2022-2023

Fire Ecology and Management, Undergraduate Certificate

Forestry

College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

This undergraduate certificate is designed to provide a strong background for students and working fire professionals interested in studying fire or working in natural resources on fire management and general land management issues.

  • To receive an undergraduate certificate (at least 15 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.

    Please be aware that federal financial aid is not available for some certificates, if the certificate is pursued and completed as a stand-alone certificate (i.e., not completed concurrently with a degree program). See the "Details" tab for additional information.

In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that students may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 15
Major GPA 2.0

Purpose Statement

This undergraduate certificate is designed to provide a strong background for students and working fire professionals interested in studying fire or working in natural resources on fire management and general land management issues.

The content studied includes the basics physical and chemical properties of fire, fire effects on ecoystems, management issues surrounding wildland fire, fire behavior modeling and monitoring and the interaction of climate, fire regimes and management.  Skills developed include developing and implementing a monitoring program related to fire effects, the use of several different fire behavior and fire effects models, writing a fuels specialist report and a fire monitoring plan.  Professionals in the field of fire behavior, fire ecology and fire management will be part of classes and opportunities for students to develop professionally.  Completion of this certificate with the Forestry B.S. degree meets the academic qualifications for the Fire Ecologist Certification through the Association for Fire Ecology.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this certificate, students will have:

  • An understanding of the physical process of fire and factors that influence surface and crown fire spread, extreme fire behavior and what fire danger rating is.
  • An understanding and the basic use of terminology and fire models used in fire management
  • An understanding of fire regimes and fire effects in a variety of ecological systems
  • An understanding of the philosophical, historical, legal, ecological, social and cultural aspects of land management and how that relates to fire management.
  • An understanding of monitoring, the adaptive management process, and the components of a monitoring program.
  • An understanding of sampling, variation, standard deviation, p-values and hypothesis testing
  • An understanding of different types of experiments, independence, confounding factors and the basics of experimental design
  • An understanding of different sampling methods and different federal fire monitoring programs

 

Certificate Requirements
  • Take at least 15 units from the following with a Grade of "C" or better in each course (or "Pass" in Pass/Fail courses):

    Students must complete one course from each of the following blocks:

  • Track for Forestry BSF Majors
    Students must complete one course from each of the following blocks:
    • Ecology, select one (3-4 units):
      • FOR 310*, FOR 313
    • Measurement, Analysis and Technology, select one (3-4 units):
      • (FOR 351* or FOR 449), FOR 425*
    • Fire Ecology, select one, (3 units):
      • FOR 450*, FOR 451, FOR 551
    • Fuel Management, select one, (3-4 units):
      • FOR 315, FOR 317*, FOR 318*
    • Management, Planning, and Policy, select one (3 units):
      • FOR 434, FOR 444*, FOR 445

    * Prerequisite: enrollment in Forestry Federal Agency Training Group Status (FFAT)

    Note: FOR 251 is not a requirement for this certificate; however, it is a prerequisite for FOR 351, FOR 449 and FOR 451.

    A minimum of 9 units of coursework must be taken at Northern Arizona University.

  • This certificate may be pursued and completed concurrently with a degree program or as a stand-alone certificate. Federal financial aid cannot be used if the certificate is completed as a stand-alone certificate.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.