Military Land Sustainability

 

Graduate Certificate | Military Land Sustainability

Program Format:   
Entrance Exam: Not required

The Graduate Certificate in Military Land Sustainability is a distance-education based graduate program administered through the College of Natural Resources and the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at NC State University. The overriding goal of the program is to develop professionals who can wisely manage natural resources on and around military bases to preserve natural resources and to maintain military readiness.

The management of military land (both air and sea) and the surrounding areas is important for sustaining the mission. Numerous partners are involved in the natural resource management on Department of Defense (DoD) installations and their surrounding areas including other federal agencies, state agencies, local governments, and non-profit organizations. Understanding the management of DoD lands provides a unique career opportunity to potential natural resource graduate students.

North Carolina has a significant military presence, which includes 6 major DoD/Department of Homeland Security Installations: Coast Guard Station, Elizabeth City; Fort Bragg; Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point; Marine Corps Air Station New River; Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune; and Seymour Johnson AFB. By offering the certificate almost entirely online, with the exception of a two-week residential field course, we hope to promote high-quality education to deployed active duty personnel and working students who are unable to travel to campus every day.

Although many students are active military personnel and veterans interested in natural resource management and/or graduate degrees, the program also provides training to career, government professionals interested in continuing education focused on military natural resource issues. The program’s reach is national, serving natural resource professionals throughout the United States, including deployed U.S. citizens.

Eligibility

Admission to the certificate program requires a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with at least a 3.0 GPA. Students with less than a 3.0 undergraduate GPA may still be considered for admission based on the remaining criteria, including other graduate coursework. These determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis. All applicants must submit:

  • Transcript showing Bachelor's degree conferred
  • A clear and concise personal statement/statement of interest
  • A resume/CV

Cost

This 14-credit graduate program includes five graduate courses. At 2018-19 tuition rates, the cost of graduate courses is $453 per credit for North Carolina residents and $1,261 per credit for non-residents. Thus, the total estimated cost for the program is $6,342 for North Carolina residents and $17,654 for non-residents. See Online and Distance Education Tuition and Fees for cost details.

Plan of Study

In order to obtain the certificate, individuals are required to complete 14 credits of coursework. Students proceed at their own pace.

Career Prospects

Vision. Determination. Leadership. These are the qualities we expect of our graduates. The following careers can be enhanced by this certificate:

  • In uniform or civilian installation professional charged with natural resource management or working as an off-base liaison.
  • State or federal natural resources agency personnel that work with resources and lands near installations or those impacted by training needs.
  • Non-government organizations with natural resource and conservation focus that engage in issues or deal with landowners in regions that include installations or that are impacted by training needs.
Five courses totaling 15 credit hours are required. Students must complete four (4) core courses, plus one approved elective. All courses are offered online.
Required Core Courses:

NR 510 - Military Land Sustainability

Units: 3

An introduction and overview of the factors that influence natural resource conservation and management on Department of Defense lands within a temporal, geographic, and environmental context and perspective. Students will gain knowledge of natural resource management and military land sustainability by reviewing [1] military land uses and training/test requirements, [2] major policies/laws impacting training/testing activities on DoD lands, and [3] planning approaches to military sustainability.

Offered in Fall Only

NR 511 - Managing Natural Resources in an Arena of Conflict

Units: 3

Public policy issues, such as management of natural resources, are pervasive with conflicts. Surpassing political, jurisdictional, institutional, and geographic boundaries, natural resources and environmental issues can represent multiple dimensions of uncertainties and complexities. Effective management of public issues then is an important task [and topic] for natural resource professionals who are often required to develop management strategies to resolve or at best, reduce the level of the conflict. This course examines theories and approaches for managing natural resource conflict, with emphasis on the field of public or alternative dispute resolution [ADR] and its spectrum of collaborative approaches. Undergraduate degree or instructor approval required.

