Minors and Certificates

Minors

A minor allows a student to specialize in a discipline outside their major. To pursue a minor, you must first be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program and file a Curriculum Add/Drop Form with the Registrar's Office to declare the minor. We recommend that you begin your minor studies as early as possible in your academic career.

The School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, in conjunction with other units on campus, offers four interdisciplinary minors.

Students interested in a minor program should contact the School’s undergraduate advisor, Mary Jurgensen.

Certificates

A certificate is awarded upon completion of a prescribed set of courses that provide students with knowledge of a disciplinary or interdisciplinary subfield. Certificates are noted on official transcripts and offer educational options not available as a minor or a concentration within a major.

Credits earned for the certificate may also be counted toward the student’s degree requirements.

The School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science offers two certificate programs. Both programs are available to degree-seeking students and are interdisciplinary, drawing upon the expertise of other academic units on campus.

Certificate in Industrial Forestry

The Certificate in Industrial Forestry (CIF) is designed to give students a working knowledge of the fields of forest resources/environmental science and general business/management. Students may also consider a five-year program to obtain a dual degree in business administration and forestry.

What to Expect

  • Earn a certificate from a program designed in consultation with employers, both government and private.
  • Add working knowledge of accounting principles, project management, economics, and finance to your forestry training.
  • Establish a set of core competencies in industrial forestry with an emphasis on business analysis.

Certificate in Geographic Information Systems

A Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (CGIS) provides students with the fundamental skills and knowledge needed to understand and work with geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial data in a broad range of applications, such as natural-resource management, environmental engineering, natural-hazards mapping, industrial archeology, and transportation networks.

What to Expect

  • Earn a certificate from a program designed in consultation with employers, both government and private.
  • Attain working knowledge in the theory, knowledge, and practice of GIS and its utilization in a wide range of applications.
  • Establish a set of core competencies in GIS, with an emphasis on quantitative analysis.

Students interested in a minor program should contact the School’s undergraduate advisor, Mary Jurgensen.

Teaching Certification

The School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, in partnership with Michigan Tech's Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences, offers programs leading to State of Michigan certification for high school biology teachers.

  • Bachelor of Science in Forestry with Secondary Education option in Biology
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Ecology and Environmental Sciences with Secondary Education option in Biology
  • Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Ecology and Management with Secondary Education option in Biology

If your goal is to teach at the high school level, you can earn your bachelor of science degree, take additional education courses, do your student teaching, and qualify to take the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification. Your certification is recognized in many states. You will also be qualified to teach in other disciplines.

What to Expect

  • Prepare for teaching in ecology, environmental science, general biology, physical sciences and emerging fields
  • Complete your student teaching
  • Qualify for Michigan’s Teacher Certification test

Students interested in the Teacher Certification should contact the School’s undergraduate advisor, Mary Jurgensen.