Credits required
18 Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. This program's 18 quarter credits are equal to 12 semester credits.
Cost per credit
$560 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 or nearly all requirements of this program online. View the curriculum.
Start terms
3 per year

Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Natural Resources – Online


Oregon State University's online Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Natural Resources is designed to help you build the personal and organizational capacity to examine the many aspects of natural resource problems – environmental, economic and social – in the search for innovative solutions.

The online coursework covers three main subject areas: integration, human dimensions, and ecology and management of sustainable natural resources. Visit OSU's academic catalog for complete curriculum details.

Required courses (12 credits)

  • SNR 511 – Sustainable Natural Resource Development (1)
  • SNR 506 – Independent Project in Natural Resource Sustainability (2)
  • SNR 520 – Social Aspects of Sustainable Natural Resources (3) 
  • SNR 521 – Economics of Sustainable Natural Resource Management (3)
  • SNR 530 – Ecological Principles of Sustainable Natural Resources (3)

Elective courses (6 credits)

You must earn at least 6 credits from this collection of program-approved elective courses.

  • SNR 522 – Basic Beliefs and Ethics in Natural Resources (3)
  • SNR 531 – Sustainable Silviculture and Forest Certification (3)
  • SNR 532 – Planning Agroforestry Projects (2)
  • SNR 533 – Alternative Forest Products (3)
  • SNR 534 – Reduced Impact Timber Harvest (2)
  • SNR 535 – Sustainable Management of Aquatic and Riparian Resources (3)
  • SNR 540 – Global Environmental Change (3)


If you have questions about the sustainable natural resources certificate coursework, please contact program director Dr. Badege Bishaw at or 541-737-9495.


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