Offered in Fall Only

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2019 Fall Term

NR 512 - Land Use Policy & Management

Units: 3

Graduate course reviewing the history, formation and implementation of major natural resource laws and policies that impact land uses. This course will provide an overview of federal laws and policies that affect decision making by land managers. Weekly lectures will be followed by student presentations of a selected case study of their choosing in the final weeks of the course. Current natural resource / land management [including forestry, air, water, wildlife, climate change and energy] programs and institutions are discussed, analyzed and related to current land use and management policy challenges.

Offered in Spring Only

NR 513 - Field Course and Practicum for Military - 2 credits

Elective Course (choose one of the following):

FOR 620 - Woodland Stewardship

Units: 3

An introduction and overview of non-industrial private forestry in the Southeast United States with emphasis on active forest management. Topics include history of human impact on forests, evolution of forest, forestry practices, timber and non timber management objectives, financial aspects of forest land management, and management planning. One required all day field trip.

Offered in Fall Only

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GIS 510 - Fundamentals of Geospatial Information Science and Technology

Units: 3

This course provides an advanced overview of how geographic information systems [GIS] facilitate data analysis and communication to address common geographic problems. Students improve spatial reasoning and problem definition expertise while emphasizing geographic data models and structures, data manipulation and storage, customization through programming, and the integration of geospatial analysis and modeling into project-based problem solving applicable to a variety of disciplines. Skilled application of both desktop and cloud-based GIS software supports these areas. Extensive independent learning and computer experiences include virtual laboratory sessions, alongside optional online or in-person weekly help sessions to facilitate student learning.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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2019 Spring Term 2019 Fall Term

FOR 531 - Wildland Fire Science

Units: 3

Physical, chemical, biological, and ecological processes associated with wildland fire, particular emphasis on fire behavior, fuels, weather, climate and the associated effects on ecology, management, fire suppression, prescribed fire, and smoke emissions and exposure. Fire's effect on national policy, social and natural history of North America. In-depth exercises in fire and smoke modeling using established predictive systems.

Offered in Spring Only

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2019 Spring Term

MEA 517 - Fundamentals of Climate Change Science

Units: 3

This course will present the basic science of climate change, including chemical and physical systems and processes. The students will be introduced to how the climate system works and the role of greenhouse gases in the climate system. Students will learn about climatological data, climate models and how predictions/projections are made. Emphasis will be placed upon relating predicted/projected changes to manifestations such as sea level rise and changes in the distribution and character of precipitation. Topics include the primary climate components, ocean-atmospheric teleconnections, decadal and multi-decadal climate indices, natural and anthropogenic climate variability, and climate model projections.

Offered in Fall Only

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2019 Fall Term

MEA 519 - Barriers to Climate Change Literacy

Units: 3

Investigates the discipline-based geoscience education lenses of the cognitive, affective, and behavioral barriers to climate literacy and the practical interventions for addressing them. Critically analyzes key aspects of climate science, common misconceptions, mental models, cultural influences, and risk perceptions about climate change. Students engage with the public and design projects for overcoming barriers to climate change literacy. The course features relevant readings, classroom discussions, student peer-review, and summative and formative course feedback though course assignments and exams. Minimum of 50% seats reserved for Climate Change and Society Certificate program students.

Offered in Spring Only

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2019 Spring Term

MBA 554 - Project Management

Units: 3

Life cycle view of organizing and managing technical projects, including project selection, planning, and execution. Methods for managing and controlling project costs, schedules, and scope. Techniques for assessing project risk. Use of popular project management software tools. Application of project management tools and methods to product development, software, and process reengineering projects.

Offered in Spring and Summer

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PS 536 - Global Environmental Law and Policy

Units: 3

International organizations, laws and policies addressing global environmental problems including: population growth, atmospheric pollution, climate change, use of oceans, forests and biodiversity. Relationship between environment and Third World economic development.

Offered in Spring Only

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2019 Summer Term 1

Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details

Dr. Dennis W. Hazel

College of Natural Resources

Program Coordinator Graduate Certificate in Military Land Sustainability

919.515.5573
dennis_hazel@ncsu.edu