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Restoration Ecology Certificate Requirements

Undergraduate students and graduate students from all disciplines may earn the Restoration Ecology Certificate. Matriculated UW will be given priority, however non UW students may register on a space available basis through UW Extension's non degree enrollment. More information on non degree enrollment can be found here.

To earn the certificate, students complete 25 credits as outlined below. Students are strongly encouraged to take either general ecology or plant ecology before starting the program. In many cases these requirements overlap with a student's degree program requirements. Students should check with the UW REN advisor and their program advisor for details specific to their case. Courses are available to students on all three UW campuses. UW-REN awards a certificate to students who successfully complete the following courses with a minimum grade of 2.0 in each class:

Introduction to Restoration Ecology (5 credits)
Senior Restoration Ecology Capstone (10 credits)
Approved Restoration Related Courses (10 credits)

1. Introduction to Restoration Ecology (5 credits)
This is a 300-level course offered on all three UW campuses. At UWB and UWT, it is offered as BES 362 and TESC 362. At UWS, the course is offered through the College of Forest Resources as ESRM 362 for undergradutes and as CFR 590 D for graduates, and by Environmental Studies as ENVIR 362.

2. UW-REN Senior Restoration Capstone (10 Credits)
Students must also complete a 3-quarter sequence of courses that make up the UW-REN Senior Capstone (fall, winter, spring quarters). This Capstone provides students with essential experience in all phases of restoration project design, analysis and implementation within a multidisciplinary teamwork setting. The courses are offered as BES / TESC / ESRM / ENVIR 462, 463, and 464.

3. Approved Restoration Related Courses (10 Credits)
Students must complete at least 10 credits of restoration-related courses from the approved courses listed below. UW Seattle students who completed the capstone prior to the 2005-2006 academic year should contact the UW REN advisor regarding approved courses.

 

COURSE TITLE
COURSE NUMBER
*CAMPUS CREDITS
Plant Classification and Identification
BIOL 317
UWS
5
Restoration Design
ESRM 479
UWS
5
Landscape Plant Recognition
BIOL / ESRM 331
UWS
3
Plant Propagation: Principles & Practice
ESRM 411
UWS
3
Native Plant Production
ESRM 412
UWS
3
Biology, Ecology & Management of Plant Invasions
ESRM 415
UWS
5
Ecosystem Management
ESRM 425
UWS
5
Management of Endangered, Threatened, and Sensitive Species
ESRM 458
UWS
5
Restoration in North America
ESRM 473
UWS
5
Ecological Engineering
ESRM 474
UWS
5
Landscape Plant Science and Sustainable Management
ESRM 480
UWS
5
Stream and Watershed Restoration
FISH 428
UWS
5
Environmental Monitoring Practicum
BES 303
UWB
2
Ecological Methods
BES 316
UWB
5
Hydrogeology
BES 318
UWB
5
Special Topics in Environmental Science: Estuaries in Trouble
BES 397
UWB
5
Water Quality
BES 460
UWB
5
Conservation Biology
BES 485
UWB
5
Watershed Ecology and Management
BES 486
UWB
5
Wetland Ecology
BES 488
UWB
5
Pacific Northwest Ecosystems
BES 489
UWB
5
Pacific Northwest Plants in Restoration and Conservation
BES 490
UWB
5
Wetlands Discovery
BIS 244
UWB
2
Geographic Information Systems
BIS 342
UWB
5
Environmental History of the PNW Bioregion
BIS 391
UWB
5
Advanced GIS Analysis and Applications
BIS 442
UWB
5
Senior Seminar: Field Research in Invasion Ecology
BIS 490
UWB
5
Issues in Biological Conservation
TESC 232
UWT
5
Maps & GIS
TESC 311
UWT
5
Water Quality Concepts & Watershed Studies
TESC 319
UWT
6
Geomorphology & Soils
TESC 229
UWT
5
Environmental Chemistry
TESC 333
UWT
6
Pollution & Public Policy
TESC 345
UWT
5
Water Resources & Pollution
TESC 431
UWT
7
Washington Environmental Law
TPOL S 439
UWT
5

*UWB = University of Washington Bothell Campus, UWT = University of Washington Tacoma Campus, UWS = University of Washington Seattle Campus.