Curriculum: Graduate Certificate in Wildlife Management – Online

This is an 18-credit graduate certificate program, at the completion of which students receive graduate-level university credits and a certificate from Oregon State. The flexibility of the online wildlife management program allows you to mix and match courses to best fit your career goals.

Program requirements (18 credits total)

  • Human dimensions (a minimum of 6 credits): course topics include fisheries and wildlife law, structured decision making in natural resource management, ecosystem services, ecological policy, environmental law, public land and resource law, environmental ethics, environmental politics and policy, economics of sustainable natural resources management, and environmental sociology.
  • Wildlife sciences (a minimum of 6 credits): course topics include aquatic biological invasions-principles of wildlife diseases, wildlife in agricultural ecosystems, structured decision making in natural resource management, ecological restoration, avian conservation and management, forest wildlife management-mammal conservation and management, wildlife behavior, wetlands and riparian ecology, wildlife ecology.
  • Capstone project (3 credits): The capstone project is a synthesis paper or outreach project that is developed with a mentor from campus, a natural resource agency, or your place of employment. Plus, additional courses within the program as needed to complete the 18-credit requirement. Skills courses, such as statistics or Global Information Systems (GIS), are particularly encouraged. Other courses may be substituted upon approval of the certificate director.

Capstone projects

One of the benefits that come with earning this graduate certificate is producing a capstone project. These projects are research papers, review papers, or outreach products that contribute to the field of wildlife management and are developed by you and a local mentor from an agency, consulting firm or non-governmental organization. You project can be a white paper, a video or other form of media that reflects the principles and applications you have learned in your classes. You will develop your project with the help of our capstone projects instructor on campus, who can also help you find a local mentor. You can even create a capstone project with expert in your current workplace.

For more information about the program requirements and individual courses in the program, please visit the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife certificate information page.


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