We offer a variety of Certificates spanning environmental science, natural resources, environmental policy and law, geospatial sciences, and aquatic and marine biology. Students learn from the experts using innovative online technologies for course delivery from the pre-eminent University of Florida.

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

WHY CERTIFICATES?

Sometimes a full degree is more than you need to accomplish your goals. For those students seeking less commitment, cost, and time than a master’s degree, we are pleased to be able to offer a wide range of certificates in environmental and natural resource subject areas that can help you further your career and gain the knowledge you need.

UF students can also earn Certificates to add value and specificity to your degree program – students from all Colleges and departments are encouraged.

GRADUATE CERTIFICATES

This Graduate Certificate aims to provide working knowledge of aquaculture and health of captive aquatic animals and/or familiarity with health issues in wild aquatic species.

This basic knowledge is critical for professionals working at facilities which house aquatic animals and marine mammals, including scientists at research laboratories and teachers involved with agriculture education in K-12 (for example, aquaculture in the classroom). This certificate also serves graduate students who have an interest in developing expertise in the fields of aquaculture and aquatic animal health.

Credits required: 12

Required Courses (for 6 credits total):
FAS 5015, Aquaculture I
FAS 5255, Diseases of Warm Water Fishes
Choose 2 or more electives from this list (for 6 credits total):
FAS 5203C/FAS 6932, Biology of Fishes
FAS 6165, Fish & Crustacean Nutrition
FAS 6154, Aquatic Invertebrate Ecological Physiology
FAS 6176, Algae Biology & Ecology
FAS 6256, Fish/Shellfish Histological Interpretation
FAS 6408, Aquaculture II
VME 6010, Aquatic Animal Conservation Issues
VME 6011, Aquatic Wildlife Health Issues

Students must earn a minimum grade of “B” in each course to earn the certificate.

This Graduate Certificate aims to address the growing demand for ecological restoration professionals in areas such as restoration ecology, natural resource management, environmental science, environmental consulting, fire and wildlife ecology, watershed management, wetland sciences and wetland restoration, and mine rehabilitation.

Students obtaining the certificate will have acquired skills to assist them in understanding ecology, soils, and related biophysical sciences; designing restoration projects, synthesizing relevant primary information sources, such as technical reports and scientific publications; techniques used in ecological restoration, monitoring, and evaluation; and awareness of socio-economic, ethical, legal, and political dimensions of ecological restoration.

Credits required: 15

Required:
FOR 5157 Ecosystem Restoration Principles and Practice

Choose 4 Electives:
FAS 6932 Invasion Ecology of Aquatic Animals
FOR 5159 Ecology and Restoration of the Longleaf Pine Ecosystem
FOR 6151 Forest Ecosystem Health
FOR 6154 Analysis of Forest Ecosystems
FOR 6934 Ecology and Restoration of Invaded Ecosystems
FOR 6934 Agroforestry of the Southeastern US
FNR 6628 Watershed Restoration and Management
FNR 6669 Policy and Economics of Natural Resources
HOS 6070 Plant Materials for Conservation and Restoration

Students must earn a minimum grade of “B” in each course to earn the certificate.

The Environmental Education and Communication certificate is available only to enrolled graduate students in any program at the University of Florida. Because of its interdisciplinary nature, there are a number of different routes to the certificate. The certificate is ideal for those who plan to work in non-formal environmental education, developing community-based youth programs or conducting adult information and outreach programs for agencies and organizations.
A special application is required in addition to the standard Certificate application at UF.Download the details.

Credits required: 15

There are four groups of courses:
Group 1: Environmental Education and Communication Theory and Practice
Group 2: Ecological Science
Group 3: Social Dimensions of Human-Environment Interactions
Group 4: Sustainable Resource Management

Students must earn a minimum grade of “B” in each course to earn the certificate.

Learn more about the application process, and download the application form.

The Graduate Certificate in Forest Health & Resilience is a multidisciplinary program that addresses the current and emerging threats to forest health, the ecological, social and economic importance of forest health, and provides professionals with management tools to enhance forest resilience and minimize the impacts of forest health threats.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the social, economic, and ecological contexts of forest health and resilience.
  • Accurately diagnose tree health using established methodologies including an awareness of the various pitfalls in diagnoses.
  • Analyze the occurrence of insect and pathogen outbreaks and the abiotic drivers responsible for tree die-offs, and interpret the effects on forest productivity and health.
  • Formulate management recommendations for preventing, intervening, and/or restoring a forest in response to a disturbance or an insect/pathogen outbreak.

