Graduate Certificate in Forest Carbon Science, Policy and Management
Michigan State University offers a graduate certificate in Forest Carbon Science, Policy and Management. This is the first program of its kind in the U.S., and the knowledge learned can be applied to carbon mitigation projects in different areas such as governments, corporations, and non-government organizations. Lifelong learners as well as students who hold a bachelor’s degree are welcome to apply to this program. Students can be accepted to this program even if they are pursing a degree at a different institution. Individuals from all background will be considered for admission, as long as they have completed a bachelor’s degree in forestry, natural resources, or a related field.
There are four required courses for this program, worth three credits each: Forest Biogeochemistry and Global Climate Change, Human Dimensions of Forest Carbon Management, Forest Carbon Policy, Economics, and Finance, and Measurement and Monitoring of Forest Carbon. Students who may not have experience in forestry may need to substitute certificate courses with additional coursework or an independent study.
Students will learn about elements related to his field such as forest carbon markets, tools needed in this subject (satellite imagery, remote sensing, integrated carbon sequestration models), and how to manage forests for carbon sequestration.
Delivery Format:100% Online
Students must have completed a bachelor’s degree in forestry, natural resources, or a related field.
Accreditation & Licensing
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
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