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The Graduate Certificate in Military Land Sustainability program offers a number of online courses and a two-week resident field course that requires one week participation on campus. The two-week resident field course can only be taken if all other certificate requirements are met. The online courses may be taken as part of a certificate or degree program or by non-degree seeking students on a course-by-course basis. Those interested in taking individual courses without enrolling in a degree or certificate program must first enroll as a Non-Degree Studies (NDS) student. To learn more about enrolling as an NDS student or registering for courses, visit our Apply page.

See below a partial list of applicable courses offered online. To jump to a course description, click on the course number. To view the most up-to-date course listings, please visit the Student Services website. Please note that not all courses are offered every semester and may be cancelled due to low student enrollment. Not all courses listed in the NC State Course Catalog can be provided online.

Required Courses

In order to obtain the certificate, individuals are required to complete fourteen (14) credit hours of coursework. Students proceed at their own pace.

Students must complete all four of the following plus one approved online elective courses to earn their Certificate in Military Land Sustainability.

The following courses are required:

Eligible Electives

The following online courses can satisfy the elective requirement for the Graduate Certificate in Military Land Sustainability:


Course Descriptions

NR 510 – Sustainable Military Land Management

  • Credits: 3
  • Prerequisite: Four-year undergraduate degree
  • Semesters offered: Fall
  • Offered online: Yes

Description: An introduction and overview of the factors that influence natural resource conservation and management on Department of Defense (DoD) lands within a temporal, geographic and environmental context and perspective. Students will gain knowledge of natural resource management and military land sustainability by reviewing (1) military land uses and training/test requirements, (2) major policies/laws impacting training/testing activities on DoD lands, and (3) planning approaches to military sustainability.


NR 511 – Managing Natural Resources in an Arena of Conflict

  • Credits: 3
  • Prerequisite: Four-year undergraduate degree
  • Semesters offered: Spring
  • Offered online: Yes

Description: With limited resources and many unique stakeholders, conflict resolution is an important topic for natural resource managers. This online course aims to introduce conflict resolution theory as it pertains to public agencies, to identify key stakeholders and their objectives involved with natural resources, to generalize how the theories apply to military case studies, and to apply specific conflict resolution techniques for interacting positively with outside stakeholders and the media.


NR 512 – Land Use Policy and Management

  • Credits: 3
  • Prerequisite: Four-year undergraduate degree
  • Semesters offered: Spring
  • Offered online: No

Description: Online graduate course reviewing formation and implementation of major natural resource laws and policies that impact land uses. This course will provide an overview of natural resource laws/policies followed by student presentations of a selected case study. Current natural resource management (including forestry, air, water, wildlife, climate change and energy) programs and institutions are discussed, analyzed and related to current natural resource policy challenges.


NR 513 – Field Course and Practicum for Military

  • Credits: 2
  • Prerequisite: Four-year undergraduate, be enrolled in the Certificate for Military
    Land Sustainability, completed with a minimum of a grade of C in NR 510, NR 511 and NR 512.
  • Semesters offered: Summer I
  • Offered online: Yes

Description: This graduate-level course is an online two-week capstone course in military land sustainability. During the first week, through recorded presentations and live discussion with field experts, students will learn about real-world experiences regarding how the military and partners tackle natural resources and land planning challenges. There will additionally be presentations and discussion on how installations and nearby defense communities can work together for long-term sustainability regarding renewable energy, utilities, transportation, education, climate change and population growth. During the second week, student teams will work together online on planning exercises that will be presented to classmates at the end of the course.


FOR 620 – Woodland Stewardship

  • Credits: 3
  • Prerequisite: Four-year undergraduate
  • Semesters offered: Fall
  • Offered online: Yes

Description: An introduction and overview of non-industrial private forestry in the Southeast United States with emphasis on active forest management. Topics include history of human impact on forests, evolution of forests, forestry practices, timber and non timber management objectives, financial aspects of forest land management and management planning. One all-day field trip is required.


GIS 510 – Introduction to Geographic Information Science

  • Credits: 3
  • Prerequisite: Departmental approval required
  • Semesters offered: Fall, Spring
  • Offered online: Yes

Description: This course provides an overview of how geographic information systems [GIS] facilitate data analysis and communication to address common geographic problems. Students develop spatial reasoning and problem definition expertise along with a fundamental understanding of geographic information management and analysis methods. Emphasis is placed on the nature of geographic information, data models and structures for geographic information, data manipulation and data storage, geospatial analysis and modeling techniques. Skilled application of GIS software supports these emphasis areas. Extensive independent learning and computer experiences include online virtual laboratory sessions.


FOR 531 – Wildland Fire Science

  • Credits: 3
  • Prerequisite: Departmental approval required
  • Semesters offered: Fall
  • Offered online: Yes

Description: Physical, chemical, biological and ecological processes associated with wildland fire, particular emphasis on fire behavior, fuels, weather, climate and the associated effects on ecology, management, fire suppression, prescribed fire and smoke emissions and exposure. Fire’s effect on national policy, social and natural history of North America. In-depth exercises in fire and smoke modeling using established predictive systems.


MEA 517 – Fundamentals of Climate Change Science

  • Credits: 3
  • Prerequisite: Graduate standing
  • Semesters offered: Fall
  • Offered online: Yes

Description: This course will present the basic science of climate change, including chemical and physical systems and processes. The students will be introduced to how the climate system works and the role of greenhouse gases in the climate system. Students will learn about climatological data, climate models and how predictions/projections are made. Emphasis will be placed upon relating predicted/projected changes to manifestations such as sea level rise and changes in the distribution and character of precipitation. Topics include the primary climate components, ocean-atmospheric teleconnections, decadal and multidecadal climate indices, natural and anthropogenic climate variability and climate model projections.


MEA 519 – Barriers to Climate Change Literacy

  • Credits: 3
  • Prerequisite: Graduate standing
  • Semesters offered: Spring
  • Offered online: Yes

Description: Investigates the discipline-based geoscience education lenses of the cognitive, affective and behavioral barriers to climate literacy and the practical interventions for addressing them. Critically analyzes key aspects of climate science, common misconceptions, mental models, cultural influences and risk perceptions about climate change. Students engage with the public and design projects for overcoming barriers to climate change literacy. The course features relevant readings, classroom discussions, student peer-review and summative and formative course feedback through course assignments and exams. Minimum of 50% seats reserved for Climate Change and Society Certificate program students.


MBA 554 – Project Management

  • Credits: 3
  • Prerequisite: Graduate standing, Department Approval required
  • Semesters offered: Spring and Summer
  • Offered online: Yes

Description: Life cycle view of organizing and managing technical projects including project selection, planning and execution; methods for managing and controlling project costs, schedules and scope. techniques for assessing project risk; use of popular project management software tools; and application of project management tools and methods to product development, software and process reengineering projects.


PS 536 – Global Environmental Law and Policy

  • Credits: 3
  • Prerequisite: Graduate standing or PBS status
  • Semesters offered: Summer
  • Offered online: Yes

Description: International organizations, laws and policies addressing global environmental problems including population growth, atmospheric pollution, climate change, use of oceans, forests and biodiversity. Relationship between environment and Third World economic development.