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Credits required: 12

Required Courses (for 6 credits total):
FOR6151 Forest Ecosystem Health
FOR6934 Forest Ecosystem Resilience
Choose 2 or more electives (for 6 credits total):
FOR6934 Ecology & Restoration of Invaded Ecosystems
FOR6934 Emerging Issues in Forest Health and Management
FOR5159 Ecology and Restoration of the Longleaf Pine Ecosystem
FOR6340 Physiology of Forest Trees
FNR6669 Policy & Economics of Natural Resources
ENY 5405 Insects as Vectors of Plant Pathogens
ENY 5006+L Graduate Survey of Entomology
FOR 6215 Fire Paradigms
ENY 6934 / FOR 6934 Bark and Ambrosia Beetle Academy

Students must earn a minimum grade of “B” in each course to earn the certificate.

This Graduate Certificate aims to address geospatial sciences including geographic information systems, remote sensing, image analysis, geostatistics, GIS programmming/scripting, web mapping, data visualization, and spatial modeling.

The use of geospatial data is an evolving field, both in principle and practice. This certificate allows working professionals to gain additional academic understanding/credentials in this field, such as: applying theoretical and technical knowledge of geospatial information sciences and the application of spatial analysis for research problems in resource conservation; design and implementation of research methodologies used in the application of Geomatics; utilizing digital spatial data resources for mapping and analysis tasks; use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to both document and analyze natural resources.

Credits required: 9

Required:
GIS 6116 Geographic Information Systems Analysis
SUR 5386 Image Processing for Remote Sensing
Choose 1 Elective:
SUR 5365 Digital Mapping
GIS 6103 GIS Programming

Students must earn a minimum grade of “B” in each course to earn the certificate.

The goal of this Graduate Certificate is to provide training and background in policy making, permitting, and administration for natural resource management professionals nationwide, and/or to focus the studies of law and environmental policy professionals towards natural resources.

Stakeholder and industry feedback has been unanimous with regards to the need for training, for traditional and non-traditional students, in environmental policy, analysis, human management, and organizational administration. This Graduate Certificate offers a means of obtaining the prerequisites to higher-level administration careers for professionals in the field as well as students seeking to round-out their education in natural resources.

Credits required: 12

Choose 4 Courses:
FOR 6005 Conservation Behavior or FOR 6934 Conservation Behavior for Practitioners
FOR 6543 Natural Resource Economics Valuation
FNR 5625 Managing Public Lands & Waters
FOR 6934 Human and Organizational Management in Natural Resources
FNR 6061 Conflict, Collaboration, and Community Engagement in Natural Resources
FNR 6669 Policy and Economics of Natural Resources

Students must earn a minimum grade of “B” in each course to earn the certificate.

This Graduate Certificate addresses marine resource population dynamics, quantitative fisheries assessment, and use of quantitative models in fisheries management decision making.

Students completing the Certificate will be able to: apply theoretical and technical knowledge of quantitative sciences (mathematical and statistical) to fisheries research and management problems; design and conduct quantitative fisheries stock assessments; provide fisheries management advice based on quantitative fisheries assessment and management strategy evaluations; analyze and synthesize quantitative fisheries assessment results for use in management decision making contexts such as fisheries commissions. NOTE: Students should have a strong background in statistics and/or a prerequisite course such as STA6166 or ALS5932.

Credits required: 11-12

Required Courses (8 credits):
FAS 6355C Fisheries Management
FAS 6337C Fish Population Dynamics
Choose 1 Elective Course (3-4 credits):
FAS 6339C Advanced Fisheries Stock Assessment
FNR 6560 Bayesian Statistics
GIS 6116 GIS Analysis

Students must earn a minimum grade of “B” in each course to earn the certificate.

This certificate focuses on the emerging area of mapping using small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS). This certificate will enhance the geomatics education of graduate students and working professionals, addressing the needs of industry for individuals competent in the acquisition of high resolution geospatial information. Topics will include foundational knowledge, vehicle and mapping systems operation, and geospatial applications.

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Credits required: 9

Prerequisites:
SUR3103C Geomatics

Required: (9 credits total):
SUR6502C Foundations in UAS Mapping
SUR6940C Practicum in UAS
SUR6377 Geospatial Applications of UAS

Students must earn a minimum grade of “B” in each course to earn the graduate certificate.

UNDERGRADUATE CERTIFICATES

The Geomatics Certificate is geared towards professionals or new graduates seeking licensure as surveyors and mappers in the state of Florida. A specific set of courses is required prior to attempting the licensure examination, and as our program is the only accredited Geomatics program in Florida, we are proud to provide this service to professional and prospective surveyors and geospatial scientists, cartographers, and those interested in geographic information.

Our faculty present overviews on Geomatics issues, as well as insights into the latest developments on these issues. Faculty from the UF Geomatics Program are recognized for their expertise in surveying, mapping, GIS, legal aspects, computations, and photogrammetry continually update these courses with their unique perspectives.

Florida Surveying & Mapping Society: How to Become a Surveyor
Our certificate in Geomatics fulfills the education requirements above and beyond a 4-year degree if you're planning to take the Professional Surveyor and Mapper licensure exam.

