College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences2021-2022


International Forestry and Conservation, Undergraduate Certificate

This plan will not be available to new students after Summer 2022

This undergraduate certificate is designed to provide students with the theoretical foundation and practical skills to advance the conservation of biodiversity and management of natural resources in developing countries.


What Can I Do with a Certificate in International Forestry and Conservation?

Students pursuing this certificate will develop an understanding of how forests are changing on a global scale through human activities. Students examine management approaches used in developing countries from plantations to conservation reserves, and major issues that affect forests including biodiversity, deforestation, indigenous use, tourism, and environmental protection. Students also have the opportunity to study internationally to obtain firsthand knowledge about how forestry and conservation are practiced abroad.

University Requirements

  • 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
Study Abroad Optional
Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this certificate, students will be able to: 

  1. Discuss the differences between traditional forest and wildlife use in developing vs. developed countries.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of major conservation biology and international forestry issues.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge about development strategies that are natural resources based.
  4. Contrast the western view of natural resources utilization with that of traditional subsistence cultures.
  5. Describe international policy efforts to promote better management of forests and conservation reserves.



Certificate Requirements
  • 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.

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