Natural Resources and the Environment

Graduate Certificate

Asynchronous Online | Four 3-Credit Courses | 7-Week Sessions

Build a foundation in sustainable resource management, state-of-the-art technical skills in GIS, and frameworks in natural resource decision making.

This flexible graduate certificate program was created for students who seek expertise in natural resource management and for professionals who are interested in updating their skills in analyzing, managing, and communicating data about natural resources.

With courses being taught by committed academics and practitioners, students will develop the ability to manage natural resource challenges and translate data into effective communications about complex natural resource issues and solutions.

Courses include:

EVS 509: Web-based Mapping
EVS 514: Environmental Data Analysis and Visualization
EVS 518: Sustainable Natural Resource Management
EVS 519: Natural Resource Management Planning

Fall 2024 Dates

7/30Application Deadline
9/3Classes Begin
$856Tuition per credit *Based on 2023 rates and subject to change
Admission Criteria
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher*
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • College transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume/CV and personal essay (300-500 words) discussing:
    • Interest in the field of Natural Resources and the Environment
    • Relevant work experience
    • Reasons for applying to the online program at URI
    • Professional goals, as well as plans for achieving these goals

GRE is NOT required

*Applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0 may be considered for provisional admission — please contact before applying to discuss the GPA requirement.

Career Opportunities

With over 50,000 people in the U.S. currently working for government agencies and non-profit organizations as natural resource professionals, earning your Graduate Certificate in Natural Resources and the Environment will provide you with a foundation in sustainable resource management, geotechnology and GIS, and natural resource decision making. This data-driven approach to manage complex environmental problems can further advance your career in the field, promote your rank in the military, or provide a stepping stone to completing your Master’s degree in a more efficient and economic manner.


Map: How flooding risk increases with sea level rise along with the location of important Rhode Island landmarks.
Source: RIGIS, University of Rhode Island Environmental Data Center (URIEDC)

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“The ability to apply data-driven approaches to manage complex environmental problems is a crucial skill for future environmental leaders and practitioners. Students in URI’s graduate certificate in Natural Resources and the Environment develop expertise in managing, analyzing, and effectively communicating spatial and non-spatial data to address real-world problems.”
Michelle Peach, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Department of Natural Resources Science
Coordinator, Masters of Environmental Science and Management program

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Michelle Peach, Ph.D.