Resilience and Adaptation

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Resilience and Adaptation Studies
Graduate School

Graduate Certificate

Minimum Requirements for Certificate: 12 credits

As a postbaccalaureate program, the certificate in resilience and adaptation studies is ideal for current graduate students in many disciplines. The graduate certificate encourages a more in-depth study of resilience, adaptation and sustainability and provides students a credential recognizing their knowledge of resilience theory and its application to sustainable systems. The certificate prepares students for career in academia, industry, government and nongovernmental organizations by exposing them to the interdisciplinarity of complex systems.

As a postbaccalaureate program, the certificate in resilience and adaptation requires admission as a graduate student to an established masters or doctoral program at UAF. Students may receive the certificate without or prior to completing their graduate degree. This certificate will be available to all accepted graduate students, regardless of discipline. It is a defined series of courses that exposes the students to the concepts of resilience and adaptation. While associated with the Resilience and Adaptation Program, it is not necessary to be a RAP fellow to earn the certificate. Courses will advance knowledge and promote social-ecological research in sustainability and resilience. Students working on degrees in the sciences and social sciences will broaden their disciplinary perspective using other disciplines such as economics, ecology, sociology, and culture to gain practical knowledge, training and integrative skill development. This certificate embodies a holistic perspective that recognizes the importance of both the social and biological dimensions of environmental sustainability and resilience. This certificate is offered by the Graduate School's Resilience and Adaptation Program and will meet the needs of students and professionals.

Applying students must complete the following prior to admission:

  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree (B.A. or B.S.) with a minimum 3.0 GPA from an accredited institution
  2. Submit a statement of academic goals, three letters of recommendation and GRE scores

Minimum requirement for certificate: 12 credits

General University Requirements
Complete the general university requirements.
Graduate Certificate Requirements
Complete the graduate certificate requirements.
Program Requirements
Students must earn a B or Pass grade (or better) in each course.
ANTH F616Anthropologic Background for Resilience and Adaptation1
BIOL F616Ecological Background for Resilience and Adaptation1
ECON F616Economics Background for Resilience and Adaptation1
LAS F601Responsible Conduct of Research2
NRM F667Resilience Seminar I1
Approved electives6
Total Credits12