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Sustainable Military Lands Management Graduate Certificate

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Certificate Overview Open Accordion
CSU's online land management certificate

Earn a military land management certificate online

Enroll in one of the few online certificate programs in the country of its kind to learn the breadth and complexity of military land resource management. The Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Military Lands Management (SMLM) was designed for both civilian and military land management professionals. Gain the knowledge and skills to work with the rapidly evolving practices, technologies, and analytical tools necessary to support conservation and sustainable management of natural and cultural resources on Department of Defense lands.

Why study military land resource management?

The demand for highly skilled and educated environmental professionals to manage military lands is rapidly increasing. Military lands are critical assets for training and testing exercises, but they also contain diverse and often rare natural and cultural resources that must be protected. Managing and sustaining these lands requires knowledge of ecological concepts and new technical and communication skills in a wide range of natural and cultural resource areas.

In this program you will:

  • Gain an overview of military lands in the United States in historical, geographical, and environmental contexts.
  • Learn general practices and theory of land management and cultural anthropology.
  • Study the ecological principles of military training and testing, and learn about the disturbances caused by these activities.
  • Explore cultural resource laws, policies, management, and preservation as they apply to military lands.
  • Prepare to lead stewardship-related matters on military lands.

Gain knowledge and credentials for career trajectory

Earning your military land management certificate online can lead to job opportunities and career advancement in a wide array of federal and state land resource management agencies. The skills and credits you earn can help you gain entry into the field, or get promoted within an agency with which you already work.

Study on a flexible schedule

Courses for this program are delivered online and are available worldwide to anyone with access to the Internet. The online format allows you to participate in class discussions and assignments when it's convenient for your schedule. Canvas, CSU's online learning platform, provides user-friendly access to course materials, discussion groups, assignments, exams, chat, and other learner services.

Although this online certificate program offers flexibility, it still requires the same amount of work and time as an on-campus program. It is recommended to spend nine to twelve hours per week on a three credit course, on activities such as:

  • Downloading and reviewing instructor notes
  • Completing assigned and optional readings
  • Communicating with instructors and students via blogs, threaded discussions, and email
  • Completing individual or group projects
  • Studying for exams
  • Taking exams
  • Writing course-related papers
Requirements and Curriculum Open Accordion

Military land management courses online

Students must complete nine credits to earn the Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Military Lands Management (SMLM). Courses are offered on a regular semester basis using a 16-week format, with one lesson offered each week. It is recommended that you begin the program by completing NR 550 first.

Note: This certificate may have courses in common with other graduate certificates. A student may earn more than one certificate, but a given course may be counted only toward one certificate.

If you plan to take any combination of NR 550, NR 551, NR 552, and NR 553, you may be interested in the Graduate Certificate in Applied Global Stability: Natural Resources.

Course Descriptions Open Accordion

NR 550 – Sustainable Military Lands Management (3 cr.)
This course provides an overview of military lands in the U.S. from several different contexts — historical, geographical, and environmental. It provides an overview of how military lands evolved as part of the federal land system, the role of the military in the early National Parks system, and the various federal legislative actions that codified these lands. Course content includes discussions on the purpose and use of these lands as they relate to national defense requirements, and discusses the principles and implementation of environmental stewardship of natural and cultural resources. Current issues surrounding military lands, including encroachment and multipurpose uses, are also included. Case studies involving military installations in various regions of the U.S. will be included throughout the course.

NR 551 – Cultural Resource Management on Military Lands (3 cr.)
This course provides an introduction to cultural resource laws and policies as they apply to military lands, and the practices commonly employed in the management and preservation of these diverse and non-renewable resources. It covers a broad range of heritage resources found on military installations and lands, including prehistoric and historic archaeological sites, historic buildings and structures, traditional cultural properties, historic landscapes, archaeological artifacts, and Native American sacred sites, sacred objects, and human remains. Various tools and techniques for accomplishing heritage management goals and complying with federal and state legislation will be reviewed. Numerous case studies from military lands, including stakeholder involvement and consultation, are also included.

NR 552 – Ecology of Military Lands (3 cr.)
This course focuses on the landscape ecology of military training and testing areas. It covers ecological principles and the impacts of disturbances caused by military training and testing activities, as well as scientific approaches to measuring and quantifying these impacts. A particular focus of the course is on the ecology and management of threatened and endangered species and their associated habitats on military lands. Regional case studies of soil erosion management and species management from military lands throughout the U.S. and in Europe are incorporated.

NR 553 – DoD Sustainable Building and Infrastructure (3 cr.)
This course focuses on the major components of sustainability and sustainable design within cantonment areas of U.S. military installations. After a review of current sustainability initiatives in the Department of Defense and service-specific goal requirements, the course examines U.S. military installations from the perspective of sustainable cityscapes and ecosystems. It explores state-of-the-art sustainability problem-solving and systems-thinking techniques as applied to unique energy conservation, indoor environmental quality, resource use, and other environmental challenges posed by the military mission.

Faculty Open Accordion

The faculty who teach in the Sustainable Military Lands Management graduate certificate program bring a wealth of knowledge to courses, with specialties ranging from watershed management and modeling to cultural resources management.

Dr. Caroline M. Clevenger

Dr. Caroline M. Clevenger

Dr. Caroline M. Clevenger is an Associate Professor and Assistant Director of Construction Engineering and Management (CEM) in the Department of Civil Engineering at University of Colorado Denver.

