Certificates


Certificates are a great way to build your professional portfolio. We have a variety of certificate opportunities relevant to your degree or profession in natural resources listed below.  Visit our catalog for a complete list of certificates offerings at UW-Stevens Point. If you are not currently a student you are considered a "special student." Information on the registration process is available through our Admissions office here

 Aquaponic Certificate Program

The Aquaponic Certificate is awarded upon successful culmination of a series of courses focused on professional and scientific competence and proficiency in the field of aquaponics. Valued by hobbyists, home food producers, farmer’s market growers, educators, social organizers, and commercial producers, it substantiates your expertise in aquaponics to address a broad range of production and application issues.  Program participants will acquire abilities to scientifically understand the roles of water, bacteria, plants, and fish in a sustainable, integrated, controlled environment, food production system.

Eligibility

The aquaponics certificate is open to any student at an accredited college or university, life-long learners, and those seeking workforce training. Some courses may be taken at other accredited universities with completed credits transferred to UW-Stevens Point. 

Courses

CORE COURSES (14 – 15 credits) 
  • Biology 130. Introduction to Plant Biology. 5 cr.
  • Biology 333. General Microbiology. 4 cr. OR Soil 484. Environmental Microbiology. 3 cr.
  • Biology 384. Introduction to Aquaponics. 3 cr.
  • Biology/Water 386. Aquaculture/Fish Culture. 3 cr

ELECTIVE COURSES (6 credits)

· Biology 337. Plant Pathology. 3 cr.

· Biology 338. Phycology. 4 cr.

· Biology 351. Plant Physiology. 4 cr.

· Biology 367. General Entomology. 4 cr.

· Biology 374. Ichthyology. 4 cr.

· Water/Waste/Paper Science 382. Water & Wastewater Treatment. 3 cr.

· Water 390. Water Chemistry & Analysis. 4 cr.

· Business 320. Principles of Management. 3 cr.

· Business 321. Entrepreneurship. 3 cr.

· Business 330. Principles of Marketing. 3 cr.

· Accounting 210. Introductory Financial Accounting. 3 cr.

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 Energy Education Certificate

If you are looking for ways to enhance your teaching portfolio and to verify your professional development in energy education, you may be interested in a certificate in energy education through the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The Energy Education Certificate is available to practicing K-12 teachers only. The certificate reflects comprehensive professional development and experiences in energy content and teaching competencies. The certificate is awarded after completing at least three Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program courses and providing evidence of involvement in at least three energy education activities. 

Eligibility

The Energy Education Certificate is available to practicing K-12 teachers only. The certificate reflects comprehensive professional development and experiences in energy content and teaching competencies.

Courses

The Energy Education certificate is awarded after completing at least three KEEP courses (NRES 630, NRES 631, NRES 632, NRES 633, NRES 634, NRES 635) and providing evidence of involvement in at least three energy education activities. Contact KEEP for a list of eligible activities. 

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 Environmental Education and Interpretation Professional/Graduate Certificate

If you have an interest in teaching others about the environment and want to receive more training, this certificate, which can be done online or in-person, is for you. Teachers, non-formal and informal educators, and anyone who works with natural resources could benefit from earning their Environmental Education and Interpretation Certificate.

The courses required for this certificate can also be applied towards our online Master of Natural Resources. Visit www.uwsp.edu/mnr for details. 

Eligibility

The professional/graduate certificate is available to the public and current UW-Stevens Point Master’s program students. 

Courses

Requirements, 12 credits.

  • NRES 701: Readings in Environmental Education, 3 cr. or NRES 501: Foundations of Environmental Education I, 3 cr.
  • NRES 767: Fundamentals of Natural and Cultural Interpretation, 3 cr. or NRES 568: Oral Interpretation Methods, 3 cr.
  • NRES 705: Environmental Issues Investigation and Action, 3 cr.
  • NRES 772: Natural Resources Leadership and Communication, 3 cr. or NRES 771: Introduction to Natural and Social Science Research, 3 cr.


 Environmental Education and Interpretation Undergraduate Certificate

If you have an interest in education and/or natural resources this certificate is for you!

Eligibility

The Environmental Education and Interpretation Undergraduate Certificate is available to all undergraduate students not minoring or majoring in Resource Management: Environmental Education and Interpretation or Resource Management: Wildlife Education.

Courses

Requirements, 12-14 credits

  • NRES 301: Foundations of Environmental Education I, 3 cr. or NRES 370: Introduction to Environmental Studies and Environmental Education, 3 cr.
  • NRES 368: Oral Interpretation Methods, 3 cr.
  • NRES 310: Environmental Education Teaching Methods, 1 cr. and NRES 405 Special Topics: Diversity and Natural Resources, 2 cr. or NRES 369: Interpretive Media, 4 cr. or NRES 478: Environmental Issues Investigation and Action, 3 cr. 
  • NRES 374: Environmental Interpretation Practicum, 3 cr. or NRES 376: Environmental Education Practicum, 4 cr.

 Geographic Information Systems Certificate

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate is an 18-credit program embracing the need to expand the use of technology in Wisconsin by offering training accessible to both traditional students and learners continuing their education. Certificates can be earned in as little time as 9-months. Learners have the option to earn a Professional GIS Certificate or one of several focal area certificates. Certificates earned for academic credit appear on UWSP official transcripts.

Eligibility

The GIS certificate is open to any student at an accredited college or university, life-long learners, and those seeking workforce training. 

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 Timber Marking Certificate

The Timber Marking Certificate is intended to provide accelerated training for you to enter the workforce prepared to mark timber to reach a range of landowner goals. The main categories of training goals include basic northern hardwood marking, marking for timber quality improvement, marking for wildlife habitat improvement, and marking for the restoration of functions/processes.

Eligibility

The timber marking certificate is available to the public and current UW-Stevens Point students. 

Courses

Required, 10 credits

 Wetland Science Certificate

The Certificate in Wetland Science is a recognition of completion of a course of study in physical, biological and natural resources sciences concentrating on the identification, evaluation, and management of wetlands. When you complete the certificate requirements, you will have met the academic requirements necessary to apply for certification as a “wetland professional in training” by the Society of Wetland Scientists. 

For more information contact our CNR Student Success Center, Room 122 TNR, cnrssc@uwsp.edu. 

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