325Environmental Law & Regulation3
ESM 360NR Planning Methods3
ECON 423Natural Resource Economics (Econ 423)3
ESM 425Environmental Impact Assessment3

And one course from among the following:

RRS 306Rangeland Resource Principles3
FOR 315Forest Management3
FOR 374Wilderness Area Management3
WLD/PHIL 302Environmental Ethics3
Total Units:18

Graduate Program

The Natural Resources graduate program includes options in Environmental Science & Management (ESM), Forestry, Watershed & Wildland Sciences (FWWS), Wildlife, and Fisheries, and provides graduate training in traditional disciplines, as well as flexibility for training in the interdisciplinary aspects of natural resources.

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