Undergraduate Certificate Program Forest Ecology and Management

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Forest Ecology and Management Certificate Overview

PSU's Forest Ecology and Management Certificate prepares you to take an active role in and contribute to the management of Oregon's forests, which cover nearly 48 percent of the state's total landmass.

Forest management requires a consideration of the ecological, social, and policy context of Oregon's forests, and this certificate will provide you with the foundation you need to understand and manage forests beyond traditional industrial forestry needs.

You'll graduate ready to work for local, state, and federal agencies, the forest industry, non-industrial private landowners, environmental groups, nonprofits, and non-governmental organizations.

Please note the department is currently not accepting applications for this certificate.

Degree Details

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Forest Ecology and Management Certificate: Why PSU?

Our Forest Ecology and Management Certificate is a rigorous program with courses taught by leading researchers in the field that focus on forest ecology, watershed functioning, management, and policy areas.

The state's forests are your laboratory, and you'll have opportunities to participate in hands-on research, including collecting ecological and visitor impact data in local parks and forests and participating in an eight-day field course in old-growth forests.

What can I do with a certificate in Forest Ecology and Management?

Our graduates go on to forest ecology and forest management jobs with both public and private organizations such as the Oregon Departments of Forestry and Natural Resources, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Peace Corps, forestry consulting firms, environmental organizations and forest timber and wood products industries.

Featured Courses

  • ESM 407 Forest Ecology and Management Seminar
  • ESM 418/Geog 418 Landscape Ecology
  • ESM 425 Watershed Hydrology
  • ESM 444 Forest Ecology


  • BI 471 Plant Ecology
  • BI 476 Population Ecology
  • ESM 427 Watershed Biogeochemistry
  • ESM 435 Natural Resource Policy and Management
  • ESM 445 Old-growth Forest Ecology
  • ESM 465 Investigating Ecological and Social Issues in Urban Parks and Natural Areas
  • GEOG 413 Disturbance Biogeography of Pacific Northwest
  • GEOG 415 Soils and Land Use
  • GEOG 448 The Urban Forest


Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).