Graduate Coursework in Forest Carbon Science, Policy and Management
Michigan State University Forestry Department is pleased to offer the online Graduate Coursework in Forest Carbon Science, Policy and Management for the 2016 Spring Semester. Available completely online and supplementing a wide range of vocations, participants include working professionals and those pursuing advanced degrees. Individuals can take just one course, or earn a Graduate Certificate upon completion of all four courses in the program.
Forest Carbon specialization equips participants with the interdisciplinary tools to plan, implement, manage, and evaluate forestry-based climate change mitigation projects. As professionals, Certification provides an edge in competing for opportunities in forest carbon project development, REDD+ policy, and carbon offset investment advising for corporations, governments, and non-governmental organizations.
Participants in the Certificate program learn the scientific foundations of climate change and forest-climate interactions, how forest management affects forest carbon balance, the ins and outs of forest carbon markets, the social context of forest carbon sequestration, and the tools for measuring, monitoring, and accounting for forest carbon – including satellite imagery, remote sensing, and integrated carbon sequestration models.
Delivered online, the program is geared for participation from anywhere in the world with a highly practical focus closely linked to the science, methodologies, and practices used in the field today. Applicants from a broad range of professional and disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including current M.S. and Ph.D. students, recent graduates, and working professionals. Participants in graduate-level coursework at MSU must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.
The Program includes four on-line courses:
• Forest Biogeochemistry and Global Climate Change (FOR 831)
• Human Dimensions of Forest Carbon Management (FOR 833)
• Forest Carbon Policy, Economics, and Finance (FOR 835)
• Measurement and Monitoring of Forest Carbon (FOR 837)
Students also have access to MSU resources such as remote library materials, GIS training, and journal access. Additionally, all participants maintain access to the program alumni network, which tracks and distributes news on policies and methodologies, facilitates internal networking, and shares research and work opportunities.
The MSU Department of Forestry is currently seeking partners or sponsors to provide funding to participant. Once participants have completed the certification, they maintain access to the program alumni network, which tracks and distributes news on policies and methodologies, facilitates internal networking, and shares research and work opportunities.
We have many creative options, including sponsoring a single participant for one semester, more elaborate multi-year support, or hosting a recent graduate with a paid internship. Please contact Lauren Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss possible arrangements.