Lake and Reservoir Management Certificate

PSU has a range of expertise in managing watersheds, lakes and reservoirs for ecological and water resources. PSU also has the Center for Lakes and Reservoirs that was established by the Oregon State legislature to address lake management and invasive species issues. Many of our faculty are active in the North American Lakes Management Society (NALMS) and the local chapters of the Oregon Lakes Association Washington State Lake Protection Association.  

This is a rigorous certificate that will require eight 400-level courses. The courses are split between aquatic ecology, watershed processes, management, and policy areas. Although the certificate could be earned by any student, they will have to have had many pre-requisites (or equivalent preparation) in ESM or Geography. Students who complete the certificate will be prepared to take active roles in and contribute to management of lakes and reservoirs. In addition, this certificate is designed to provide the academic background required by the NALMS Professional Lake Manager certification program. 

Certificate Requirements

The certificate requires 33 to 34 credits total and 22 of these credits must be in ESM. The student must complete courses in each of of the following five areas.

Aquatic Ecology (10 credits)

Required:

Course Course Title Credit Hours
ESM 475 Limnology and Aquatic Ecology 4
ESM 477 Limnology Laboratory 2

Choose one from the following:

Course Course Title Credit Hours
ESM 424 Wetland Ecology 4
ESM 426 Ecology of Streams and Rivers 4
ESM 474 Fish Ecology and Conservation 4

Watershed Science (8 credits)

Required:

Course Course Title Credit Hours
ESM 425 Watershed Hydrology 4

Choose one from the following:

Course Course Title Credit Hours
ESM 427 Wetland Ecology 4
ESM 479/CE 479 Fate and Transport of Toxics in the Environment 4
Geog 414 Hydrology 4

Business and Management (8 credits)

Choose one from the following:

Course Course Title Credit Hours
ESM 483 Marine Conservation and Management 4
ESM 485 Ecology and Management of Bio-Invasions 4
Geog 446 Water Resource Management 4
Geog 494 GIS for Water Resources 4

Policy, Legal and Government Aspects (7-8 credits)

Required:

Course Course Title Credit Hours
ESM 429 Environmental Impact Assessment 4

Choose one from the following:

Course Course Title Credit Hours
ESM 435 Natural Resource Policy and Management 4
USP 571 Environmental Policy 3

Students must take required courses for a differentiated grade and earn a C-or better for it to count toward the certificate.

Total credit hours to receive certificate: 33-34

More Resources

Lake and Reservoir Management Certificate Info Sheet

Degree Maps (with learning outcomes, advising and career information) (COMING SOON)

Course Planning Guide

For more information, please contact Dr. Yangdong Pan.

All students who complete certificate requirements will receive a paper certificate by applying for the certificate separately (without needing completion of a Bachelor's degree at the same time) when they are in the graduation application in Banweb and chose 'Certificate' on the dropdown menu.