Program Requirements

To complete the Certificate the student must take five of the three-credit online courses listed below. Two of them are required: SUR 3103 Geomatics and SUR 3641 Survey Computations. Any three additional courses from the list must be taken. Students with the indicated skills and materials have the prerequisites to do well in the course. Students without the listed skills and materials may struggle to do well. Enrollment is open to all students for all courses, but only those with the indicated skills and materials are likely to do well. The passing criteria are the same for students enrolled in the regular degree program.

Credits required: 15

Courses
SUR 3103 – Geomatics (3 credit hours) Introduction to angle, distance and elevation measurement, as applied to engineering, boundary location, topography, forest management and construction. Covers error theory as well as horizontal and vertical curves. Needed skills/materials: algebra, trigonometry, access to surveyor equipment, access to local surveyor mentor, access to basic use of AutoCad, textbook.

SUR 3641 – Survey Computations (3 credit hours) The principles of geometry applied to surveying computations. Computer methods in surveying. Needed skills/materials: algebra, trigonometry, textbook.

SUR 4403 – Cadastral Principles (3 credit hours) Cadastral systems, land boundaries, corners and areas; writing land descriptions and identification of land parcels; legal principles of boundary survey, office and business practices; professional standing. Needed skills/materials: report writing in English, textbook.

SUR 4430 – Surveying & Mapping Practice (3 Credit hours)A study of land survey practice: the lot survey, the sectional survery and the water boundary survery. Also includes office and business practices and professional standing. Needed skills/materials: boundary law, survey computations, AutoCad survey drafting, report writing in English.

SUR 4201 – Route Geometrics & Design (3 credit hours) The geometric design of transportation systems, computer applications and a comprehensive design project. Spiral curves, superelevation theory and earthwork analysis are covered. Needed skills/materials: survey computations, algebra, trigonometry, analytic geometry.

SUR 3323 – Visualization of Spatial Information (3 credit hours) Methods of mapping, modeling, communicating and visualizing spatial features. Includes boundary and topographical features, attributes, site modeling, site development and mapping using computer-aided mapping and design features.

GIS 3072C – Geographic Information Systems (3 credit hours) GIS concepts, surveying and mapping inputs in GIS development, comparison of GIS systems and applications in the natural and physical sciences, engineering and planning.

Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in each course to earn the certificate.

This certificate focuses on the emerging area of mapping using small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS). This certificate will enhance the geomatics education of graduate students and working professionals, addressing the needs of industry for individuals competent in the acquisition of high resolution geospatial information. Topics will include foundational knowledge, vehicle and mapping systems operation, and geospatial applications. Note: academic credits for the undergraduate certificate program can only transfer into a bachelor’s degree-seeking program at a UF Research and Education Center.

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Credits required: 9

Prerequisites:
SUR3103C Geomatics

Required: (9 credits total):
SUR4501C Foundations in UAS Mapping
SUR4940C Practicum in UAS
SUR4376 Geospatial Applications of UAS

Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in each course to earn the undergraduate certificate.

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  • Enroll one semester at a time, with no long-term commitment
  • Quick and easy application – no GRE required!
  • Earn multiple Certificates or combine with a degree
  • No out-of-state fees
  • Count up to 15 credits towards a future degree
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HOW IT WORKS

Find out how to get started based on your student status.

To apply for a certificate program, visit http://www.admissions.ufl.edu/apply/more and complete the Certificate Application for new students. Certificate applications take 2-3 weeks to process through multiple approvals. Please plan on applying at least one month prior to the start of classes for your intended first term.

Applicants must have an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution—there are no requirements for the bachelor’s degree to be in a particular discipline. You'll need to have an official academic transcript sent to UF Admissions, along with a $37 application fee.

Some certificates include or require face-to-face courses but most are fully online; check the requirements listed for your program. Tuition rates for students not already attending UF are $295/credit (undergraduate) and $565/credit (graduate). There are no out-of-state fees for these programs.

When you finish the certificate program requirements, you can Apply to Complete. Your official UF academic transcript will list your certificate and you will receive a printed certificate from UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

You can browse our course offerings through the link at the top of the page, and if you need help with anything, contact our certificate programs advisor, Sandra Houder.

Note: State Agency Tuition waivers are gladly honored in our certificate programs. It is your responsibility to meet the strict deadlines and expectations from the Registrar in order to have tuition waived.
To add this certificate to your graduate or undergraduate degree program, you must apply for admission before 50% of the coursework is complete.

You can apply at https://my.admissions.ufl.edu/register/CertCEApp- complete the Certificate Application. Certificate applications usually take 2-3 weeks to process through multiple approvals. Once you are admitted to the certificate program, you can continue your courses as normal. Some certificates include or require face-to-face courses but most are fully online; check the requirements listed for your program.

When you finish the certificate program requirements, you can Apply to Complete. Your official UF academic transcript will list your certificate and you will receive a printed certificate from UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

You can browse our course offerings through the link at the top of the page, and if you need help with anything, contact our certificate programs advisor, Sandra Houder.

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