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.
100% online You can complete all courses 100% online. Some courses may require proctored exams in your local area.
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4 per year

Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Natural Resources – Online


OSU faculty in natural resources – including fisheries, wildlife, forestry, rangeland and water – are world renowned for their research and expertise in the field. The College of Forestry is regularly named one of the top natural resources universities in the United States. Through online delivery, we bring this expertise to you. 

Faculty contact

Dr. Badege Bishaw (Oregon State University)

Dr. Badege Bishaw, Program Director
Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Natural Resources
Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society
Oregon State University


Program faculty

Badege Bishaw

Courses: SNR 506, SNR 511, SNR 532

Dr. Bishaw is a senior instructor and is the program director for this graduate certificate, the forests and climate change online graduate certificate and the Master of Natural Resources online program. His specialty area interests include agroforestry, social forestry, silviculture, international forestry research, and education and outreach inside and outside the United States. His other interests include establishing riparian forest buffers on agricultural lands in the Oregon coast range plus agroforestry practices in the Pacific Northwest region. Learn more »

Loren Kellogg

Course: SNR 534

Loren Kellogg is the Lematta Professor of Forest Engineering, Forest Engineering, Resources, and Management at Oregon State. His teaching and research specialty areas include biomass harvesting and utilization, skyline thinning, silviculture systems, and international forest engineering. Learn more »

Joe Kerkvliet

Course: SNR 521

Dr. Kerkvliet is a senior resource economist for The Wilderness Society and a professor emeritus of economics at Oregon State University. His professional specialties include applied microeconomics, resource and environmental economics, econometrics, and regulation. In the past his research focused on measuring economic values, preferences, and responses to environmental policy. His new research includes evaluating the effectiveness endangered species recovery programs. He is currently active in collabrative management of publicly owned forest lands, including projects funded by the U.S. Forest Service's Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program. Learn more »

Leon Liegel

Course: SNR 533

Leon Liegel is a member of the USDA Forest Service and a research forester and soil scientist. His research interests include global sustainable resource management; resource inventory and monitoring; and integrating biological, socio-cultural, and managerial sciences to manage non-timber ecosystem products. He is bilingual in English and Spanish and conducted forestry and soils research in Puerto Rico and Latin America from 1970 to 1985 on fast-growing exotics and native forest species. He teaches techniques to create poster displays for scientific and other audiences. Learn more »

Dave Perry

Course: SNR 530

Dave Perry is a professor emeritus of forest ecosystems. His research interests focus on the relationship between ecosystem structure and processes, with particular emphasis on the role of biodiversity in ecosystem stability, including genetic diversity within tree populations, factors influencing herbivory in forests, impacts of harvest and site preparation on soil nutrients and biota, the response of ecosystems to global climate change, and ecosystem management. He is lead author of the textbook "Forest Ecosystems." Learn more »

David Turner

Course: SNR 540

David Turner is a research professor in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society. His research interests include modeling the effects of disturbances on the terrestrial carbon cycle, and simulating climate change impacts on vegetation. He teaches SNR 540 Global Environmental Change as part of the Masters of Natural Resources online program. Learn more »

Blaine (Tony) Vogt 

Course: SNR 522

Tony Vogt is an adjunct professor of philosophy and sociology whose research interest is in the relationship between environmental sustainability and environmental justice, and in the relation between environmental ethics and the environmental imagination. He teaches research ethics as well as environmental ethics, and also a course titled "Worldviews and Environmental Values." From 2001 to 2005 he was the Assistant Director of The Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word at OSU. His most recent publication is an essay in In the Blast Zone: Catastrophe and Renewal on Mount St. Helens (OSU Press, 2008). He completed a Field Residency on Mount St. Helens in 2010. Learn more »


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