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phone: (208) 885-8981
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Moscow, ID 83844-1142
wild land fire certificates will help fire professionals learn new techniques

Fire Ecology, Management and Technology Certificate

This 15-credit certificate program is designed for traditional and non-traditional students who would like to receive more depth than a few courses in the concepts, science and tools currently used in fire ecology and management, or for those seeking educational requirements required for federal employment. After completing this certificate program students will have the ability to apply sound science to solve complex issues facing fire management. Many of our students combine this certificate with a Masters of Natural Resources, Master of Science degree. or Ph.D., other have combined this with the Restoration Ecology Certificate program. 

To complete the certificate, students must take a total of 15 credits and meet the credit requirements of each course group listed in the program of study. Students must also earn a grade of "B" or better in each class to qualify for the certificate. With CNR certificate committee approval, students may transfer up to six credits of course work from another institution to count towards their certificate program. In addition to at least eight credits being received from the University of Idaho, students must also receive at least nine credits in courses numbered 400 or above. 

Note: students can transfer up to 6 approved credits taken as a non-degree seeking student into a M.S. or Ph.D. program in the College of Natural Resources with permission of the departmental graduate committee. Students who are considering transferring non-degree credits into a CNR graduate level program should request early advising from the appropriate department.
  • Required Courses
    Note: A grade of 'B' or higher is required in all coursework for this academic certificate.

    Fire Ecology Course Group (3 cr):

    For 326 Fire Ecology and Management (3 cr)
    For 426 Global Fire Ecology and Management (3 cr)
    For 526 Fire Ecology (3 cr)

    Ecology Course Group (2-3 cr):

    For 330 Forest Soil and Canopy Processes (4 cr)
    For 531 Invasion Biology (3 cr)
    REM 429 Landscape Ecology (3 cr)
    REM 440 Wildland Restoration Ecology (3 cr)
    REM 459 Rangeland Ecology (2 cr)
    REM 460 Rangeland Ecology Current Topics and Field Studies (1 cr)

    Fuels and Fuels Management Course Group (3 cr):

    For 427 Prescribed Burning Lab (3 cr)
    For 433 Fire and Fuel Modeling (2 cr)
    For 450 Fire Behavior (2 cr)

    Applied Tools and Analysis Course Group (3 cr):

    For 375 Introduction to Spatial Analysis for Natural Resource Management (3 cr)

    For 435 or
    For 535 Remote Sensing of Fire (3 cr)

    For 472 or
    REM 472 Remote Sensing of the Environment (4 cr)

    For 570 Advanced Remote Sensing Measurement Methods (3 cr)
    For 572 Spatial and Biophysical Modeling (3 cr)
    Geog 475 Intermediate GIS (3 cr)
    REM 407 GIS Application in Fire Ecology and Management (2 cr)

    Management, Planning and Policy Course Group (2-3 cr):

    CSS 490 Wilderness and Protected Area Management (3 cr)
    CSS 573 Planning & Decision Making for Watershed Management (3 cr)
    For 424 Forest Dynamics and Management (4 cr)
    For 430 Forest Operations (3 cr)
    For 454 Air Quality and Smoke Management (3 cr)
    For 462 Watershed Science and Management (3 cr)
    For 484 Forest Policy and Administration (2 cr)
    For 529 Forest Ecosystem Analysis (3 cr)
    For 585 Natural Resources Policy Analysis (2 cr)
    REM 456 Integrated Rangeland Management (3 cr)
    WLF 492 Wildlife Management (4 cr)

    Electives to total 15 for the certificate