Human Dimensions of Forestry, Undergraduate Certificate


College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

This undergraduate certificate is designed to help students understand and apply appropriate social science concepts and methods to the challenging task of sustaining forested social-ecological systems. 

  • 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.

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

Purpose Statement

This undergraduate certificate is to navigate complex conversations with different stakeholders for efficiently resolving conflicts for sustainable forest management. The human dimensions certificate can open doors to a broad range of jobs and fields, with the ability to apply appropriate social science concepts and methods to the challenging task of sustaining forested social-ecological systems. The certificate emphasizes areas of forestry for balancing sustainable development goals for people and forest ecosystems under ongoing change and demand for adaptive management. Courses focus on developing skills to support decision making, collaboration, conflict management, cross-cultural and cross-boundary natural resource management, multi-cultural perspectives.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate and appreciate the interactions and interconnectivity of social and ecological components of forest management.
  • Identify and implement appropriate social science concepts and methods to examine natural resource management issues.
  • Review and apply theories and tools for effective public collaboration, facilitations, conflict management and decision making.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of diverse cultural perspectives and their implications for managing natural resources.

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.

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