She earned a Ph.D. and B.S. in engineering and the environment and a Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from Stanford University. She also holds a master's in architecture and M.S. in systems engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Caroline's early career includes extensive work as a professional engineer consulting in sustainable design and construction. As an academic, her research focuses on developing theories, methods, and tools for multidisciplinary systems thinking in high-performance building. When studying for her doctorate, she served as a Visiting Fellow to the General Services Administration (GSA) 3D-4D BIM Program.

Previously, Caroline served as faculty for the Department of Construction Management at Colorado State University (CSU) where she was awarded several teaching awards including the Provost's N. Preston Davis Award for Instructional Innovation, the Instructional Innovation in Service-Learning Faculty Award, and the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Excellence in Teaching Award. She is a Registered Architect and Licensed Engineer in the State of Colorado.

Dr. William W. Doe

Dr. William W. Doe

Dr. William (Bill) Doe has taught a broad range of courses in physical and cultural/regional geography, water resources, land use planning, and environmental studies for the U.S. Military Academy (West Point, NY), Western Illinois University, and Penn State University. He is a former military engineer and environmental geographer with research and applied expertise in military lands management, watershed management and modeling, renewable energy, and sustainability practices for universities and federal installations.

Dr. Doe is currently employed at the University of Colorado-Boulder, in the College of Engineering and Applied Science, where he coordinates external research opportunities with federal and state agencies, and industry partners. From 2010-2014 he was the Chief Executive Officer of Veterans Green Jobs, a Denver-based non-profit providing employment for veterans in the renewable energy, energy efficiency, and natural resources conservation sectors. He also previously held positions as Associate Dean for Research in the Warner College of Natural Resources at CSU, and as a senior research scientist/scholar and Associate Director with the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML) at CSU.

Dr. Doe served on active duty for 22 years as an Army Corps of Engineers officer with assignments in civil works, water resources management, combat engineering and environmental R&D. While on active duty, he was on the faculty as Academy Professor and Program Director of Geography and Environmental Studies at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point.

He is an active member of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) and volunteers for veterans' organizations. He received his undergraduate degree from the U.S. Military Academy and advanced degrees from the University of New Hampshire and Colorado State University. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on military lands management, including Modern Military Geography (Routledge Press, 2010, ISBN: 978-0-415-87095-5).

Dr. Alexander Woods

Dr. Alexander D. Woods

Dr. Alexander D. Woods is the current chairman of the Society for American Archaeology's Military Archaeological Resources Stewardship (MARS) Interest Group. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Iowa in 2011 and has been working for Colorado State University's Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML) since 2013. He served several years in CEMML's Wisconsin Field Office as the Cultural Resources Projects Manager for U.S. Army Garrison Fort McCoy. Dr. Woods has taught previous courses at The University of Missouri, Grinnell College, The University of Iowa, and Iowa Wesleyan College. His research interests include the environmental and archaeological stewardship of military lands, the history and prehistory of Western Wisconsin, and the study and quantification of lithic raw material quality, as well as its relationship to the economic realities of stone tool production and use.

Learning Experience Open Accordion

When you take this program's conservation and land management courses online, you can study at any time and location convenient for your schedule.

The SMLM certificate allows you to work with experts in the field and tenured professors with years of experience. Draw off current research and literature in this field of study and network with other professionals with backgrounds in this area.

This certificate is offered through a partnership with the Warner College of Natural Resources (WCNR), which is leading course development through the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML). As Colorado's land-grant institution, Colorado State University is recognized as a national leader in graduate education for the disciplines of natural resources, cultural resources, and environmental science.

WCNR has traditionally worked closely with federal land management agencies (e.g., U.S. Forest Service, U.S. National Park Service) in the professional development of their workforce. As part of the College, the Department of Forest, Range and Watershed Stewardship (FRWS) and the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands house extensive applied research and management expertise in conservation and sustainability of Department of Defense (DoD) lands.

How to Apply Open Accordion

Application Deadlines

Fall semester July 15
Spring semester November 15
Summer semester April 15

Start your application online and upload materials directly into the online system. You can save your progress and return any time.

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1Review Admission Requirements

The online Sustainable Military Lands Management graduate certificate requires that students have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.

2 Complete Online Application

Complete the online graduate application and pay the nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online). As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. Your application will not be reviewed until it is complete and all required materials have been received.

  • Select "Sustainable Military Lands Management (Certificate) – Distance" when choosing the Program of Study. (Note: You must first select "Certificate" at the top.)

3 Submit Transcripts

Request one official transcript from the institution where you earned your bachelor’s degree. Transcripts must be received directly from the originating institution to be considered official. Transcripts from Colorado State University are not required.

Electronic (preferred):
Digital Transcripts must be submitted by the originating institution using a secure service such as parchment, eScrip-Safe, the National Student Clearinghouse, or e-Quals. Transcripts received via emails are considered unofficial.

Use institution code 4075 for Colorado State University or gradadmissions@colostate.edu if the secure service requires an email address.

Mail (if necessary):
Graduate Admissions
Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

Check Your Application Status

View your application status at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or to check on updates.

Once your complete application, including supporting materials, is received, the department admission committee will review your application and notify you of their decision.

For International Applicants

Proof of English language proficiency is required for applicants from countries or United States territories where there are official languages other than (or in addition to) English. This includes the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico.

Learn more about English language proficiency requirements.

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Sustainable Military Lands Management Graduate Certificate
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Program Details

Courses
Online
Credits
9
Tuition
$705 per credit
Degree Awarded
Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Military Lands Management
Time Frame
3 semesters

Application Deadlines

Fall semester
July 15
Spring semester
November 15
Summer semester
April 15

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