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


Human Dimensions of Forest Management, Undergraduate Certificate

This undergraduate certificate is designed to emphasize areas of forest management related to communication and collaboration, planning and management, and multi-cultural perspectives.


What Can I Do with a Certificate in Human Dimensions of Forest Management?

This certificate will help students understand and apply appropriate social science concepts and methods to the challenging task of sustaining forest ecosystems for the benefit of both the natural lifeforms and human use. Managed forests are a human invention developed to balance people-driven goals, such as timber production and outdoor recreation, with wilderness preservation and ecological restoration. The certificate emphasizes areas of forest management related to communication and collaboration, planning and management, and multi-cultural perspectives.

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 C

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • Evaluate and appreciate the complexity of managing forests to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population.
  • Communicate and collaborate more effectively with land management agency personnel, rural, urban and wildland-urban interface residents, and other interested publics.
  • Think critically about competing claims and social decisions related to forest management, particularly in the Southwest.
  • Apply forest planning and management tools for effectively managing forests, particularly for enhancing forest health, reducing the risk of wildland fire, restoring forest ecosystems, and reducing human-wildlife conflicts.


Certificate Requirements

  • Please note:  At least 9 units must be upper-division, and at most 6 units can be lower-division.  A minimum of 9 units 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.

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