Credits required
19 Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. This program's 19 quarter credits are equal to 12.67 semester credits.
Cost per credit
$528 Cost per credit is calculated using tuition per credit for the current academic year. It does not include associated fees, course materials, textbook expenses, and other expenses related to courses.
Online You can complete all courses online. Some courses may require proctored exams in your local area.
Start terms
4 per year

Curriculum: Graduate Certificate in Forests and Climate Change – Online

The 19-credit Graduate Certificate in Forests and Climate Change (FCC) provides a thorough foundation for you and your classmates to assess the impacts of climate change on forests, evaluate proposed adaptation strategies and develop management practices to enhance forest carbon sequestration for the mitigation of climate change.

Program courses will treat both the theory and application of climate change science. Throughout the FCC curriculum, each student will work closely with a faculty mentor and other students who will assist on an independent project.

Required courses (13 credits)

Students will take all core courses to satisfy the FCC graduate certificate curriculum.

  • FES/MNR 500 – Market Tools for Managing Greenhouse Gas Emissions (3)
  • FES 536 – Carbon Sequestration in Forests (2)
  • MNR 538 – Adapting Forests to Climate Change (3)
  • MNR 550 – Climate Change Impacts on Forest Ecosystems (3)
  • SNR 506 – Independent projects in Natural Resource Sustainability (2)

Elective courses (6 credits)

Students will take elective courses within the OSU Natural Resources curriculum to satisfy the 19-credit hour FCC Graduate Certificate requirement. Recommended elective courses are:

  • FOR 526 – Forest Carbon Measurements and Analysis (4)
  • SNR 511 – Sustainable Natural Resource Development (1)
  • SNR 530 – Ecological Principles of Sustainable Natural Resources (3)
  • SNR 540 – Global Environmental Change (3)

Additional elective courses will be considered in consultation with the FCC program director.


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