Online Graduate Program
Want to stand out to those hiring for natural resource positions within the bases or for agencies or firms that engage the military in natural resource management?
The Certificate in Military Land Sustainability is a unique web-based graduate program (non-thesis) that provides students with an understanding of the interrelationships among ecology, economics, policy and culture as factors that influence natural resource conservation and management on and around military lands.
Did You Know?
- There are well over 200 military installations that include approximately 25 million acres of land, air and water resources to support training and readiness.
- More than 300 federally protected plants and animals live on Department of Defense (DoD) managed lands.
- Half of all endangered and threatened species in the U.S. are found on private lands including those that surround military installations.
- Resources on installations are now managed in concert with those off the installations by partnering with private landowners, agencies, conservation organizations and consultants.
- Land management departments are increasingly reliant on technology. Experts with technological experience are in demand. Take GIS 510 – Introduction to Geographic Information Science, which explores a range of applications including mobile tech, drones, remote sensing, GIS and RFID. This skill set is predicted to grow in importance over the coming years.
- Climate change is of great interest to the military. Natural resource management specialists are expected to understand the range of potential strategic and tactical implications of global climate change. Two courses exploring climate change are offered through this program: MEA 517 – Fundamentals of Climate Change Science and MEA 519 – Barriers to Climate Change Literacy.
- Social and policy trends supporting better environmental stewardship have impacted the military.
- Recent occupational analysis shows steady growth and increasing job opportunities for environmental scientists and specialists. Nationally, environmental scientists and specialists are experiencing peak employment opportunities. This trend is expected to continue through 2026.
- North Carolina is particularly affected by this employment trend. Job opportunities for environmental scientists are at an all time high, and the state is leading the nation in job growth and opportunities. This trend is also expected to continue.
- Most of the job opportunities in this field require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. The Graduate Certificate in Military Land Sustainability provides a significant advantage in this niche segment of the sustainability industry.
Certificate in Military Land Sustainability
The Graduate Certificate in Military Land Sustainability provides the opportunity to develop recognized academic credentials and the advanced expertise required to work for military bases and associated land sustainability projects. In addition to cutting edge science related to technological developments and forward-facing issues such as climate change, the program emphasizes development of essential communication skills necessary for navigating both military politics and engagement with civilian stakeholders.
Post Baccalaureate Information
Anyone interested in taking courses at NC State University without enrolling in a degree program must first apply as a Post Baccalaureate Studies student. This means students can take a single course—for example, NR 511 Managing Natural Resources in an Arena Of Conflict—without enrolling in the Graduate Certificate for Military Sustainability. If, after taking that individual course, students wish to apply that course credit towards the certificate, they may do so if they act within university policy. For more information on how to enroll as a Post Baccalaureate Studies (PBS) student, please visit our Apply page and choose “Online Courses.”
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