Unlock career opportunities in natural resources conservation and management with a Certificate in 环境管理.
This 12-credit hour certificate 程序 will allow you to acquire tools and research skills such as applying ecological principles and environmental surveying and monitoring techniques that prepare students for conservation and management fields in the private and non-private sector.
必修课程 in the 程序 will equip you with a working knowledge of the plant and animal species of Texas, 对本地物种的威胁, 荒地, 以及水土资源, and an interdisciplinary understanding of conservation and restoration approaches. Students will gain ecological skills in plant and animal identification, 生境监测及修复.
Because much of the success of conservation activities relies on being able to work with people, there is also a large emphasis placed on stakeholder engagement and science communication. 选修课程 within the 程序 emphasize building additional skills and knowledge that will help students succeed in this field, including proficiency with Geographical Information Systems (GIS), social and natural science research skills, and a good understanding of environmental laws and policies.
The certificate is restricted to students majoring or minoring in the 环境科学与政策 程序. The certificate curriculum goes beyond the required interdisciplinary courses for the degree by providing specific training and research experience needed to prepare students for employment and graduate study in ecology and natural resource conservation and management.
This certificate will equip students for a variety of jobs in environmental management, including natural resource conservation and management, 生态监测, and ecological restoration with public agencies such as the City of Austin’s Watershed Protection, the City of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department, 巴尔科尼斯峡谷地保护区, 和山区保护协会.
There are two required courses for this 程序:
- ensp2316 -德州生态学
- ENSP 3326 – Natural 资源 Conservation and 管理
Students must choose at least two elective courses from the following list, all of which are regularly offered and require no prerequisites:
- ENSP 3329 – Environmental and Ecological Field Methods
- ENSP 4333 – Geographic Information Systems
- ensp3399 -环境法
- ENSP 4330 – Environmental Politics and Policy
Dr. 艾米Concilio, associate professor of 环境科学与政策 is the certificate director. 她教生态学课程, natural resources conservation and climate change, and has an active undergraduate-centered research 程序 focused on ecological restoration, climate change and biodiversity conservation in the Texas Hill Country.
Dr. 彼得•贝克, director of the 环境科学与政策 Program, has research and teaching expertise in environmental policy and teaches ENSP 4330-Environmental Politics and Policy, which is required for the major and counts as an elective for the certificate. His research investigates how effective economic incentives are at encouraging landowners to maintain tropical forest fragments in Costa Rica, 巴拿马和乌干达, and he invites undergraduate ENSP students to participate in this work.
Dr. 詹姆斯 Checkley, JD, a practicing environmental attorney with several decades of experience, 教授ensp3399 -环境法. This course will provide you with a solid understanding of the legislation that impacts environmental decision-making on public and private lands, 比如NEPA和ESA. This is an elective course for the certificate but we highly recommend taking it!