Program Overview

Michigan State University’s Virtual Watershed Program may be completed for academic credit or a professional certificate. The skills learned in these courses will prepare students for public relations, policy-making, program evaluation, and other skills involved in water resources management. The watershed approach includes three thoughts: stakeholder partnerships are affected by decisions from resource management, management activities should have geographic focus, and science and data should lead management techniques.

The courses students will complete to earn this certificate are Watershed Concepts, Building and Implementing Watershed Management Plans, Watershed Assessment & Tools, and Legal, Financial and Institutional Frameworks for Watershed Management. While the information is better understood if courses are completed in this order, students may take the courses in whatever arrangement they choose. All courses are offered in the spring, summer, and fall semesters.

Topics involved within these courses include partnerships with stakeholders, environmental improvement, pollution prevention, economic sustainability, and management techniques. Students can expect to participate in Webtalk, email, and homework exercises on a weekly basis.

Those who will benefit most from earning this certificate are building officials, developers, teachers, professional planning consultants, environmental attorneys, and drain commissioners. After successfully completing this course, students will earn a Professional Certificate in Watershed Management.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

    School Overview

    Founded in 1855 as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, Michigan State University is the first land-grant university in the country and was originally an agricultural college. In 1861, the university changed its name to the State Agricultural College. Throughout the 20th century, the university experienced a time of great expansion. The then agricultural college began to build programs in education, business, medicine and many other areas of study becoming more than just an agricultural institution. In 1964, the university changed its name to its current designation of Michigan State University. 

    Michigan State University offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level as well as post-secondary certificates from 17 colleges and schools. Select academic programs are offered partially or totally online while others may be completed at off-campus locations across the state of Michigan.


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