Field Ecology Certificate

Certificate (C)

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The Field Ecology Certificate program provides the student with the training and education necessary to succeed in governmental agency and private businesses/non-profits that provide field ecology services. The students will have the opportunity to learn ecological field methods including identification of flora and fauna, quantitative assessment methods, wetland delineations, regulatory processes, restoration ecology, and geographic information systems. In addition to field methods, students will receive education in general ecological principles.

Career Opportunities 

The Field Ecology Certificate can fulfill the needs of agencies and private businesses/non-profits for entry-level ecological/environmental technicians and field biologists. Entry-level jobs can be found in governmental resource agencies at the federal, state, and local levels and in private environmental consulting businesses and private non-profit environmental organizations. This certificate program will provide advancement opportunities to those currently employed in the environmental and resource professions. In addition to updating of job skills, this certificate will provide new training and education opportunities for returning and continuing students.

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to: 

  • demonstrate the basic principles of ecology particularly in the context of field oriented biology.
  • identify flora and fauna of the region.
  • assess ecosystem evaluation methods and demonstrate competence in ecosystem analysis methodologies.
  • examine the regulatory processes and agencies involved with environmental regulations at the local, state, and federal levels.
  • understand the evolutionary process and its role in ecosystems.